In the middle of the night the Ukrainian broadcaster and the production team has decided in agreement with the EBU reference group the running order of the 26 finalists. Previously the performers had to draw their starting field either in the first or the second half to avoid unfairness. In former years the entire running order has been drawn, this led to problems like several ballad close together, boring song had to open the final and so on. To guarantee an exciting line up it is important to see that every entry has a starting position for its exposure.
This time Israel is going to open the Grand Final with a fast pop song and France is going to close with a cool and modern chanson. The big favourite Italy is surrounded by Hungary and Denmark at the 9th place. The last four entries Belgium, Sweden, Bulgaria and France also belong to the favourites and they provide a very strong finish.
This is the running order:
Publisher, Editor, Journalist
About me: My first Eurovision Song Contest I watched behind the walls of the former GDR in 1987. This was even possible at that time! Since then I am following the ESC every year on TV. In 2004 I had the chance to watch it live in Istanbul. Due to the fact that Jens and Bernd have collected many interviews, photos, etc. the idea came up to show all this contest to the public. We founded the website eurovisionlive.com and we have been one of the first to offer the medium internet for the Eurovision Song Contest.