While the stars of Eurovision 2016 have been parading on the red carpet as the opening ceremony, the contestants from the Big 5 have had one more thing to do – finding out which half of the grand final they’ll be performing in.
Each of the artists drew to determine whether they’d be performing in the first or second half of the grand final on Saturday. They’ll be joining host country Sweden who previously drew ninth place.
Generally it’s considered that performing in the second half is more favourable, but the winners from the previous two years comfortably earned a victory from a first-half performance, Conchita from the 11th slot, Måns from 10th.
The semi-finalists will draw their halves at the press conference following each semi-final. The final running order will be determined by the producers of the show, with the EBU having final veto. The running order will be announced on the evening of May 12, after all the finalists have been decided.
- 9. Sweden
- United Kingdom