While we are getting even closer to the Eurovision Song Contest, (there is actually only -roughly- 3 months), preparations for it are on the fast line. Today we got some news from Vienna, our 2015 host city, and the news are all about the semi final allocation draws, as we like to call them, The Pots!
Tomorrow’s draw is going to determine which countries will be competing in which semi final (first semi final to take place on the 19th of May, and the second semi final will take place on the 21st of May), and also which of the direct finalists will vote in which of the two semis. 16 countries will be competing in the first semi final while 17 countries in the second one. The exact running order numbers have nothing to do with tomorrow’s allocation draw.
The allocation of countries per pots are as follows:
- F.Y.R. Macedonia
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
- Czech Republic
During tomorrow’s draw it will also be drawn which semis the pre-qualified countries will be broadcasting and voting in. The German broadcaster will air live and vote in the second semi final at their own request, while the other so called “Big Five” countries (France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), as well as the host country (Austria) will be drawn.
The event will be hosted by ORF, and it will take place in Vienna, starting from 13:25 CET. You can watch the event by clicking here.
Kati Bellowitsch and Andi Knoll, ORF hosts, will be there to host the draw and guide us while the executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest Mr. Jon Ola Sand and Digame (the voting partner) representative Thomas Niedermeyer will also be there to oversee the event.