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Eurovision 2016: The Semi-Final Allocation Draw is upon us, pots revealed!

Have you purchased your semi-final tickets yet? You may want to soon because on Monday we will find out when your favorite country is performing. At 11:15 am (CET) the semi-final allocation drawing will take place at Stockholm’s City Hall – LINK.

Alexandra Pascalidou and Jovan Radomir will be hosting the event. These two are not strangers to the Eurovision “world”. Radomir wrote the English lyric to Moltiva and Pascalidou was a Eurovision commentator for Greece in 2005.

The allocation draw pots are below:

Pot 1

  • Albania
  • F.Y.R. Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Slovenia
  • Croatia
  • Serbia
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina

Pot 2

  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Estonia
  • Latvia

Pot 3

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Pot 4

  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Australia
  • The Netherlands
  • Bulgaria

Pot 5

  • Czech Republic
  • Lithuania
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • San Marino

Pot 6

  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Israel (pre-assigned to the second Semi-Final)
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Switzerland

How it works?

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 Sweden) will have to broadcast and vote in which Semi-Final. The first Semi-Final will have 18 participants and the second will have 19. Another draw will then decide in which half of the respective Semi-Finals each country will perform. The exact running order will be determined by the producers of the show at a later date.

From each Semi-Final, ten countries will proceed to the Grand Final on 14th May, joining the six pre-qualified countries. In total, 26 countries will be represented in the Grand Final.

At the request of German broadcaster ARD, and following approval from the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, Germany will broadcast and vote in the second Semi-Final on 12th May. Israel will compete in the second Semi-Final since the first Semi-Final clashes with the country’s memorial day.

Artwork and logo release:

Swedish broadcaster SVT will also unveil the artwork and slogan for the Contest on Monday.

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