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ESC 2016: Running order of Semi-finals revealed

The running order of the two Semi-finals at Eurovision 2016 has been revealed. As the three previous years, the producer of Eurovision Song Contest decides the running order

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The producer of this years Eurovision, the Swedish broadcaster SVT, has revealed the running order for the two semi-finals at Eurovision Song Contest 2016. The last three years the producers of the shows have decided the running order based on an allocation draw. The allocation draw took place on 25 January 2016. Here the participants were distributed to the two semi-finals, and it was determined whether each country will participate in the first or second part of the semi-final.

Semi-final 1


10 May 2016

1Finland iconFinland
2Greece iconGreece
3Moldova iconMoldova
4Hungary iconHungary
5Croatia iconCroatia
6Netherlands iconNetherlands
7Armenia iconArmenia
8San Marino iconSan Marino
9Russia iconRussia
10Czech Republic iconCzech Republic
11Cyprus iconCyprus
12Austria iconAustria
13Estonia iconEstonia
14Azerbaijan iconAzerbaijan
15Montenegro iconMontenegro
16Iceland iconIceland
17Bosnia & Herzegovina iconBosnia & Herzegovina
18Malta iconMalta

Semi-final 2


12 May 2016

1Latvia iconLatvia
2Poland iconPoland
3Switzerland iconSwitzerland
4Israel iconIsrael
5Belarus iconBelarus
6Serbia iconSerbia
7Ireland iconIreland
8FYR Macedonia iconFYR Macedonia
9Lithuania iconLithuania
10Australia iconAustralia
11Slovenia iconSlovenia
12Bulgaria iconBulgaria
13Denmark iconDenmark
14Ukraine iconUkraine
15Norway iconNorway
16Georgia iconGeorgia
17Albania iconAlbania
18Belgium iconBelgium
Romania was originally planned to participate as number 12, but has been expelled from Eurovision 2016
Odds: Who will qualify from Semi-final 1?Odds: Who will qualify from Semi-final 2?

Vote in Semi-final 1:
Sweden iconSweden
France iconFrance
Spain iconSpain
Vote in Semi-final 2:
Italy iconItaly
Germany iconGermany
United Kingdom iconUnited Kingdom

As interesting as possible for the viewers



Christer Björkman, Contest Producer for Eurovision 2016 says:

– My goal is to give every song maximum space so it's surrounded by other songs that make it stand out and shine for three minutes. This also reduces the anxiety surrounding where a country is placed in the running order. Wherever the artist is singing they have a chance to be noticed.

– The ambition is to make the starting order and thereby the live shows as interesting as possible for the viewers. This was also the reason for the change of rules three years ago, as the draw of lots made it possible for several similar songs to be placed after each other

Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will be held in Stockholm on 10, 12 and 14 May 2016. Find all the information about Eurovision 2016: Hosts, participants, arena, Eurovision Village, Euroclub and Euro Fan Café here: Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Stockholm.

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