Photo: Chloe Hashemi / EBU

The six automatic qualifiers — the Big 5 and reigning champions Ukraine — are undertaking their second rehearsals on Saturday. During their post-rehearsal interview with Ukraine’s commentator Timur Miroshnychenko, four of them will draw which half of the show they’ll perform in at the grand final.

The UK and Ukraine’s starting positions were previously drawn at the head of delegation meeting in March. This is to prevent any bias when the producers put the complete grand final running order together.

Eurovision 2023 auto qualifier grand final draw

  • Germany – Second half
  • France – First half
  • Italy – First half
  • Spain – First half
  • Ukraine – 19th
  • United Kingdom – 26th

What do you think of the Eurovision 2023 grand final draw? Who do you think has benefitted the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alje
Alje
20 days ago

Wow. 12 points to Spain.

Ela
Ela
24 days ago

As long as Blanca and Zarra are put 9-13th it will be okay. I just hope Sweden, Israel and Finland DON’T draw first-half.

Dida
Dida
24 days ago

Spain and France are overrated and they’ll flop dramatically

Indiana07
Indiana07
24 days ago
Reply to  Dida

Spain will end up in the bottom – 23rd-26th. But France will get a decent result, maybe even 8th or 9th.

Sognomio
Sognomio
23 days ago
Reply to  Indiana07

Yes..they are horrible and ugly songs.They are the worst songs in Eurovisión history!!!.Please stop saying nonsense words.Both songs are wonderful and arte.To say that they Will be botton 5 is not understand about music

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
25 days ago

Tough luck for Queen Blanca and for our French mother, but at least they’ll both be assigned to that 10th-13th spot region so it’s not that bad after all, I guess.

Lillac marlin
Lillac marlin
23 days ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

Paloma Blanka is a song by Severina

Henry
Henry
25 days ago

So while Mae Muller was reharsing, some queer blogger was histerically jumping of joy and singing along loudly enough for the microphones to catch his voice and register his enthusiastic support on the soundtrack of the official reharsal clip?? Eurofandom please never change. You are one of a kind ! 😀 😀

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
25 days ago

Does someone know why the rehearsal clips from today aren’t posted. It should have been done 2 hours ago. A probleme with one of the delegation that is not happy with the rehearsal?

Mandy
Mandy
25 days ago

You beat me to it, i was just about to ask the same. The video was on the eurovision webpage but when i tried to watch it said “this video is private” and now its been removed altogether and on you tube someone said it has been deleted from tiktok also so must be something wrong somewhere.

Escfan
25 days ago
Reply to  Mandy

I think it might’ve been because Mae’s rehearsal had a technical issue (being that a male voice could be heard singing along which wasn’t supposed to be present). Some esc yt channels have made top 6 big 6 rehearsal ranks where they have the clip in it.

mandy
mandy
25 days ago
Reply to  Escfan

Thanks for that info. I just saw one clip on you tube. Sounds like some random person grabbed a mic and decided to sing along. Very bizarre.

Leif Christensen
Leif Christensen
25 days ago

They should have made a statement when the deadline was up – or when they took it down (whichever came first).

It’s so annoying that they would announce something, then not deliver and go quiet. That is so unprofessional.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago

Well, at least the automatic qualifiers are evenly divided in first and second half. Gives more room for the 20 finalists to be placed. Let’s hope they can be as evenly distributed as possible.

Fan eurovision
Fan eurovision
25 days ago

if france really has a high and memorable dangerous staging. whether you shoot first part or second part it changes nothing since jury and televote will remind you a lot

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
25 days ago

Crap. ?? First-half for my big picks. I hope France (my #6), Italy (my #4) and Spain (my #1) don’t pay for it too greatly on one side of the scorecard or another. The U.K. is singing last; Mae is my #8.

Andy
Andy
25 days ago

Did i just hear a literal man’s voice in UK rehearsal ?? EBU should stop with this pre recorded vocal thing , it’s killing the eurovision spirit. They have no reason for that the pandemic ended two years ago..

Escfan
25 days ago
Reply to  Andy

It wasn’t supposed to happen, Mae tweeted about it.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
25 days ago

I’m over the moon Spain first half now position 2 please.

Fabio
Fabio
25 days ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

In Spain someone being over the moon means to be out of scope, compleetely lost or out of target, so you said that yourself;)

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
25 days ago
Reply to  Fabio

Doesn’t Blanca have a moon in the performance!

Fabio
Fabio
25 days ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

You can have a moon or even see the moon (every night but one) without being over the moon.
Or as Federico Garcia Lorca (main inspiration of the act) would say in one of his plays:
(The moon): White swan in the river,
the eye of cathedrals,
false dawn in the leaves,
am I. They cannot hide!
who can escape? Who sobs
in the valleyís tangle?
The moon leaves a knife
behind in the air,
a lead-coloured trap
that seeks bloodís cry.

I hope you can enjoy some Spanish culture 🙂

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
25 days ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

You have spent these 2 months since Benidorm Fest trashing the Spanish song and singer non stop. Being you must be really sad and exhausting.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Hi. How are you? Well someone listened to me. They have but a beat and remix which they are now using at the final. I am so pleased about that. I picked this up from a performance at one of the preparties when she performed alone. I now wish for the final Blanca would perform this alone i don’t think the dancers and their movements distract from the new mix of the song. Yes it’s not one of my favorites but yes the remix has improved the song

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
25 days ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

I do not i don;t

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
25 days ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Yawning…

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
25 days ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

What’s the problem!. Everyone loves this song let it prove it can win and banish the curse of position 2.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
25 days ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

The saddest thing is that you are Spanish yourself.

PP77
PP77
25 days ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

If Albania go to final, I think they will sing again 2nd in running order, like they did in 2019,2021

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago
Reply to  PP77

Not unless they get drawn to the second half.

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
25 days ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

“Fans” like you give the contest a bad name, if it were up to me, people like you wouldn’t even be allowed to vote at all because you’re nothing more than a detriment to the integrity of the show…

Roro31
Roro31
25 days ago

I think Armenia is a darkhorse by juries, I don’t know but it’s a potential thing

Escfan
25 days ago
Reply to  Roro31

idk why this is getting down voted.

Roro31
Roro31
25 days ago
Reply to  Escfan

It’s my opinion, people laugh but laugh less when Macedonia was first in 2019 of the juries (very deserved by the way!)

UNA SPARKLE
UNA SPARKLE
25 days ago

Will we have an opening ceremony on Sunday??

Matty
Matty
25 days ago
Reply to  UNA SPARKLE

Turquoise Carpet

guitaristbl
guitaristbl
25 days ago

Quite the lucky draw for Germany although I suspect they will be 14-16th in the running order depending on who else draw second half.

I do hope they don’t put France 2nd or anything earlier than 8th it would be terribly unfair to La Zarra if they did. That performance deserves a spot it will stand out at.

Kobe
Kobe
25 days ago

I think France will get spot 12 or 13.

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
25 days ago
Reply to  Kobe

No doubt about that as most fancied of the big five.

eurofan
eurofan
25 days ago

France 11
Sweden 12
Spain 13

Ukraine 19
Finland 24
UK 26

Keep this!

Doris
Doris
25 days ago
Reply to  eurofan

All will be made for Sweden to get 2nd half

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
25 days ago
Reply to  Doris

So if I read this correct you think they’ll rig it so that she’ll win? If so: Why wouldn’t they put her in the 1st half and then just rig the voting so she’ll win anyway?

Catriona
Catriona
25 days ago
Reply to  Doris

But if Finland get second half then it’s not a fix so far, right?

Escfan
25 days ago
Reply to  Catriona

its a live draw so idk how you propose they rig it lmaoo.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
25 days ago
Reply to  eurofan

They will never put 3 favorites in a row. France, Sweden and Spain are all top 4 bookmakers.
If Sweden draws 1st half, Sweden and France will both have between 10 and 13 with one song between them. And I can see Spain with 8 or 9.
Same with Finland.
And if Finland and Sweden both draw 1st half then it’s the war. I can see Finland n°13, Sweden n°11, France n°8-9 and I would feel very sorry for Spain.
Hopefully Finland will draw 2nd half.

Roro31
Roro31
25 days ago
Reply to  eurofan

OMGGG that’s what I think too xd !!

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
25 days ago
Reply to  eurofan

They would do everything to keep France and Sweden apart

Escfan
25 days ago
Reply to  Mark dowd

If Sweden draws first half though, it’ll be interesting to see where they put it in relation to France and Spain.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
25 days ago

I hope Sweden or Finland will draw 1st half (not both, it’s not good for the dynamism of the show). Just to make it a bit more difficult for France.

Roro31
Roro31
25 days ago

i’m ok with your comment !

Andy
Andy
25 days ago

Whole Greek performance is out now

Henry
Henry
25 days ago
Reply to  Andy

How is that possible?

Andy
Andy
25 days ago
Reply to  Henry

I don’t know but whoever leaked that is in a big trouble!

Roro31
Roro31
25 days ago

I established a logic in relation to the passing orders of the last winners: – 2016 (21st place) – 2017 (11th place) – 2018 (22nd place) – 2019 (12th place) – 2021 (24th place) – 2022 (12th place) so I would say that the winner of this beautiful and tasty 2023 edition is hiding between 21th and 24th places if we follow this logic but after that it doesn’t mean anything xd! Already knowing that Spain is in the first half is a crime because it deserves to be excluded from the Potential favorites to stand out. France can take… Read more »

Jake
Jake
25 days ago

I feel bad for the other countries that draw First Half because it seems like the Automatic Qualifiers will likely take spots between 9 and 13. No way any of these songs will open given that most show opens are in English as they want the most broadest fun song possible. High-odds songs never get placed before 9th with the exception of Destiny and Malta

Kim
Kim
25 days ago
Reply to  Jake

I never understood why Destiny was placed so early in the GF

Euroandwhatnot
Euroandwhatnot
25 days ago

I hope Italy sings 2nd honestly

Indiana07
Indiana07
24 days ago
Reply to  Euroandwhatnot

I also hope so, but EBU usually favours big countries when deciding running order. If I remember correctly, Spain 2018 is the only big5 country to perform 2nd.

UNA SPARKLE
UNA SPARKLE
25 days ago

Sounds good!!

Jimmy
Jimmy
25 days ago

I’m guessing the running order may go something like…
France – 9
Spain – 11
Spot – 13, will likely go to Sweden or Finland

Jimmy
Jimmy
25 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy

(or whichever hot favourite draws FH, if they do)

Karl
Karl
25 days ago

Spain TBD? Did Spain not draw a half or what?

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
25 days ago

Please don’t make France the opener I beg. Put her 7th or something at least.

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
25 days ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Any spot earlier than 10th-13th in the running order would be extremely unfair IMO.

Catriona
Catriona
25 days ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

Why? If it’s strong it shouldn’t need a late place. They are changing that as we see in the semi running order.

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
25 days ago
Reply to  Catriona

I just want my favorites to receive the best possible spots, shamelessly. They also need to make up for the fact that Fulenn didn’t get a good spot last year.

Henry
Henry
25 days ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Finland would be a fantastic opener, assuming they qualify.

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
25 days ago
Reply to  Henry

Well, hot favourites don’t make good openers, but seems like you don’t fancy Cha Cha Cha, lol

Henry
Henry
25 days ago
Reply to  Cookie Nation

I said he would be a fantastic(!) opener, which means I do appreciate the song. Hot favourite or not, the spot assignment should be free from favourism.

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
25 days ago
Reply to  Henry

Well, that’s hardly the case. Since there’s no draw, openers have always been attention grabbing-big uptempo numbers with potential but without real winning chances, like Chameleon, El Diablo or Lights off. Cha Cha Cha has real winning chances so drawing it as an opener would ruin the chances and EBU shouldn’t really do that.

Sol Stevia
Sol Stevia
25 days ago
Reply to  Henry

Potential winners should get good running order slots. Also obviously Finland is qualifying.

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25 days ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

potential winners shouldn’t be treated differently than those that are rather “destined for a bad result”

zoliszekely
zoliszekely
25 days ago
Reply to  Sol Stevia

Don’t worry, Bejba will be the opener.

Karmaleon
Karmaleon
25 days ago
Reply to  zoliszekely

I think the same !

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
25 days ago
Reply to  zoliszekely

Will she even Q?

Karmaleon
Karmaleon
25 days ago
Reply to  Mark dowd

She will win this semi !

West
West
25 days ago

But we already know when UK and Ukraine will sing, don’t we? Ukraine is 19th and UK last.

Ekldnr
Ekldnr
25 days ago
Reply to  West

Yeah that kinda spoiled it as Germany also got 2nd half so the other three were obviously getting 1st half

EscboyNL
EscboyNL
25 days ago
Reply to  Ekldnr

That’s not how it works though, they aren’t evenly split. So Spain can still get 2nd half

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
25 days ago
Reply to  Ekldnr

Maybe the bowl doesn’t have 6 rolls to pick, but the whole 36.

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25 days ago
Reply to  Ekldnr

no because technically all 6 could have drawn 2nd half

edward
edward
25 days ago
Reply to  Ekldnr

no it doesn’t spoil anything
They pick from a bowl of 24 slots so it’s not divided 3/3
Its very unlikely, but its possible that one year all AQs will perform in the same half