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Eurovision 2017 Semi-final allocation draw

Eurovision 2017: Who's in which Semi-final?

See the result of the semi-final allocation draw for Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The draw determined which countries are allocated to which of the two semi-finals

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Semi-final 1


9 May 2017

First half:
Albania iconAlbania
Australia iconAustralia
Azerbaijan iconAzerbaijan
Belgium iconBelgium
Finland iconFinland
Georgia iconGeorgia
Montenegro iconMontenegro
Portugal iconPortugal
Sweden iconSweden

Second half:
Armenia iconArmenia
Cyprus iconCyprus
Czech Republic iconCzech Republic
Greece iconGreece
Iceland iconIceland
Latvia iconLatvia
Moldova iconMoldova
Poland iconPoland
Slovenia iconSlovenia

Semi-final 2


11 May 2017

First half:
Austria iconAustria
Denmark iconDenmark
FYR Macedonia iconFYR Macedonia
Hungary iconHungary
Ireland iconIreland
Malta iconMalta
Netherlands iconNetherlands
Romania iconRomania
Russia iconRussia
Serbia iconSerbia

Second half:
Belarus iconBelarus
Bulgaria iconBulgaria
Croatia iconCroatia
Estonia iconEstonia
Israel iconIsrael
Lithuania iconLithuania
Norway iconNorway
San Marino iconSan Marino
Switzerland iconSwitzerland

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


The allocation draw took place on 31 January 2017 at the Column hall of Kiev's City State Administration.

Facts about the allocation draw



Eurovision 2017 Semi-final allocation draw
  • 43 countries participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2017
  • 6 of the countries are pre-qualified for the Grand Final (Big-5 and Ukraine)
  • The first Semi-final will have 18 participants and the second will have 19
  • Switzerland has been pre-assigned to Semi-final 2
  • The 37 countries were distributed into 6 allocation draw pots based on the voting pattern between them to avoid neighbor voting
  • After a country was drawn, a second draw determined whether that country will participate in the first or second part of the semi-final
  • The six countries pre-qualified for the Grand Final (Big-5 and Ukraine) were also drawn to decide in which semi-final these countries will vote
  • Germany has been pre-assigned to broadcast and vote in Semi-final 2
  • The final running order will be decided later by the Ukrainian producer and broadcaster, NTU, and approved by EBU

Allocation Draw Pots



To ensure a fair voting and competition, the 37 countries were distributed into 5 Draw Pots, based on the voting pattern to avoid too much neighbour voting.

  1. Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland
  2. Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Sweden
  3. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Israel
  4. Hungary, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria
  5. Portugal, Australia, Czech Republic, Malta, Austria, San Marino
  6. Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland

How was the draw made?



The draw was divided into two parts:

Eurovision 2017: Semi-final Allocation Draw Big 5 + host
Semi-final voting for Big-5 and Ukraine
1: Which pre-qualified countries vote in which Semi-final?

  • The first part determined which of the six pre-qualified countries (Big 5: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, and host: Ukraine) will broadcast and vote in which of the two Semi-finals
  • Germany has been pre-assigned to broadcast and vote in Semi-final 2

2: Who's in which Semi-final?

  • The second part determined in which of the two Semi-finals (and in which half) each country will participate in
  • The first six countries for Semi-final 1 were drawn: From each of the six allocation draw pots, a country was drawn, and after each country, a second draw determined if the country will perform in the first half or in the second half of Semi-final 1
  • Switzerland has been pre-assigned to Semi-final 2
  • The first six countries for Semi-final 2 were then drawn (same recipe as the six for Semi-final 1)
  • This continued until each of the 37 countries had been allocated to one of the two Semi-finals

Host Insignia Exchange

Eurovision 2017: Host Insignia Exchange
Host Insignia Exchange


Before the allocation draw the Host Insignia Exchange took place. Here Eva-Louise Erlandsson Slorach, President of Stockholm's City Council handed over the "Eurovision Keys" to Kyiv City Mayor Vitaliy Klychko.

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