During the Semi-Final Allocation Draw in January, the acts competing in the Eurovision 2017 semi-finals were assigned to a semi-final — 18 in the first, 19 in the second. They were also assigned to perform in the first or second half of each semi.
And on Friday producers finally revealed the semi-final running order, which they devised to make the most entertaining show possible — aka, let’s not put depressing songs back-to-back-to-back!
Interestingly, Russia’s Julia Samoylova remains in the running order and is set to perform third in Semi-Final 2 after Serbia and Austria.
Semi-Final 1 Running Order
- Czech Republic
Sweden’s Christer Björkman, this year’s content producer, is responsible for the look and feel of the 43 acts on stage. And clearly producers love what he’s done with his own contestant, as Robin Bengtsson will open proceedings with his spectacular treadmills and suited-and-booted backing dancers.
From his upbeat funk we move to ballads from Georgia, Australia and Albania. Belgium, who performs fifth, will stand out with her electro sound, and then Montenegro will open the first can of crazy with “Space”.
Of all the ballads crammed into the first half of the show, Finland and Portugal have been put the latest, suggesting producers want to help them get through.
Latvia’s Triana Park — known for their wild and raucous stage shows — have the honour of closing out the show.
Semi-Final 2 Running Order
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
Serbia’s Tijana will open Semi-Final 2 with her drum ‘n bass number “In Too Deep”.
Ireland, which hasn’t made the final since 2013, have been given the latest possible slot in the first half, which might help their chances of qualifying again.
On the flip side, San Marino’s Valentina Monetta and her singing partner Jimmie Wilson have been placed as early as possible in the second half.
In spots 13 to 15 we have a series of groups —JOWST, Timebelle and NAVI from Norway, Switzerland and Belarus.
And, perhaps hoping to pick up everyone’s energy before the interval and voting reveal, producers have put Israel’s Imri last. Dance, dance, baby!