Eurovision 2023: The reveal of the Semi-final Allocation Draw Pots, the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest, has revealed the content of the Semi-final Allocation Draw Pots. There are 6 of them, and they hold the names of the countries; one pot for the 6 pre-qualifiers (the Big Five and last year’s winner Ukraine), and the other pot holds the names of the 31 countries that will compete in Semi-final 1 and 2 of this year’s contest.


How does the divide between the pots work?

The divide between the 6 pots goes as follows: The pots are divided based on historical voting patterns when it comes down to the 31 countries that have to compete in the two Semi-finals. There is also a pot that holds the names of the pre-qualifying countries.

What is decided with the Allocation Draw?

With the Allocation Draw we get to know several things, these are the following:

  • It decides in which Semi-final the 6 pre-qualifying countries vote.
  • It also decides in which Semi-final the other 31 countries will be allocated and whether they will perform in the first or second half of that specific Semi-final.

The definitive starting place of the countries in the Semi-finals will be disclosed in March of 2023. The producers of the show decide what the exact allocation will be, so that we do not get a boring contest in which, for example, 4 ballads are performed after another.

The 6 Allocation Draw pots

In what pot is which country? Find it out below.

Pot 1:

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Croatia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia

Pot 2:

  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Estonia

Pot 3:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania

Pot 4:

  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • San Marino

Pot 5:

  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • The Netherlands
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Romania

Pot 6:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Ukraine (last year’s winner)

What is the reason for this draw?

The reason for this draw is the following: It reduces neighbourly voting, and it would increase excitement during the Semi-finals.

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