There are two ways you can have your say and vote in Eurovision 2016: SBS viewers will be able to rate performances and vote for their favourites across all three nights of prime-time screenings - with early risers also able to cast their votes in the official international poll and ultimately influence the outcome of the vote. So how does it work? Let our guide break it down for you.
4 May 2016 - 9:33 AM  UPDATED 15 May 2016 - 9:32 AM

SBS RATE AND VOTE

 

You don't need to rise in the wee hours to have your say! Tune in to SBS each night at 7:30pm and jump onto SBS Eurovision during these primetime broadcasts to rate performances and decide Australia's Unofficial Favourite!

 

How to get Involved

Watch Eurovision Semi Final 1, Semi Final 2 and Grand Final 7:30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights on SBS ONE.  

Head to sbs.com.au/eurovision on your computer, phone or tablet. 

Start rating songs! Click or tap the 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' as many times as you like during the performance. 

Rating is open for the duration of each song - so whether you’re backing the power ballads or politely saying ‘boo!’ - get your rates in quick!

At the end of each song, Australia's final rating will revealed online and on TV, and the country's song will be added to 'Australia's Favourite' leader board.

As well as deciding Australia's Favourite, you can also WIN a stylish Renault Clio Dynamique. Just click on the car in-between rating for your chance to win. 

Rate your fave while watching Eurovision on SBS ONE:
Semi Final 1: 7:30pm Friday May 13
Semi Final 2: 7:30pm Saturday May 14
Grand Final: 7:30pm Sunday May 15

Rating will not be open during the live broadcasts at 5am Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Official voting will take place during this period.

 

THE OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL VOTE

Early risers can tune in to the live 5am broadcasts on SBS Australia on Wednesday 11th, Friday 13th and Sunday 15th May and cast their votes in the international tally by by telephone, SMS or using the official app and help influence the outcome of the contest.

Get the official Eurovision App HERE to make your vote count!

 

What is the international vote?

Who hasn't heard about the famous douze points? The voting procedure of the Eurovision Song Contest is legendary and in 2016 there will be a radical transformation to the format. This page gives you both the basics as well as a detailed explanation of how the voting procedure works.

Procedure

In previous years the results of the professional juries and viewers have been presented as a combined result, each accounting for 50 percent of the final score. From 2016, the professional juries and televoters from each country will each award a separate set of points from 1 to 8, 10 and 12. This now means the top 10 countries in both the jury and televote will receive points, adding a new level of excitement for hundreds of millions of viewers in Europe and beyond.

Check out the video below for a detailed explainer on the biggest change to the Eurovision voting system in 40 years.

How does it work?

After viewers have cast their votes by telephone, SMS or using the official app, each national spokesperson from the 42 participating countries will be called in to present the points of their professional jury.

Note that viewers will not receive a reply message after placing their vote either by SMS or phone due to the large voting volumes.

After the presentation of the scores from the juries, the televoting points from all participating countries will be combined, providing one score for each song.

These televoting results will then be announced by the host, starting with the country receiving the fewest points from the public and ending with the country that received the highest number of points.

This new system basically means you won't find out who's on top until the very end, meaning the whole procedure will build towards a guaranteed climax. 

For those wanting to know how their country has voted, the televoting and jury scores from each participating country will be available after on the SBS Eurovision website

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The voting rules

As per the official Eurovision rules, viewers in all countries taking part in a particular Semi-Final are invited to vote via the official app, telephone and/or SMS (phone numbers to be shown on screen during broadcast).

Australian viewers are eligible to vote in Semi Final 2 (in which Dami Im will perform) as well as The Grand Final. The voting window for Semi Final 2 and the Grand Final opens after the last song has been performed, and ends 15 minutes later.  

In addition, in each participating country, there is a National Jury. 

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Jury members and public voters can’t vote for their own countries, but there are plenty of other outstanding acts alongside our Australian hopeful Dami Im.

How is the it calculated?

With respect to the televoting, the song which has received the highest number of votes shall be ranked first, the song which has received the second highest number of votes shall be ranked second and so on until the last song. 

With respect to the National Jury voting, the jury members shall rank first their favourite song, second, their second favourite song, third, their third favourite song, and so on until their least favourite song, which shall be ranked last.

The rankings of the televoting and the jury will then, in each of the participating countries, be used to calculate the amount of points awarded, using the well-known and popular "Eurovision system", with the top-ranked song getting 12 points, the second-highest ranked song 10 points, and the remaining spots, from 8 points to 1 point, given to the songs ranked 3 to 10.

In 2016, for the first time, the votes of juries and televotes will no longer be combined. In 2016 there will be two separate sets of votes awarded; the points from the juries and the points from the televote.

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Questions and Answers about the international vote- from the EBU

 

Why change things?

For several years, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest has been known well before the end of voting as technically no other act could catch up. Under the new system, the winner will only be known in the final minutes of the show. The new format, inspired by the voting system of Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s national selection format for the Eurovision Song Contest, has been discussed since 2012. The changes increase transparency and were unanimously approved by the Reference Group and the EBU Television Committee, the governing bodies of the Eurovision Song Contest.

How will this make the voting more exciting?

This innovation means that the winner will not be known until the final moments of the voting procedure. Depending on the distribution of jury votes, it means that a country in third or fourth place for example, may still have a chance to win. The point is that viewers will not know which country has won until the final moments of the voting sequence.

Will this make the Grand Final longer?

No. Based on calculations made by the producers, the projected running time of the Grand Final will remain approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.

If the spokespeople are only giving points for the jury vote, where can we find out the results of the televote?

Viewers will be able to see the point allocation on-screen in a fast-paced and exciting sequence. The points given by televoters in Australia will then be made available on the SBS Eurovision website and in the official Eurovision app shortly after the end of the Grand Final. As before, the EBU will also disclose full jury results after the Grand Final. The professional jury result of each country will continue to be determined based on the full ranking of all five jury members.

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