The semi-final allocation draw, hosted by Lucy Ayoub and Assi Azar at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, has just been concluded, which means we know which countries are performing in which semi-final!
Even more: we know the half of the show they’ll be performing in and in which semi-final the automatic qualifiers will be voting.
First, a draw was held for the Big 5 (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain) and host country Israel was held, to determine which semi-final they will be voting in.
The outcome of that was:
- United Kingdom
It is also in these semi-finals, these pre-qualified countries will be presenting their entries.
Then, before we went onto the draw of the semi-finalists, Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand noted that broadcaster SRG-SSR had requested for Switzerland to be in the second semi-final, due to scheduling issues.
This was granted by the EBU and so the only thing left was to draw a half for Switzerland.
Out of the 6 bowls, representing pots where countries were grouped together based on the voting patterns of the last 14 years, the countries were drawn and from different bowls, lots with ”1st half” and ”2nd half” were drawn. All to make the semi-finals balanced.
That gave us this division:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- The Netherlands
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