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ESC 2021: The semi-final running orders are revealed!

by | Mar 30, 2021 | 2021 ESC General, Eurovision, Featured

ESC 2021: The semi-final running orders are revealed!

by | Mar 30, 2021 | 2021 ESC General, Eurovision, Featured

One of the favourite days of the year for statistics freaks and playlist-makers is here: the running orders for the two semi-finals of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest have been released!

The first semi-final on Tuesday 18 May will kick off with The Roop from Lithuania, whose “Discoteque” is on many people’s radars for a good result in Rotterdam. While first spot in the running order isn’t always seen as ideal, songs predicted to do well have been placed there in a semi-final before: Robin Bengtsson in 2017 and Aram Mp3 in 2014 spring immediately to mind, and The Roop should similarly have no problems making it through to the grand final – whereas Ana Sokliฤ from Slovenia, who is on second, will surely face something of an uphill battle.

At the other end, there are a lot of female up-tempos in the second half of the semi-final but it’s perhaps predictable that Destiny from Malta should be chosen to close the show – while the consecutive run of Israel, Romania and Azerbaijan perhaps suggests that the producers know the staging choices are going to be sufficiently different to stop that section of the draw from feeling a bit samey.

And we know we aren’t the only ones smiling at “El Diablo” and “Fallen Angel” being placed back to back…

The full draw for semi 1:

1. Lithuania ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น
2. Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
3. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
4. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
5. Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
6. North Macedonia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
7. Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
8. Cyprus ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
  9. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
10. Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท
11. Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช
12. Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
13. Romania ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
14. Azerbaijan ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
15. Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
16. Malta ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น

 

Viewers of the second semi-final on Thursday 20 May will quickly find out whether Flo Rida has been persuaded to join Senhit in Rotterdam, because San Marino will start the show with their “Adrenalina” – before Uku Suviste from Estonia gets to be the (un)lucky one in second slot.

Elsewhere in the draw, social media darling Daรฐi from Iceland gets about as good a draw as he could have hoped for, while two of the slow songs that are riding high in the betting right now – Bulgaria and Switzerland – are well positioned towards the end of the show. Finally, proceedings will close with an explosion of 1980s glitter from Danish duo Fyr & Flamme!

The full draw for semi 2:

1. San Marino ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
2. Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช
3. Czech Republic ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
4. Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท
5. Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
6. Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ
7. Moldova ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
8. Iceland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ
9. Serbia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ
  10. Georgia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช
11. Albania ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
12. Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
13. Bulgaria ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
14. Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
15. Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
16. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
17. Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

 

This means we now also have a running order for our line-up check series, so stay tuned for that!

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