The European Broadcasting Union has today announced the decision to return to a ‘televoting window’ after all songs have been performed, effective from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The decision was made at a reference group meeting last week in Geneva.
In a statement on eurovision.tv, it said: ” analysis of voting data shows that an overwhelming majority of viewers still votes after the last song. Another argument to drop the full-show voting is the appearance of graphics during the show, which take up as many as 25 percent of the screen due to the required legal information and thereby distracts from the artistic performance.”
The official website went on to say that “Even though analysis shows that full-show televoting does not put anyone in a competitive disadvantage and that the position in the running order does not favour contestants performing early in the show, the EBU does value the fact that some viewers perceive it as more fair to vote after all contestants have performed. A decision about the length of the televoting window will be taken at a later stage in the lead up to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, which is scheduled to take place on 22, 24 and 26 May in Azerbaijan”.