Global audience to now help choose the winning song for the European competition after new rule changes introduced
Eurovision has announced a new set of rules for voting that will now allow the global audience to participate in the show by voting for their favourite artist. According to a report by the Guardian on Tuesday, November 22, the decision comes following voting irregularities during the previous year’s competition. This decision, the report said, will also reduce the role of juries in deciding the winners.
The change in rules will mean the winning song will now be picked by viewers across the world. The selection for the winner will also be done by a jury of music professionals and the European Broadcasting Union, the report adds.
This will be the most dramatic rule change in the 67-year history of the competition, the report adds.
The report states that in 2021, irregular voting patterns were identified in national jury votes from six countries. This included Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino. As a result of the irregularities, jury votes from all six countries were removed.
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