Results of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw

Results of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw
One of the draw bowls after the draw
Oslo, Norway -

Moments ago, the Semi-Final Allocation Draw for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Oslo, Norway. Under scrutiny of Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the contest on behalf of the EBU, the Host Broadcaster's Head of Press Peter Svaar conducted the draw. An Oslo police officer was present to keep a strict eye on the procedure. You can watch the Semi-Final Allocation Draw on-demand through ESCTV..

During the Semi-Final Allocation Draw, it was be determined which countries will be represented in which of the two Semi-Finals of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. The 34 countries represented in the Semi-Finals were 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 were drawn into the first Semi-Final (on the 25th of May) - as drawn:

  • Serbia (first half)
  • Finland (first half)
  • Russia (first half)
  • Greece (second half)
  • Slovakia (first half)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina (first half)
  • Iceland (second half)
  • Moldova (first half)
  • Malta (second half)
  • Portugal (second half)
  • FYR Macedonia (second half)
  • Latvia (first half)
  • Belarus (second half)
  • Belgium (second half)
  • Poland (second half)
  • Albania (second half)
  • Estonia (first half)

The other half was drawn into the second Semi-Final (on the 27th of May) - as drawn:

  • Switzerland (first half)
  • Lithuania (first half)
  • Georgia (second half)
  • Turkey (second half)
  • Ireland (second half)
  • Slovenia (second half)
  • Sweden (first half)
  • Ukraine (first half)
  • The Netherlands (second half)
  • Bulgaria (second half)
  • Croatia (second half)
  • Denmark (first half)
  • Azerbaijan (first half)
  • Cyprus (second half)
  • Romania (second half)
  • Israel (first half)
  • Armenia (first half)

As part of the draw, it was also determined if those countries will perform in the first or second half of the respective Semi-Final, so that each delegation already knows exactly on which day they are expected in Oslo for the rehearsals in May.

The five pots looked like this:

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 was also 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 (as drawn):

  • Norway (Second Semi-Final)
  • Germany (First Semi-Final)
  • United Kingdom (Second Semi-Final)
  • Spain (First Semi-Final)
  • France (Second Semi-Final)

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.

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  • Posted on 3 April 2010 at 20:57
    Last year Azerbaijan wasin difficult semi-final and pased first.i am sure it will be this year too.Insaallah.and by the way turkey passed to the final first too last year.wish the same this year.AMIN report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2010 at 12:24
    Good luck for Spain ... hope the team can do well and I hope win. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 March 2010 at 08:42
    Good luck Armenia… hopefully we will be 2010 winners, very easy group we are in except Greece I guess. wish everybody all the best and hopefully we see another successful contest report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 February 2010 at 15:11
    and I said this...because we all know half of the songs these countries bring to eurovision are HORRIBLE! and they die down completely after the contest is over...why? because they are not up beat, they are not happy and they are no good what so ever....the only time I agreed with the winner is when Ruslana won it with the song WILD DANCING... and Turkey with Sertab-everyt way that I can, and ofcourse Greece with the great upbeat, fun, traditional, HAPPY song Number one by Elena Paparizou. The past few songs that have won have been very depressing,boring, and very very weird.

    Eurovision should deffinately operate in a differently. If you are going to enter all the neighbour countries and a few other ones. Obviously one of the neighbour countries will win! because look at how many of them there are! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 February 2010 at 15:06
    I dont think this competition is fair, because most of the countries in it are neighbour countries.
    They all vote for each other and one of them wins...ALWAYS.

    Once Greece won and that was a miracle considering the only 3 countries that mainly give us high points are Turkey, Cyprus adn UK.

    I use to like this competition but now I don't believe there is any point in it what so ever. In the past few years some really pointless and horrible songs have won and everyone has complained about it.

    It is either a set up or just the neighbour countries voting for each other because most of the competition is made up of them.

    I do not agree in the way this competition is run, and I will not be wasting my time voting this year because every year is the same thing.

    This competition is not fair. They should lay it out diffrently. or not let the neighbour countried vote for each something to prevent the same ol countries or neighbours of their countries winning!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 February 2010 at 22:48
    Does anybody know when FYROM(KIJKOLKMOIJHUZTSHJS) will choose their represent for this competition? :))) Tnx..

    P.S. I like danish song more than others. For now. Regards to all eurovisions brother and sister from Serbia... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 February 2010 at 07:10
    Hi everybody...this is Armenia calling:)))) I`m jokin`...Armenian representative`s name we`ll be announced on 14th of February...i think whoever represents our country i`ll be glad couse they or him/her represents ARMENIA.. dear neghbours we`re together as i see...that`s cool, be kind and vote by heart , not by political mind!!! Good Luck to all more to Azerbaijan and Turkey:) report to the moderator
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  • Posted on 11 February 2010 at 18:52
    Good Luck to all Countries!! Good Luck Especially to the UK for their support in the past years maybe this will be the year Ireland will make it we have a good line up.

    Raluca87 Romania: I hope your country qualify but i guess in the past it shows you must be among those countries voting for each other to qualify i just wonder if Romania have ever voted for Ireland.

    Good Luck All!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2010 at 15:11
    Romania is in the second semifinal this year.I am sure we will be in the final we have good songs this year.
    Good luck to all the countries. I hope people will vote for the song and not for the country. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 February 2010 at 00:28
    Interessing; good like all countries... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 February 2010 at 22:26
    hmm not bad, but i think Russia is more lucky in this situation anyway AZerbaijan will pass successfuly!!! Good luck Turkey! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 February 2010 at 22:25
    huh 2.half is so easy a group Turkey will go to Final Surely. =)
    we have 3 hard rivalours : Greece,Romania and Iceland.
    I think top 5 is ;=) :
    :D i have no top 5 cause no song :D.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 February 2010 at 20:52
    Good Luck Armenia...Mihran&Emmi are The beeeeeeeeeeeest report to the moderator