The producers at Denmark’s state broadcaster DR have revealed the Eurovision semi-final running order. As at the 2013 contest, the producers allocated countries to the first or second half of each semi during a random draw back in January. However, they have taken the liberty of deciding who will sing when within their half of the semi. It’s all about producing an interesting show—and preventing seven ballads from singing in a row.
As we’ve discussed countless times before, running order does play a role in the final results. And countless Eurovision fans believe that the EBU gently nudges juries about the countries it wants to see host. Based on the order below, you may be able to glean a bit of insight into who the EBU is hoping will win.
First Semi-Final Running Order
2. Latvia: Aarzemnieki with “Cake to Bake”
3. Estonia: Tanja with “Amazing”
4. Sweden: Sanna Nielsen with “Undo”
5. Iceland: Pollapönk with “No prejudice”
7. Russia: The Tolmachevy Twins with “Shine”
8. Azerbaijan: Dilara with “Start a Fire”
10. Belgium: Axel Hirsoux with “Mother”
11. Moldova: Cristina Scarlat with “Wild Soul”
13. Portugal: Suzy with “Quero Ser Tua”
14. Netherlands: The Common Linnets with “Calm After the Storm”
15. Montenegro: Sergej Cetkovic with “Moj svijet” (My World)
16. Hungary: András Kállay-Saunders with “Running”
- Producers have put Aram Mp3, the runaway favourite, in starting position. A lot of y’all are surprised by this. The curse of performing first—hey Natalia Kelly!—won’t be lost on Eurovision fans. However, Armenis has such momentum producers likely understand that performing first won’t hurt him, and that he’ll make sure viewers are on their sofas and tuning in on time.
- The lineup is generally quite varied, though there does appear to be a ballad/power-ballad section from 10 to 12 with Belgium, Moldova and San Marino. Portugal’s Suzy will snap us out of it with her samba in position 13
- Sweden’s Sanna is sandwiched between two upbeat numbers. Her mellow number will stand out!
- San Marino’s Valentina Monetta had to perform second in her semi-final last year, and then narrowly missed a spot in the final. Are producers making up for that this year?
- Montenegro placed fourth with the public last year, but then had a dismal showing with the juries. Eurovision fans were angry. Is performing next-to-last the producer’s way of saying, “You were done wrong”?
- There’s a lot of buzz around Hungary’s Kallay-Saunders, and producers have looked kindly on him. Do they want to keep a fan favourite for the end? Is this a sign there is support from the powers-that-be to promote Hungary as much as possible? They certainly deserve it following the success of their A Dal selection series
Second Semi-Final Running Order
1. Malta: Firelight with “Coming Home”
3. Norway: Carl Espen with “Silent Storm”
4. Georgia: The Shin with “Three Minutes to Earth”
5. Poland: Donatan and Cleo with “Slavic Girls”
7. Lithuania: Vilija Mataciunaite with “Attention”
8. Finland: Softengine with “Something Better”
12. Switzerland: Sebalter with “Hunter of Stars”
13. Greece: Freaky Fortune feat. Riskykidd with “Rise Up”
14. Slovenia: Tinkara Kovach with “Spet/Round and Round”
15. Romania: Paula Seling & Ovi with “Miracle”
- Malta has the indiginity of opening this semi. This does not bode well. Their song isn’t a huge favourite, and forcing them to go first may signal death.
- Norway, one of this year’s favourites, will present its somber ballad after a electro dance number. Talk about a scene change!
- Given all the technical difficulties that Poland faced when opening the show back in 2011 (the last time they participated), we knew there was no way they’d be opening again. They’ll sing fifth.
- Romania’s Paula Seling & Ovi, who placed third back in 2010, were already locks for the final. Performing last suggests how much producers believe in their song. They want viewers to stick around until the end, and stay interested during the interval / voting period.
- READ: Running order of semi-finals decided (Eurovision.tv)
- VISIT: The official Eurovision blog of DR (DR)