The semi-final allocation draw is underway in Rotterdam. Today is the day which truly begins to shape the landscape of the Eurovision season. We’ll learn which countries will sing in each semi-final of Eurovision 2020 and also which semi-finals the Big Five and The Netherlands will be voting in.
Eurovision 2020 semi-final allocation draw stream
Although we won’t know the running order or many of the competing songs for some time, speculation is well and truly underway. That’s because the semi-final allocation draw can offer some clues as to who may or may not qualify. It allows fans to begin to point out historical voting patterns to determine how certain countries may fare this year.
It also allows delegations to begin to plan their time in the host city and notifies broadcasters about which dates their countries will be performing on.
The pots for the semi-final allocation draw were unveiled last week. There were some slight changes from last year, most notably a reduction in the number of pots from six to five. The pots are based on countries with similar voting patterns in the last 15 years.
The semi-final draw also includes the transfer of the host city insignias. Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv, Zippi Brand Frank, was on scene to pass on the keys to Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam.
When do the Big Five and The Netherlands vote?
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
Eurovision 2020 semi-final allocation draw:
- North Macedonia
On first glance, this year’s draw has offered up a rather open field. The first semi-final contains both Australia and Ukraine — the only remaining countries with perfect qualification records. Regular qualifiers Russia, Azerbaijan and Sweden are also present.
Azerbaijan will benefit from being drawn away from Armenia for the first time since 2015, while Ukraine and Russia may divide the Eastern European vote. There is also a strong Balkan influence here, with three of the four competing ex-Yugoslav countries in this semi-final.
Two of the bookmakers’ early favourites will perform in the first half of the first semi-final, with Italy also voting in this semi-final. If they are to be believed, we may have our eyes on the favourites early. With the exception of Switzerland and the automatic qualifiers, all of last year’s Top 9 countries are competing in this semi-final. This may suggest that semi-final 1 may be the tougher on paper.
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- San Marino
- Czech Republic
You could argue that the field is also rather open in the second semi-final. Greece and Moldova will be without their most loyal allies in the form of Cyprus and Romania respectively. Serbia are also rather isolated as the only former Yugoslav country in this semi-final, but they do have neighbours Bulgaria, who return after a one year hiatus.
On the other hand, Estonia will be pleased to be joined by both Finland and Latvia. Armenia will benefit from being away from Azerbaijan as well, and are also joined by neighbours Georgia. Portugal will be pleased to have Spain voting in this semi-final.
There is also a strong central European contingent here. Austria, Switzerland, Poland and Czech Republic are all in the second semi-final.
Producers will release the exact running order based on this draw after all the songs have been released. This announcement usually comes in late March or early April.
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