Junior Eurovision 2020: Same voting system with slight changes

Junior Eurovision 2020: Same voting system with slight changes
Friday, 16 October 2020

  • EBU is in full steam making the final preparations for the 18th edition of the Junior Eurovisuion Song contest and has confirmed that the voting system will remain the same with slight changes. 

    As is customary, the final result will depend 50% on the vote of a professional jury , which will be made up of three adults and two children . The remaining 50% will be decided by viewers around the world through the online voting platform, implemented since 2017.

    Unlike past editions, when the audience could vote from 3 to 5 countries this year the public will be able to cast maximum three votes. This slight modification follows the smaller number of competing countries which this year are 13 quite lower than the 19 nations that participated last year. Therefore this format is implemented in order to guarantee a fair distribution of the scores and to counteract the effect of voting for the country itself.

    In online voting fans will be able to support and vote one more year for our own country and vote from anywhere on the planet . The platform where we can issue our ratings will open for the first time on Friday, November 27, 2020 , two days before the contest, where a summary of the 13 songs will have to be seen before voting.  After viewing the summary, we can also see a one-minute preview of each performance in case we continue to have doubts about our favorite topics.


    The presentation of votes

    At the moment the EBU is considering how to announce the votes during the show . The most significant change is that this year we will see the spokespersons again through connections from their respective countries , something that has not happened since 2012. Especially with the covid-19 pandemic still escalating and the restrictions implemented due to the diapsora this way of presentation seems necessary than ever. 

    Addtionally, the low number of participating countries, has put EBU offiicial in reviving the  8 and 10 points announcement by the spokespersons, and not only the 12 points and the rest automatically on the screen as in recent years, so that the votes are not made too fast and short.

    With the pandemic affecting rapidly each day's circumstances EBU officials have under study a number of options adjusted to the situtation as it unfolds up to the dates close to the contest. 

    Lets take a look at last year's voting system and method: 


    Source: ESC- Plus