The Eurovision 2017 semi-final allocation draw took place on January 31 live from the Column Hall of Kyiv’s City State Administration. Host broadcaster UA:PBC determined two important aspects of the semis-finals for Kyiv.
Through a random draw, they assigned the Big 5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and host country Ukraine to vote in one of the two semi-finals. They also assigned the remaining 37 countries to the two semi-finals.
The precise running order of the semi-finals will be determined by the show’s producers once all songs have been submitted to the EBU.
Where do the Big Five and Ukraine Vote?
- United Kingdom
- Germany (NDR requested this semi-final and it was granted by the reference group)
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Eurovision 2017 semi-finals: Allocation draw
- Czech Republic
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
- Switzerland (SRF requested this semi-final and it was granted by the reference group)
- San Marino
Eurovision Semi-Final allocation draw pots
Ahead of the draw countries were placed into the following pots. The countries are grouped 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. Very much a case of celebrating diversity!
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 the leftovers, and pot 6 is the remaining north-western countries.
What do you think? How would you like the countries to be split? Share your thoughts below!