Excitement is building in Stockholm for the first big event of Eurovision 2016 – the Semi-Final Allocation Draw on Monday. There’ll be a lot happening at the event. Vienna will officially handover to Stockholm, the official logo and slogan for the contest will be revealed, and countries will discover which semi-final they’ll be performing in. But most excitingly, the countries in each of the six pots have been revealed.
The event will see Vienna officially hand over the Host City insignia to Stockholm. We’ll also discover the logo, slogan and maybe even the hashtag for 2016. Will we take inspiration from Mans Zelmerlow and all be #Heroes?
Of course, we spent most of last year #BuildingBridges around Vienna and Europe. We’re really excited to see what the Swedes can come up with this year for a theme. Will we be told that “We are One” once again? Or
There are some significant changes to the pots, which are used to ensure a reduction in “neighborly voting”. With the return of Croatia, Bosnia, Ukraine and Bulgaria, as well as Australia making its first semi-final appearance, a sixth pot has been added to the usual five.
There are obvious pots for Balkans, Nordics and ex-Soviets, but the rest are more mixed. Australia share Pot Four with the likes of Belgium and the Netherlands, whilst Ireland and Lithuania have been put together in Pot Five, no doubt due to the influence of the Lithuanian diaspora seen in the Irish public voting in recent years. There are lots of other little quirks, which you can see in full below.
Eurovision Semi-Final allocation draw pots
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Israel (Israel are confirmed to participate in the second semi-final)
The draw will be streamed live on STV from 11:15. And you can follow wiwibloggs all the way through the draw on Monday. We’ll have our team on the ground giving you all the details, as well as all the reaction once the positions have been finalised. Keep up to date with all the news on our Twitter and Facebook pages too!