This year the new Eurovision rules demand broadcasters to reveal who are in the country’s jury panel before the actual song contest. Each country has a jury panel of five members who have a 50% stake in the outcome while the televoters have another 50%.
By revealing the members beforehand, EBU wants to highlight the importance of transparency in the contest to avoid speculations on cheating.
Following rules were applied for the jurors;
- Members shall not have been part of a National Jury the preceding two years.
- Members of the National Juries must be music industry professionals
- There shall be a balance among the members of each National Jury to ensure sufficient representativeness in terms of gender, age and background.
- All members of the National Juries shall be citizens of the country they represent.
- No member of a National Jury shall be connected in any way with any of the participating songs entered and/or artists performing in the Eurovision Song Contest in such a way that they cannot vote in complete independence and impartiality.
The jurors are guided to pay attention to the following elements when rating the songs;
- vocal capacity
- the performance on stage
- the composition and originality of the song
- the overall impression by the act