ESCToday Exclusive: The semifinals’ running order

by Michalis Vranis 43 views0

The so much awaited running order of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals were revealed by SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster. The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 12 and 14 May at the Globe Arena in Stockholm.

After a very long delay since the allocation draw which took place last month, the SVT production team released the running order for the two semi-finals of the contest, giving an end to all the nail-biting witing of the fan community. A short explanation given by SVT regarding the delay of the announcement of the running order, includes the fact that this year many countries will be bringing extremely big constructions and installations on stage, which clearly made the decision of finalising the running order, very difficult.

A total of 43 countries will compete at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest for the coveted Grand Prix.  A total of  37 countries  will battle will battle in the Semifinals on 10 and 12 May, 18 countries will compete in Semifinal 1 on 10 May whilst 19 countries will compete Semifinal 2 on 12 May. The BIG 5 (France, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain) and host country Sweden are pre-qualified to compete in the grand final on Saturday 14 May.

Semifinal 1

#

Country

Artist

Song title

1GreeceArgoUtopian Land
2HungaryFreddiePioneer
3MoldovaLidia IsacFalling Stars
4The NetherlandsDouwe BobSlow Down
5FinlandSandhjaSing It Away
6San MarinoSerhatI Didn’t Know
7CroatiaNina KraljićLighthouse
8ArmeniaIveta MukuchyanLoveWave
9RussiaSergey LazarevYou Are The Only One
10EstoniaJüri PootsmannPlay
11MontenegroHighwayThe Real Thing
12IcelandGreta SalómeHear Them Calling
13MaltaIra LoscoWalk on Water
14CyprusMinus OneAlter Ego
15Bosnia & HerzegovinaDalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner & JalaLjubav je
16Czech RepublicGabriela GunčíkováI Stand
17AustriaZOËLoin d’ici
18AzerbaijanSamraMiracle

Semifinal 2

#

Country

Artist

Song title

1AustraliaDami ImSound of Silence
2IsraelHovi StarMade of Stars
3IrelandNicky ByrneSunlight
4SerbiaZAA Sanja VučićGoodbye (Shelter)
5SwitzerlandRykkaThe Last Of Our Kind
6PolandMichał SzpakColor of Your Life
7LatviaJustsHeartbeat
8LithuaniaDonny MontellI’ve Been Waiting for This Night
9FYR MacedoniaKaliopiDona
10BelarusIvanHelp You Fly
11GeorgiaNika Kocharov & Young Georgian LolitazMidnight Gold
12RomaniaOvidiu AntonMoment of Silence
13SloveniaManuEllaBlue and Red
14UkraineJamala1944
15NorwayAgneteIcebreaker
16BulgariaPoli GenovaIf Love Was A Crime
17DenmarkLighthouse XSoldiers Of Love
18BelgiumLaura TesoroWhat’s The Pressure
19AlbaniaEneda TarifaFairytale

The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 10, 12 and 14 May at the Globe Arena in Stockholm.

If only that article was true! Obviously this is part of our pranks for April Fools day but behind the lines you have to see the criticism to SVT and the EBU for taking so long to release the running order of the semi-finals. The feeling the whole Eurovision fan community has is anxiety and frustration for this delay. Hopefully we will have the official running order very very soon! Until the, Happy April Fools day!

Stay tuned to ESCToday for the latest news on the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

ESCToday is growing and always looks for new members to join our team! Feel free to drop us a line if you're interested! Use the Contact Us page or send us an email at vacancies@esctoday.com!