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.

Original article:

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.

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.

Will the Melfest post-it notes system be used?
Will the Melfest post-it notes system be used?

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.

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lukas.stre
lukas.stre
4 years ago

Omg, really??? Whay they changes these dates? Common…i’ll not be surprised if the running order will be revealed in may…or even at the morning of semi final 1..

Anton
Anton
4 years ago

@Nicky91
How to bribe the other countries to vote? Whi are the bribetakers?

João Teles
João Teles
4 years ago

or is it going to turn out as true? let’s wait and see. 🙂

João Teles
João Teles
4 years ago

April Fool’s joke?

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

well running order doesn’t matter anything, but of course Azerbaijan will get the advantage in the draw, as well with Russia, the 2 countries who bribe other countries to vote for them 🙁

Fatima
Fatima
4 years ago

This is why I haven’t got my preview DVD yet from ebay. They have to wait for the order to be confirmed before committing it to disk.

Laburnum
Laburnum
4 years ago

Semi Final 1:

01) Armenia
02) Russia
03) San Marino
04) Moldova
05) Hungary
06) Netherlands
07) Greece
08) Croatia
09) Finland
10) Estonia
11) B&H
12) Malta
13) Austria
14) Czech Republic
15) Cyprus
16) Azerbaijan
17) Montenegro
18) Iceland

Semi Final 2:

01) Serbia
02) Belarus
03) Israel
04) Australia
05) Latvia
06) Lithuania
07) Macedonia
08) Ireland
09) Poland
10) Switzerland
11) Belgium
12) Romania
13) Bulgaria
14) Denmark
15) Slovenia
16) Ukraine
17) Georgia
18) Albania
19) Norway

Mr.D
Mr.D
4 years ago

Omg you all are really absolutely bad. Running order by EBU should make it diversing, it will be man, woman, band, man, woman, band… Pop, rock, country, indie, d’n’b, world music, pop… Your expectations are very funny. Think, pls

MattDuran
MattDuran
4 years ago
Nicolas
Nicolas
4 years ago

My predictions 🙂

Semi Final 1:

01 Finland
02 Hungary
03 Armenia
04 Moldova
05 The Netherlands
06 San Marino
07 Greece
08 Croatia
09 Russia
10 Czech Republic
11 Bosnia & Herzegovina
12 Montenegro
13 Azerbaijan
14 Austria
15 Cyprus
16 Estonia
17 Malta
18 Iceland

Semi Final 2:

01 Serbia
02 Belarus
03 Israel
04 Ireland
05 Poland
06 Latvia
07 Australia
08 Switzerland
09 Lithuania
10 FYR Macedonia
11 Norway
12 Denmark
13 Romania
14 Slovenia
15 Albania
16 Bulgaria
17 Georgia
18 Belgium
19 Ukraine

elias
elias
4 years ago

It doesn’t matter if you sing 1st or 10th or even last. By the years and year by year people just find out that if a song is good enough to win will win anyway in whatever place it will be..from 2005-2013 the winners were on 17 – 24 spots and then i thought ok in the final it’s good to be in the last places but then 2014 winner was perfomed at 11 spot and 2015 at 10 spot so it shows that is not the number but the song!

Maxime Melikian
Maxime Melikian
4 years ago

Bonsoir Stockholm,

They should perform a complete draw to determine the running order. I don’t like this running order determined by the producers. This is bad. In the final it is crucial. Singing first is almost sure to lose. Then if I could decide, I would give my country a good spot and dangerous rivals a bad one.
Scandinavian countries are good at this game and give always France a bad spot. I am definitely scared for the final.
Cordially yours,
Maxime

Thales
Thales
4 years ago

My predictions: Semi-Final One 01 FINLAND 02 ARMENIA 03 SAN MARINO 04 GREECE 05 CROATIA 06 HUNGARY 07 MOLDOVA 08 THE NETHERLANDS 09 RUSSIA 10 CZECH REPUBLIC 11 AUSTRIA 12 MONTENEGRO 13 MALTA 14 ESTONIA 15 BOSNIA&HERZEGOVINA 16 ICELAND 17 CYPRUS 18 AZERBAIJAN Also, can open the show: Armenia, Croatia. Can close the show: Malta, Iceland. Semi-Final Two: 01 LITHUANIA 02 BELARUS 03 FYR MACEDONIA 04 SWITZERLAND 05 IRELAND 06 ISRAEL 07 SERBIA 08 LATVIA 09 POLAND 10 AUSTRALIA 11 BELGIUM 12 GEORGIA 13 ALBANIA 14 DENMARK 15 SLOVENIA 16 UKRAINE #UKR 17 ROMANIA 18 NORWAY 19 BULGARIA Also can… Read more »

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
4 years ago

how can you trust an announcement that’s made on the first of april? xD
anyway here’s my prediction for the running order:
1 finland
2 hungary
3 greece
4 croatia
5 san marino
6 moldova
7 russia
8 netherlands
9 armenia
10 cyprus
11 bosnia
12 malta
13 montenegro
14 estonia
15 iceland
16 czech republic
17 azerbaijan
18 austria

Jesper
Jesper
4 years ago

My predictions

SF1:
1. Russia
2. Netherlands
3. Greece
4. Finland
5. Armenia
6. San Marino
7. Hungary
8. Croatia
9. Moldova
10. Montenegro
11. Austria
12. Czech Republic
13. Azerbaijan
14. Cyprus
15. Estonia
16. Iceland
17. Bosnia and Herzegovina
18. Malta

SF2:
1. Belarus
2. Serbia
3. Lithuania
4. Israel
5. Australia
6. Latvia
7. Ireland
8. Macedonia
9. Switzerland
10. Poland
11. Denmark
12. Georgia
13. Romania
14. Albania
15. Norway
16. Slovenia
17. Bulgaria
18. Ukraine
19. Belgium

Freyah
Freyah
4 years ago

There will be the typical big openers and closers. I could actually see Russia opening Semi-Final 1 and Iceland closing it. Both are great tunes everyone will want to see, and Russia really gets the pace going whilst the ending to ‘Hear them Calling’ is quite momentous.

As for Semi-Final 2 I can see them opening with Lithuania or Ireland and closing with Bulgaria or Norway.

Lukas.str
Lukas.str
4 years ago

Semi Final 1:
1. Finlands
2. Armenia
3. San Marino
4. Hungary
5. Greece
6. Croatia
7. Russia
8. Netherlands
9. Moldova
10. Cyprus
11. Estonia
12. Malta
13. Montenegro
14. Austria
15. Azerbaijan
16. Czech Republic
17. Iceland
18. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Semi Final 2:
1. Ireland
2. Israel
3. Latvia
4. Poland
5. Australia
6. Switzerland
7. Lithuania
8. Macedonia
9. Belarus
10. Serbia
11. Romania
12. Denmark
13. Ukraine
14. Slovenia
15. Georgia
16. Norway
17. Belgium
18. Bulgaria
19. Albania

irish esc
irish esc
4 years ago

they revealing the running order on my birthday hooray.

oooops
oooops
4 years ago

Emils, yes, it is some wikipedia user who actually did believe in ESCToday’s april fools. Here is my running order: Semifinal 1: 1. Finland 2. Greece 3. Croatia 4. Moldova 5. Hungary 6. Armenia 7. San Marino 8. The Netherlands 9. Russia 10. Bosnia & Herzegovina 11. Iceland 12. Estonia 13. Czech Republic 14. Cyprus 15. Malta 16. Montenegro 17. Azebajdzjan 18. Austria Semifinal 2: 1. Lithuania 2. Belarus 3. Ireland 4. Switzerland 5. Israel 6. FYR Macedonia 7. Poland 8. Australia 9. Latvia 10. Serbia 11. Norway 12. Georgia 13. Albania 14. Bulgaria 15. Denmark 16. Slovenia 17. Ukraine… Read more »

Danish
Danish
4 years ago

Cannot wait!

Loo
Loo
4 years ago

My prediction. It will probably turn out something like this:

Semi 1

1. Moldova
2. Greece
3. Finland
4. Croatia
5. Russia
6. San Marino
7. Hungary
8. Netherlands
9. Armenia
10. Montenegro
11. Azerbaijan
12. Estonia
13. Iceland
14. Cyprus
15. Malta
16. Bosnia & Herzegovina
17. Czech Republic
18. Austria

Semi 2

1. Ireland
2. Switzerland
3. Israel
4. Belarus
5. Macedonia
6. Latvia
7. Poland
8. Australia
9. Serbia
10. Lithuania
11. Belgium
12. Georgia
13. Norway
14. Albania
15. Denmark
16. Ukraine
17. Romania
18. Slovenia
19. Bulgaria

Zagreb2017
Zagreb2017
4 years ago

Nina Kraljic from Croatia said that She is going to perform 4. In semfinals. That is something that We already knows. Waiting for others.

Yudhistira Mahasena
4 years ago

My expectation: Semi-final 1: 1. Croatia 2. Hungary 3. Russia 4. Armenia 5. Moldova 6. Finland 7. San Marino 8. The Netherlands 9. Greece 10. Azerbaijan 11. Bosnia and Herzegovina 12. Iceland 13. Czech Republic 14. Malta 15. Cyprus 16. Montenegro 17. Austria 18. Estonia Semi-final 2: 1. Poland 2. Serbia 3. Ireland 4. Israel 5. Belarus 6. Lithuania 7. Latvia 8. Australia 9. Switzerland 10. F.Y.R. Macedonia 11. Ukraine 12. Belgium 13. Denmark 14. Bulgaria 15. Albania 16. Norway 17. Romania 18. Slovenia 19. Georgia Final (automatic qualifiers): 5. Germany 6. France 9. Sweden 16. United Kingdom 18. Italy… Read more »

Emils
Emils
4 years ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_Song_Contest_2016
Is that running order a kind of april fool? Or Am I just dreaming? 😀

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
4 years ago

4 days?! At least we know now.

Nick
Nick
4 years ago

Finally!! 🙂 😉