The Semi-Final Allocation Draw for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was held today at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and was hosted by Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub, two of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 hosts. The annual event determines in which semi-final the participating countries will perform.

During today’s allocation draw Tel Aviv officially became the host city of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest as Duare Cordeiro, the Deputy Mayor of Lisbon, passed on the Host City Insignia to Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv. Jan Ola Sand, the European Broadcasting Union’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, emphasised the importance of the Host City Insignia Exchange and Semi-Final Allocation Draw:

“The insignia ceremony is an important moment for the Eurovision Song Contest and an exciting celebration of the host city handover. It is also a key milestone for our participating broadcasters as they find out which Semi-Final they will perform in, and as the countdown continues to May, we look forward to welcoming them to Tel Aviv for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.”

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Big Five and Israel

In the first part of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw it was determined in which semi-final each of the “Big Five” countries Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and host country Israel will vote. Israel, France and Spain will vote in Semi-Final 1, while Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom will vote in the second Semi-Final.

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Semi-Finalists

In the second part of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw the semi-finalists were allocated into six pots based on voting patterns throughout the Eurovision history in order to determine in which semi-final each of the participating countries will perform. Furthermore, the draw determined in which half of the semi-finals the participants will compete. The exact running order will be decided at a later point by the producers of the show in order to guarantee a varied and exciting show. The Allocation Draw for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 delivered the following results:

Semi-Final 1 (14 May)

First half:

  • Slovenia
  • Belarus
  • Czech Republic
  • Montenegro
  • Cyprus
  • Serbia
  • Finland
  • Poland
  • Hungary

Second half:

  • Estonia
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Iceland
  • Georgia
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Ukraine
  • Greece

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Semi-Final 2 (16 May)

The Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest approved the request of Swiss broadcaster SRF to compete in the Second Semi-Final due to the clashing of semi-final 1 with a match of the Swiss national team at the Ice Hockey World Championship.

First half:

  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Ireland
  • Austria
  • Moldova
  • Latvia
  • Romania
  • Denmark
  • Armenia

Second half:

  • Albania
  • Azerbaijan
  • F.Y.R. Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • The Netherlands
  • Croatia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta

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