Eurovision.tv, 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.
- San Marino
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- 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.
Watch the Allocation Draw and Handover Ceremony live on our dedicated live website, “ESCplus Live”, just click the link below on January 31st 2023 at 20:00 CET to watch this event live from Liverpool. https://live.esc-plus.com/.