Live from Stockholm, host city of Eurovision 2016, the Allocation Draw for this year’s semi-finals has just taken place!
The ceremony has been hosted by Alexandra Pascalidou and Jovan Radomir from the Stockholm’s City Hall after the traditional insignia exchange.
The 37 Semi-Finalists were previously allocated into 6 pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest’s official televoting partner Digame. Drawing from different pots helps to reduce the chance of so-called neighbour voting and increases suspense in the Semi-Finals.
Check the results below:
Semi-final 1 (May 10, 2016)
Semi-final 2 (May 12, 2016)
The first part of the draw determined which of the six pre-qualified countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and host country Sweden) had to broadcast and vote in which Semi-Final. The first Semi-Final will have 18 participants and the second will have 19. Another draw then decided in which half of the respective Semi-Finals each country will perform. Remember that the exact running order will be determined by the producers of the show at a later date.
As previously announced, Germany will broadcast and vote in the second Semi-Final on 12th May. Moreover, Israel will compete in the second Semi-Final since the first Semi-Final clashes with the country’s memorial day.
You can watch the draw again below:
From each Semi-Final, ten countries will proceed to the Grand Final on 14th May, joining the six pre-qualified countries (Big 5 + host country Sweden). As a result, 26 countries will compete in the Grand Final.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will take place on May 10, 12 and 14 in the Stockholm’s Globen Arena. Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw, 2015 winner, will host all three shows in which a total of 43 countries will be competing to get the crystal microphone. This is the sixth time Sweden will organize a Eurovision event.
What do you think about the results of the draw?