Today: Watch the Semi-Final Allocation Draw!

Today: Watch the Semi-Final Allocation Draw!
The draw bowls are waiting..!
Oslo, Norway -

This Sunday, Host Broadcaster NRK and the EBU proudly present the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final Allocation Draw. The event in downtown Oslo will be streamed live through, starting at 14:00 CET. Today, we can also reveal what the five draw pots look like!

During the Semi-Final Allocation Draw, it will be determined which countries will be represented in which of the two Semi-Finals of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. Who will conduct the draw is still Oslo's biggest mystery...

The 34 countries represented in the Semi-Finals will be drawn from five pots, based on voting patterns of last years as analyzed by the contest's voting partner Digame. By spreading these countries over two Semi-Finals, the impact of neighbour- and diaspora voting is limited and the contest more exciting.

Half of the countries will be drawn into the first Semi-Final (on the 25th of May), the other half into the second Semi-Final (on the 27th of May). As part of the draw, it will also be determined if those countries will perform in the first or second half of the respective Semi-Final, so that each delegation already knows this Sunday on which day they are expected in Oslo for the rehearsals in May. can exclusively reveal what those five pots look like:

Pot 1: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland
Pot 2: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden
Pot 3: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
Pot 4: Armenia, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, the Netherlands, Turkey
Pot 5: Bulgaria, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia

There will also be a draw to decide which of the two Semi-Finals the so-called 'Big Four' (France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom) and host country Norway will be obliged to broadcast and vote in.

The next draw, to decide upon the starting order of the songs in each Semi-Final and the Final, will be conducted - as usual - at the Heads of Delegation meeting in March.

You can watch the draw live here on today on 14:00 CET and we are updating you live through our Twitter feed!
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  • Posted on 6 February 2010 at 13:07
    Now with the new fangled voting system. I sincerley hope that the nonsense of letting the first three choose position will be done away with come the performance position draw. I know you've denied it but it gives HUGE advantage to some entrants over others, don't blind us with science to 'prove' otherwise.

    Your description fails to describe the draw procedure fully how many from each pot in each SF please? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 February 2010 at 13:17
    Azerboys - what happened to good luck to the United Kingdom???.
    Norway is the most westerly it's been in a while (Finland doesn't count as it's longitude was behind Belgrade) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 February 2010 at 13:14
    Typical, I'm working during the draw (1pm UK Time), I hope this year the draws will be conducted in the traditional languages (English/French) plus Norweigian if they so wish, as last years was very confusing because I don't understand Russian.
    Please put up this video up as download as I can never be sure of the start times for the constant stream. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2010 at 18:02
    Perfects pots , as always.
    But can someone explains me why Bulgaria left pot 4, while it's obvious that they vote Armenia/Greece/Cyprus/Turkey and get points from GRE/TUR/CYP.
    Same for Malta to a lesser extent (even if they vote Greece/Cyprus, they also vote Romania as much as Cyprus for example, and they are neutral, so they have nothing to do in what i call the "diaspora pot") report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2010 at 13:50
    xD it's organisators secret xDDDDD report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 February 2010 at 13:23
    I am surprised that Lithuania is not in the same pot as Ireland report to the moderator