The Eurovision 2016 semi-final allocation draw is now complete. Earlier this morning host broadcaster SVT determined two important aspects of the semis: They assigned the Big 5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and host country Sweden to vote in one of the two semi-finals, and they assigned the remaining 37 countries to the two semi-finals. You can see the full breakdown below. The second semi-final is definitely an Eastern affair, with only five Western European countries — Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland— and Australia participating.
SVT personalities Alexandra Pascalidou and Jovan Radomir had the honour of hosting the event. Greek fans should know Pascalidou — she was the Greek commentator at Eurovision 2005 when Helena Paparizou won. As for Serbian-born Radomir, he co-wrote the lyrics to Marija Serifovic’s “Molitva” and presented Sweden’s points in 2004 and 2006. That’s major Euro-star power!
Where do the Big Five and Sweden Vote?
First Semi Final
- Sweden (pre-determined by the reference group)
Second Semi Final
- United Kingdom
- Germany (NDR requested this position and it was granted by the reference group)
Eurovision 2016 Semi-Finals: Allocation draw
The first semi-final will have 18 participants and the second will have 19 participants.
FIRST SEMI FINAL
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
SECOND SEMI FINAL
- FYR Macedonia
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Eurovision Semi-Final allocation draw pots
In case you’re wondering, ahead of the draw countries were placed into the following pots. These pots were created on the basis of historical voting patters, to help reduce “neighbourly voting”. With the return of Croatia, Bosnia, Ukraine and Bulgaria, as well as Australia making its first semi-final appearance, organisers had to create a sixth pot — adding one to the normal 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 influx of Lithuanians to the Emerald Isle in recent years (as seen in the Irish public voting at Eurovision recently). There are lots of other little quirks, which you can see in full below.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Israel (Israel are confirmed to participate in the second semi-final)