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How to vote in the Eurovision song contest and how the voting system works

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The 66th Eurovision song contest is finally here, with another set of musical hopefuls eager to represent their countries and impress both the judges and the public.

The competition is taking place tonight (Saturday May 14) live from the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy. Musician and social media star Sam Ryder is flying the flag for the UK this year, with his pop number SPACE MAN.

Here's everything you need to know about how the Eurovision voting system works - and, of course, how to cast that all-important vote yourself.

The voting is still done by a jury, however, public votes make up 50 per cent of the vote. Read more: Each participating country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their ten favourite songs.

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