EBU have just announced the date of the allocation draw that will decide in which semi-final will perform each non Big 5 country. The draw will be held in the Column Hall of Kyiv’s City State Administration on the 31st of January at 11:00 CET. This event will also feature the traditional insignia exchange between Eva-Louise Erlandsson Slorach, President of Stockholm’s City Council and Kyiv City Mayor Vitaliy Klychko.
How it will work:
The first part of the draw will determine which of the six pre-qualified countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and host country Ukraine) will broadcast and vote in which Semi-Final. The First Semi-Final will have 18 participants while the Second one will have 19. The second draw will decide in which half of the respective Semi-Finals each country will perform, as the exact running order will be determined by the producers of the show at a later date.
Germany will once again broadcast and vote in the second Semi-Final on the 11th of May after the approval from the Reference Group and the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest. Moreover, this year, at the request of Swiss broadcaster SRF and also approved by the Reference Group, Switzerland will participate in the Second Semi-Final.
You can find the allocation draw pots below:
The 37 Semi-Finalists have been allocated into six 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 neighbourly voting and increases suspense in the Semi-Finals.
From each Semi-Final, ten countries will proceed to the Grand Final on 13th May, joining the six pre-qualified countries (Big 5 + host country Ukraine). As a result, a total of 26 countries will compete in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, which will take place on May 9, 11 and 13 in Kiev’s National Exhibition Center. More information is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.
The Executive Producer of Eurovision 2017 Victoria Romanova said: “We are continuing with our preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, including the main locations for the Song Contest, working on the creative content of the shows, and we will soon let you know what the stage will look like and who will be the hosts. The insignia ceremony is a significant moment for us where Vitaliy Klychko will receive the Eurovision key and Kyiv takes over from Stockholm as the Host City of the Eurovision Song Contest”.
You will be able to follow the Eurovision 2017 Allocation Draw on the official YouTube channel of the contest.
Source : Eurovision