Voting - Rules, Terms and Conditions
This year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Malmö, Sweden.
1st Semi-Final - Tuesday 14th May 2013 , BBC Three
2nd Semi-Final - Thursday 16th May 2013, BBC Three
Grand Final - Saturday 18th May 2013, BBC One / BBC One HD
Voting in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013
1. After all countries have performed, viewers will be invited to vote for their favourite act/s.
2. Voting is by telephone only. Voters in the UK can choose either to call from their landline using the long (11-digit) number for the country of their choice or from their mobile phones using the shortcode (7-digit) number for the country of their choice. Please note that callers from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man should call from their landlines using the long (11-digit) number to avoid higher mobile charges.
The numbers to be used will be given during the programmes. Please note that you cannot vote by email, text/SMS or via this website. No voting by way of mobile app promoted during the programme will be available to UK viewers.
3. Vote lines are opened and closed as specified on the programmes. Votes received outside the specified times will not be counted, but may still be charged. Voting times may change.
4. UK-based viewers may only vote in the first Semi-Final on 14th May and the Grand Final on 18th May.
Voting in the Semi-Final
5. Although there are two semi-finals, UK viewers can only vote in the first Semi-Final on 14th May. The six countries who are automatically through to the Grand Final (UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the host Sweden) went into a draw to decide which of the two semi-finals they would be voting in. Please note that the UK act will not participate in the semi-finals.
6. The scoring for the semi-finals will be the same as the Grand Final, made up 50-50 from the public telephone vote and the National Jury (see below). The ten highest scoring acts in each Semi Final will go through to the Grand Final.
Voting in the Grand Final
7. In the Grand Final, UK-based callers may NOT vote for the UK act. Any votes from the UK for the UK act will not count and the call may still be charged.
8. In the Grand Final, the final scores of the songs shall be calculated on the basis of both the results of the televoting and the results of the national juries appointed. The scores of each song in each country shall be determined as follows: 12 points shall be allocated to the song having obtained the highest combined number of votes from the televoting and from the juries; 10 points to the song having obtained the second-highest combined number of votes from the televoting and from the juries, 8 points to the song having obtained the third-highest combined number of votes from the televoting and from the juries, 7 points to the next, and so on down to 1 point for the song having obtained the tenth-highest combined number of votes from the televoting and from the juries.
9. The winner of the Grand Final shall be the song which has obtained the highest number of points from the combined calculation of the televoting results and of the juries' scores from all participating countries.
10. Each national jury will consist of 5 members including a chairperson. The members shall be professionals within the music industry and nationals of the relevant country.
11. The members of each national jury will watch the live transmission of the 2nd dress rehearsal for both the Grand Final and the Semi Final in which that country is voting. After the transmission they will vote in accordance with the European Broadcasting Union Rules.
12. In the event of a tie, the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Rules prescribe the following:
Procedure in case of a tie in the Semi-Finals or in the Final
If there is a tie between two or more songs when the combined calculation between televotes and National Jury votes is used to determine the final ranking of the songs in the Semi-Finals or in the Final, the song(s) which obtained the most votes from the televotes shall be ranked highest.
Should two or more songs receive exactly the same number of televotes in a given country, the results of the National Jury shall be used to determine their respective ranks (i.e. the song having obtained the best rank from the National Jury shall be ranked highest).
Should two or more songs receive exactly the same rank from a National Jury, the order shall be ascertained by a show of hands by the members of the National Jury. If there is still a tie, the final order shall be decided by the vote of the youngest member of the National Jury.
Should there be a tie for the last position in a Semi-Final (because two songs have received the same number of points) or for the first place in the Final, as well as any other situation where a tie occurs, the winner shall be the song which has obtained points from the highest number of countries. If the tying songs have received points from the same number of countries, the highest number of 12-point scores shall be decisive. If the winner still cannot be determined by this procedure, the number of times ten points have been awarded shall be the deciding factor. If necessary, this method shall continue until account has been taken of the number of times one point has been awarded.
In the very unlikely case that after applying the above procedure in a Semi-Final there is still a tie concerning the qualifying ranks and non-qualifying ranks, the tie shall be resolved by giving precedence to the country which was earlier in the running order for the Semi-Final in question. The same procedure shall be used to resolve any other tie.
13. Calls to the long (11-digit) number cost 15p from BT landlines, other networks may vary. Calls to the long (11-digit) number will cost considerably more if made from a mobile device. Therefore, only call the long (11-digit) number, when dialling from a landline. To vote from your mobile in the UK, call the short (7-digit) number announced for your chosen country. Calls from the UK to the short (7-digit) number will cost 15p from a mobile phone. You cannot text and you cannot dial the short (7-digit) number from a landline. Callers from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man should call from their landlines using the long (11-digit) number to avoid higher mobile charges.
14. Voters must obtain permission from the bill payer before voting. Voters aged 12 and under should obtain parent/guardian consent before voting. Votes are only open to individuals as consumers calling from the UK, and not to any agencies, businesses and/or companies.
The BBC can only guarantee that votes individually entered directly through the telephone numbers promoted on the show will count. No voting by way of mobile app promoted during the programme will be available to UK viewers.
15. Make sure you carefully dial only the number of the act(s) you wish to vote for.
16. The BBC reserves the right to disqualify votes if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that there has been any deliberate attempt to rig or manipulate the voting.
17. The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any telephone network or line, system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any vote being lost or not properly registered or recorded.
18. The BBC reserves the right to cancel or suspend voting at any time if it considers it has reasonable cause to do so or if there is a technical breakdown of any kind.
19. For purpose of verifying any claim for refunds (where offered) or investigating possible voting irregularities, the BBC may need to request the network operator to disclose the telephone number that you are voting from. Please note that this will still be required where you have originally opted not to disclose your telephone number (caller’s line identification barring). If you do not agree to this, you should not vote.
20. In the unlikely event of a failure in the telephone votes for any reason the results of the national jury vote will be used. Both the televoting and the national jury voting will operate under the supervision of an independent adjudicator.
21. The Eurovision Song Contest 2013 is produced under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union. The rules are issued by the European Broadcasting Union and are common across all participating countries. More details can be found here.
22. The voting in this programme accords with the BBC's Code of Conduct for Competitions and Voting, details of which can be found on the BBC’S Standards and Guidelines website.