Previous record crushed: 10,680,682 televotes!03 August 2009 at 20:09 CEST
During the two Semi-Finals and the Final, 6,162,749 text messages came in and 4,517,933 calls were made to cast a vote.
During this year's Final alone, over 1,5 million more calls and text messages came in compared to last year. Over the past years, the number of incoming calls has been relatively stable, while the amount of incoming text messages has significantly increased year after year. In just five years, the number of text messages sent out to cast a vote has nearly tripled.
Televoting revenues are being distributed back to the participating EBU Member Broadcasters, thereby partly compensating participation fees.
Since 2004, the EBU closely cooperates with voting partner Digame to secure a reliable and fair voting procedure. "Those who question the reliability of the outcome are often amazed when they see how much effort we put in securing a reliable outcome," says the contest's Executive Supervisor, Svante Stockselius. "If you organize a competition of this magnitude, you better assure the results are correct."