It’s the event that will start to shape the semi-finals of Eurovision 2017. This Tuesday, 31 January, the semi-final allocation draw will take place in Kyiv. The draw will determine which semi-final each participating act will compete in — and which semi-final the Big Five plus Ukraine will vote in.
As well as the draw, the event will involve the official Eurovision handover. The president of the Stockholm’ city council Eva-Louise Erlandsson Slorach will hand over the host city insignia to Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klychko.
The allocation draw
The draw will first determine which of the semi-finals each of the Big 5 and host country Ukraine will vote in. As in previous years, Germany has already requested to vote in the second semi-final. New for 2017, Switzerland has also requested to compete in the second semi.
Then the countries competing in the semi-finals will be drawn to determine which semi-final they will perform in. The precise running order will later be determined by the show’s producers, once all songs have been submitted to the EBU.
The countries are grouped into pots based on historic voting patterns. This is to help ensure each semi-final is not dominated by countries that may all vote for each other by default.
Pot one is the Balkan region plus Switzerland, pot 2 is the Nordics, pot 3 looks to eastern Europe and Israel, pot 4 takes a journey from Hungary in the north to Cyprus in the south, pot 5 is, er, the leftovers, and pot 6 is the remaining north-western countries.
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