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Ask Team Insight
In which our writers are given the opportunity to sound off on a topic close to our hearts. This week’s question is “If you could make one change to the official Eurovision rulebook, what would it be?”
Drop the jury voting for all songs from first place to last place, and have them only pick a top 10 or 15. Eurovision is a place for positive voting, not negative as jury members now have the power to do.
Running order for shows to be decided by a random draw. I know the arguments on increasing excitement and giving each song a chance to stand out, but I’ve always favoured Eurovision to lean towards being a fair Contest, rather than a manufactured spectacle. The running order impacts on the result, therefore it should be random.
Let all the prequalified finalists perform live during their voting semi-final as the voting/interval act. 3 x 4 minutes so these acts get as many live opportunities as the semi-finalists.
Change the start time to 7pm (U.K.) 8pm Central Europe. It’s on too late (not really a rule, but it doesn’t make any sense to remain in its time slot.)
A controversial one… but… looking to JESC as a trial, I think we should change it so that winner simply has first refusal to host. Lets go into the contest with less pressure felt by smaller countries, nor any fear from some others to host (Sharleen made this recommendation prior to the recent developments in Kyiv – John Lucas).
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