The new system, inspired by the voting system of Melodifestivalen, involves each country now awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.

Televoting votes from all the countries are pooled.

The Ericsson Globe has a capacity of approximately 16,000 attendees, and this was the second time the contest has been staged at the venue, after the Eurovision Song Contest 2000.

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The Director General of Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV), Carlo Romeo, stated on 23 February that the use of a substitute televoting result discriminated against microstates like San Marino, which only used a professional jury due to their use of the Italian phone system and would therefore have its voting representation diminished under the new system, and criticised the EBU for not contacting its members before making the decision.

Eurovision The Party, hosted by Sanna Nielsen, allowed fans to watch the final on a big screen and featured backstage material from the Ericsson Globe such as Nielsen conducting exclusive interviews and appearing with hosts Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was the 61st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

It took place in Stockholm, Sweden, following Måns Zelmerlöw's win at the 2015 contest in Vienna, Austria with the song "Heroes".

In the final, Australia finished second, improving on its debut in 2015, while Bulgaria finished fourth, its best result at the time since its debut and first participation in a final since 2007.

Justin Timberlake performed during the interval act of the final.The winner of the contest was Ukraine with the song "1944", written and performed by Jamala.This was Ukraine's second win and its first since 2004.After viewers have cast their votes, the results of each professional jury are presented, with countries receiving 1-8 and 10 points being displayed on-screen instead of 1-7, which had been the case since 2006, and the national spokesperson announcing only the country to which they award 12 points.After the results of the professional juries are presented, the televoting points from all participating countries are combined, providing one score for each song.However, other cities and arenas were invited to apply, and those making a bid had approximately three weeks to submit their offer to SVT.