The next steps of the Eurovision 2019 journey are in motion. With all 41 songs now entered, the Head of Delegation meeting is now taking place in Israel. Here, each broadcaster will submit their songs formally, along with staging plans and more.

As part of the HoD meeting, host country Israel also draws their spot in the grand final running order at random. We now know that Kobi Marimi will open the second half of the grand final, as he sings 14th in the running order.

Kobi Marimi – Home

There’s some not-so-good news with that for Israeli fans hoping for double success. The last time that a host nation performed 14th was Austria’s The Makemakes in 2015. They, of course, ended up as the self-appointed “zeroes of our time”…and scored the dreaded nul points. Let’s hope “Home” avoids that unwanted accolade too!

Of course, there’s some more recent good news from spot 14. Mikolas Josef scored the Czech Republic’s best ever result from that position in 2018, finishing 6th in the grand final. Australia’s Isaiah also finished in the top ten in 2017 from the same spot.

The Olsen Brothers also took victory from the same position in 2000 – so not all hope is lost!

Now they have all the songs, Israeli broadcaster KAN will get the chance to select the running order for both the semi-finals. Following the semi-final allocation draw, they’ll put songs in the best order for production and to create a memorable, engaging show for viewers.

The date for announcement has varied over the years, but we can expect news soon: the running order for the semi-finals was unveiled on April 3 last year.

Do you think Israel has a good spot in the running order? Can Kobi pull off a better home country result than what we’ve seen recently? Let us know your thoughts down below.

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Polegend Godgarina
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welp this won’t help him escape last place

gili
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gili

what happened to the review video?

John B
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John B

HEY GUYS!!! HERE YOU HAVE MY TOP OF EUROVISION 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heSfNoIhEiw&t=3s

Thank you!!!

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

The wiwibloggs review hit the nail on the head – Israel did a fantastic job with this song and it will do really well. I admit I was highly skeptical of Kobi, but this is great. There are similar reviews all over, such as here: https://youtu.be/Ok1aR2UL-OQ The people who comment on this site are so out of touch with reality. I believe it is a kind of feedback loop here where a few people start an opinion and everyone cycles it. The results do not align with the comments on this site (the wiwibloggs video reviews are very good). Several… Read more »

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Yet another review saying the same thing as wiwibloggs – https://youtu.be/LH9IsoDhHDs

Ellie
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Ellie

Sorry but wiwibloggs when you will show about Albania ?? They took out a new video clip ! Yoy are too late

Jack
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Jack

The sad news coming from the reference group is Bjorkman being the show producer again. Waiting his retirement so he can stop messing up the contest

Jack
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Jack

I agree to some extent with you but let’s not deny that all that he wants to do is make eurovision like melfest with prerecorded vocals and generic pop. The only positive attribution he made is the voting system and the fact that it has suspence now.

Jack
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Jack

Many people say that he will take Jon ola’s place, which will make his power even bigger. And that won’t be good I think. He doesn’t care about the history of the contest or playing fair. He just wants to make ratings.

voix
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voix

omg not at all! He didnt did anything about the mess 2 years ago with russia and ukraine, and he also remained silent this year! How on earth a show that is created to unite people allows a country to ban another or to blackmail a chosen artist! I remember the statement by ebu on that was something generic saying that they cant intervene. Maybe they couldnt do anything with maruv, but in 2017 they could. That was an all time low

Una
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Una

I think that JOS has very good diplomacy skills and reserved personality that are a required in order to deal successfully with 40 plus countries every year. Imagine some people cannot deal with their own families, neighbours, colleagues, people with the same language like themselves. Look at what UA broadcaster did to their own fellow Ukrainian Maruv, for example. But dealing with 40 something cultures? That’s quite impressive in my book. Related to UA-RU: EBU are unable to overrule sovereign decisions of any country. It’s a public organization/network of TV and radio broadcasters ff;s. For entertainment, news, sports, arts and… Read more »

aroncido
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aroncido

What is up with the prerecorded vocals? I missed those news.
Are we talking backing vocals?

voix
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voix

Yes, melodifestivalen uses prerecorded backing vocals

Fatima
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Fatima

I think that the voting system is the worst of his additions, because much of the suspense is fake. Showing Cesár Sampson in a four-way split screen with just three reveals to go last year is a case in point. He’d already had his televote points, so there was no way AUT could stay ahead of ISR / CYP / ITA. Yet Björkman thought it was a good idea to pretend an act in that position could still win.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I want that ESC job one day. I dare to dream. I’m getting on a bit though. Can’t hold on forever. 😛

EZz
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EZz

If his stage Presence and everything is well on the night, honestly although I have my favourites like Portugal, Cyprus, And know Serbia and Switzerland and quite some others songs are good, I don’t see why Israel can’t either win again, or place highly, his song is authentic, it’s got a good ethnic feel to it, he’s charismatic when he sings, so if my favourites don’t win, I wouldn’t mind Israel winning again if they could afford to host next year. Good luck Israel.

Jingo
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Jingo

Israel should be happy if they don’t end up in the bottom with Germany

EZz
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EZz

Oh I haven’t heard Germany yet is it any good, do you recommend listening to their song.???

EZz
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EZz

Yeah I just heard Germany and wow. its sad how they sent such a high quality song last year, to sister sister, I’m really surprised I think Israel has a better chance then them at not being at the bottom.

Anna
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Anna

Honestly, he wouldn’t even qualify if he wasn’t an automatic qualifier. Imo, he will end up 20-26. The song has nothing special, and I’m sorry to say, but he seems very boring to me. ‘I am someone, I am someone’, singing only about himself. Not relatable at all.

Gili
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Gili

It seems that you really but really didn’t get the message of the song….it talks about the journey our soul is facing until we reach a point we accept our selfs and appreciate our self’s…returning home…means returning to your self ..to find a rest for your self….how can you even think that kobi sings about himself coming from ego,? What’s wrong with this world.. people are writing bad comments on songs they don’t even understand

EZz
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EZz

Well there’s you pulled my heart, I took it in, it made me someone, I am someone, that’s quite relatable to people I imagine.

Pok
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Pok

Even Germany is better than this boring song for me.

Gili
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Gili

Kobi was very bad boy who suffered from very low self esteem…the scars made him someone(:

Gili
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Gili

*fat not bad(:

united kingdom
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united kingdom

no wonder people of uk vote to leave EU

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Oh please, if you wanna troll about UK, at least do it under some UK- related article!

united kingdom
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united kingdom

i bet uk will get last place this year make sure we come last again

united kingdom
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united kingdom

running order for final must Decide by fair Draw not by fix boss Eurovision

BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO
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BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO

appallingly bland

AndTheRestIsHerstory
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AndTheRestIsHerstory

Host getting last again, how to ruin your fantastic UP-TEMPO win by sending a slow snoozefest next.

Israel ZERO POINTS!

NoGeoblocks
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NoGeoblocks

Eurotrash fans are only looking for bops and divas. Eurovision fans looking for quality. This is it! Quality.

Leo
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Leo

I couldn’t agree more!

LawStudent
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LawStudent

My ranking of the 41 songs:

1. Italy
2. Netherlands
3. Sweden
4. Switzerland
5. Cyprus
6. Norway
7. Spain
8. Greece
9. Malta
10. Estonia
11. Belgium
12. France
13. Czech Republic
14. Romania
15. Portugal
16. North Macedonia
17. Israel
18. Denmark
19. Russia
20. Armenia
21. Azerbaijan
22. Ireland
23. Australia
24. United Kingdom
25. Montenegro
26. Serbia
27. Croatia
28. Finland
29. Moldova
30. Germany
31. Austria
32. Lithuania
33. Poland
34. Iceland
35. Albania
36. San Marino
37. Latvia
38. Slovenia
39. Belarus
40. Hungary
41. Georgia

UK/Eesti Kid
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UK/Eesti Kid

Hahaha have you put Ireland at number 22 on purpose

LawStudent
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LawStudent

Yes.. hehe.. 8p

Jjjjj
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Jjjjj

Imagine if Ireland qualified and came 22nd in the final, that would be ironic!

La Signora
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La Signora

I love to see my country first. That’s a feeling… 🙂

Atari 2600
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Atari 2600

By this song, I’m guessing they don’t want us back next year!

Gili
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Gili

Yeah we chose quality so we won’t have to host again.,,(:..you enough trash pop songs that can make thier country host next year….if Portugal is not taking this contest it tells everything…this is art, ,novation…not the trash pop songs that are leading the gambling sites . ..we all know that trash is usually what most people listen too

Laia
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Laia

Thank you for enlighten us all with your endless wisdom, Gili. Happily there are wise people like you who tell others what is art and what is not, and what people should like!

Anna
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Anna

What about Israel last year? That was also leading the odds, and was also a bop? What did you say last year? That the contest needs bops and ballads are boring and trash probably. So biased and subjective.

NoGeoblocks
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NoGeoblocks

Anna dear. Don’t confuse Gili with me. (I mentioned bops and Divas) Toy is not a good or a quality song and I couldn’t care less if it would win or not. I only cared about the world getting to know the huge musical talent that is Netta. And this year the world needs to hear the amazing live vocals Kobi is known for in Israel. He also got a quality song… That’s just a bonus.

Anna
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Anna

I was answering to Gili.

euroMaster
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euroMaster

do we know the date for semi-finals running order?

zeev
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zeev

good luck kobi

Albert
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Albert

like the Israeli and the netherlands songs!

Joe
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Joe

Not a bad draw, all things considered.

Joe
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Joe

True, but opening the second half ain’t bad. It’ll be set off.

Ziv
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Ziv

I am more concerned who would get the cursed number 2 in grand final.
A ballad which is still able to qualify but bad enough to be the victim?
Lithuania? Austria? Hungary? But I do like the Lithuanian song.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

That’s why it should be a random draw for everyone !

Una
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Una

I hear you but that won’t happen. Both JOS and CB have talked about the reasons why the production team itself choose the running order. Take note that I don’t know whether the production team belongs to EBU or the broadcaster. Something along the lines of: 1. not have 4 female singers in white gowns in a row; 2. not have too many songs of similar style in a row 3. think of the props required for each performance 4. mix along the styles, female, male, group etc. The main idea was that the producers choose the songs in order… Read more »

Nicolas
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Nicolas

OMG, how did ESC survived from 1956 to 2012. And i don’t agree with the so called point of view of organizers to make shine the songs. Having Cyprus, Switzerland and Malta back to back would decide the viewer which one is really the best from similar style because having one perform #5 for example and some other at #22 will do more favour to the song coming last.

Una
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Una

Well, I get their point about making each song shine. Eventually it’s the countries that choose their songs whatever selection method they use. EBU cannot control the song selection as such. They work with what they have. The thing is that the draw allocation is made in January. How many countries choose their entries by then? Very few. I can see that some countries with internal selections will possibly choose their entry by taking into account what the competition in their SF is, in order to maximize their own chances to qualify. I don’t know whether performing in the first… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

I think the producer’s running order has its merits, but I don’t like the way they favor the big “contenders” by giving them the prime 20-25 slots, and dumping apparent no-hopers into No. 2. Spain will probably open the show this year if they get drawn in the first half. I don’t like the predictableness of it all. The running order becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

PP77
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PP77

No way, how to EBU fix draw for their babies.

PP77
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PP77

We know that spot will not give to Australia,Sweden,Malta,The Netherlands,Belgium, all EBU babies . Maybe Russia will sing 2nd in final.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Yes, we know that because none of those countries will even perform in the first half except for sweden and sweden actually has a good song -_-

Joe
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Joe

I mean, lots of good songs have tanked because of bad draws. I think specifically of when the Netherlands, who had a chill acoustic ballad, got drawn right next to Germany, who had a better chill acoustic ballad, in 2004.

Ziv
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Ziv

Last year when I knew my #1 Czech Republic had been allocated to number 14, right after France who got the best spot 13, I was mad that they were trying to push France up at the expense of Czech Republic, but it turned out Mikolas did better than France.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

And the worst I remember was Hungary 2005 drawing 1st position for the final. At that time the big 4 and automatic qualifiers had already drawn their position. So the remaining spots were allocated to the qualifiers and the order was decided by sort ascending with the qualifiers announcement. 10 enveloppes randomely picked by the presentators and bang they picked first the enveloppe of Hungary.

Una
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Una

We don’t know that yet. With the exception of the host country, all other countries qualified for the final must draw in which half of the show they will perform in. Their artists draw the 1st/2nd half live during the press conference of their respective SF.
TBH I am not sure what happens with the running order of the Big 5. Do they draw the 1st/2nd half somehow, somewhere? Can anyone enlighten me?

R
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The Big 5 draw their half on the opening ceremony.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

The big 5 draw first their half a few days before the first SF. Last year 4 of the big 5 have drawn top half.

Una
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Una

R and Nicolas – thanks.

Fatima
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Fatima

Ziv, it will be a slow tempo song which has only scraped through to the final. They won’t give a bad draw to a strong contender. Which is a pity, because we’ll never see a winner from number 2 under the current regime

andon
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andon

Off topic but albania has released the revamped version and the official music video

M_K
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M_K

Something tells me that he would have looked equally excited in the picture if it had been any other number between 1 and 26.

Ziv
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Ziv

I don’t think he really felt excited. If he could choose, I bet he would not pick 14.

Kaz
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Kaz

Gosh the host guy is so annoying…

Joshua
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Joshua

Glad I’m not the only who thinks that…

I am Thor, I am Thor
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I am Thor, I am Thor

He’s just building rapport among others, that’s all. Oftentimes, humorous.

Gili
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Gili

If he is annoying then you are the master of it…

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Well, for me neither of our “zeroes” deserved to come last – not even one point for the burning piano?

Aris
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Aris

Evi Papamichael, Head of Delegation from Cyprus, who finished second last year behind Israel’s Netta, had the honour of executing the draw under supervision of Jon Ola Sand. The outcome: Israel will perform 14th in the Grand Final.

Whisker
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Whisker

I was under the impression that the host country can choose their running order? That’s what Germany did in 2011?

Una
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Una

And Portugal in 2018!

R
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Portugal’s running order was drawn

Una
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Una

Then I misunderstood Claudia and Isaura when they explained how they got the slot. My bad.

NoGeoblocks
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NoGeoblocks

Beautiful song and an amazing singer. Israel is behind you Kobi! (because not doing so will not be smart). Good luck Kobi. Best male ballad this year (alongside Netherlands)

Yotam
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Yotam

I’m also Israeli, but let’s be honest: Kobi is not a particularly interesting singer and the song is terrible. Kitria was the only finalist who could have helped us avoid the host curse.

NoGeoblocks
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NoGeoblocks

How is your remark helpful? How does it help I have Kobi, the song or Israel in eurovision? Don’t be right be smart. (look back at Israelis remarks about netta from March of last year)

Don’t be right. Be smart. Either help the Israeli entry or stay quiet. Don’t hurt us!

aroncido
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aroncido

People should really stop treating Eurovision as a battle between nations where you have to stand up and root for your own.

NoGeoblocks
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NoGeoblocks

You don’t have to. You just have to realize that going against it doesn’t help…

La Signora
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La Signora

I agree (I’m not Israeli btw). I know very well the Israeli music industry and, even though Kobi is an amazing singer and I pretty like the song, I definitely think that his song doesn’t represent Israel. You folks, you have Stephan Legar, you have Noa Kirel just to name the popular names

Nicolas
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Nicolas

14th, perfect for the bathroom break.

Whisker
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Whisker

Yes, because some people are just full of ….

Pok
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Pok

It’s usually the position after a fan favorite. What are the odds!

James
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James

Adult diapers are a thing now.

R
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doesn’t stop people from spreading you-all-know-what-i-am-talking-about all over the internet 😀

Jonas J
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Jonas J

Doesn’t alter the fact that the song is dismal!

Gigii
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Gigii

When will we know the draw for the semis?

Una
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Una

From what I know there is a huge meeting of heads of delegation with EBU in March. After submitting their entries the countries have to give detailed plans to EBU regarding their staging so EBU can assess whether that’s something doable or not.
A lot of the running order has to do with the staging since it would be difficult to put on the stage two entries with loads of props and such during a very short period of time.
So between late March to mid April but I’d say the sooner the better so that acts can prepare accordingly.

Valentino
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Valentino

This song is more jury-friendly anyway. So the position won’t really affect its result much.

avner
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avner

Not sure about that. This somehow reminds me of The Greatest Showman and This is me; the movie was killed by critics but got tons of love from the public. Home can move many.

Möhrant
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Möhrant

The only concern with performing 14th and even 15th is that traditionally stronger entries in the first half tend to get put in the 9th to 13th spot, making it potentially a hard act or group of acts to follow. Then again, a good song shines from any position in the running order so concern shouldn’t be needed for a decent entry.

Meckie
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Meckie

Austria performed 14th in 2015!

P!nk Forever
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P!nk Forever

And it got us the last place. Well with that song and the homophobic band it was predictable.

PP77
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PP77

With voting system from 2016, Austria would be on 23 th place with 40 points all from juries ,Germany 25 th. UK would finished last on 27 th place with 19 points.

voix
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voix

it depends which songs will come before and after, but with so many ballads this year they will have a hard time separating them

Fatima
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Fatima

I think you’re right void. There are going to be some good ballads which will be overlooked on the night.