EBU allows auto-tune to be used at Eurovision with exceptions

January 9, 2024


The EBU have confirmed that auto tune will be allowed at Eurovision - with exceptions.

Autotune has always been banned from being used at the Eurovision Song Contest, but due to Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix confirming the use of auto tune for a second year running, broadcaster TV2 have reached out to the EBU to clarify their rules regarding the use of auto tune in the contest.

In response, the EBU have outlined all of the rules and regulations surrounding the use of auto tune at the Eurovision Song Contest, something which has not been done on this scale before, Melodi Grand Prix club president Morten Thomassen remarks.

The EBU go on to explain that the use of auto tune at Eurovision to correct the singers vocals is not allowed, but the use of auto tune to be used a sound effect for parts of the song is allowed.

The EBU’s communications department has said to TV2: “Live vocals are very important in our format and in the competition’s tradition. The quality of the lead vocals is a large part of the overall assessment of the performance, both for the jury and the audience at home.”

Whilst auto tune has yet to be used at Eurovision, we have seen the use of a vocodor on two occassions, both of which came from Denmark coincidently. Reiley used a vocodor for his performance of “Breaking My Heart” at Eurovision 2023, whilst winners The Olsen Brothers used a vocodor at Eurovision 2000 with their entry “Fly On The Wings Of Love”.

What are your thoughts on the use of auto tune at Eurovision and Melodi Grand Prix? Do you think it should be allowed, or do you think it should be banned? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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