This afternoon the host broadcasters fielding singers for Eurovision 2014 participated in DR’s semi-final allocation draw. The results of three separate draws determined (1) which semi-final countries will sing in (2) whether they will sing in the first or second half of their semi and (3) in which semis the Big 5 and host country will vote. Here are the results….and some photos in case you missed the show.
Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)
The Netherlands (AvroTros)
San Marino (SRMTV)
Big Five and host country
France (France 3), Spain (TVE) and Denmark (NDR) will vote in this semi-final.
Sweden was assigned to this semi-final in advance of today’s draw. Because of the proximity of Sweden and Norway to Denmark, producers thought it best to separate them so fans from both countries can secure tickets.
FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
Switzerland (SRG SSR)
Italy (RAI) and the United Kingdom (BBC) will vote in this semi-final.
Norway was assigned to this semi-final in advance of today’s draw. Because of the proximity of Sweden and Norway to Denmark, producers thought it best to separate them so fans from both countries can secure tickets. Israel was assigned to this semi-final because its national day takes play on 6 May, which coincides with the first semi-final. Germany requested to vote in this semi-final ahead of today’s draw as well.
Do you like the fact that producers will decide who performs when, within their half of the semi-final? Check out David’s editorial on why running order matters.
Willy Lee Adams contributed this report from London. Follow him on Twitter @willyleeadams. You can also keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following wiwibloggs.com on Twitter and Facebook.