United By Music: Eurovision is officially in Liverpool’s hands

The Semi Final Allocation Draw took place today at St George’s Hall in Liverpool. It was hosted by AJ Odudu and Rylan and decided the fate of the 31 countries that are not pre-qualified to the Grand Final. They were assisted during the event by Ukrainian students from a local school.

We now know which countries will compete in which Semi Final, and even if they will feature in the first or second half of each Semi. While the precise running order is yet to be determined, here is the Semi Final split for Eurovision 2023:

Semi Final 1

First Half Second Half
🇷🇸 Serbia 🇸🇪 Sweden
🇱🇻 Latvia 🇲🇩 Moldova
🇮🇪 Ireland 🇨🇭 Switzerland
🇳🇴 Norway 🇮🇱 Israel
🇵🇹 Portugal 🇳🇱 Netherlands
🇭🇷 Croatia 🇫🇮 Finland
🇲🇹 Malta 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
🇨🇿 Czech Republic

Semi Final 2

First Half Second Half
🇦🇲 Armenia 🇦🇱 Albania
🇨🇾 Cyprus 🇦🇺 Australia
🇷🇴 Romania 🇦🇹 Austria
🇩🇰 Denmark 🇱🇹 Lithuania
🇧🇪 Belgium 🇸🇲 San Marino
🇮🇸 Iceland 🇸🇮 Slovenia
🇬🇷 Greece 🇬🇪 Georgia
🇪🇪 Estonia 🇵🇱 Poland

Additionally, the “Big 5” and last year’s winner Ukraine found out in which Semi Final they will vote.  🇫🇷 France, 🇩🇪 Germany, and 🇮🇹 Italy will vote in Semi Final 1, while 🇪🇸 Spain , 🇺🇦 Ukraine, and the 🇬🇧 United Kingdom will vote in Semi Final 2.

The logo and theme art were officially unveiled today as well, despite popping up around Liverpool since the weekend. The logo is formed by a colorful EKG effect (electrocardiograms) to create a chain of hearts. When animated, each one reacts to rhythm and sound to illustrate the collective heart beating in unison of all of Eurovision’s participants and viewers.

The slogan this year is “United By Music“. Eurovision’s official social media and the official artwork for 2023 are heavily using the font ‘Penny Lane’. It was chosen as it was historically used on twentieth-century signage in Liverpool street names and symbolizes the city’s rich musical heritage.

During the insignia ceremony, Liverpool’s mayor Joanne Anderson summed up the city’s feelings:

“I’m so proud to be able to host Eurovision on behalf of Liverpool, but especially on behalf of Ukraine.”

If you missed today’s event, catch up at the link below. Is there a ‘Semi Final of death’ this year? How will your country fair in its Semi? Let us know below or on our socials @escbubble!

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