After Kate Miller-Heidke scored 87 points in the public voting at Eurovision: Australia Decides, several readers were curious as to how the voting system worked.
I’ve checked with SBS who outlined the structure as follows:
The total number of valid SMS votes is divided by 290 points, to determine how many of votes is equal to a point. For instance, if there were 271,021 votes, then every time a song has 934 votes it gets a point. (271,021 / 290 = 934.55 rounded to 934). This number is a quota. The amount of times the quota is reached is rounded up to the nearest whole point, ensuring the public get slightly more than the jury, as the power is in the public’s hands.
Industry jurors watch the Jury Preview Show on 8 February and order the 10 performances from favourite to least favourite. Each juror has 58 points, the 5 jurors together have 290 points, to shared as follows: 1st will be awarded 12 points 2nd will be awarded 10 points 3rd will be awarded 8 points 4th will be awarded 7 points 5th will be awarded 6 points 6th will be awarded 5 points 7th will be awarded 4 points 8th will be awarded 3 points 9th will be awarded 2 points 10th will be awarded 1 point The cumulative amount of points the industry jury gives to each performance will be revealed, from lowest the highest in the first round of voting that the hosts reveal. If two songs get the same points, the one with more higher scores is in front
In the event of a tie, certain tie-break situations prevail. i.e. song with larger public jury
score prevails, i.e. more higher scores (i.e. song with more number of higher scores, – so if 2 songs both got 2x12s, but one got 3x10s then that song wins etc).