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New voting system

New voting system for Eurovision 2016

The EBU announced on 18 February 2016 that a new voting system would be implemented at the contest for the first time since 1975. The new system, inspired by the voting system of Melodifestivalen, involves each country now awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. After viewers have cast their votes, each national spokesperson will announce the points of their professional jury. After the points from the professional juries are presented, the televoting points from all participating countries will be combined, providing one score from each song. These results will then be announced by the host, starting with the country receiving the fewest points from the public and ending with the country receiving the highest number of points. For countries that are not able to deliver a valid televote, a substitute result will be calculated based on a statistical analysis of the audience of a pre-selected group of countries approved by the Reference Group.

As the new voting system gives equal weight to both jury and televoting results, a national televoting result cannot be used as backup result for the jury. Therefore, if a country cannot deliver a valid jury result, a substitute result is calculated by the jury result of a pre-selected group of countries. The Director General of Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV), Carlo Romeo, stated on 23 February that the use of a substitute televoting result discriminated against microstates like San Marino, which only used a professional jury due to their use of the Italian phone system and would therefore have its voting representation diminished under the new system, and criticised the EBU for not contacting its members before making the decision.

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