The EBU has announced today that the BIG 5 countries and the host country Sweden will perform during the semifinals of the forthcoming 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

The decision was taken last week during the Reference Group meeting in Berlin. The BIG 5 and the 2016 host country( Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France+  Sweden ) will perform in the semifinal they’ll be allocated in. Germany has been allocated to perform and vote in the Second Semifinal on 12 May. The allocation of the semifinals will be determined by a draw early next year. Despite this  decision The BIG 5 and Sweden maintain their pre-qualification to  the grand final.

EBU’s Mr. Jon Ola Sand expressed his satisfaction to the media for this decision and he added:

” It will look so much better to show the Big Five and the host country on the Eurovision Song Contest stage, performing their act as it will be in the Grand Final. More rehearsal time means better performances and a better TV show, since the production crew has more time to get acquainted with the act.”