The EBU has today revealed the running order of the two semi-finals of Eurovision 2021 and we’re one step closer to the big shows in May.
Both the semi-finals open with a band. Lithuania’s The Roop will open the first semi-final with “Discoteque”. Over in semi-final two San Marino’s “Freaky Queen” Senhit will open with her song “Adrenalina”.
At the other end of the show, Malta’s Destiny will close semi-final one with “Je me casse”, while semi-final two will close with Denmark’s synth-pop duo Fyr & Flamme and their song “Øve os på hinanden”.
As well, fans have noted that Cyprus’ “El Diablo” is followed by Norway’s “Fallen Angel” — sticking to a theme!
Each semi-final will have two breaks for ads or non-commercial content, which can also affect the flow of the performances.
Eurovision 2021 – Semi-final one running order
- Lithuania: The Roop – “Discoteque”
- Slovenia: Ana Soklič – “Amen”
- Russia: Manizha – “Russian Woman”
- Sweden: Tusse – “Voices”
- Australia: Montaigne – “Technicolour”
- North Macedonia: Vasil – “Here I Stand”
- Ireland: Lesley Roy – “Maps”
- Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou – “El diablo”
- Norway: Tix – “Fallen Angel”
- Croatia: Albina – “Tick-Tock”
- Belgium: Hooverphonic – “The Wrong Place”
- Israel: Eden Alene – “Set Me Free”
- Romania: Roxen – “Amnesia”
- Azerbaijan: Efendi – “Mata Hari”
- Ukraine: Go_A – “SHUM”
- Malta: Destiny – “Je me casse”
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Eurovision 2021 – Semi-final two running order
- San Marino: Senhit – “Adrenalina”
- Estonia: Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”
- Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – “Omaga”
- Greece: Stefania – “Last Dance”
- Austria: Vincent Bueno – “Amen”
- Poland: Rafał – “The Ride”
- Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Sugar”
- Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið – “10 Years”
- Serbia: Hurricane – “Loco Loco”
- Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – “You”
- Albania: Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma”
- Portugal: The Black Mamba – “Love Is on My Side”
- Bulgaria: Victoria – “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
- Finland: Blind Channel – “Dark Side”
- Latvia: Samanta Tīna – “The Moon Is Rising”
- Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – “Tout l’univers”
- Denmark: Fyr & Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden”
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How the running order is decided
The running order was decided by the Eurovision 2021 host broadcasters NPO/NOS/AVROTROS, and approved by Eurovision Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl. Eurovision 2021 Head of Show Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen told wiwibloggs that a lot goes into deciding the running order:
“The meeting to decide the running order included eight people, including the Head of Show, multi-cam directors, someone from the technical production team and other executives. His team also used input from each country about the difficulties they may face on stage and the ideas they hope to convey. It’s not just about the flow of the music. It’s also about matters like moving props quickly and efficiently from one act to the next during the 35-second postcards.”
Eurovision 2021 has stuck with the same semi-final allocations that were originally drawn for Eurovision 2020. The semi-final allocation draw gives broadcasters a head start on their travel plans and budgets for Rotterdam. An act performing in the first half of the first semi-final will need to be in Rotterdam for rehearsals three days before an act performing in the second half of the second semi, meaning three extra days in accommodation, food and other expenses.
The grand final running order will be decided after the second semi-final when all the finalists have been determined. However, as the host country, the Netherlands has randomly drawn their place in the grand final. Jeangu Macrooy will perform 23rd.
What do you think of the semi-final running orders? Do any songs have a better chance at qualifying? Tell us your thoughts below!