The Vote

Now it’s time to vote. Countries are not allowed to vote for their own entries, which means there’s frequently a lot of bloc voting. You can call or send a text message to vote, just like on American Idol.

Legendary Greek singer (and former Eurovision competitor) Nana Mouskouri came out to turn over the hourglass that opens the 10-minute voting window. (It’s a huge heart-shaped hourglass with the Greek flag on it, mounted on a stand.) After turning it over, the hourglass turned back rightside up, so they had to quickly get it going again. I guess you get an extra two seconds to vote.