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Juries returning to Eurovision

Juries are to make a comeback in next year's Eurovision Song Contest final after criticism about the fairness of public televoting at this year's event.

A panel from each country will vote alongside the viewing public, and is seen by Eurovision bosses as a way of balancing the popular decision.

This year's contest came under fire for neighbourly voting, which helped Russia win while the UK finished last.

Next May's annual musical competition is due to be held in Moscow.

Song contest officials will meet again later this year to decide how the voting will be split between the juries and televoting.

Svante Stockelius, Eurovision's executive supervisor, said: "Nothing is more democratic than the vote of the public. But a jury takes the opportunity to listen to the songs several times before they make up their minds.

"We believe a combination will make the show more interesting," he added.

A jury vote was reintroduced to the semi-finals of the contest at this year's contest in Belgrade, and there was a difference between their view and the public's verdict.

Sweden finished 12th in the televote, but came 10th with juries and proceeded to the grand final.

Some countries, including the UK, have performed poorly since public voting determined the winner of Eurovision.

This year, singer Andy Abraham only picked up votes from Ireland and San Marino.

Other competing nations, including Greece, Turkey and Russia, have benefited from neighbourly votes and those cast by communities living in other European states.

Fans of the contest, who have become disgruntled with the voting system, have been calling for a return of the jury vote.

Until 1997 when the first countries adopted televoting, national juries were entirely responsible for allocating Eurovision votes.
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That's a good thing

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thank god finally .maybe we don´t have to listen to those horrible Balkan-songs anymore
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thank god finally .maybe we don´t have to listen to those horrible Balkan-songs anymore
oh yeah you will
cause there won't be any judges in the semi's
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I think that is generally a good thing. There will again be two semi finals, which is also good. I think juries should be from USA or Australia - who will be neutral.

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it was the British idea to make it phone-votes when they held it last and were calling it a great idea.

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oh yeah you will
cause there won't be any judges in the semi's
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Re: Juries returning to Eurovision

Good, but what´s the sense if the Semis will be like before?

It´s only better for the big four, but not for countries like Austria per example because we won´t ever get to finals ... 10 Eastern European countries will make it in the final


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I think that is generally a good thing. There will again be two semi finals, which is also good. I think juries should be from USA or Australia - who will be neutral.
Australia would maybe give the 12 points everytime to Great Britain, USA would give them to Israel


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Australia would maybe give the 12 points everytime to Great Britain, USA would give them to Israel
No, I was more thinking a professional jury to come from those countries, who vont be biased.

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This year's contest came under fire for neighbourly voting, which helped Russia win while the UK finished last.
Yes, but Russia 'did' enter a big star of theirs, and had Timbaland producing, and had Yevgeny Plushenko skating, and I believe the song was heavily promoted before the contest, and... I didn't care for the Russian song, and I accept that neighbourly voting does happen, but I don't think that win wasn't entirely down to neighbourly voting...

(Sorry - I just get so frustrated with some of the attitudes sometimes... )

I think this could be a positive step, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with Eurovision in the future...

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Re: Juries returning to Eurovision

The UK's songs have been absolutely horrible. I can't remember the last time they had a decent entry. This goes for most of the countries that are supposedly disadvantaged because they don't have neighbors voting for them. Always crappy shit. At least the eastern European countries still send good artists and good songs. Also, don't forget that Finland won not too long ago, a country which doesn't get many free points. If a song is awesome enough it will win, whether it's from the UK or from Andorra.

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