The Eurovision 2023 host nations have drawn their positions for when they’ll perform in the final.On Saturday 13 May at the Eurovision 2023 grand final, Ukraine’s Tvorchi will perform 19th, while United Kingdom’s Mae Muller will perform 26th, closing the show.
These positions were drawn at random at the Eurovision 2023 Head of Delegation meeting in Liverpool on Monday 12 March.
Eurovision 2023 grand final running order: United Kingdom to close the show
Today’s host country draw was overseen by Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Recent tradition dictates the host country’s starting position is drawn at random, while the countries qualifying from their semis will draw into either the first half or second half of the final. The final running order will be determined by show producers, who aim to create a show that offers visual and aural contrast for the viewers at home.
closing the the show??? girl let me get back on this treadmill cos pic.twitter.com/tlQHaoXFWo— Mae Muller ?? (@maemuller_) March 13, 2023
How is the Eurovision running order decided?
The Eurovision running order is decided through a two-step process. First, the finalists qualifying from the semis randomly choose from a pot whether they would perform in the first half or the second half of the grand final. Producers then arranged the acts considering two main criteria: creating an interesting show (mixing up genres and the visual flow and feel of the show), and practicalities (like how long it will take to construct and deconstruct various stage props).
Does running order impact a country’s chances of victory?
It is generally considered favourable to perform from a later position in the running order. Several recent winners performed in the second half of the show, including Italy’s Måneskin (24th in 2021), Israel’s Netta (22nd in 2018), Ukraine’s Jamala (21st in 2016) and Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest (18th in 2013).
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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