Thanks to Marija Šerifoviæ, Belgrade and Serbia have the privilege to host the most exciting music show in the world. Every year more and more countries joining the Eurovision family, this year there is a record of 43 participating countries.
Today at 13.00 CET the EBU broadcasted the draw of which countries will participate in the Semi-Finals on Tuesday 20th May and Thursday 22nd May. The draw only shows which countries appear in which Semi-Final, not the running order of the shows:
Due to the fact that there are 43 countries in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the qualification system was in need to be changed. To avoid upcoming rumours about an unfair voting system, the draw of the running order has been made in a different way.
The rehearsals for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest have already started since Sunday. Busy schedules filled with stage rehearsals, press conferences, improvements and getting familiar with the light and sound determine the days of the performers.
By now all the participants of the semi-finals had their stage rehearsals and get used to the stage and feel the atmosphere of the Belgrade Arena. 43 countries in total have to rehearse over two weeks!