Results of the 2012 Running Order Draw!

Results of the 2012 Running Order Draw!
The bowls ready for the draw. Photo: Jarmo Siim (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

36 Semi-Finalists, the so-called Big 5 countries - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK - and the host nation, Azerbaijan were anxiously awaiting the results of the draw for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Baku today. The order of appearance now gives way to lots of speculation about who will do well in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The running order draw is considered important for a good placing in the Eurovision Song Contest, that's why lots of TV-people, journalists and fans were nervously awaiting for today's event to know on which position would their country perform in Baku.

Spots at the very end of the draw are usually preferred, but during the years, songs with a low starting position have done well, too, so no general statement about the outcome is possible.

Earlier this year, the participating Semi-Finalists were already drawn either in the first or the second half of either Semi-Final 1 or Semi-Final 2. You can watch the Allocation Draw show in our Web TV Player.

Today though, it was finally time for all the countries to find out their detailed starting position! The process was supervised by the Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and Thomas Niedermeier from Digame, the official voting partner.

Draw of Semi-Final 1

In each half of every respective Semi-Final, one country received a wildcard to choose its starting position. The remaining positions were drawn afterwards.

The draw for the first Semi-Final:

  1. Montenegro
  2. Iceland
  3. Greece
  4. Latvia
  5. Albania
  6. Romania
  7. Switzerland
  8. Belgium
  9. Finland (wildcard)
  10. Israel
  11. San Marino
  12. Cyprus
  13. Denmark
  14. Russia
  15. Hungary
  16. Austria
  17. Moldova
  18. Ireland (wildcard)

Draw of Semi-Final 2

The draw for the second Semi-Final brought the following result:

  1. Serbia
  2. FYR Macedonia
  3. The Netherlands
  4. Malta
  5. Belarus
  6. Portugal
  7. Ukraine (wildcard)
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Slovenia
  10. Croatia
  11. Sweden
  12. Georgia
  13. Turkey
  14. Estonia
  15. Slovakia
  16. Norway
  17. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  18. Lithuania (wildcard)

Preliminary draw for the Final

For the Grand Final, the starting positions of the Big 5 countries (Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and The United Kingdom) plus the host, Azerbaijan, were also drawn, with one of them, again, getting a wildcard to freely choose their starting position:

  • 01. United Kingdom
  • 09. France
  • 10. Italy
  • 13. Azerbaijan
  • 19. Spain (wildcard)
  • 20. Germany

The rest of the Final spots will be drawn at the winners' press conference right after the Semi-Finals' results are known.

You can watch again the Running Order Draw in our Web TV Player.

The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will take place with two Semi-Finals on the 22nd and 24th of May and with the Grand Final following up on the 26th.

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  • Posted on 27 May 2012 at 23:01
    fanatstic sweden..amaizing russia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 May 2012 at 23:01
    fantastick sweden...amaizing babushky report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 May 2012 at 20:19
    1st semi-final
    The rest are not suitable for Eurovision!Sorry!!
    2nd semi-final
    6.FYR Macedonia
    11.Croatia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2012 at 19:54
    Russia and Ukraine, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Sweden my favorit report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 March 2012 at 00:18
    @ jacob nz firstly the EURO12 has nothing to do with eurovision, both are very different kind of organizations and secondly why did the uk not withdraw because of the summer olympics this year? don't get me wrong my friend, but i have a deep feeling that poland withdrew because of financial probs or because of the failures in esc........... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 March 2012 at 22:19
    Poland won't take part in the contest cause Poland will be hosting EURO 2012 this year. So they must organise everything till summer, not nough time for Eurovision. :/ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 March 2012 at 10:34
    daniel: it seems that this year many fans predict sweden for sure as we knew -or could understand- before the show in 2009 for norway. do y think this can happen? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2012 at 20:06
    1st semi-final

    1- Cyprus
    2- Iceland
    3- Greece
    4- Hungary
    5- Russia
    6- Denmark
    7- Switzerland
    8- Albania
    9- Belgium
    10- Israel

    2nd semi-final (much stronger participants)

    1- The Netherlands
    2- Serbia
    6- Norway
    7- Bulgaria
    8- Turkey
    9- Croatia
    10- Bosnia & Herzegovina report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2012 at 15:59
    Sorry to UK song,
    lyrics and performance are very ordinary, possibly could win after one year heavy promotion on all EU radio stations - 12 points to Serbia! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2012 at 20:19
    bdw, why isn't poland in the contest? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2012 at 20:18
    sweden should be in the final from the beginning report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2012 at 18:28
    Cyprus..Cyprus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2012 at 17:36
    Sabina Babayeva Good Luck! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 March 2012 at 22:33
    Germany 20th - that sounds promising. Alexander Rybak won from that position, Lena was 22nd, Azerbaijan 19th. Go Roman!!! Good song, great voice, cute looks! Vote for him! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 March 2012 at 23:49
    1st Semi-Final:

    1. Switzerland
    2. Israel
    3. Cyprus
    4. Denmark
    5. Hungary
    6. Albania
    7. Russia
    8. Iceland
    9. Finland
    10. Romania

    2nd Semi-Final:

    1. Bulgaria
    2. Turkey
    3. Croatia
    4. Netherlands
    5. Belarus
    6. F.Y.R. Macedonia
    7. Slovenia
    8. Ukraine
    9. Sweden
    10. Norway


    1. Germany
    2. France
    3. Italy
    4. Spain
    5. United Kingdom
    6. Azerbaijan


    1 point: Hungary
    2 points: Denmark
    3 points: France
    4 points: Croatia
    5 points: Cyprus
    6 points: Turkey
    7 points: Bulgaria
    8 points: Israel
    10 points: Germany
    12 points: Switzerland report to the moderator