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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Voting Is Dead, Long Live The Voting! Written by on February 19, 2016 | 4 Comments

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Well that was a quiet week, not much happened, a few songs, a square stage with bits hanging off it, and a brave declaration that this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will last less than 3 hours 30 minutes.

Oh and the voting change. Which, if you;re honest is a tiny change and a big change. A tiny change in the scoring so there’s no more tricky combining of jury and public (just straight addition), and a big change in presenting the same score to try and hide the result as long as possible.

All that, the results cards, news form the National Finals, and your diary appointments for the next seven days. This is Eurovision, and this is your podcast.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Voting Is Dead, Long Live The Voting!

Performers turning down Eurovision, Donny Montell not on top, and a new stage! It was already a busy week of Eurovision before the voting system changed! Ewan Spence brings you all the Eurovision Song Contest news from the last seven days for ESC Insight, with music from Hogni Egilsson.

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About The Author: Ewan Spence

British Academy (BAFTA) nominated broadcaster and writer Ewan Spence is the voice behind The Unofficial Eurovision Song Contest Podcast and one of the driving forces behind ESC Insight. Having had an online presence since 1994, he is a noted commentator around the intersection of the media, internet, technology, mobility and how it affects us all. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, his work has appeared on the BBC, The Stage, STV, and The Times. You can follow Ewan on Twitter (@ewan) and Facebook (

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4 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Voting Is Dead, Long Live The Voting!”

  1. Ben says:

    Hi Ewan

    The bottom set of televotes all being announced at once – I expected them to do this anyway, but you seem to say it’s been confirmed, has it?

  2. Ewan Spence says:

    I have confirmed this with SVT.

  3. Monty says:

    I can’t claim the guaranteed climax: that’s the EBU’s own words on their announcement. I just murdered the metaphor 🙂

  4. Ewan Spence says:

    I rarely remember an EBU climax.

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