Eurovision 2016: Semi-final 1 qualifier allocation draw

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The results of the first semi-final are in and we have our first 10 qualifiers! Following tonight’s show, the semi-final 1 qualifiers press conference took place where the allocation draw for each of tonight’s winners was decided.

Joining the Big 5 countries along with the host nation, Sweden, in the grand final are tonight’s 10 qualifiers. Following the results announcement, a press conference took place in order to decide which half of the grand final each qualifier would perform in.

  • Freddie from Hungary will compete in the first half of the grand final.
  • Croatia’s Nina Kraljić was drawn to compete in the second half of the grand final.
  • Douwe Bob from the Netherlands will participate in the first half of the grand final.
  • Armenia and Iveta Mukuchyan will compete in the second half of the grand final.
  • Russia, represented by Sergey Lazarev, will compete in the second half of the grand final.
  • The first qualifier from the Czech Republic, Gabriela Gunčíková, will perform in the first half of the grand final.
  • Minus One from Cyprus were drawn to compete in the second half of the grand final.
  • Austria’s Zoë will compete in the second half of the grand final.
  • Samra from Azerbaijan will compete in the first half of the grand final.
  • The final qualifier, Ira Losco from Malta, will perform in the second half of the grand final.

With tonight’s allocation draw taking place, here is what the draw of the 16 current finalists looks like:

First half

  • Azerbaijan
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden (09)

Second half

  • Austria
  • Armenia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Malta
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom

Following Thursday’s second semi-final, a further draw will take place in order to decide the allocation of the last 10 qualifiers. The Swedish national broadcaster along with the EBU will then decide the final running order of the 25 finalists. The draw of the 26th finalist, Sweden, was decided and chosen randomly in advance.

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  • MarioVision

    Well it only matters if you are hot favorite to either win or finish in a high place.
    But even if being drawn to perform on the 1st HALF, this is not really that bad,
    as there are 13 whole slots 1-13 to choose from.

  • MarioVision

    Bad draw for CZECH & HUNGARY that are aiming to finish on high/good place.

  • MarioVision

    And excellent draw for RUSSIA, ARMENIA & CROATIA.
    Lucky Sergey will gonna perform on the 2nd HALF of the Final.
    (and poor Amir sadly will perform on the FIRST half instead)

  • Bart

    It would be a good idea to vote after the first half is finished and then vote after the second half is finished, then it never matters wich place you get
    who agree?

  • RostBurov

    Bad draw for anyone with Russia to win ) lol

  • RostBurov

    Well, Bad draw for anyone with Russia to win ) lol

  • RostBurov

    With Russia at some betters less than evens –
    it doesn’t really matter which half! LOL
    Good luck Russia ! Nice places to See Beside Moscow – St Petersburg and Sochi and Kazan!
    And the Golden Ring next year! !
    Also welcome FIFA Footbal Worlds Championships 2018 RUSSIA!

  • RostBurov

    poor Amir
    – why??
    Let him take a shower