Semi-Final participants drawn on January 17

Semi-Final participants drawn on January 17
Malmö Arena will host this year's contest. Photo: Wikipedia
Malmö, Sweden -

It'll be one of the very first bigger event of this year's Eurovision Song Contest that will be held in Malmö. Namely, on the 17th of January the draw to determine in which Semi-Final the countries will take part in will be held.

Like the last years, it's in January when every country will know in which Semi-Final they will take part in. The event itself is called the Semi-Final Allocation Draw and will this year be held in the Old City Hall of Malmö at 14.00 CET.

At the event, every participating country will be drawn to one of the two Semi-Finals. Also, it'll be drawn which of the Semi-Finals the so-called Big 5 countries of Italy, France, the UK, Germany, Spain and the Host Country Sweden will broadcast and vote in.

The event will be a part of the Host City Insignia ceremony where the symbolic key will be handed over by the mayor of the previous Host City to the new one.

In total, 39 countries will take part in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden. The running order will this year be decided by the producerd of the show instead of the traditional Running Order Draw. The latter was usually held in mid-March.


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  • Posted on 16 January 2013 at 11:27
    BRING BACK THE DRAW!!!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 January 2013 at 23:19
    Sorry my bad :S
    I thought it's on 12:00 for Cypriot time. It's on 16:00. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 January 2013 at 22:07
    Sorry to change the subject, but I believe a song like this (not this exact song because that would be against the rules) but one similar as this could honestly score a TOP 5 placing for the UK

    With Little Mix's amazing vocals:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRil6srSOKo

    Obviously not the exact song as that, but one similar would do so well, PLEASE BBC CHOOSE WISELY! Don't make the same mistakes as last year, we want another 2009! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 January 2013 at 23:26
    Why is everyone so on about the draw?
    It's just a draw to decide which countries will compete in the first semifinal and which countries will compete in the second, simple as that!

    The whole draw, as in starting numbers and so, will be drawn in March where every country has chosen their entry. As has always been done
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    I feel like I'm always repeating but read and understand what the article says, Don't just make your own assumption.

    I find it hilarious that some of you actually made your own draws. As if that's gonna do anything but take your time! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 January 2013 at 21:10
    Semi final 1-(01-08) Denmark, Croatia, Finland, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,
    Switzerland, (09-16) Malta, Austria, Albania, Cyprus, Hungary, Montenegro, Ireland, Greece.Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.

    Semi final 2-(01-09) Norway, Latvia, The Netherlands, Israel, Belgium, Estonia, Moldova,
    Georgia, Romania, (10-17) Serbia, Russia, San Marino, Slovenia, Iceland, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Armenia, Bulgaria.Germany, Spain and France voted in this semi-final. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 January 2013 at 19:11
    Can I watch this on WEB TV? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 January 2013 at 18:41
    Why did the changed the time? Wasn't it on 20:00 CET? :O
    Now I won't be able to watch it -_-
    Actually all the Eastern Europe won't be able to Watch. Just UK, Ireland, Iceland etc.
    Please EBU change time! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 January 2013 at 18:27
    Let's see the draw first... A few more days left... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 January 2013 at 22:25
    yeah eurovision is coming closer and closer report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 January 2013 at 21:11
    Yes i´am looking forward to watch the first semifinal :)

    GO DENMARK :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 January 2013 at 00:20
    Let me see in the crystalball - Christer will tell us that we are in the first semi, and our friends in Norway in the second semi... Oh yes, can't wait for the news! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 January 2013 at 00:43
    Christer Björkman trolling Eurovision Song Contest. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 January 2013 at 13:37
    opa_greek..

    I don't think SVT is going to be THAT stupid or selfish.. Greetings from Sweden! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 January 2013 at 21:24
    Semi final 1 - 01 Montenegro,02 Hungary,03 Belgium,04 Slovenia,05 Denmark,06 Azerbaijan,07 Russia,08 Switzerland,09 Ireland,10 San Marino,11 Croatia,12 Iceland,13 Latvia,14 Moldova,15 Lithuania 16 Greece.With Spain,United Kingtom and Italy volting.

    Semi final 2 - 01 Belarus,02 Israel,03 Austria,04 Serbia,05 Norway, 06 F.Y.R.Macedonia,
    07 Cyprus,08 Malta,09 Armenia,10 Finland,11 Bulgaria, 12 Romania,13 Georgia,14 Estonia,15 Ukraine,16 Albania,17 The Netherlands.With France,Sweden and Germany volting . report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 January 2013 at 19:48
    OMG i can't wait . good luck to all countries . report to the moderator