The draw for the semi final allotment took place in the beautiful golden room of the town hall of Stockholm. Supervised by the EBU executive Jan Ola Sand and the SVT executive producer Martin Österdahl, who has already been in this position in the 2013 ESC in Malmö.
This occasion did not reveal the running order for the semi finals, but the allotments, in which part of which semi final a country is going to perform. Out of six pots with six to seven country balls the draw took place, to avoid neighbourhood voting in the shows. Now the discussions have started if countries might have more chances in the first or second semi final and in which part of the show and are the country will to give points in that show? At the end SVT will decide the running order to maximize the excitement. This has been invented by the Swedish broadcaster in 2013 and has proofed as successful.
In the Semi Final 1 there are 18 countries and in Semi Final 2 there are 19 countries, which makes it a bit tougher in the second show to get one of the 10 final spots. Israel has been approved to start in the Semi Final 2, due to a memorial day.
The Big 5 countries plus the host country Sweden will vote in the Semi Finals as follows:
Semi Final 1: France, Spain and Sweden
Semi Final 2: Germany, Italy and United Kingdom
This is the result of the allotment draw:
Semi Final 1
First half: Armenia, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia and San Marino
Second half: Austria, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Malta and Montenegro
Semi Final 2
First half: Australia, Belarus, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Switzerland and Serbia
Second half: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Georgia, Norway, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine
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