The Eurovision 2022 grand final is less than one week away, the the Big Five countries — Spain, Italy, Germany, France and United Kingdom — have drawn their spots in the running order.
During their press conferences on Saturday 7 May, the automatic qualifiers — who are guaranteed a spot in the final — drew which half of the show they will perform in next weekend.
Italy, France, Spain and Germany will perform in the first half of the final. United Kingdom will perform in the second half of the final.
Eurovision 2022 Big Five Running Order
🇫🇷 France: Alvan & Ahez “Fulenn”
France will perform in the FIRST HALF of the grand final.
🇮🇹 Italy: Mahmood & Blanco “Brividi”
Italy will perform NINTH in the grand final.
This news was confirmed in March. Traditionally, the host country draws its spot at random prior to all other competing nation.
🇬🇧 United Kingdom: Sam Ryder “SPACE MAN”
United Kingdom will perform in the SECOND HALF of the grand final.
🇪🇸 Spain: Chanel “SloMo”
Spain will perform in the FIRST HALF of the grand final.
🇩🇪 Germany: Malik Harris “Rockstars”
Germany will perform in the FIRST HALF of the grand final.
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. Italy’s Mahmood and Blanco will perform ninth.
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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