Today the organisers of Eurovision announced that there would be a change to how the results of the voting would be announced. This year that will involve the jury vote being announced country by country whilst the public votes from all the countries will be combined and announced at the end. Cue blind panic and hysteria from the masses.
The simple fact is that Eurovision needs to evolve with the times, and having long drawn out results when everyone knows the winner half way into the results is bland and does not do the show any favours. If anything it is currently an anti-climax and slightly comical where in many cases we already know the winner we 10+ countries to go. We still know the winners before the final country, even with ‘dynamic ordering’ whereby results are announced in specific order to try and create suspense.
For a Eurovision fan that may be fine, but for your casual viewer it must become a total turn off. As a casual viewer why would you continue watching a show when you know the winner? That is why these changes are necessary that is why I am not complaining. No this is not an SVT conspiracy to take over Eurovision, this is SVT suggesting changes which have worked for their national final. Neither is it a edict from Christer Björkman, it was unanimously approved by the reference group.
I’m afraid to say it but people need to get use to changes, Eurovision can’t use the same formula over and over it needs to adapt to keep viewers, and not just the die hard fans. I was opposed to Australia joining Eurovision, but it wasn’t the end of the world and in the end most people accepted them being part of the contest. There seems to be no uproar this year about that, the same can be said with the changes to voting. People will complain for a while before accepting it, perhaps some might end up thinking it is a good idea.