“…And if I dream it, if I believe it I’ll achieve it
I can make it far…”
– Gaia Cauchi

Geneva, Switzerland
15th annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest is coming closer and the confirmed participant countries have started choosing their representatives for the festival. This year’s contest will welcome 16 countries in the heart of the beautiful Caucasia, Tbilisi in Georgia. These are the confirmed countries:

Albania (RTSH)

Armenia (AMPTV)

Australia (ABC)

Belarus (BTRC)

Cyprus (CyBC)

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKRTV)

Georgia (GPB)

Ireland (TG4)

Italy (RAI)

Malta (PBS)

Poland (TVP)

Portugal (RTP)

Russia (RTR)

Serbia (RTS)

Netherlands (AVROTROS)

Ukraine (UA:PBC)

  “But Burak, what about the new rules?” I hear you asking.

Here it is. For the first time ever, voters from all around the world will be allowed to vote for their favorite song ONLINE. The voting will start from Friday (November 24) to Sunday (November 26). Before voting online, the viewers are obliged to watch the recap of all the songs to reach the voting section. After this, the voters will also be provided 60-second long previews of the rehearsals. The online voting will compromise 50% of the total votes, combined with pre-show voting. The rest of the points will come from the televoters.

So what do you think? Could this be introduced in Eurovision, as well? Do you think diaspora voting will be more effective in determining the winner? What are the possible side effects of this new rule? Comment below and share your thoughts with other Eurofans.

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