It’s back! After a break in 2021 due to 2020’s cancellation, the semi-final allocation draw for Eurovision 2022 wil take place on 25 January. Fans are already going a little potty, as they analyse the pots which the semi-finalists will be drawn from.
The Eurovision 2022 semi-final allocation draw
The draw is set for Tuesday 25 January at 12:00 CET. It will be broadcast live from the Palazzo Madama e Casaforte degli Acaja (Madama Palace) in Turin. RAI has yet to announce the presenters for Eurovision itself. However, the draw will be overseen by TV hosts Carolina di Domenico and Gabriele Corsi. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam and Mayor Stefano Lo Russo of Turin will be among the VIPs in attendance.
The draw will be livestreamed on both the official Eurovision YouTube channel and RaiPlay. Hopefully, it will give us a first taste of what we can expect from the Italians in May.
How the draw works
The big five — that’s Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom — don’t compete in the semi-finals, so won’t be part of the main draw. However, there will be a preliminary draw to determine which semi-final each of the automatic qualifiers will get ot vote in.
The main draw will decide which semi each of the 36 remaining countries will take part in. They will be randomly picked from six different pots. These pots are created based on past historical votin patterns, calculated by Digame — the EBU’s televoting partner.
We’re back to six pots for 2022 after the number was reduced to five for 2020.
Semi-Final Allocation Pots
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- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- Czech Republic
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