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
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic

Semi Final 2

First Half Second Half
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland

Additionally, the โ€œBig 5โ€ and last year’s winner Ukraine found out in which Semi Final they will vote.ย  ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France, ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany, and ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy will vote in Semi Final 1, while ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain ,ย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine, and the ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 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 todayโ€™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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