The draw has been revealed for the Eurovision semi-finals. You can find it here. A fuller analysis of each semi will come in time. For now it’s worth making a few general points.
The first semi was made difficult by a lot of similar stuff being in the first half. Producers have decided to start with one of the more uplifting slower female numbers, Austria’s ‘Shine’. The most upbeat number in this half, Slovenia, comes third with the only male act in this half, Croatia, in the middle of it at four. The four market leaders for this semi follow at 5, 6, 7 and 8: Denmark, Russia, Ukraine and The Netherlands.
It’s no surprise to see the slowest number in the second half of this semi, Cyprus, at 14 towards the end of the running order. Moldova is not dissimilar and is at 12, with the upbeat Irish entry splitting them. Belgium and Serbia end the semi by building the tempo up again.
In the second semi, Latvia is not a surprising choice to start things off with ‘Here We Go’. San Marino will be a little disappointed with the second slot whilst upbeat numbers from Finland at 5 and Bulgaria at 7 will at least be relieved not to be opening the heat. Favourites for this semi, Norway, have a decent draw at 13, though fancied Georgia come even later at 15. Switzerland and Romania build the tempo up again with the last two slots.
Producers look to have concentrated purely on which songs fit best where according to their style and not quality. They also haven’t unduly favoured small countries over big countries: Romania and Serbia get the pimp slots despite plenty of friendly votes; but minnows Switzerland and Belgium get the penultimate slots.
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