Viewers at home and professional juries in all 39 participating countries each determine half of the outcome of the Final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
Viewers can vote by phone and/or SMS. The voting window opens at the start of the first song, and ends 15 minutes after the last song ends. They determine 50% of the outcome.
Professional juries in all 39 participating countries are invited to vote. They also determine 50% of the outcome. The jury, which consists of five members (including a chairperson) is the same jury that voted in one of the Semi-Finals. Their decision will be based on the second Dress Rehearsal, and the jury should convene on the day of the Final live show. The combined results of jury- and televoting will be presented on-air during the Final by spokespersons in all participating countries. As usual, the points 1 to 7 will appear on screen. The spokesperson will then reveal 8, 10 and 12 points
Jury voting rules
- The jury voting will be monitored by an independent notary in each country
- The jury should consist of a variety of members in terms of age, gender, and background
- All jury members must be citizens of the country they are representing
- None of the jury members must be connected with any of the participating songs/artists in such a way that they cannot vote independently. The participating broadcasters must send a letter of compliance with the voting instructions together with signed declarations by each jury member stating that they will vote independently
- The names of the jury members must be revealed by the respective participating broadcasters before or during the Final
- Each jury member of each national jury will make a ranking of his ten favourite songs and award points from 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points
- The chairperson will allocate 12 points to the song having obtained the highest number of votes from all jury members, 10 points to the song having obtained the second highest number of votes, 8 points to the song having obtained the third highest number of votes, 7 points to the next, and so on down to 1 point for the song having obtained the tenth highest number of votes from all jury members
- In the event of a tie for any of the above positions, the order of the tying songs shall be ascertained by a show of hands by the jury members (abstentions are not allowed)
Merging the jury- and televoting results
- As usual, the televoting winner receives 12 points, the runners-up 10 points, then 8 points, and so on to 1 point
- The EBU’s televoting partner Digame will merge the points given by televoters (1 to 8, 10 and 12) with the points given by the jury (1 to 8, 10 and 12) per individual country. Based on the combined points, the country with the highest points receives 12 points, then 10, etc.
- If there is a tie between two or more songs when the combined calculation between televotes and the jury votes is used to determine the final ranking of the songs in the Final, the song(s) which obtained the most votes from the televotes shall be ranked highest
- The results of the national juries will be published by the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest through www.eurovision.tv some days after the Final