The viewers “ilska” (=rage) over the new voting system in Melodifestivalen 2019 turned out to be the teens getting angry over the fact that they don’t rule the results anymore. This new system is actually more fair than the old one even if I have some “?” which I am sure I can get the answers on if I read more about the change. One query from my side is that the votes, converted to the in the Eurovision world well known 12, 10, 8, 7 and so on system. Which is fine, but since the system is based on 10 songs and the semifinals only have 7 do the new system go from 12 to 4? Or like in for example the French selection some figures are not in the system at all? So instead of 1, 2, 3, 4 it’s 2, 4, 6? But again I’m sure I can find this info somewhere.
But to divide the “application” votes into age groups the older viewers (to which I’m most likely a part of now) not using the apps maximum votes, 5 votes per song, will at least have a chance to have their views counted. It’s good. BUT another thing I then think about is the tele votes since no one can check the age there. Is the called in votes also converted and use the 12. 10. 8 scale? Most likely also something I can find among the rules on SVT website.
So from my point of view this change is a good one even if the younger crowd feel like they been hit by a train. I ask those youngsters now crying that each point need to be counted and the new system is unfair do you also think this apply to the Eurovision? Are 6 million Russian votes supposed to be counted one by one as well as 800 000 Swedish votes? And impact the result? If yo we will look at a Eurovision where countries send performers they know are popular in countries with a huge population all to attract votes.
So again, the new way is actually one thing SVT done really well in their ways of changing the contest. Well done.