Running order for Eurovision Semi-Finals decided

Running order for Eurovision Semi-Finals decided
Copenhagen, Denmark -

Today, we can reveal the running order for the Semi-Finals of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

To let all entries shine, the running order for the Semi-Finals was decided this year - as it was in 2013 - by the producers of the shows and approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand and the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank Dieter Freiling.

After the producers reviewed all entries, the following running order was decided on for the Semi-Finals:

Semi-Final 1

  1. Armenia

  2. Latvia

  3. Estonia

  4. Sweden

  5. Iceland

  6. Albania

  7. Russia

  8. Azerbaijan

  9. Ukraine

  10. Belgium

  11. Moldova

  12. San Marino

  13. Portugal

  14. The Netherlands

  15. Montenegro

  16. Hungary

WATCH ALL THE SONGS

At this stage, the advertising breaks are set to be after the 5th and 12th song. Their positions may still change.

Semi-Final 2

  1. Malta

  2. Israel

  3. Norway

  4. Georgia

  5. Poland

  6. Austria

  7. Lithuania

  8. Finland

  9. Ireland

  10. Belarus

  11. F.Y.R. Macedonia

  12. Switzerland

  13. Greece

  14. Slovenia

  15. Romania

WATCH ALL THE SONGS

For this show, the advertising breaks are set to be after the 5th and 12th song. Their positions may still change.

As the last qualifiers for the Grand Final will be decided after the second Semi-Final takes place on the 8th of May in Copenhagen, Denmark.

How did we get to the running order?

The producers did not decide the full running order but the participating countries were first drawn to the two Semi-Finals and to the first or second half of the shows. That was done on the 20th of January at the Semi-Final Allocation Draw.

To assure a fair distribution and sufficient availability of tickets over neighbouring countries, the Reference Group also decided that Sweden and Norway would perform in different Semi-Finals at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. A draw held at the EBU headquarters determined that Sweden would participate in the first Semi-Final, and Norway would be represented in the second Semi-Final.

Israel will take part in the second Semi-Final due to the first Semi-Final falling on their Independence day.

In addition to that, the host country, Denmark was drawn their exact performing position at the Grand Final - 23rd - at the Head of Delegation meeting a week ago to ensure fairness.

It was also drawn which Semi-Final the already qualified countries, the so-called Big 5 - Germany, Spain, France, the UK, Italy - and the Host Country of Denmark will broadcast and vote in.

First Semi-Final

  • Denmark
  • France
  • Spain

Second Semi-Final

  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom

WATCH ALL THE SONGS

The German broadcaster ARD requested to air and vote in the second Semi-Final which was approved by the Reference Group.

For the Final, the first and second half of the Grand Final will be drawn at the winner's press conferences of the Semi-Finals. The final running order will the be decided the latest by 3:00 am on the 9th of May.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May in Copenhagen, Denmark. 37 countries are set to take part in this year's edition of Europe's favourite TV show.


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  • Posted on 8 May 2014 at 00:58
    Good luck to all of this year's contenders for Eurovision 2014. I have quite a few favourites already, though, I might have a few more by the end of Thursday's programme. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 15:40
    Armenia <3 !!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 April 2014 at 22:43
    My Eurovision Top 3:
    1. Ireland
    2. U.K
    3. Austria report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 April 2014 at 15:38
    Top 10 final

    1.Armenia
    2.Sweden
    3.Hungary
    4.Romania
    5.Iceland
    6.Denmark
    7.Switzerland
    8.Norway
    9.Germany
    10.U.K. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2014 at 20:21
    My top 5 second semi-final:

    1.Norway
    2.Romania
    3.Austria
    4.F.Y.R. Macedonia
    5.Greece report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2014 at 20:19
    My top 5 first semi-final:

    1.Sweden
    2.The Netherlands
    3.Azerbaijan
    4.Belgium
    5.Montenegro report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2014 at 20:17
    My top 15 this year:

    1.Norway
    2.Romania
    3.Sweden
    4.Azerbaijan
    5.United Kingdom
    6.The Netherlands
    7.Belgium
    8.Austria
    9.Montenegro
    10.Spain
    11.Greece
    12.Hungary
    13.France
    14.Denmark
    15.Italy report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 March 2014 at 13:19
    There are only Netherlands,Finland, Israel, Germany, Armenia, Azerbaizan I really liked and I hope Netherlands or Finland are going to win! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 March 2014 at 12:49
    SEMI-FINAL 1
    1.HUNGARY
    2.MOLDOVA
    3.RUSSIA
    4.MONTENEGRO
    5.SWEDEN
    6.UKRAINE
    7.ARMENIA
    8.AZERBAIJAN
    9.ESTONIA
    10.BELGIUM


    SEMI-FINAL 2
    1.ISRAEL
    2.ROMANIA
    3.POLAND
    4.LITHUANIA
    5.SLOVENIA
    6.NORWAY
    7.F.Y.R. MACEDONIA
    8.IRELAND
    9.GREECE
    10.SWITZERLAND


    GOOD LUCK :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 March 2014 at 18:16
    People,
    Why do most of you here take it all so seriously ? All that stuff about order of presentation etc... what is it all about?!
    Relax! Take it easy ! It's just a party time. TV show.

    Try to have fun instead of all these speculations.

    Greatings from Copenhagen. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2014 at 23:34
    Bonsoir Copenhagen,

    If I understood well, producers of the show will also decide the running order during the final. Why is that ? We deserve an explanation. It would be fairer to organise a full extraction of balls to decide a running order. Something random rather than an arbitrary system. Running order will not make you to win is the song is not outstanding but it could make you lose the competition if you sing in the first five positions. I'm not sure Danemark would have won last year if Emmelie de Forest had started the competition in the final. Not all the people who watch Eurovision on TV are big fans like us ! Many of them discover the songs during the evening of the show and then forget the first songs...

    Bisous,

    Maxime report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2014 at 18:02
    My Top 6 songs of Eurovision 2014
    1) The Netherlands
    2) San Marino
    3) Ireland
    4)Latvia
    5)Russia
    6)Sweden
    These six songs are simply amazing! They deserve to go to the final! My big fav is the netherlands and san marino equally, I just can't decide between them, smooth and enchanting both in their own way! Latvia is catchy and once you listen to it you find yourself singing the chorus again again and again! Russia is so melodic and Sweden is so imposing! Good luck to all the participants, I hope for a voting free from interests, geographical or political...I am a Greek Eurofan by the way! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2014 at 07:16
    ARMENIA IS THE BEST report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 March 2014 at 21:11
    Interestingly, only 3 songs that have more dislikes than likes on their official videos are Portugal, Russia and Austria.

    For Portugal I get, it's an awful song, but we all know that reasons for disliking Russia and Austria's songs lie elsewhere. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 March 2014 at 20:49
    Is it just a coincidence that Romania are last again? They participated last last year in the semi final and then when they drawed for the first half, the producers put them in the last spot (13th)
    Coincidence? I think not. report to the moderator