Details of the voting procedure in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland has been confirmed. In a video uploaded to Youtube this afternoon, the EBU confirmed voting will be a 50/50 split. For the third year running, the winner will be decided by a jury and online public voting. This will mark the third year of this system, which made a debut back in Tblisi! Watch the video below:
Two public votes
While the jury voting will mimic the adult contest, the public vote is split in two rounds. From Friday 22nd November, fans will have around 48 hours to watch clips of the performances. After watching these previews, you can vote for a minimum of three, and a maximum of five songs. Much like last year, fans from participating countries can vote for their own country. Voting of round 1 will close before the contest begins on Sunday 24th November.
Round 2 of the online will open after all songs have performed and will be open for around 15mins. Both rounds of voting will be combined to form the collective online vote. However, at the time of writing the EBU have not outlined if the two rounds of voting will simply be added, or if each round is weighted to account for the extensive time difference between each voting round.
Voting at Junior Eurovision: A brief timeline
Throughout Junior Eurovision’s relatively short history in comparison to the adult contest, it has probably seen just as many changes to voting systems. Initially, the winner was decided by 100% televote, mimicking the adult contest. However, this system was considered problematic, due to the potential welfare of a child not receiving any points. The contest responded by automatically giving all performers 12 points, ensuring ‘nul points’ was an impossibility. In 2008 juries were introduced to form a 50/50 split with the televote, acting as a trial for the adult contest in 2009. A few years later, a ‘kid’s jury’ was introduced, which was used until 2015. The following year in Malta, the contest changed to 100% jury, which comprised of an adult, kid and ‘expert’ jury panel featuring Christer Björkman, Jedward and Mads Grimstad. Similarly, 2016 saw the abolition of an automatic 12 points on the scoreboard.
While there are a few weeks to go before this year’s Junior Eurovision – have you rated and submitted this years songs on the My Eurovision Scoreboard app?
As with any Eurovision event, the voting sequence is almost always dynamic and exciting. 2018 was no exception, with Australia’s representative Jael receiving 12 points from no less than six juries! Eventual winner Roksana Węgiel for Poland only came 7th with the jury vote. However, as the online voting was being announced, the public ranked the two singers in almost invert positions! Poland comfortably won the online vote, while Australia came 9th with the public.
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