The two semi-finals are done and dusted and now we have our full lineup for the grand final of Eurovision 2021. Following the semi-final two press conference, the EBU revealed the running order for Saturday night’s big show.
Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou receives the honour of opening the show with “El Diablo” while San Marino’s Senhit and Flo Rida will close out the evening with a shot of “Adrenalina”.
Eurovision 2021 Grand Final running order
- Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou — “El Diablo”
- Albania: Anxhela Peristeri — “Karma”
- Israel: Eden Alene — “Set Me Free”
- Belgium: Hooverphonic — “The Wrong Place”
- Russia: Manizha — “Russian Woman”
- Malta: Destiny — “Je Me Casse”
- Portugal: The Black Mamba — “Love Is On My Side”
- Serbia: Hurricane — “Loco Loco”
- United Kingdom: James Newman — “Embers”
- Greece: Stefania — “Last Dance”
- Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears — “Tout l’univers”
- Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið — “10 Years”
- Spain: Blas Cantó — “Voy a quedarme”
- Moldova: Natalia Gordienko — “Sugar”
- Germany: Jendrik — “I Don’t Feel Hate”
- Finland: Blind Channel — “Dark Side”
- Bulgaria: VICTORIA — “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
- Lithuania: The Roop — “Discoteque”
- Ukraine: Go_A — “SHUM”
- France: Barbara Pravi — “Voilà”
- Azerbaijan: Efendi — “Mata Hari”
- Norway: TIX — “Fallen Angel”
- The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy — “Birth of a New Age”
- Italy: Måneskin — “Zitti E Buoni”
- Sweden: Tusse — “Voices”
- San Marino: Senhit — “Adrenalina” (feat. Flo Rida)
How is the running order decided?
The Eurovision running order is decided through a two-step process.
First, the finalists randomly choose from a pot whether they will perform in the first half or the second half of the grand final. Then the show organisers will structure the acts in the most suitable running order possible, taking into a number of factors including tonal variety and the logistics of moving staging.
The only act whose running order position is entirely random is the host country. Back in 2020, The Netherlands’ Jeangu Macrooy drew spot 23 in the grand final. He retains this position for the 2021 show.
Prior to 2013, the final running order was determined completely at random. This rule was changed however to avoid subjecting audiences to an onslaught of countless ballads or songs with similar staging all in a row.
Does running order impact a country’s chances of victory?
It is generally considered favourable to perform starting from a later position in the running order. Recent winners including Israel’s Netta (22nd), Ukraine’s Jamala (21st) and Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest (18th) all performed in the second half.
But winning from an earlier position isn’t unheard of. Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw (10th), Portugal’s Salvador Sobral (11th) and The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence (12th) all performed in the first half.
The only running order position to have never produced a winner is the second place draw, often considered “the death slot”. But remember — there’s a first time for everything!
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