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?

Semi-final 1

  • Italy
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands

Semi-final 2

  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain

Eurovision 2020 semi-final allocation draw:

Semi-final 1

First half

  • North Macedonia
  • Belarus
  • Lithuania
  • Sweden
  • Slovenia
  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • Russia

Second half

  • Norway
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Malta
  • Israel
  • Ukraine
  • Romania
  • Belgium

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.

Semi-final 2

First half

  • Austria
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Iceland
  • Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Estonia

Second half

  • Denmark
  • Bulgaria
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • Armenia
  • Latvia
  • Georgia
  • Portugal
  • Albania

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.

What do you make of the semi-final allocation draw? How does the draw help or hinder your country? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rob

Lots of working to do for every presenter. But since it’s early stage, they might make the most of it – fingers crossed.

My team would have been totally different, but sInce this is it, we should them all the best wishes and much luck! I hope they all shine and come out victorious! <3

Ted
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Ted

Saw a quote on twitter saying that the winning song has been in the same semi in which the UK has voted in for the past 9 years. Not sure if that’s correct as i’ve not fact checked. Wiwi?

Tom
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Tom

Its true i think, so maybe CZ, Iceland or Portugal will win

Ted
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Ted

I would take a long guess at Swizerland as I have loved the past 2 entries. They are upping their game each year. Possibly France too if we are including the big 5 in this voting semi.
I know we need to hear the songs, but this is just fun!

Ernest Chelmsford
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Ernest Chelmsford

Bye bye Australia! Your national selection this year sucks. So glad we’ll have them out of the final this year and have a TRUE Eurovision Grand Final. Hopefully after 2023 they’ll get booted out of the competition too. They’ve overstayed their welcome for far too long.

David
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David

Hater.. Hoping for someone to get booted!
why don’t you say the same for Azerbaijan or Israel

Be nice for once in your life

Dennie
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Dennie

I would have said it in a different way, but I agree. Australia shouldn’t be in eurovision.

Vic
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Vic

Form the bits I saw, very competent show and presenters. I am so glad that the Tel-Aviv horror is finally over. Never saw such a country that thinks is the greatest without anything to show for it…

NscoN
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NscoN

Italy was drawn first: it’s a clear sign from the heaven.

Robert
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Robert

Yes probably to become the FIRST runner up again…. HA

Kim
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Kim

Don’t get too excited yet saying Australia will qualify. So far the first 6 songs in the NF are very average with no real stand outs . Wait until the national finals to say is we are going to qualify .

Darren
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Darren

It’s Australia…..that is all.

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

lessons of love is really good. Vanessa can hit those notes live, it’s perfect jury bait, so it comes down to staging.

Pineaple
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Pineaple

I can’t believe people are genuinely arguing over a draw. Come on guys its not that serious. If a country has a standout song it will qualify, no matter its placed.

On paper Semi Final 1 certainly is a battle of the big guns, but remember what happened in 2018, Russia didn’t qualify, Azerbaijan didn’t qualify… these countries can have off years so there is no point writing off countries like Croatia or Ireland just yet.

I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out 🙂

Una
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Una

Russia 2018 is not a good example to give and say Russia could not qualify. Just saying. It would have been outrageous had it qualified.

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

2018 was such a disaster for Russia. I am glad that did not qualify.

Joe
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Joe

They’re usually so tight with staging and vocals. It was like a bad national final entry, not a country coming off a third place finish.

Elise
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Elise

Seems like I’ll have to watch both semi finale this year then ?

Darren
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Darren

Why why why is all the heavy hitters always placed in the same god damn semis.
Underdogs in Semi 1 are DOA.

Countries like Ireland shouldn’t even bother.

Australia, Ukraine, Sweden, Russia, Azerbaijan, Norway already in.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

In that case: How could Israel with 0 Neighbours won then 4 times? and Portugal with one won to? That seems very strange both could that if everything is already decided. So i dont agree. Ireland have to step it up. That poor girl in 2019 could not even sing live so what do Ireland expect….

Darren
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Darren

The first 3 times where different times, the 4th time, the song was big in the fandom. You can’t use Israel as an example here.
Portugal has clearly been a one-off.
The same countries have ended up in the same semis consistently. The same countries are thrown into the group of death all of the time, while other countries get a easy ride in the weaker semi, ALL THE TIME.

LawStudent
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LawStudent

This response makes no sense to me. Both Israel and Portugal and the Netherlands in the last three years all prove that if you have a good song you will win. This has absolutely nothing to do with geopolitics, neighboring support, historical voting records, statistical analysis, and betting odds If you are a small country or if you get stuck in the semi of death and you’re unsure about what to do — here’s your answer: do the one thing that always work, choose a good song and a good artist and a good staging, and you will win.

Darren
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Darren

It’s not even about winning it’s about being given an equal chance at just a mere qualification like other countries get.

Bart
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Bart

All countries have the same chance.

Una
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Una

Not all countries are created equal in Eurovision. We’ve have much more in the contest or more countries will have consistent good results.

Vic
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Vic

What grounds do you have to say that Portugal was a one-off? How can you tell? Why do you put that country so much down? It’s like for the Netherlands. The last time they won was 1975!!! But yet they won again.

Darren
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Darren

@Vic considering they only won 1 time in the previous 50 years of participating, then instantly went back to NQing, it is so far a one off. No comparison to Netherlands who have won many. Hardly putting the country down when it’s a fact at the moment. I loved Lisbon 2018 and I like their entries usually so I’m happy to be proven wrong. @Bart I don’t agree. Ireland (among others) is always thrown into the group of death with about 8 sure fire qualifiers, meanwhile other countries (like Greece and Serbia among others) go into the easier more open… Read more »

Darren
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Darren

I also think many of you picked me up wrong. My first comment isn’t even about the eventual winner, I believe that can be anyone in the final 25, however my issue is with the running order and participation of the semis. It’s made easier for the same group of countries to qualify all of the time, and made harder for others.

Una
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Una

Darren, how is it harder or easier for certain countries? I’ve thought about the allocation for a few years now. Well I saw the draw for 2020, I understand that the allocation into the pots is based on the voting patterns of the last 15 years. Then the countries are drawn 5 for the 1st semi then 5 for the 2nd. And so on. I can’t really think of a way of making things easier or worse for any country. Can you help me understand how would that be possible? I am genuinely curious. Thanks.

Darren
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Darren

Okay @Una So, take Ireland for example. We don’t send enough quality to actually win the thing, but we don’t actually send the worse songs either, (2009, 2015 for example would have qualified) Ireland seems to always land in a semi final where it will struggle to qualify, regardless of what they send, usually being placed in a semi alongside heavy hitters like Russia, Sweden, etc etc you know the countries I’m talking about. Meanwhile in the other semis, it seems more open and a country like Ireland, sending the kind of songs that we send would probably qualify. I’m… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

Your whole argument seems dependent on “heavy-hitters” like Sweden, Ukraine, Russia sending quality songs and Ireland sending weak songs. I agree it will probably be tough for Ireland to qualify, but that’s because they will probably send a weak song. All they have to do to even out the balance is to rise to the level of the other countries.

Darren
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Darren

@Jonas we all know that it’s not just that simple. And yes I refer to the heavy hitters because let’s not lie, these are going through regardless. I just think the semi final allocation is very unfair and favour some countries more than others. It’s easy to say we don’t know yet because we haven’t heard the songs, or underdog countries just need to up their game, at the end of the day, some countries are favoured and pushed to progress as a result of allocation or just who they are, while others aren’t given half as many chances. I… Read more »

Una
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Una

Thanks, Darren. I understand the point of the split blocs. But there are only 2 semis. And my math/statistics skills don’t help me. Should the countries be drawn 1 by 1 for each semi (instead of 5 by 5), would that help? The main issues are large blocks (ex Soviet, ex Yugoslav and the Nordics) and the fact that there are 2 semis. Imagine out of 5 main Nordic (Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Iceland) could 4 land in the same semi? And 1 on the other? Ireland could do so well with a very good song and a very… Read more »

Darren
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Darren

I’d be in favor of a 1 by 1 allocation yeah. No pots, put all the countries into one pot and draw from that. 18 countries in a semi, first 18 go into semi 1, the rest in semi 2.
Or
All countries placed in one pot, first picked goes into semi 1, the next into semi 2, third into semi 1 and so on.
The current system doesn’t work and is very unfair to many countries.

Una
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Una

Darren, I think that this pot allocation is OKish considering another scenario. I will try to explain with the example of pot 2 this year which consisted of Aus, Den, Est, Fin, Ice, Nor and Swe (7 countries) and 35 in total. Scenario: all 35 countries in one pot – one by one in the two semis: possibility that 4 Nordic countries get in one semi. So considering the 5 pots allocation I think there is less of a chance for 4 countries to be in the same semi. However this year we had pot 3 consisting of Aze, Arm,… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Just on who’s in which semi final, on paper, Semi Final 1 definitely looks like the tougher semi final, particularly with the likes of Australia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine all in the same semi. But we don’t know the songs yet, so anything can happen this year. Looking forward to hearing the songs!

Lord Suzy
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Lord Suzy

Kinda embarrassing that a lot of comments are about diaspora/neighbour voting.

Serpent
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Serpent

You are from Russia or Lithuania?

zzzaaaa
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zzzaaaa

semi1 seems tough, many powerhouses like Sweden, Russia, Ukraine. Very strong Norway, Australia, Romania, Azerbaijan. That’s already 7 very strong Eurovision country nearly always going to the final. And still then we have Cyprus, Belgium. That’s tough.
semi2 seems weaker, only two powerhouses Greek, Serbia. Some very strong countries like Denmark, Bulgaria. But that’s nowhere close semi1. Plus semi2 has historically weakest countries – San Marino and Moldova.

zzzaaaa
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zzzaaaa

forgot that last year Moldova took 3rd place.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

Uh, I think you got your years mixed up there. Moldova came 3rd in 2017 and didn’t even qualify last year.

Una
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Una

OMG Romania is not strong anymore. I predict a NQ unless they make serious changes in the way they stage the show. Marketing or PR means almost nothing. And it’s one of the few countries that have not made public announcements on their song or artist. No publication date either. So it’s a NQ for me at least with the zero info we have today and the steady track record of the last two years. I can’t see them raising the standard and doing the changes they need to do.

Una
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Una

Romania spent loads of money for the national selection – semis and GF – last year. Big changes and money as compared to the previous years. An expensive production altogether. Then even more money for Tel Aviv. Outcome: the worst result it’s had since the two semis system was introduced. So the argument stands: “not strong anymore”. With two NQs in a row there will be a third one no matter how much money they will spend unless they make big changes in the production and staging. And please google eurovision Romania in both English and Romanian. The only info… Read more »

Una
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Una

Yes and please get an English teacher and a PR person for all PR-related stuff. Neither The Humans nor Esther were able to explain the basic issue of what their songs were about. Nor other things. Way to go to connect with the public and the media and have commentators from the broadcasters say something articulate about your song. So that the public would vote for ya.

Jo.
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Jo.

sf1 seems to be the hardest, but let’s see..

Philip
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Philip

As for semi 1 we could pretty much assume that Russia, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Ukraine are IN. Cyprus, Romania, Belarus and Azerbaijan can be strong. Belgium and Serbia can pull out something interesting at times. North Macedonia has again a strong singer = jury votes. hmm.. Looks like a blood bath to me. Malta and Israel know how to surprise. I expect Croatia, Slovenia, and Ireland not to pass. Do not get panicky, it is just an observation. Yes we haven’t heard anything yet, I agree, that doesn’t mean we are not allowed to play with imagination and historical patterns.

uzhas
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uzhas

I’m confused, because you mentioned some countries from semi 2 as semi final 1 participants?

Philip
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Philip

only Serbia, it is in semi 2, and i forgot lithuania cuz never really left significant impression, otherwise it is good..

Gil Dadia
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Gil Dadia

Israel will return very strong this year with Ella Lee.
I expect top 5 for israel this year at least

Esc1234
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Esc1234

We still don’t know the songs so we can’t judge. However, the presenters were definitely amazing. Professional and comfortable. Great choice

Gabi
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Gabi

Couldn’t agree more about not sending the roop. It’s gonna be an interesting national final for sure.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I have always been facinated how the lithuanians abroad always vote like maniacs for Lithuania every year. Can some lithuanian explain why? many of the songs are not even good so i am only facinated by so many votes from Ireland,Norway, UK. Is it a nationlistic thing? I dont get the thing to vote for a bad song to support your country.

Gabi
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Gabi

Maybe it’s you who have a bad taste and don’t think a good song is good. Or you’re from a country where people are not united. Then I feel sorry for you.

Adam
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Adam

Lithuania had the best song in semi-final 2 last year, according to Irish, English and Norweigan televoters.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

but every year its the same. Dont you think thats weird?

Mia
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Mia

So what, what is your problem actually, you want to order people how to vote?

Rasmus
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Rasmus

so you dont think its weird at all to vote for the same country for 10 years no matter what they send? thats the point what im saying. If you dont think anything is wrong with that. Then thank god we dont have 100% televoting

xohxoh
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xohxoh

You don’t seem to mind when juries vote for Sweden every year no matter what they send. I wonder why is that?!

Rasmus
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Rasmus

You can argue all you want. But you know that John and Benjamin were bops. So thats why. If we sent UK or Belarus songs last year. We would never in a million years be 5th or 7th. you know that to. we have 3000 songs sent to MELFEST. If you have a BIG selection its bigger chance to choose a good one. thats a reason 2.

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Televote disagree.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Its only hardcore fans like you who wants Sweden to fail. Normal people dont care about the countrys name if they like a song.

Tom
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Tom

@xohxoh
Well Sweden at least sending quality POP songs (ok they are also generic in some way, and same but still they are good)what about Lithuania ?? Lithuania had only in 2016, 2018 and Maybe in 2011 good song. The others song were strange and i am honest. ..Sweden don’t have a diaspora as Romania, Russia Turkey, Azerbajdzan, Arm,Poland, or Lithuania …ok Sweden is overateed with jury, but same is Malta and Australia. And guess what Lithuania still never won BUT i must admit this year i like 9 songs from semis so fingers crosted for Monique 🙂

Rasmus
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Rasmus

De hatar Namnet Sverige bara. Hade vi hetat Serbien hade de älskat oss. tragiskt men sant.

Serpent
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Serpent

The jury points still come from people with different nationalities but diaspora points come from your own people. You can’t compare that.

Serpent
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Serpent

The problem is that other countries FAIL to qualify because Lithuania qualifies purely thanks to diaspora. It’s really unfair. I’d feel quite bad and embarrassed to vote desperately for my own country every single year. Russia of course gets even more diaspora points but they at least have good songs usually. But Lithuania is usually one of the weakest of the year and their diaspora pushes them to televote top10, whereas the country who comes 11th in the semi final fails. And also the British and Irish people never have a chance to give the most points to their favourite… Read more »

blueeyed
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blueeyed

You’re kidding, right? There are estimated about 150k Lithuanians in the UK. Among 66.5 milion people of other nationalities. And about 50k Lithuanians in Ireland, among around 5 milion people in total. Now tell me how max 200k people can out-vote 71 milion? Your name suits you, you’re spitting nationalistic venom.

Indiana07
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Indiana07

Lithuanian diaspora seems to be very active. I mean… absolutely every year 12 points from the UK, Ireland, usually from Norway too

Fleth
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Fleth

Yeah because they have loads of Lithuanians living in those respective countries. They want their own countries to win so they vote for themselves, it’s as simple as that.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I will NEVER understand how they are thinking. im just not like that at all.

Serpent
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Serpent

They’re just simple and desperate. Do they really hope that people won’t notice that those televote points to Lithuania come from Lithuanians themselves?

Rasmus
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Rasmus

So whats the point then to have a contest if you are ALWAYS voting the same every year anyway? Then ESC dont need to even exist. The stuff about united people is just stupid.

Ugnius
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Ugnius

Well, Rasmus, you support Sweden like a maniac in every wiwibloggs article where Sweden/Melfest is mentioned, so it’s basically the same 😉

Rasmus
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Rasmus

no the diffrece is i would never vote for Sweden if i didnt like the song.

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Suuure. Be scared tho, Sweden is next, Lithuanians are on their way. Soon Lithuanian diaspora will conquer all of the Europe and they will rule the contest. Mwahahahaha.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

isnt that sad if that happens? i would think that. i dont like diaspora voting

zzzaaaa
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zzzaaaa

yep, I am a Lithuanian and I can confirm that’s a nationalistic thing.
Eurovision here is taken quite(almost very) seriously. It’s very popular.
It’s just the way it is. I guess that is because Lithuania felt(still feels) a bit forgotten in Europe, a small quite poor country in the fringes of Europe and especially in the past Eurovision became one of the only ways to showcase ourselves to Europe. I guess that’s why this competition is taken so seriously even until now. Psychologists would say that’s a lack of self-confidence on our part.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I see. but i dont really know why they were so exited for Fuesmarc or last years entry. But its there money so. I hope Lithuania needs more then 3 countrys to qualify.

Fan
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Fan

Hard to say. Probably patriotism. Actually there are only ~36k Lithuanians in Ireland, ~45k in Norway. I have no idea how such numbers can fate Lithuania being in top 10 every year in those countries. Every Lithuanian should vote 😀

xohxoh
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xohxoh

The same way you’re such a maniac for Sweden and anything Swedish.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I dont get why your mad at me? I just wondered why the lithuanias vote for the same every year even when they DONT like their song. I dont controll 42 jury groups with 5 persons in each. If they want to vote for Sweden they can. Its really hard to choose a bad song when we have 3000 sent to us.

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Who told you that they don’t like their song, clearly they do if they vote for it. Oh poor you, damn those Lithuanians, as if other countries don’t benefit from diasporas and neighbor voting. Lithuania’s biggest achievement 6th place 14 years ago, they have qualified to the final 8 times out of 16, and you’re so worried about Lithuanian diaspora, lmao.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

im not worried about it. I just think its boring that Uk,Norway,Ireland give their 12 points to Lithuania EVERY year. Even to Fusedmarc…. that bothers me.

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Well i think it’s boring that Sweden gets to qualify every year with their trash, generic songs, but am i complaining? And just because you don’t like something doesn’t make it bad. Fusedmarc won the televote in Lithuania, is it really that hard to imagine that people with the same mentality would vote for them? Lithuanian diaspora is so strong and big that they didn’t even qualify, lmao, and neither did Jurijus last year. And in fact they didn’t qualify 8 out of 16 times. Where’s the benefit? They have reached top 10 only 2 times out of 20 and… Read more »

Rasmus
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Rasmus

I cant discuss wiht you if you think Sanna,Robin, benjamin, John were trash entrys…. thats sad to hear you say that becasue everyoen can hear they are not

Serpent
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Serpent

Lithuania and Russia benefit way more from diaspora voting than other countries.

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Lithuania benefits so much that they are one of the worst scoring countries in the competition, lmao.

Serpent
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Serpent

but they would have much lower scores without their massive diaspora. They should’ve been NQ-s in 2018 and have lower places in the grand final in 2016, 2013, 2011, 2015 etc

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Um, 2018 is one of their best entries, so is 2016… If you’re doing this revision, do it for everyone. Stay pressed tho. I low-key wish that Fusedmarc had qualified so y’all could fume more.

Polliu
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Polliu

Maybe due to the economic failure, they need to find something to stay together and show how they love their country.

Mia
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Mia

Rasmus, you’re like the broken record. You want rational explanation for irrational things, that’s impossible. People love their country, simmple as that, nationalist tend to support country, gays tend to support gays, then there’s teen audience, senior audience, hipster audience, conservative audience, rock audience, random viewers who usually go for the most flashy performance, etc., etc. We have juries who suppose to be objective but in the end they are human also and go after their views and feelings, politics also included. Which song do you like is highly subject thing because it’s based on people feelings. But in the… Read more »

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Exactly.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

then i dont think eurovosion should exist no more if everyone voted for themself. Lokk at Poland in JESC. Poles votes like crazy for Poland. Do you want that ? I cant argue with a a such nationlistic person like you. its no point

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Everyone been voting like that since forever, get over it. It ain’t changing anytime soon. If you want to complain about something, complain about Russia having like 100 free points with their diaspora.

Bart
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Bart

So, you would not vote for Sweden if you were watching the contest from another country?

Sergod Legendzarev
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Sergod Legendzarev

Lithuanians love Eurovision, even if some of them are denying that

M.m.mm
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M.m.mm

1 ; Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Romania, Slovenia, Belguim

2: Greece, Bulgaria, Iceland, Serbia, Czech R., Armenia, Estonia, Albania, Poland, Moldova

😀

ESCFanGA
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ESCFanGA

We don’t even know all of the songs yet so it makes no sense to predict the qualifiers now

Nick
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Nick

yes we don’t know songs yeat, but there is nothing wrong to guess, just for fun ))

Sebastián
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Sebastián

Who are you? Baba Vanga, Nostradamus, the mayan predictions or Merlin?

AntonESC
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AntonESC

Great hosts. Love them…..

dygh
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dygh

Can we also appreciate the artwork? Specifically the stripes when the country appears is weirldy satisfying to me. I love it. I’m a sucker for nice minimalist designs and oh boi I feel like a vampire.

Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

The Balkans, especially Croatia, if they want to return to the finals, should choose a kedzo or indira with a good song, and North Macedonia must surprise again to succeed, and Slovenia should send Gaja Prestor with a song in Slovene, in my opinion it is the Balkans who should do to succeed in Eurovision

noone
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noone

I still don’t know why Gaja Prestor is such a thing to foreigners??? Here on Wiwi everyone is talking about her! I don’t understand why – she is completely unknown in Slovenia, the general public doesn’t know her. Only kids know her from Instagram, she is an influencer and actress. I had to google her, noone over 20 has ever heard of her. Her music is not known or played on radios at all. The big guns are the two mega-stars Tinkara Kovac and Lina Kuduzovic, it will be between these two. On the other hand we have Klara Jazbec… Read more »

Lucas
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Lucas

I am honestly really hoping for you guys to send the Slovenian Korn aka INMATE they seem to be the most interesting choice in your NF

Jonas
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Jonas

Don’t underestimate YouTubers or instagram “influencers” just because you may not have heard of them. Bilal should have taught you that lesson.

noone
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noone

Yes, but the Slovene NF works like this: the jury (meaning RTV) chooses 2 super finalists and then the public can vote. If the influencer goes to the public, then yes, she can win. But RTV will never ever let her go to the vote. They will send Tinkara (100%) and then either Lina or the two acts the radios are pushing: Klara or Manca.

Jonas
Guest
Jonas

They might send her to the final two precisely because of the demographic she reaches. That’s what TV stations obsess about. Still, you’re probably right.

jack
Guest
jack

Serbia need to send Hurricane. I dont think any country is planning to send a girlband. They will stand out.

Philip
Guest
Philip

This year’s North macedonia’s singer can be compared to jacque Hodek.. he sings pop and opera.. and will try to repeat tamara’s success.. there is a chance of going with some sort of etno traditional song.. we;ll see in the following couple of days..

Ron
Guest
Ron

More good new for Armenia (besides being in a different semi from Azerbaijan), Armenia just announced the 12 acts competing and some very interesting names:

1. Vladimir Arzumanyan (winner of JESC 2010) returns!
2. Athenia Manoukian is competing – really hope it’s a BOP like XO’
3. Tokionine is competing (composer of Walking Out);
4. Miriam Baghdasaryan is competing – competed in Voice of Canada and was in Lara Fabian’s team

Ashton Schier
Guest
Ashton Schier

ooh I really hated XO but I hope she does well anyway 🙂

ESCFanGA
Guest
ESCFanGA

I think North Macedonia will struggle because none of their neighbors are voting in their semi. Slovenia could give them some points but I don’t think it’ll be enough. Portugal on the other hand will benefit from its draw because Spain, France, and Switzerland are all voting in its semi and all three of those countries usually give Portugal lots of points.

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

How can you say that when last year they came 2nd in a semi? and 7th in the final. If they have a great song they wont. They came also 6th in Junior ESC. So they dont struggle anymore

ESCFanGA
Guest
ESCFanGA

Macedonia last year had Albania, Croatia and Switzerland in its semi (all of whom usually vote for Macedonia).
Also Junior Eurovision and Eurovision are two completely separate competitions.

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

they got votes from almost EVERYONE so i dont believe that anymore:)

ESCFanGA
Guest
ESCFanGA

Those were jury votes. Also there’s no guarantee that Macedonia will qualify and do well this year simply because of last year’s result.

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

they got a lot of televotes to.

Philip
Guest
Philip

actually u just made the main point. Macedonia figured out all of this and learned that they should go with great singer and try to pick as much as possible jury votes.. which they did for this year again.. they are after the jury votes and whatever comes from the televote will be extra

Philip
Guest
Philip

it would pretty much depend on the song and the staging.. they have selected a great singer, so jury votes quite secured..

Nick
Guest
Nick

looks like semi 1 is stronger but we will see, hope my favs Australia, Ukraine and Belgium will qualify from semi 1
Also I really want to see Georgia in the final with a good song)

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

do you have faves BEFORE the songs are out? I dont

Nick
Guest
Nick

yes I have , I loved almost all their previous songs and i hope they will have good enough songs to qualify again, what is wrong with having favs Eurovision countries ?

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

i thought you meant you meant you are voting for them no matter what song they send. I dont like that but fave countries ofc you can have:). i have to

Nick
Guest
Nick

yeah, that’s what I meant, lol

Tajikistan
Guest
Tajikistan

And sorry to burst the bubble but we’re not winning

Gabi
Guest
Gabi

It’s not about winning. Do you really think we could do a great show at Siemens or Žalgiris arena?

Azaad
Guest
Azaad

To be honest, the Lithuanian NF is quite good this year. Most of the serious acts would guarantee a qualification at least.

Tajikistan
Guest
Tajikistan

Belarus and Russia don’t normally vote for us, mostly our votes are from Latvia. Ireland, Britain and Norway

DripDrop
Guest
DripDrop

I predict that Greece will open Semi 2 with Stefania (she will be officially announced next Monday) with her ethno-pop banger

DripDrop
Guest
DripDrop

Why so many downvotes? I just made a wild guess concerning the running order hahaha

Kate
Guest
Kate

so again we in the same semi with Sweden, Australia and Russia.
well, i hope Khayat will win Vidbir this year and we will qualify, good luck to everyone!

Jakub
Guest
Jakub

What a pity for my country Poland 🙁 No Ireland, Norway, Germany nor The Netherlands 🙁 It will be very hard for us to qualify to the grand final :/

King Kunta
Guest
King Kunta

if Poland sends Albert, they’ll get Czech Republic points

Skiwalko
Guest
Skiwalko

The truth is that if we have a good song, we’ll go through either way. 2019 was even worse if we’re talking about the countries with big Polish diaspora and we missed the final by only two points. I’m really hopeful about this year, I think we’ve got a format that will likely give us at least a decent place in Rotterdam.

MrBrightside
Guest
MrBrightside

*cough* the UK *cough*

Peter
Guest
Peter

That means you’ll finally need to come up with a good song!

Ted
Guest
Ted

The uk televote always give poland top marks.

Serpent
Guest
Serpent

There was no Ireland, no Germany, no the Netherlands, no the UK voting in SF1 last year but Poland still managed to come the top10 in the televote, so I don’t think it’s very bad for you + Poland has usually good songs.
However the jury never likes Poland so who knows…

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

Semi 1: Im not impressed with Australias and Norways selections. Romania, Azerbaijan,Russia have missed finals already so i feel its very open for all. I hope Ireland, Slovenia,Croatia have a great song.

Semi 2: Portugal,Georgia,San Marino are the 3 countries i feel that have to step up their game the most if they want to ever qualify again. The others are evolving fast i feel. I hope Latvia sends Samantha Tina and Iceland sends IVA.

Darren
Guest
Darren

Russia only missed one final, and let’s face it, they wanted to fail that year, Azerbaijan also only 1 year. I wouldn’t exactly call it THAT open.
Only Romania seems to be in a decline at the moment but I’m fully expecting them to return to form this year.

noone
Guest
noone

Oww, it’s a big problem for Slovenia. We only qualify when we’re in the same group as Serbia. Serbia is normally the only country that gives us high points and vice-versa. Being in the same group as Croatia and North Macedonia means that Croatia will get SLO and MAC votes and advance, especially if Indira or Colonia will sing. But Croatia never or very rarely gives points to SLO or MAC. Plus all the “automatic qualifyers” are here: Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Australia, Australia. They are sure things, on the other hand Croatia, Belarus (thanks to Russia) and Cyprus and Norway… Read more »

Leo
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Leo

I get your concern but i think 2018 proved that there are no safe qualifiers, so don’t worry. We don’t even have the songs yet.

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

Dont be sad :). Slovenia have qualified 2 years in a row so its not over yet :). Armenia,Romania have missed finals 2 years in a row and they always qualifies. My country Sweden 1 time so you never know when a country miss. Australia and Ukraine will also miss some time.

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

i agree with that. Their selection is not WOW to me yet.

Joe
Guest
Joe

You’ve qualified at least three times with no help from Serbia, as I recall.

Magpie
Guest
Magpie

2011, 2014, 2015

Iva
Guest
Iva

What about Macedonian chances in this Semi?

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

I hope he has a great opera song or pop song:)

ESCFanGA
Guest
ESCFanGA

Not good

Philip
Guest
Philip

neither.. i think macedonia is planning to go with ento vibes..

Andrew
Guest
Andrew

I love the hosts! They seem so relaxed and lovely

PuppetOnAString
Guest

Thanks from The Netherlands ?

Fionn
Guest
Fionn

My grandparents got married in the same room as it took place

Sebastian
Guest
Sebastian

How could they? Is it normal in Europe to get married in the city halls?

Whisker
Guest
Whisker

Yes, very normal.

Bigger
Guest
Bigger

In my hometown it is usually free (in the past on mondays, I don’t know whether it’s still the case) to marry in the city hall

Sebastian
Guest
Sebastian

I’m impressed! Here in Latin America is common to get the civil marriage in the civil registration office or you can get the religious certificated marriage to the civil registration

Tom
Guest
Tom

Does anybody noticed that last country from big 5 and host country was Netherlands( last year winner) then they started allocation draw for semis and the first 2 countries were N. Macedonia (jury winner) and Norway (televote winner) lol

MTD
Guest
MTD

Now that you’ve mentioned… LOL

The three big N’s from last year.

Joe
Guest
Joe

Also, somebody mentioned below that we’re ballyhooing Greece and Cyprus being split while Finland, Iceland, Estonia, and Denmark are all in the same semi and aren’t they neighbors? Listen, twenty years ago, that might’ve worked to some of their advantages (back in the days when Denmark and Estonia typically did really well, ergo, they’d vote for each other), but it’s not a given that any of them’ll vote for each other. Iceland and Finland typically wind up in the same semi but they’re also the Nordic countries with the farthest distance between each other, and they won’t vote for each… Read more »

blondboybc
Guest
blondboybc

Iceland is NO neighbour of any of those countries.

Una
Guest
Una

Not a neighbour but the Nordic factor is still strong.

John Moynahan
Guest
John Moynahan

I thought Germany had requested to vote in semifinal 2 as in previous years?
Can anyone explain why they were pulled out in vote in semifinal 1?

Joe
Guest
Joe

I guess they forgot? If they wanted to, Jon Ola would’ve said.

Jonas
Guest
Jonas

Jon Ola said there had been no requests this year, and they just randomly got semi-final one in the draw.

Tom
Guest
Tom

They got 2 semi randomly last year as well 🙂

Whisker
Guest
Whisker

Why did they request to vote in sf2?

Tom
Guest
Tom

@whisker i think sometimes they have a different kind of programs at the same date like ESC is 😀 i mean The voice or Idol or i dont know ( previously Switzerland, and Italy also requested)

Whisker
Guest
Whisker

Thanks @Tom!

Sale
Guest
Sale

Deputy Mayor keeps talking and talking

Chantal: Speaking of Dare To Dream, I’m
always dreaming of more time in live
television but we don’t have that time

Joe
Guest
Joe

I wish they brought back Ron Huldai and his recorder.

Tom
Guest
Tom

I can’t believe that Germany FINALLY will be voting in the 1 semi, they last time voted in 1 semi in 2010 lol …Belgium can profite cause they have Holland and Germany +Australia and Sweden in semi …Cz, Ice and Port are finally in 2 semi ..last time they were in 2 semi was in 2015. ….BTW Czech Republic were only 2 time in 2 semi. Also happy about Spain, they last time voted in 2 semi in 2013 .. Fin and Greece are finally in 2 semi they were last time in 2014 in 2 semi. Romania is finally… Read more »

Tom
Guest
Tom

I forgot to say Australia and Austria never been in one semi together, its interesting lol

Marvel
Guest
Marvel

That way at least no one can confuse them when it comes to voting haha

TheDr Mistery
Guest
TheDr Mistery

At least they’re connected through epic opening of 2017 televoting – “0 points goes to Austria, 2 points goes to Australia”… 😀

Azaad
Guest
Azaad

As an Aussie I find this hilarious! I would also say Australia debuted in Vienna 2015 so that’s another connection

Lucas
Guest
Lucas

Aren’t we gonna talk about how the host country is once again voting in SF1 lol. Russia, Norway, Germany and Ukraine were the only countries who voted in SF2 while hosting the concert

Joe
Guest
Joe

Yeah, I think Ukraine is the only one in recent years that voted in the second semi.

Tom
Guest
Tom

Yeah its interesting haha

Joe
Guest
Joe

Also, Cyprus may not have Greece to save their hides, but don’t forget that Sandro Nicolas got his start on The Voice of Germany, and guess who’s voting in their semi?

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

iveta mukuchyan was on the voice of germany and she got 2 televote points from them in the final… and she made it much further than sandro nicolas who was axed in the early stages of the competition

Joe
Guest
Joe

Huh. Maybe not. But don’t forget it’s also a smaller voting pool in the semi, which could work to his advantage. He might get bypassed in the final (if he makes it that far, who even knows?), but if a guy with German name recognition, mild or not, is in the semi they’re voting in, it doesn’t hurt. (Also, Germany has a large Greek diaspora, and now they can’t vote in Greece’s semi, so those votes have to go somewhere…)

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

the greek diaspora never bothered with cyprus + it ain’t that big considering greece’s televote points from germany + sandro is pretty much irrelevant in germany

Tajikistan
Guest
Tajikistan

That’s not true for the UK – their Greek diaspora is mostly Cypriot so both do well from Britain

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

nah, the uk televote gave cyprus: 0 in 2015, 2 in 2016, 0 in 2017, 8 in 2018, 1 in 2019. definitely not a relevant enough diaspora.

Brainafk_Maro
Guest
Brainafk_Maro

I dont know ??

Joe
Guest
Joe

Starts with a “G” and ends in a “y.”

Skiwalko
Guest
Skiwalko

Wait… Is Guernsey a country?

Joe
Guest
Joe

Surprise! Meet the 42nd contestant!

sulo
Guest
sulo

Morocco ?

Jonas
Guest
Jonas

What is Guernsey’s status actually? The channel islands are technically not part of the UK (right?) so I guess they’re just not represented at all ever? Like the Isle of Man?

Skiwalko
Guest
Skiwalko

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a self-governing dependency of the British Crown, and thus neither a part of the UK nor the British Overseas Territories. The Channel Islands are not a part of EU, they’re not a member state of the Commonwealth, they’re not even considered sovereign states, but rather “territories UK is responsible for”. It’s a weird case really.

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

just noticed sf1 has three ex-yu countries (croatia, macedonia, slovenia) and sf2 only has serbia!

Joe
Guest
Joe

Serbia’s still got Switzerland and Austria so it ain’t over for them. (And if they pick whatsherface who almost represented Austria, even better).

miiJo
Guest
miiJo

Yes , but in 2013 all Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Croatia ( plus Austria (diaspora voting)) were in the same sami final, but non of them go to the final 😀

Tom
Guest
Tom

They had bad songs actually, well apart from Montenegro

Lucas
Guest
Lucas

What really sucks is that Montenegro would have qualified with the new system

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

we still don’t know the split points from 2013 lol it’ll always stay a mystery

Lucas
Guest
Lucas

But we know the placement each country got with Jury and Televote. Montenegro got second last with juries but 4th with televote which would in theory qualify them with the new system.

Egle
Guest
Egle

Yayy Estonia has Latvia ja Finland our dear neighbours :)) And Georgia (we could send our Georgia song lol). Poor Ukraine has to be in same semifinal as the bully .. but good for televote maybe…

Gabi
Guest
Gabi

Jeez, it’s not that Ukraine and ‘the bully’ (maybe they should change the country’s name) cannot be in the same room. What if they both play in the final? Oh no, poor Ukraine… lol

Sabrina
Guest
Sabrina

Knowing just one song, I won’t dare pointing one semi as stronger than the other. What I can say for now is that I loved the broadcasting. The hosts were great, they spent just the right amount of time with each segment and it was very nice to see former winners talking about their running order. The Netherlands are doing a great job so far and I trust they will deliver one of the best contests ever.

Whisker
Guest
Whisker

I feel the same, 100%

Joe
Guest
Joe

And not recent winners, either! The most recent of them was Jorgen Olsen and he won twenty years ago. They know their history!

Jonas
Guest
Jonas

They obviously gathered them together when they were in Amsterdam to perform at Het Grote Songfestivalfeest. Lenny got hers wrong, though – she was actually 8th, not 3rd…

Joe
Guest
Joe

I figured as much. I do believe one of the winners performed third though (I think Spain?)

Jonas
Guest
Jonas

Yeah, Spain. Ireland 1994 was third too, so Lenny was right, it can happen!

Joe
Guest
Joe

And Monaco in 1971. Four of the last six winners were drawn in the first half, so who knows?

Joe
Guest
Joe

It also made me happy seeing the former winners reacting to the moments where they won. Niamh looked giddy all over again. (It’s also worth pointing out that Izhar and Katrina owe at least one of the top marks that led to their victory to the Netherlands).

Jonas
Guest
Jonas

Katrina was a little dismissive of the other entries, I thought. The Olsen Brothers were actually 15th, not 17th, so that’s another one that was wrong. If it was recorded at the time of the Amsterdam concert, they could have had Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, Eimear Quinn and Loreen bond over their 17th place wins. All on leap years too, useless-information fans.

Joe
Guest
Joe

Yeah, Johnny performed 17th on both of his winning entries, then Linda won with one of his songs! Must be a lucky number.

Sabrina
Guest
Sabrina

They got a nice mix of countries too. I think it was the first time I’ve seen Nicole out of her Eurovision performance.

hi yall
Guest
hi yall

Irelands really going to have to send Una or Aimee to qualify. Also if Armenia send Athena M, Armenia 12 points?

Fan From Texas
Guest
Fan From Texas

My initial reaction is the draws to be better balanced this year without a typical semifinal of death. We still need to have all the songs decided but I think it’s going to be a wide open contest this year. I have only heard one song this year from one of the National final that gives me winner vibes and I haven’t heard it live yet so those winner vibes can go away if the song is not delivered we’ll live.

Thomas
Guest
Thomas

What song is that?

Jonas
Guest
Jonas

I will be scared for Anna Bergendahl with Sweden’s position…how awful would it be for history to repeat itself ten years later?

Tom
Guest
Tom

She will not win probably, my swedish roots telling me it will be probably some boy

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

jag är Svensk med:) Visste inte du var:)

diana
Guest
diana

I’ll be damned if she represents us once again and fails to qualify AGAIN on the tenth anniversary of the worst results ever for us

Tajikistan
Guest
Tajikistan

Omar Naber 2.0

What would be weirder would be Laura winning in Estonia but failing to qualify for the third time…

Tom
Guest
Tom

@Eurovision fan haha true, but this year there will not be Irish winner who represented ireland in 2010 …

Sebastian
Guest
Sebastian

The first semi final is not a bloodbath, it’s more cheesy as hell beause you have Sweden, which they can send a song only with farts and burps and all people is gonna find it amazing, Norway, Australia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Malta, Israel and Cyprus. So, the first semi final will be an excited moment for the typical eurofan, full of neon, fireworks and subliminal messages (kidding hahaha) and the second one will be the “hipster one”

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

We are ONE of 17. Get over Sweden. We have missed in 2010. we are no superheroes

Geo
Guest
Geo

All you see, hypocrites is only Greece/Cyprus and Moldova/Romania, you are like…obsessed or something! But what about the elephant in the room?…. What about the neighbour countries in the 2nd semi??????? Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Estonia alltogether = 4 neighbour voting countries!!!… Also, Armenia, Georgia and Moldova… And from the 1st semi: Sweden got Norway, Russia got Belarus… Grow up!

Logical Person
Guest
Logical Person

The difference is, usually those countries would qualify with a decent song without the neighbor votes.

Greece and Cyprus can send crap and qualify only because of that.

blondboybc
Guest
blondboybc

Since when is Iceland a neighbour of Finland and Denmark and Estonia????

Una
Guest
Una

They are all Nordic countries, that’s my take. Not neighbours in strict terms. However do Iceland and Danmark share a maritime border via Greenland or the Faroe Islands?

Skiwalko
Guest
Skiwalko

What a great show! The carillon at the beginning, the Jon Ola Sand tribute, that bit with past winners, it’s amazing how Dutch team makes even the semi-final allocation draw highly enjoyable. The hosts did a fantastic job as well, plus we’ve also got our first glimpse of this year’s graphics and they look really promising. Well done!

Joe
Guest
Joe

Complain about him all you want, but I love Jon Ola. Although I couldn’t help but notice that he never actually said “Take it away” here! Maybe he’s become hyper-aware of it or something?

TheDr Mistery
Guest
TheDr Mistery

Host said it, though, and it was great! 😀

Una
Guest
Una

They showed way too many versions of that phrase from the different shows throughout the years. Hyper-aware that had he said that again it would have been too much.

BadWoolfGirl
Guest
BadWoolfGirl

I wonder if the music we heard during the allocation draw will be the same when the finalists are announced in May. It sounded like it.

Indiana07
Guest
Indiana07

It was quite awkward to see the hosts tbh

Jerry Prasetya
Guest
Jerry Prasetya

Anyway, i think Jan, Chantal, and Edsilia will be the best ESC presenters we have since Petra and Mans imo. They’re just seem comfy to each other and not doing something cringy

Una
Guest
Una

OMG for as long there is no “good night” instead of “good evening” when saying hello to the spokespersons I would say that would be a plus!