Today is the day. Live from St. George’s Hall in Liverpool, the Eurovision 2023 handover ceremony and semi-final allocation draw is about to take place.
The semi-finalists of Eurovision 2023 will today find out whether they will perform in the first semi-final on 9 May or the second semi-final on 11 May. Additionally, the Big Five — France, Germany, Italy, Germany and hosts United Kingdom — and last year’s winners Ukraine will also find out which of the two semi-finals they will vote in.
Alongside the allocation draw, we’ll also get our first official look at the United By Music logo and branding in action.
We’ll be bringing you all the action right here, direct from Liverpool.
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Eurovision 2023 semi-final allocation draw stream
The Eurovision 2023 allocation draw airs at 19:00 GMT (CET – 1) on BBC Two, iPlayer, and YouTube.
The pots for the semi-final allocation draw were unveiled ahead of the draw. These have been determined based on past voting patterns. Rylan and AJ Odudu are hosting the event, which also includes the transfer of the host city insignias from 2022 host city Turin to 2023 host city Liverpool.
The draw takes place in January — several months before Eurovision — to facilitate the planning and execution of the show. If countries are placed in the first half of the first semi-final, they will obviously need to travel to Liverpool earlier than a country which performs in the second half of the second semi-final.
The exact running order will be announced later on, usually around late March, .Producers will make their decisions based on songs and staging plans, in order to create an entertaining show for viewers and a practical show for production and stage crew.
Eurovision 2023 semi-final allocation draw
First Half of Show
Second Half of Show
Voting during the First Semi-Final:
First Half of Show
Voting during the Second Semi-Final:
Will you be tuning in to the city handover ceremony? Which semi-final will your country perform in? Share your thoughts in the comments below.