Eurovision 2021 Grand Final Running Order
Photos: EBU / Thomas Hannes / Andres Putting

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

  1. Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou — “El Diablo”
  2. Albania: Anxhela Peristeri — “Karma”
  3. Israel: Eden Alene — “Set Me Free”
  4. Belgium: Hooverphonic — “The Wrong Place”
  5. Russia: Manizha — “Russian Woman”
  6. Malta: Destiny — “Je Me Casse”
  7. Portugal: The Black Mamba — “Love Is On My Side”
  8. Serbia: Hurricane — “Loco Loco”
  9. United Kingdom: James Newman — “Embers”
  10. Greece: Stefania — “Last Dance”
  11. Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears — “Tout l’univers”
  12. Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið — “10 Years”
  13. Spain: Blas Cantó — “Voy a quedarme”
  14. Moldova: Natalia Gordienko — “Sugar”
  15. Germany: Jendrik — “I Don’t Feel Hate”
  16. Finland: Blind Channel — “Dark Side”
  17. Bulgaria: VICTORIA — “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
  18. Lithuania: The Roop — “Discoteque”
  19. Ukraine: Go_A — “SHUM”
  20. France: Barbara Pravi — “Voilà”
  21. Azerbaijan: Efendi — “Mata Hari”
  22. Norway: TIX — “Fallen Angel”
  23. The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy — “Birth of a New Age”
  24. Italy: Måneskin — “Zitti E Buoni”
  25. Sweden: Tusse — “Voices”
  26. 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!

What do you think? Are you happy with the grand final running order? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Euro Fan
Euro Fan
3 months ago

Isn’t interesting that both Victoria and Hatari competed in the same running order spot, 13th in one of the semi finals and 17th in the finals like from BDSM punk rock to soft emotional ballad for 2 years? 😀

Last edited 3 months ago by Euro Fan
The truth
The truth
3 months ago

Year after year the ESC has become a joke. This excuse of creating a balance of different song genres and styles is nothing but a ploy to favour certain countries over others. The fairest and more justified manner to decide the running order is to retain the old deciding manner – that is by lot and not to leave it in the hands of the production team. So what is there are more ballads and/or bops following each other. That would be purely based on luck and chance. The lottery system is the best method because it takes away the… Read more »

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

UK staging is disappointing, i can’t believe they got a professional stage director, very static and no energy!

USguy
USguy
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Really? Is anyone surprised UK failed yet again.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  USguy

I am because the team was actually professional this time

Riri
Riri
3 months ago

Just a genuine question, why is everyone against Malta?

The truth
The truth
3 months ago
Reply to  Riri

Because it was in the top spot in the bookies’ odds for weeks.

Riri
Riri
3 months ago
Reply to  The truth

But does that make it okay to trash talk an artist just because she’s a favorite? I rarely see any negative comments towards Italy and France, and they have been in the top spot in the bookie’s odds as well! I do not understand why everyone seems to have a problem with Malta!

The truth
The truth
3 months ago
Reply to  Riri

I don’t know either and simply cannot understand it. For defending her I was accused of being a Maltese stan and being against free speech. I am infact neither.

Una
Una
3 months ago

UK’s staging is much worse than I ever thought. They’re redeemed a tiny, minuscule bit by something they do with the lights – I have no idea how to explain the spiel other than white lights moving fast from side to side like a sort of a wave. I think I’ve started to comprehend that the UK will not do as good as I would have hoped. Basically nothing seemed to work in the official video other than the lights described above. But all is not lost in my Eurovision because Italy and the Netherlands bring it with excellent music,… Read more »

Extinguir
Extinguir
3 months ago

So, RAI had a Press Conference about the Eurovision. Claudio Fasulo, Entertainment Director at RAI, said: “If Italy and Maneskin are going to win, Rai would gladly host the biggest musical event in the world. In 2017, we had meetings and talked about Turin as best option for host city. Today, we would need a new meeting to decide the host city to see if there’re new possibilities”.

Extinguir
Extinguir
3 months ago
Reply to  Extinguir

There’s a video in Italian about it https://twitter.com/Cinguetterai/status/1395688753650454530

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Extinguir

I’ve remembered that I’ve been to Rome in 2017!

Tadhg
Tadhg
3 months ago
Reply to  Extinguir

Maybe they should worry about winning first and if the do let’s hope they do a better job at hosting that the did the last time 30 years ago.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Extinguir

What’s the fuss about Turin? Once again Italy prioritizes the north of Italy.

Last edited 3 months ago by Alex
Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

There’s so many potential host cities there and I’m sure there will be a bidding process like whenever any country wins.
Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Genoa would all be great host cities full of culture and things.
I think they should bring it to Rome though personally, it’s their great capital and it’s been so long since Italy hosted last, and who knows when they will again.
BUT FIRST…let’s see if they even win. It really is all to play for.

Azaad
Azaad
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Don’t know if Milan would be up for hosting because Covid recovery might be more pressing to the city given how the pandemic was in Lombardy.

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

If it’s Rome it will cost you a fortune, a stor. What about (Lost In) Verona?!

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I know but the RAI guy admitted that Torino would be the host city in 2018 if they had won…

I woukd love Naples but they don;t have the venue or capacity. Genoa and Rome would be my choices, definitely not Torino…

Sol
Sol
3 months ago

San Marino should definitely add “feat. Flo Rida” to their title! Also, the screens should say Flo Rida more explicitly during the performance. Many people might completely miss Flo Rida. They need all that boost as they get no points for free. And they deserve those points! What a bop!

Jamie
Jamie
3 months ago
Reply to  Sol

There’s probably a no feature agreement. Some artists just don’t want to be featured.

canada_piano
canada_piano
3 months ago
Reply to  Sol

all the commentators will say he is flo rida. regardless, the song is still great

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
3 months ago

Well, this is gonna be such an exciting Gran Final and I PERSONALY LOVE IT! We are not gonna know what will happen until the end, I have a feeling France might win the jury and Italy the televote, maybe San Marino or Serbia can get more televote? Could Russia or Ukraine give the surprise? And what about the early favourites like Switzerland or Malta then? I’m personally rooting for Italy or France hoever wins, I’ll support the artists who gets the trophy ll the way, it’s been to years without a contest, the first time in history that it’s… Read more »

Vicky
Vicky
3 months ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

I have same feeling that France will win.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
3 months ago

And I also realized that Black Mamba shares Sunstroke Project (Moldova 2017)’s running order numbers which are both competed 12th in one of the semi finals and 7th in the grand finals.

Last edited 3 months ago by Euro Fan
Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

it doesn’t really mean anything

BoyWithEmotions
BoyWithEmotions
3 months ago

What is going on between Gjon and Kateryna?
they sending hearts to one another,Kateryna calling Gjon “my baby” on Insta, camera caught them talking and Kate sending a kiss to Gjon,I’m digging this ship,haha

lin
lin
3 months ago

Sorry , who is Kateryna?

BoyWithEmotions
BoyWithEmotions
3 months ago
Reply to  lin

the lead singer of Go_A

Sot
Sot
3 months ago

Screw Efentix, Gjon-Kateryna is the thing now

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
3 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Ahaha yes, and they’re my top 2 as well

Bastian
Bastian
3 months ago

Its just PR…

Doris
Doris
3 months ago
Reply to  Bastian

It’s just the top 2

Darren
3 months ago

Well..staging a “ship” on social media worked for Efendi and Tix so…

Berta
Berta
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

dont think it staged, they been chatting through zoom for year before met in Roterdam, there is a tons livestreams of them talking, laughing and Kate teaching Gjon Ukrainian, lol
And she was talking in every interview how she adores Swiss entry and Gjon,also Gjon in interview to local channel asked about Go_A said how cute Kate is, all it was before Eurovision season started

Last edited 3 months ago by Berta
Ffs
Ffs
3 months ago

somehow I don’t think he’s into girls …

Nick
Nick
3 months ago
Reply to  Ffs

well, I would go straight for Kate ,lol
but he easily could be bi

kas
kas
3 months ago

…maybe he is ”THE ONE”…

dxi
dxi
3 months ago

She’s ten years older than him (though still gorgeous); I think the age difference would be just a bit too awkward.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

Katerina doesn’t even speak English so she would need the guy from the band to do the interpreting….so what is going on is a threesome might take place.

Emily
Emily
3 months ago

This is one of those years where I genuinely can’t predict a winner. I have my own personal top 26, but if I’m predicting the outcome, it’s gonna be a close call.

I don’t half feel for Albania being 2nd in the running order for the second time in a row. 🙁

Emily
Emily
3 months ago
Reply to  Emily

PS: whoever put Finland after Germany, I SALUTE YOU.

CyxCy
CyxCy
3 months ago

They put in a lot of songs to party at the very start of the show, which is clearly not going to benefit them. Malta, who was one of the big favorites, could suffer. Too bad for Belgium and Portugal, which I like a lot but which also find themselves at the very beginning, stuck between two slices of fiery choreography. Russia is also a bit lost in the middle of it all. It’s the only rap song. Not sure the audience that only watches the grand finale will remember it by the end of the show. Corridor 10 to… Read more »

Nudiecrudi
Nudiecrudi
3 months ago
Reply to  CyxCy

What kind of problems are we facing in Italy?
Do you have any notice because as an Italian i don’t know.
We are facing the same problems as the entire Europe.
And remember baby that we organize an ESC each year, our San Remo, which costs 15 20 million e.

CyxCy
CyxCy
3 months ago
Reply to  Nudiecrudi

No problem? Political crisis, covid crisis, a great recession, the rise of extreme parties…. Ah, and for those who would accuse me of chauvinism because I am French (It’s not even the case, since I would seen Barbara wins but I would be very happy too if Maneskin wins) : my mother is Italian, a large part of my family is Italian, my cousins ??keep me constantly informed of the situation there. So I know what I’m talking about, thank you.

The truth
The truth
3 months ago
Reply to  CyxCy

Yes having Italy hosting the ESC will be very problematic. Apart from all the problems you mentioned there is also the problem of the viability of a good, real and well organised show because of great financial problems. I have visited Italy very often and I have also lived there for a time and it is painful to see how many areas of the country have changed due to the recession and other economic difficulties. There are towns and cities which are a shadow of their former self. Two years ago I revisited Taormina and was taken aback at how… Read more »

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago
Reply to  CyxCy

You think it’s bad for a lot of dance songs to be at the beginning which I can agree with, but at the same time you also say it’s bad for belgium and Portugal to be between those party songs. Isn’t it the opppsite?

CyxCy
CyxCy
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Too much party kills the party. If you line up four songs with girls dressed the same, singing the same and dancing the same, the voters won’t make the difference. Belgium and Portugal, which I love, won’t have any luck either. A lot of people don’t see the first songs because they’re doing something else (eating or whatever). And the risk when you are caught between two songs to party when yours is quieter, is that the chorus of the song before or the one after will stay in people’s heads, not yours. The vast majority of people who vote… Read more »

Tobias Andersen
Tobias Andersen
3 months ago
Reply to  CyxCy

Nice analyse I agree with all here basically !

CyxCy
CyxCy
3 months ago

Thanks Tobias! ^_^

Tarleton
Tarleton
3 months ago
Reply to  CyxCy

You’re over thinking it ; in reality only Italy France and Swits have a real chance of winning

You’re like a hand wringing Hamlet pondering all posibilities cos you don’t have the gamber’s instincts to prioritise

CyxCy
CyxCy
3 months ago
Reply to  Tarleton

 
I don’t mind being the Hamlet of Eurovision Song Contest. The important thing is not to be Yorick.

Ffs
Ffs
3 months ago

Italy for the Win !

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Ffs

So overrated, just like Francesco Gabbanni in 2017 with “Occidentali’s Karma”.
Francesco was also overhyped by fanboys and ESC websites and was leading the odds to win for months… ended up finishing 6th place.

Extinguir
Extinguir
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Sure it was leading for months, but after rehearsals Portugal rised to the first place of odds. Italy was always #4/#5 these months and now enjoyed the first place after rehearsals. It’s a bit of a different journey to 2017

Keke
Keke
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

what i saw was that lituania and malta were leading the odds for months and never italy. they have started later

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Ffs

Yessss, ITALIA!!!

Irishfan
Irishfan
3 months ago

France and Italy have a perfect place in the final for a win.

fassy
fassy
3 months ago

Portugal won the juri vote last nigth

damiansport1
damiansport1
3 months ago

Who do you think is going to do better, Finland or Iceland? I’m working on a bet haha. They have even odds and i think Iceland has potential to be TOP3 and will be big with televotes but what do you think?

Blackcat
Blackcat
3 months ago
Reply to  damiansport1

Finland, for sure.

Safiya
Safiya
3 months ago
Reply to  damiansport1

I would say Iceland

Ness
Ness
3 months ago
Reply to  damiansport1

I think Finland. The rock isn’t too over the top, more Linkin Park vibes which seems to be more common taste in the rock genre. I love Dadi but I think his song was last year better but he still will do well

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago

I hate Italy but I fear they are going to win cos they have genuine support and enthusiasm among gormless young folk ;only the Juries can handicap them and stop their victory but they are even FOURTH in the betting odds for the Jury Vote Winner… if the actual results are anything like that then they will win the contest … it all depends on the so called ”professionals ” in the juries

Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Better then supporting a song just for “SeX APpEalL”

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Your favourite Bulgaria will do well to end up in the top ten

Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Your favorite
Croatia, didn’t even qualify

Roodi
Roodi
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Croatia did not qualify because of juries 100% procent

Iamme
Iamme
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Stop hating: it’s not good for your health…

Clara
Clara
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

They have made sure Italy will win with this draw. All their competitors have been screwed over with the draw while Italy is on at the end surrounded by songs that have no chance of winning. I won’t bother watching the final.

Ffs
Ffs
3 months ago
Reply to  Clara

You won’t be missed !

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  Clara

France is still in there and likely to win the jury vote

Blackcat
Blackcat
3 months ago
Reply to  Clara

Don’t worry. Italy’s song is rubbish anyway.

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Blackcat

I disagree

Last edited 3 months ago by Euro Fan
The truth
The truth
3 months ago
Reply to  Clara

That is what I almost say every year when I see the very obvious biased machinations to lead particular countries to victory. But I guess I have become immune and realise that we live in a hypocritical and corrupt world of which the ESC is not immune.

The truth
The truth
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

One must not forget the massive Italian diaspora. There are thousands of Italians living in European countries and Australia. Why do you think Italy does well with the televote, year after year.

Mary
Mary
3 months ago

Who is this person who decided this draw and why have they given all the female participants terrible draws? Was last edition’s all male top 10 not enough for the EBU?

No surprise that Italy and Sweden got the best draw possible as always. I think the EBU won’t be happy until Sweden and Italy are the only 2 countries still participating.

Riri
Riri
3 months ago

With all due respect to everyone, I’m genuinely asking.. why does everyone just hate Malta?

Doris
Doris
3 months ago

Will I be downvoted again for saying again the truth that Malta is a again a televote failure and was super overrated wity fake hype like I have predicted. That 6th place is the proof that even the organizers have given up.
Such a mediocre song and my ears are still bleeding for so much screaming.

Keke
Keke
3 months ago
Reply to  Doris

no. not downvoted by me
so thanks!

Last edited 3 months ago by Keke
Samo
Samo
3 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Yes, I think we have another John Ludvik moment coming this year.

Darren
3 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Absolutely! Malta won’t win
It was fake hype produced by their massive PR machine.

Doris
Doris
3 months ago
Reply to  Darren

And I think Malta would have been the opener if it wasn’t already done in 2019. They just couldn’t put again Malta + Albania to begin lol. Because I think Cyprus have done much better than Malta on the televote part.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago
Reply to  Doris

I mean you kinda deserve them because you’ve been toxic all the way towards Destiny and you would have complained and be negative either way whatever running order position she would have.

Malta in 12th position: See?!! It’s a set up! They bribed it. Eurovision is corrupt.

Malta in 6th position: See?!! I was right! Malta really is a failure.

Last edited 3 months ago by Frisian esc
The truth
The truth
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Thanks for your answer because those were my thoughts exactly. Doris is just poisonous and she unashamedly does not care to hide her hate. Sometimes I come to the conclusion that it is a very personal issue with her – maybe she was rebuffed by some Maltese bloke in the past.

Last edited 3 months ago by The truth
Escfan
Escfan
3 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Be patient a while longer.the race is not over yet for Malta.

Chris Malta
Chris Malta
3 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Such a toxic comment proves that this contest divides and not unites. Shame on you for such hateful comments about an artist. Just say that you have other favourites but not this hatred against a country just because you hate Malta.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

I think France will very much stand out from all those dance songs sandwiched between Lithuania, Ukraine AND Azerbaijan. That will make the French entry memorable with both televoters and the jury.

Michu
Michu
3 months ago

Seeing Sweden at the #2 spot would be my dream come true this year.

Matt
Matt
3 months ago
Reply to  Michu

Yup, 2nd last on the low side of the scoreboard

Michu
Michu
3 months ago
Reply to  Matt

I meant #2 in the running order 🙂

Dascha
Dascha
3 months ago

I think there will be a break between Serbia and the UK, as we’ve seen that the UK’s entry has big props on stage, and the crew this years takes their time arranging the stage.

Blackcat
Blackcat
3 months ago
Reply to  Dascha

This year UK doesn’t have a winning song. It’s boring as hell. Serbia is only popular because if their dress. The make up is horrible though.

Ana
Ana
3 months ago
Reply to  Dascha

Right? They are taking breaks before AND after an entry. 2019 managed to do stagings like Russia and Spain without any breaks. Maybe in Rotterdam they reduced the stage crew due to Covid?

Luke A
Luke A
3 months ago

Well final nail in my country’s coffin, bottom 5 hear we come again, would love to see a top 3 placing in my life time but not likely from UK by the way

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Luke A

Maybe if the UK sends an amazing singer with an amazingly memorable song and performance.
But usually it’s not the case, for the past 15 years at least.
The last good song I remember from the UK was 2017 and that was an exception the rule, unfortunately.
Kind of strange, as the UK is the world’s second biggest music market, one would think it would be easy to find top pop songwriters who want to have a go at Eurovision…

Azaad
Azaad
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

The thing is James Newman is a fairly well regarded songwriter, he’s just not an experienced performer. Often in the last few years the UK have a very good performer and decent staging (or very good in the case of 2017) but the song itself is lacking. This time they’ve got a good song but it’s not translating live.

Matthew
Matthew
3 months ago
Reply to  Luke A

It will happen again one day! My first Eurovision was in 1988; I remember when we used to finish in the top 10 every year, and when we won in 1997. Prior to 1999 the UK had an advantage due to the national language rule, but we still sent good songs. Between 1988 and 1998 we were in the top ten every year, including 2nd place five times and 1st once.
Not sure why we’ve lost our way so badly.

Pateritda
Pateritda
3 months ago
Reply to  Luke A

I would love to see Oly Years or Paloma Faith for UK in Eurovision.

Sot
Sot
3 months ago

Oooh 420 comments nice

Sven
Sven
3 months ago

go and look on esctracker site folks
Switzerland and Ukraine both won their semis, oh my …

Chris Malta
Chris Malta
3 months ago
Reply to  Sven

Official results are not public before Sunday so it s fake news.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  Chris Malta

True but its probably correct

Escfan
Escfan
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Who can say what is true or not?

Sven
Sven
3 months ago
Reply to  Chris Malta

it’s not news, it’s a tracker that fixing the most streamed ESC songs in all Eurovision countries, they post statistics for many years

Milla
Milla
3 months ago

I have no idea who’s winning this. Countries have put more effort into their entries this year. But I can’t say I’m listening to any of them. Just don’t feel like it for some reason. There is no stand out in this pack. But I do feel some entries are overrated in the odds. Portugal and Finland are just a reaction to what happened in the latest semifinal. Simple. They won’t end up that high. France and Italy can be overrated as well. I can’t see what’s so special in their performances even though I like Italy’s song. Sweden will… Read more »

Ana
Ana
3 months ago
Reply to  Milla

Isn’t France overrated like every year? They somehow manage to create tons of hype and then end up on 15th place etc.

Hélène
Hélène
3 months ago
Reply to  Milla

Milla I have the same feeling about Tusse he looks like he is depressed. And it is a shame. Sweden has actually a very contemporary song with a strong message from a extremely talented boy that has lived through so much. The staging is also connecting to his life and message. I don’t know why people are so negative about this. It might not be fantastic but really good. I think the best Eurovision entries have some kind of meaning or are staging a feeling with an excellent performer. Many here are just bling bling with neither. But I guess… Read more »

Hélène
Hélène
3 months ago
Reply to  Hélène

By the way Italy is my favorite. I will not listen to their song afterwards very much but I think they are contemporary and all fits together. I also started to listen to their music and it is actually better than the song they have in the competition. Otherwise I think that Switzerland have a chance. It all comes down to his fantastic voice. But even though I speek French I have difficulties with the lyrics and how it connects to the staging. The lyrics are not doing anything for me. It is like a vocal gymnastics and he is… Read more »

Ness
Ness
3 months ago

I honestly think anything can happen on the nights. Ever since 2016 where Poland got 7 points from the jury but placed 3rd with the televoting that was a real curveball. If the song is good enough people will vote.

My top countries are Ukraine Finland and San Marino.

Good luck to James Newman. Even don’t I don’t expect a top 10 finish I think he will place better than previous years.

Love from UK

Last edited 3 months ago by Ness
Mar
Mar
3 months ago

Malta is a doner. Televote will bust it.
I see France as number 1, only song that could stand out as a winner in a long period. It won’t vanish among other winners, thats why I believe it is a winner.

Hello hi
Hello hi
3 months ago

I love the fact that Italy France and Switzerland are top 3 contenders now . 3 neighbours I never could have imagined being the favourites a few years ago . However could this geographical proximity work against them ?

Blackcat
Blackcat
3 months ago
Reply to  Hello hi

And all three are not worth the win.

Alexander
Alexander
3 months ago

well I think Cyprus has a chance of doing well, if we will look back to 2018, Melovin opened the show but still got high points from televote, so I consider that everything depends on Elena, she has to do it like her life depends on it. Hopefully, juries will not underrate her.

Keke
Keke
3 months ago
Reply to  Alexander

what do you think of her vocals? because of that i think P10 is the limit. specially next the brilliant vocals of albania

Blackcat
Blackcat
3 months ago
Reply to  Alexander

Her song is very similar to one of Gaga’s songs. Many people have noticed it so hopefully she won’t win as it would be embarrassing and a slap to the countries who have actually worked hard on their songs.

Ana
Ana
3 months ago
Reply to  Blackcat

Remember what happaned with Toy? If El Diablo win they should really prepare to share some royalties. But there is actually 0 chances of it winning. Also in order of winning from the 1st spot you need way more than this budget lady gaga entry.

Whoareyou?
Whoareyou?
3 months ago
Reply to  Ana

What royalties? The song writer is literally the same person. Should he share royalties with himself? Get your facts straight, then come with “witty” comments.

Hélène
Hélène
3 months ago
Reply to  Whoareyou?

Yes it is the same Swedish guy that wrote both lady Gaga’s song and Cyprus. He cashing in anyway.

Last edited 3 months ago by Hélène
Doris
Doris
3 months ago
Reply to  Blackcat

Are you implying that Elena and her team did not work for what you saw on Wednesday? My friend, you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s easy to pass judgement sitting on your sofa. The Cypriot team has worked on their song and presentation more than any other delegation.
It would be an embarrassment for ESC if Cyprus doesn’t finish in top 5.

Keke
Keke
3 months ago
Reply to  Doris

why always those extra-extra description? EVERY crew had worked hard. your comment is childish! i for example wish that cyprus is bottom 5 because she is singing soooooo bad. it‘s unlistenable. close your eyes and then try it again. it‘s horror!

Pateritda
Pateritda
3 months ago
Reply to  Blackcat

Mata Hari’s male voices who say “ma-ma-ma-ma” are exactly the same with the start of Poker Face by L Gaga but no one has said anything about it. You all love this Lady Gaga plagiarism of Cyprus song this year don’t you? Haters gonna hate and that’s the end of story.

Paul
Paul
3 months ago

The Russian grannies performed 6th! There’s still hope for Malta!

Doris
Doris
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul

The grannies was 1) Russia + 2) tender magnet to televote.

Vytautas
Vytautas
3 months ago

Just some data I did collect how well countries did since 2009 based on the running order. I wanted to prove that the running order is not everything: Average = 16.45 (from 5th in 2010 to 25th in 2012) Average = 19.18 (from 6th in 2011 to 25th in 2015, 2016) Average = 12.82 (from 5th in 2011, 2012 to 22nd in 2014, 2018) Average = 17.45 (from 7th in 2015 to 25th in 2019) Average = 16.27 (from 3rd in 2018, 2019 to 25th in 2013) Average = 11.73 (from 2nd in 2012 to 17th in 2010) Average =… Read more »

matthew
matthew
3 months ago

why is William so racist against the UK

Pandaman
Pandaman
3 months ago
Reply to  matthew

Do you even know what “racist” means?

Jamie
Jamie
3 months ago
Reply to  Pandaman

He’s clearly clueless.

Blackcat
Blackcat
3 months ago
Reply to  matthew

He means discriminating. People use word racist when they mean discrimination.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago

Could we see Spain as a surprise top 10 entrant? Doing really wel with the jury voting and then getting like 50 televote points rounding out the 10th/9th spot.

Paul
Paul
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Probably not

fan
fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Definitely not 25th I predict 26th UK.

Aura
Aura
3 months ago

My prediction for a possible winner: Malta wins the jury vote. Switzerland and France are also high with the jury. Ukraine is out because of the jury putting them somewhere in the middle. Italy is in danger for the same reason as Ukraine. So, the question is if Malta, Switzerland and France will be able to get enough support from the televote to win. Italy is unlikely to win, since the jury won’t put them high. Other possible scenario is that some other country will be praised by the jury (like North Macedonia and Austria in the past). Then it… Read more »

Bastian
Bastian
3 months ago
Reply to  Aura

You are probably right.
I think Switzerland will do better in televote then Italy and France who I think will fall down. The big question is if Ukraine (who will make a Keiino) will have enough juryvotes to beat the rest.

fan
fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Bastian

Ukraine, though good is just a bit too bizarre to win I think. Rock is a niche market and noise for a lot of people. Switzerland’s choice of costume will scupper its chances with the tele vote, leaving the simplicity and professionalism of France to win..me thinks.

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  fan

I thought the last Ukraine song that won in 2016 was a lot more alternative than this one and they still won.
Do not underestimate Ukraine – just like Russia, they benefit from huge block televoting from ex-USSR countries and Balkan countries that always vote for each other. Add that to a song with a performance that stands out and they are off to a great result.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  Aura

Malta is out ; thats why they got a bad slot

Aura
Aura
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Their spot is not the best, I agree. But I don’t think that they are completely out because of the jury.

Matt
Matt
3 months ago
Reply to  Aura

France will do better than Malta with The jury.

Jake Borg Falzon
Jake Borg Falzon
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Why is it out because it got a bad slot? I really don’t get it

The truth
The truth
3 months ago
Reply to  Aura

I don’t think Italy is in danger. They purposely out it there to hand victory on a silver platter. And then many say that Malta was favoured by the production team!

Bastian
Bastian
3 months ago

Dont know if this makes sense but on swedish i-tunes it looks like this:

Malta (12)
Denmark (18)
Portugal (19)
Iceland (28)
Finland (29)
Ukraine (39)

Confused and surprised about Portugal

Last edited 3 months ago by Bastian
Sot
Sot
3 months ago
Reply to  Bastian

Portugal WHAT? Ukraine deserved, Malta expected and the rest are nordics

Maldric
Maldric
3 months ago
Reply to  Bastian

Portugal has a pretty decent entry this year. No surprise at all

Blackcat
Blackcat
3 months ago
Reply to  Maldric

Not with that whining voice.

Laburnum
Laburnum
3 months ago
Reply to  Blackcat

Black cat why are you such a miserable person

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Blackcat

His voice is on key and soulful and much better than Moldova’s singer and her thin, non-existent voice that needs a crowd of loud backing singers to disguise her lack of vocal ability LOL

Maldric
Maldric
3 months ago
Reply to  Bastian

Portugal was not a surprise at all…Very confident live performance! Clearly a qualifier

Sol
Sol
3 months ago

It’s weird if they have made the running order around the bookies’ favorites because the odds seem highly confused this year and I doubt they will realize in the final. (Especially don’t see France matching the hype)

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  Sol

I see France as like Slvador Sobral in 2017 .. I bet she wins the Jury vote but lose the TV vote to Italy .. If the Jury gives Italy a high mark then Italy wins ; I just hope those music ”professionals ” recognise Italy as a joke

Bastian
Bastian
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

I dont see any of that buzz around France that followed Sobral after his semi-final performance. France is low on all ratings except bookies.
Will be interesting to see on saturday.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  Bastian

France was not in the semi final so couldn’t win it like Sobral and generate enthusiasm FFS

Maldric
Maldric
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Salvador Sobral won the jury and the televote

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Maldric

Exactly.
It’s funny that the sore losers that did not like Salvador’s smashing victory also have selective amnesia and do not recall the fact he won both in the televote and jury vote 😉

Escfan
Escfan
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Well said.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago

Seeing this running order, I’m now really curious about the split results of the semis. Putting Russia and Malta together seems like an odd move and could signify that either my fear was justified and the juries really tanked Manizha or that my personal scepticism about Malta was correct and she wasn’t the clear favourite the betting odds made her out to be. Also lumping together Iceland and Switzerland seems odd, if both did well – which I honestly expect to be the case. I mean, they are sonically very different, so they won’t be particularly hurt by this juxtaposition,… Read more »

Safiya
Safiya
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I don’t know why but I have a feeling that Bulgaria did not do so well. They are now tenth in the odds (and they were higher) and the performance does not have so many views on YouTube. I know views are not everything etc. but I think they expected a different reaction.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

Bulgaria will be lucky to even reach the top ten after last nights performance

fan
fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

The Bulgarian song is tedious but her performance is good, although the song seems to go on forever.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Gjon smashed it last night and won easily; I bet he won both the jury and the televote in a weak semi final

Last edited 3 months ago by COLIN POWIS
KuhKatz
KuhKatz
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

My guess is that Televote has also Iceland and Finland at least in Top 5, juries likely have Portugal in Top 3 and Albania in Top 5.

Also Moldova might have been slipped through by only a few points to Austria and Denmark and placed out of the Top 10 in at least one scoring (might have even placed outside the Top 10 in both but one of the two mentioned got cancelled out completely, like Austria high in Juries and extremely low in Televote).

Just some thoughts of me.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
3 months ago

I think the guy who made the running order has lots of humour. He brought Portugal after Malta, Finland between Germany and Bulgari and Azerbaijan before Norway (making the Effentix)

Azaad
Azaad
3 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Finland to Germany and Azerbaijan to Norway has nothing to do with odds and results. It’s pure fan service.

Safiya
Safiya
3 months ago

Oh, I have another point: After the two semi-finals and artists’ reactions, I am really happy that Hooverphonic and Flo Rida participated! Hooverphonic members seemed to be quite enthusiastic about the contest and in one of the interviews (I can’t remember where I saw it) they said that they would recommend some older bands like them to participate because it’s great fun. FloRida also seemed to enjoy Eurovision. Of course, Hooverphonic and Flo Rida are kinda from two completely different worlds, but they are both established artists with much experience. Maybe it will encourage other more popular artists to take… Read more »

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

Celebrities can enter the contest as well 😉

Bart
Bart
3 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

Humperdinck and Tyler didn’t do well…

Euro Fan
Euro Fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Bart

And Cascada either…

Safiya
Safiya
3 months ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

Yeah, sure it’s not guaranteed that a popular person will do well but I feel that some entries by popular artists in the past were really lazy attempts and the broadcaster probably thought they can just really on their fame. But Hooverphonic for example entered with a song that is really true to their style, even though it’s not considered a suitable song for Eurovision by everyone.

pms
pms
3 months ago
Reply to  Euro Fan

Cascada was stranger, I really liked their song… It was something more to listen to (and dance) than to watch, and that may have played its role…

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago
Reply to  Bart

Bonnie Tyler should have finished top 10 in Malmö if it wasn’t for these vocals..

fan
fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

and the song.

Pateritda
Pateritda
3 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

I read once that Ed Sheeran would represent UK in 2019 but it never happened.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
3 months ago

Isn’t Spain so Random in spot #13 ? I would probably put them between Serbia and UK or UK and Greece actually

justafan
justafan
3 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

I think the running order from 8-13 was determined by the complexity of staging.
Hurricane don’t have any props.
UK have huge props so they wanted Serbia before them.
There will probably be a commercial brake or a pause between Greece and UK just to clear the stage from smoke.
Then they couldn’t put Switzerland after Iceland because they wouldn’t have time for Blas’ moon.
I actually think it’s the only part of the running order that was organized mainly on practical criteria.

Safiya
Safiya
3 months ago

I don’t know whether it was discussed somewhere but what do you think about the way Iceland was presented yesterday? Their performance was showed just after Moldova and then the next country followed without any breaks. They probably didn’t plan any breaks there before they even knew that Iceland won’t perform live. I feel that they emphasized the fact that Montaigne was not there much more and there was even this shot after her performance showing that she was not actually on stage. I am wondering if it hurt her chances somehow and is the Australian delegation unhappy with the… Read more »

KuhKatz
KuhKatz
3 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

Of course, Australia is not in the same situation as Iceland was. But lets be honest for a second, Australia got eliminated because Techincolour is just not a great song (and she didn’t sung that well) while Iceland’s 10 Years was well presented by great performers with (almost) no flaws in their performance (as I saw Arny had a problem with her keyboard once, it is totally normal for rehearsal footage).

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago

I have no idea why Italy is popular; they are a joke , like a bunch of students parodying 1970s Glam Rock … do you think that silly girl even knows how to play her instrument ?

Every real rock band in the world should be laughing at these four clowns ; moreover, I’m relieved that Finland made it in and are in the second half where they can drain some of their thunder , but they are sure to get the moron vote in spades !

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Delusion. That bunch of “stupid students” will actually win the televote and that “silly” girl will scream in front of the cameras after hearing that Italy got 320+ televote points

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Quite possible cos many of the tele voters are the ridiculous ELOI from H G Wells’s dystopian novel ”The Time Machine” … naturally I expect this to be way beyond your limited horizons

ESC 2021
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

YES

Sol
Sol
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

It’s a bit rude to put it that way but I’m also baffled by their popularity atm. Italy’s song and performance are typical of the rock genre and nothing is special or unique – but many people say it’s “quality” and “authentic” (as they often say about Italy). Finland is nothing new either but it’s DAMN CATCHY!

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  Sol

It’s about immaturity of mind and musical tastes , unfortunately

EscFan2008
EscFan2008
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Honey, it’s called music taste … some people like Italy’s song some people don’t. Some people see something special in it that you might not see. It just a matter of taste. This is how music works … so get over it and enjoy the show tomorrow. Thank you!

Angelos
Angelos
3 months ago

Ok first half’s running order doesn’t make any sense.

Janina
Janina
3 months ago

Okay okay, so the second half is gonna be a bloodbath, huh?
Also, someone’s got a special kind of humour for placing Finland after Germany, probably the two most contrasting songs of the competition. We’re gonna go from “I don’t feel hate” to “put your middle fingers up!” ???
Anyway, hope that Italy finally wins, it’s about time and their song + performance is amazing this year, ahead of everyone else imo.

Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Janina

“Also, someone’s got a special kind of humour for placing Finland after Germany, probably the two most contrasting songs of the competition. We’re gonna go from “I don’t feel hate” to “put your middle fingers up!”

LOL – I love that, actually. 🙂

It’s the perfect response to Germany’s boring, insipid, forgettable song, which would have never qualified if it weren’t from a Big 4 country 😉

Last edited 3 months ago by Mike
nycforever
nycforever
3 months ago

As I predicted it’ll be the very close race between Italy and France, bookies also prove it right now, both countries have same odds. Switzerland is also back in the race. And its position in the running order proves it. Malta is definitely out.
Final is going to be super excited. I can’t remember a year when there was no clear favorite at all and it’s hard to predict who it will be. It’s really cool.

Last edited 3 months ago by nycforever
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  nycforever

This Italian song is like Francesco Gabbani in 2017…
Overhyped to death. Leading the odds to win for months on end. Then…finished in 6th place 😉 lol

The truth
The truth
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

You should see my FB and YT feeds. They are literally swamped with clips about Maneskin, and when I say swamped, I mean really, really swamped. Moreover I am getting messages from a particular group telling me not to vote for certain countries as this will undermine Italy’s chances! Talk about promotions.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago

I think this is between Italy, France and Switzerland , but I fear the two Fench songs will vote split .. just ask yourself if you were voting for France to win , then who would be your second choice ; and in a similar way if you wanted Gjon to win who would you pick to be second ? If Switzerland were not in the race it would improve the chances of France INO

I don’t like Italy at all but considering the favourable running order and vote splitting I fear they just may win

Last edited 3 months ago by COLIN POWIS
ESC 2021
3 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

It can be like 2011, when France was 1st at the betting. But came at 16th place, or something, that csn be the same for Italy, i hope

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  ESC 2021

Nope, there’s genuine support and enthusiasm for those four clowns, unfortunately .. I expect Italy to finish in the top 3

Nils
Nils
3 months ago

Finland – Bulgaria – Lithuania – Ukraine – France? Wow, that’s merciless. Potentially a huge advantage for Malta, Iceland and Italy.

Bastian
Bastian
3 months ago

Well its almost impossible to predict this year.
I have a feeling France will do worse than expected an end up 6-10th spot. The performance seems, to me at least, more theatrical than genuine and I think this will be noticed. Sweden will have one of its worst results.
Finland, and Portugal will do better than expected.
With Malta its tricky, they usually go low with televoting, although I think juries will favour them.

Prediction
Top 5
Switzerland
Ukraine
Italy
Iceland
Malta

Bottom 5
Uk
Spain
Germany
Albania
Moldova

Good luck to everyone!

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
3 months ago
Reply to  Bastian

France will likely win the jury vote and be in the top 3

Escfan
Escfan
3 months ago
Reply to  Bastian

What does Malta have to do to have televote appeal? Maybe next year we send a hunk in underwear

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Escfan

The Elvis impersonator, Josuel, might be a good shout?

The truth
The truth
3 months ago
Reply to  Escfan

Not even!