Eurovision Song Contest 2022: How to vote, is there a Eurovision app, can UK viewers vote for Sam Ryder and how does the voting system work?
Fans will have their chance to have a say in who will be vying to triumph, with many on the edge of their seats to see who receives the dreaded single point.
The annual event, which is watched by around 180 million people each year, has seen changes to the voting and ranking system in recent years, with experts saying the new method makes competition fairer.
When is Eurovision 2022?
But how does the voting system work and can you vote online?
Here’s everything you need to know:
How do you vote for your favorite performance?
Televotes are the primary means of voting in the Eurovision Song Contest.
These are the votes made by the public watching at home and viewers can vote in the semi-finals as well as the grand finals.
Voting will open after all countries have performed and it will remain open for approximately 15 minutes.
Each country, whether or not it has reached the final, can vote in the final, but not all countries vote in the two semi-finals.
Is there a Eurovision app?
Viewers can also vote for their favorite act via the Eurovision app.
The app is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Who are the “Big Five”?
The “Big Five” includes the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
These countries can only vote in one semi-final assigned to them in advance.
For Eurovision 2022, the UK will vote in the second semi-final, which will take place on Thursday 12 May.
Can UK viewers vote for Sam Ryder?
Even if you live in the UK and TikTok star Sam Ryder is your favorite this year, you can’t vote for your own country.
The BBC show generally blocks out any UK-relevant voting information so viewers don’t make any mistakes.
What are Eurovision jury votes?
Performances during the competition will also be judged by a panel of experts from each country.
This was the only way to determine contest winners until televoting was introduced in 1997.
Each jury is made up of six experts who rank their favorite songs by awarding 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points.
How are votes counted?
The countries participating in the contest are first ranked according to their place in the jury’s vote, and then are awarded a number of points based on the viewers’ votes.
This has been the method of announcing results since 2016.
Prior to the introduction of the method, votes were combined and announced all at once.
There are often big disparities between jury-favorite and audience-favorite performances, which is why experts say the new voting method is fairer for contestants.
Who is presenting the Eurovision Song Contest this year?
Pop star Mika will take the stage alongside Laura Pausini and Alessandro Cattelan to host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Graham Norton will return to commentate on the UK on BBC One and Strictly Come Dancing finalist AJ Odudu will announce how the UK voted in the final.