Eurovision 2022: How does the public vote work?

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Public Vote Explained

Turin is the destination for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 14th May, following Italy's triumph in 2021. We're all familiar with 'nul points', perhaps more so than we'd like in recent years, but how exactly does the voting process work?

The Eurovision Song Contest returns to Italy in May as Turin prepares to stage the 66th edition of the annual televised music event.

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Italian singer Laura Pausini, TV presenter Alessandro Cattelan and pop sensation Mika will host the grand final, which will be held at the 13,300-seat PalaOlimpico.

As is the case annually, the ‘Big Five’ of Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK have automatic competing rights, and they will be joined in the final by the 20 acts which progress from May’s semi-finals.

TikTok star Sam Ryder will be representing the UK, with his song Space Man not expected to trouble the top half of the final leaderboard. He will be hoping to better James Newman, the UK’s 2021 entry, who came dead last and failed to register a point. But how does the voting system work, and how are points distributed?

How does the voting process work?

The voting for the final of Eurovision is broken up into two parts.

In the first, a public vote is carried out in each participating nation via telephone, text message, or using the official Eurovision app. It is commonly referred to as a ‘televote’ and viewers cannot vote for their own country. Points are awarded by each nation to their 10 most popular acts, with 12 and 10 points given to first and second place, respectively. The remaining eight acts receive points on a scale of eight to one, with third place receiving eight, fourth given seven, and so on. These results are announced by a designated host during the live show.

The second part of the voting process sees a professional jury from each nation award points to their favourite acts using the same points system.

The points awarded by the professional jury and the points awarded in the ‘televote’ are then combined to give each performing nation a total number of points. The highest points scorer once all votes have been counted will be crowned 2022’s Eurovision winner.

When is the Eurovision Song Contest?

The Eurovision Song Contest, normally known simply as Eurovision, is held on Saturday 14th May this year.

Where is Eurovision 2022 being held?

Eurovision is being hosted in Turin, Italy. This follows the tradition of the winners of the previous year hosting the subsequent contest.

Italy triumphed in Rotterdam in 2021, rock band Måneskin winning with their song ‘Zitti e buoni’.