Y’all, Eurovision 2016 just got very real. All 43 songs have now been submitted to the EBU at today’s Head of Delegation meeting in Stockholm. With the paperwork all filed, business moved on to one of the most important parts of the HoD meeting: the host country’s draw. We now know that Sweden will perform 9th in the running order for the Grand Final on May 14th!
This was something that neither Frans nor SVT had any control over, too. Whilst the broadcaster will get to choose the running order for every other song in the semi finals and final, Sweden’s draw was chosen at random. This is to ensure fairness — although, in theory, there would be nothing stopping SVT putting songs that might make Frans seem “better” around him. Of course, Austria’s ORF didn’t exactly do much to help The Makemakes last year…
Of course, in the past two years, the winner has come from the first half of the draw as well. Conchita Wurst performed in 11th out of 26 countries, whilst Måns Zelmerlöw performed 10th out of the 27 countries in the 2015 final. Could the chain keep going for a third year in a row?
Watch: Frans interview after Melodifestivalen
If Frans were to win, he would become the first person in nearly 30 years to win from singing in 9th. Of course, the last person to do so was a certain Celine Dion, back in 1988. 9th place has also given us three other winners: Udo Jurgens won 50 years ago with “Merci, Cherie” in 1966. Lys Assia also won the first ever contest from 9th place, as well as Isabelle Aubret in 1962. There is some real history there for Frans to add to!
Watch: Måns Zelmerlöw talks to us about Frans
What do you think about Frans’ draw in the final and how it might affect his chances of winning? Let us know in the comments section or through our Twitter page. Make sure to check back later on today too, for a roundup of all that has been revealed at today’s Head of Delegation meeting.