Eurovision 2016: Song Contest Voting Changes Mean We (Probably) Won't Get Nul Points

Eurovision Voting Changes Mean We (Probably) Won't Get Nul Points

The powers behind the Eurovision have announced changes to the voting system, that mean everyone is less likely to end up with the dreaded nul points when the annual song contest returns in May.

For the first time ever, the public and juries in each country will vote separately, each awarding between one to 12 points to their favourite 10 acts.

The changes *might* help the UK triumph on the Eurovision stage

The results will be announced in two parts, with the juries' scores going first.

These will then be followed by the results of the public vote, with votes from all countries being combined together.

The hosts will then announce these, starting with the country that received the fewest, with the same method also being used in the semi-finals.

It’s not *that* complicated, but the smart people at the European Broadcasting Union have put together a handy video explainer, which you can view above.

The good news is that with twice as many points on offer, every act is less likely to finish with zero points. Phew.

There are just months to go until the contest takes place in Sweden, but the UK are yet to choose an entry.

The public will get a say in who takes to the stage, and the entrant will face competition from acts including former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne, who is set to represent Ireland.


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