Running order Malmö 2013 to be determined by producers

Running order Malmö 2013 to be determined by producers
The running order will be decided differently this time around. Photo is from the 2012 contest running order draw.
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The running order of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be decided by the producers of the show. The contest's governing body, the Reference Group, decided that during its last meeting. The decision was approved by the Television Committee of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as well.

Until now, the order in which artists perform was decided purely by draw, both for the Semi-Finals as well as for the Final. From this year onwards, the running order of the three shows will be determined in three steps:

  • As before, the countries that perform in the Semi-Finals will be determined by the Semi-Final Allocation Draw. This draw will traditionally take place in late January. Countries are being divided into pots based on historical voting patterns, the draw will then determine which country is represented in which Semi-Final;
  • Different from previous years, the producers of the show will determine the exact running order of the Semi-Finals;
  • The running order for the Final will be determined the same way. The producers of the show will determine the exact running order. Only the starting position of the host country will be determined by draw.

The new way of determining the running order will contribute to making three diverse shows: "We want to make great television. For our viewers, but also for the participants. Allowing the producers to determine the running order will help to make more exciting television shows and allows each contestant to stand out, instead of being surrounded by entries in similar style or tempo," says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU.

The running order will be determined by the producers and will be approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor and the Reference Group.

To assure a fair distribution and sufficient availability of tickets over neighbouring countries, the Reference Group also decided that Denmark and Norway will perform in different Semi-Finals at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. A draw held at the EBU headquarters determined that Denmark will participate in the first Semi-Final, and Norway shall be represented in the second Semi-Final.


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  • Posted on 17 May 2013 at 13:07
    the people always remember the first act the last act of the first half the first act of the second half and the last act so let's hope that your country will be in one of these position report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2013 at 14:26
    Is this for real? ive never seen such rubbish before in my life. Way to take the fairness out of the ESC. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 March 2013 at 14:39
    "The contest's governing body, the Reference Group, decided that during its last meeting. The decision was approved by the Television Committee of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as well."

    ...some seem to not have been reading the article that well.. Where did you see broadcaster/host SVT in that? The rule changes -good or bad- of this year contest has nothing to do with host it appears, so stop accusing/blaming unaccurately.


    Personally, I dont know where I stand with the changes... I guess we'll have to just wait and see how it goes in May. And hope that the EBU might revise if the criticism still exists by then. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 February 2013 at 11:09
    Grumbling will take part. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 January 2013 at 16:22
    To ESCfangirl: Yes, I'm sure ;)

    No, not really, but I really don't think it will have any outcome on the winner :)

    It's funny how some of you are so angry all the time ;) I love this show every year and my guess is I will keep on doing it no matter what...

    Take care and be happy :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 January 2013 at 11:31
    ESCfanSweden: " I'm sure this will have no outcome on tha actual final results at all. We will still vote as before."

    Oh, you're sure? Even though it's statistically proved that running order DOES matter. Read more from:

    http://www.escinsight.com/2012/11/09/can-eurovision-be-a-fair-contest-and-a-fabulous-television-show-with-the-new-running-order-rules/

    They're lying to us when they say running order does not matter at all, and they know it damn well. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 January 2013 at 09:00
    This is a actually a great idea :) I'm sure this will have no outcome on tha actual final results at all. We will still vote as before. Most people will still vote for their neighbouring country or in my case, for the best song. I actually tend to vote for different countries almost every year and it's usually not a neighbouring country :) As the competition has changed a lot during the last decade with so many countries competing this change is done to make the show more broadcast friendly. I don't see anything wrong with that. The best song will still win. Please calm down everyone and enjoy the show, it going to be a great show as usual :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 January 2013 at 23:41
    There were few clear things on the contest...This is less democratic... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 November 2012 at 00:30
    A better idea, would be change the countries in the pots. That would make more random choices for the contest.

    I mean think about it, get a huge drum, fill it with the amount of countries for the contest and split them into the pots before the draw. It would make the Pots more random not just that, allow the same system for the numbers of the contest but the drum is covered so no one knows what number is given for the finals for the big 6 entrants instead of the cards system.

    Then after the semi finals, the chosen countries would have their conference, where the covered up drum with the numbers inside will be chosen.

    It would be the biggest choice needed. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 November 2012 at 23:07
    the running order for the Melodifestivalen is determined by producers, too... and that's why we have fantastic Melodifestivalen every year! I gladly support this decision!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 November 2012 at 15:05
    I m not happy with this!!!

    At least draws were unbiased, fair & objective ... which is not the case when the human factor is involved... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 November 2012 at 15:04
    at least draws were unbiased and completely fair & objective ...
    I m not happy with the changes. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 November 2012 at 16:37
    It's good that they're splitting up countries who always vote for their neighbours, but if they pick the UK to go first I will NOT be happy haha :P! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 November 2012 at 12:16
    That's certainly not cool!! The draws were funny, and added a little expectation to every single contest!
    Still, this change can help countries, like Montenegro, not to be the first ones in the first semi-finals every year they take part. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 November 2012 at 18:21
    France to perform 26! report to the moderator