“Celebrate Diversity” with the allocation draw for ESC 2017

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This morning, the allocation draw for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted at the Column Hall of the Kyiv City State Administration. This followed on from yesterday’s presentation of the visual design for the competition and this year’s slogan: “Celebrate Diversity”.

As in recent years, the countries had previously been divided into “pots” based on their voting history with the aim of ensuring a balanced spread across the two semi-finals. To allow the delegations to make their travel plans based on the preliminary rehearsal schedule, the participating countries were also assigned to either the first or second half of the respective show.

The draw was as follows:

SEMI-FINAL 1 SEMI-FINAL 2
First half First half
Albania
Australia
Azerbaijan
Belgium
Finland
Georgia
Montenegro
Portugal
Sweden
Austria
Denmark
Hungary
Ireland
FYR Macedonia
Malta
Netherlands
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Second half Second half
Armenia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Greece
Iceland
Latvia
Moldova
Poland
Slovenia
Belarus
Bulgaria
Croatia
Estonia
Israel
Lithuania
Norway
San Marino
Switzerland

The “big five” countries, who are already qualified for the grand final, and host nation Ukraine were also assigned to the semi-finals that they are required to broadcast and vote in:

Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom will vote in the first semi-final on Tuesday 9 May.
France, Germany and Ukraine will vote in the second semi-final on Thursday 11 May.

As in the past four years, the exact order of performance will be decided by the producers once all the entries have been chosen, the aim being to create a varied and interesting running order.