SWEDEN – When a Nordic country like Sweden, make changes in the format of their national selection, it makes headlines as we all know that Melodifestivalen and its idea / format surely influences the Eurovision Song Contest. Almost 10 days before the first Melodifestivalen semi final kicks off the Swedish national broadcaster announced a change in the voting procedure for the biggest and most popular European national selection.
It seems that SVT would like to avoid issues like the one that happened last year. We are talking about Robin Bengtsson who ranked 5th in the Eurovision 2017 final but back in the Swedish selection his song came first in the jury voting but third in the public voting. So SVT would like to give more power to the people.
This is why the international jury will change their way of voting. Up to now international juries attributed 1,2,4,6,8,10 and 12 to the participating entries voting 7 out of the 12 finalists. Then the public votes awarded in proportion of 473 points.
Now the international juries will vote exactly as in Eurovision giving 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10 and 12 voting 10 out 12 finalists. This means that the public voting in proportion will attribute 638 points to the finalists.