Grab your coffee and test your Wi-Fi — the semi-final allocation draw for Eurovision 2022 is about to start.
The draw starts on Tuesday 25 January at 12:00 CET. It will be broadcast live from the Palazzo Madama e Casaforte degli Acaja (Madama Palace) in Turin.
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. It will also determine whether they sing in the first or second half of each semi-final.
Eurovision 2022 semi-final allocation draw live stream
RAI has yet to announce the presenters for Eurovision itself. However, the draw will be overseen by TV hosts Carolina di Domenico and Mario Acampa. You’ll remember that Carolina was Italy’s points spokesperson in Rotterdam. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam and Mayor Stefano Lo Russo of Turin will be among the VIPs in attendance.
The pots for the semi-final allocation draw were unveiled last week. These pots are created based on past historical voting patterns, calculated by Digame — the EBU’s televoting partner.
The draw takes place in January — several months before Eurovision — to facilitate the planning and execution of the show. Because rehearsals are grouped by semi-final, delegations need this info to start booking hotels and flights. If they’re in the first half of the first semi-final, they will obviously need to arrive earlier than a country that performs in the second half of the second semi-final.
The precise running order (within each half of the show) will be determined by Eurovision producers at a later date. They need to know all of the songs and staging plans before they can create a running order that’s both good for the viewer and practical for stage crews.
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When do the Big Five vote?
- United Kingdom
Eurovision 2022 semi-final allocation draw:
- San Marino
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia