Let the qualification speculation begin!
Tonight the Eurovision 2019 semi-final allocation draw took place in Tel Aviv Israel and we now know which semi-final countries will compete in.
We also know the semi-finals the Big Five and Israel will be voting in.
Although running order will be announced in the spring once all competing songs have been announced, fans can now begin to speculate about which countries will make the Grand Final in Tel Aviv in May.
When do the Big 5 and Israel vote?
- United Kingdom
Eurovision 2019 semi-final allocation draw:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
On first glance, this appears the more open of the two semi-finals. Australia is in the second half for the first time in history and Belgium breaks a run of first half draws. Greece and Cyprus are together for a fourth consecutive contest, Finland and Estonia may benefit from a vote exchange, and with Spain voting in this semi-final Portugal should stand to benefit. Poland, Belarus and Ukraine also historically swap votes.
- FYR Macedonia
On paper this is the tougher of the semi-finals. Heavyweights Russia and Sweden are on the scene, with other frequent qualifiers Austria, Moldova, Romania, Denmark, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Norway, the Netherlands and Lithuania also in the mix. However, until we see a running order and hear all the songs, discussion beyond this point is premature.
Producers will unveil the running order for the Semi-Finals once all acts have been received by the EBU and announced publicly. That announcement typically comes in late March or early April.
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