Spain to vote in second Semi-Final
Spanish broadcaster TVE worked out a detailed promotion plan, including the broadcast of several programmes to promote the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. For scheduling purposes, TVE requested the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest to be allowed to broadcast live and vote in the second Semi-Final, instead of in the first. The group approved TVE's request.
The Reference Group has decided to approve the request of TVE to broadcast live and vote in the second Semi-Final, instead on the initial obligation to broadcast the first Semi-Final. The decision was based on a good promotion plan presented by TVE.
In the first Semi-Final on Tuesday, 12th of May, the United Kingdom and Germany will vote. In the second Semi-Final on Thursday, 14th of May, France, Russia and Spain will vote.
The so-called 'Big Four', as well as Host Country Russia, automatically qualified to take part in the Final of the 54th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, 16th of May.