Update on 4 April 2016 at 16:40 GMT: Eurovision.tv has reversed it’s earlier announcement, and the running order draw will now be revealed on FRIDAY, APRIL 8.
Update: The running order for the semi-finals of the 2016 #Eurovision Song Contest will be unveiled on Friday 8th April
— Eurovision (@Eurovision) April 4, 2016
It’s one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Eurovision calendar, and finally the EBU has confirmed that the running order of the two semi-finals will be announced this Tuesday, 5 April.
The running order for the semi-finals of the 2016 #Eurovision Song Contest will be released on Tuesday 5th April!
— Eurovision (@Eurovision) April 1, 2016
Back in January, host broadcaster SVT used a random draw to determine which half of the two semi-finals each country would perform in, and which semi-final each of the Big 6 would vote in.
SVT now has the task of determining the running order of the two semi-finals.
Since 2013, the running order has been determined by the producer of the show, with a final veto by the EBU – though as of 2015, the EBU have not had reason to use that veto power.
When determining the line-up, the show producers consider factors such as staging requirements, keeping similar songs separate, and ensuring the line-up results in a good overall show.
Superstitions surround which places are best and worst in the line-up, but since 2013, songs have qualified from all positions – even the “unlucky” second spot.
At the moment it isn’t known how the running order will be revealed, but SVT have a flair for the dramatic when it comes to reveals. The running order for the Melfest semis was announced via a live Periscope broadcast, while the order of the Melfest grand final was confirmed live during the Andra Chansen results.
How do you think the semi-finals should be ordered? Which songs will open and close each show? Share your thoughts below.