The allocation draw takes place in the Column hall of Kiev's City State Administration on 31 January 2017 at 11:00 CET, and will be streamed online.
Facts about the allocation draw 2017
- 43 countries participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2017
- 6 of the countries are pre-qualified for the Grand Final (Big-5 and host)
- The first Semi-final will have 18 participants and the second will have 19
- The 37 countries are distributed into 6 allocation draw pots based on the voting pattern between them to avoid neighbor voting
- After a country is drawn, a second draw determines 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) will also draw to decide in which semi-final these countries will vote
- The final running order will be decided later by the producer and broadcaster, NTU, and approved by EBU
Allocation Draw Pots
To ensure a fair voting and competition, the 37 countries are distributed into 5 Draw Pots, based on the voting pattern to avoid too much neighbour voting.
- Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland
- Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Sweden
- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Israel
- Hungary, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria
- Portugal, Australia, Czech Republic, Malta, Austria, San Marino
- Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
How will the draw be made?
The draw will be divided into two parts:
1: Which pre-qualified countries vote in which Semi-final?
- The first part determines 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 determines in which of the two Semi-finals (and in which half) each country will participate in
- Switzerland has been pre-assigned to Semi-final 2
- The first six countries for Semi-final 1 will be drawn: From each of the six allocation draw pots, a country will be drawn, and after each country, a second draw determines if the country will perform in the first half or in the second half of Semi-final 1.
- The first six countries for Semi-final 2 will then be drawn (same recipe as the six for Semi-final 1)
- This continues until each of the 37 countries have been allocated to one of the two Semi-finals
Host Insignia Exchange
Before the allocation draw the Host Insignia Exchange will take place Eva-Louise Erlandsson Slorach, President of Stockholm's City Council will hand over the "Eurovision Keys" to Kyiv City Mayor Vitaliy Klychko.