The competition takes place in 3 rounds and a finale. In the 1st round, which runs over two days, 24 candidates will participate. 12 candidates will be selected for the 2nd round, which runs over one day. 6 candidates will go on to the 3rd round. 3 candidates will go on to the Finale.
Voting is by secret ballot in the presence of a Moderator representing, and appointed by the Management of the Competition. Ballots may not be made public.
The Jurors will vote independently and may not discuss the performances before or during the voting procedure.
If a member of the jury does not participate in the competition, for example on account of ”Force Majeure”, the Management has the right to appoint a new member of the jury immediately.
The Moderator collects all votes after each round, and checks that the ballot is properly signed by the juror. The Moderator and a neutral assistant count the votes and give the result to the assembled jury.
Prior to voting after the first, second and third round, each member of the Jury will be issued with a ballot with names of all the candidates performing in the round.
After the first round each member of the Jury places a “+” beside the names of the 12 candidates whom the Juror deems best qualified. The 12 candidates who obtain most votes will qualify for the second round.
After the second round each member of the Jury places a “+” beside the names of the 6 candidates whom the Juror deems best qualified. The 6 candidates who obtain most votes will qualify for the third round.
After the third round each member of the Jury places a “+” beside the names of the 3 candidates whom the Juror deems best qualified. The 3 candidates who obtain most votes will qualify for the finale.
If a vote proves inconclusive, the following procedures will be observed:
a) Should two or more candidates receive the same number of qualifying votes, a separate ballot will be held.
b) Should the votes be inconclusively distributed (minority votes) on both sides of the qualifying line, the contestants enjoying the support of the clear majority will be chosen first and those with not more than one vote will be rejected.
A new ballot will then be undertaken among the remaining candidates to allocate the vacancies.
After the finale, a separate vote is taken for each of the 1st-3rd Prize – beginning with the 1st Prize.
Prior to the vote, each member of the Jury is issued with a ballot on which he or she writes the name of the finalist to whom the Juror wishes to award the prize in question.
If the voting results in a tie between two finalists, a vote is taken to decide whether a Prize is to be divided between the two (in which case the subsequent Prize is not awarded, and the sum for the two Prizes is divided equally between the two winners (ex aequo)). If there is not a majority in favor of dividing the 1st Prize, the vote of the Chairman of the Jury decides in favor of one of the candidates.
If the voting results in a tie between three finalists, a vote will be taken to select, finally, the two best-qualified. Then follows the above procedure for the case of a tie between two finalists.
In the event of all voting ballots for this prize being blank the prize will not be awarded.
After each of the first three rounds the chairman will announce the candidates continuing to the next round in alphabetical order, without mentioning the number of votes they have got.
After the finale, the chairman will announce the winners without mentioning the number of votes obtained.
The decision of the Jury is final and cannot be appealed.