Finally we know which countries will be performing in which semi-finals in this year’s contest.
The Eurovision 2018 semi-final allocation draw took place on January 29 in Lisbon, and it was streamed live on official channel of the Eurovision Song Contest on YouTube. The allocation draw was hosted by Sílvia Alberto and Filomena Cautela who form half of the presenting team for Eurovision 2018.
First, it was determined which of the “Big five” countries and the host country Portugal will be voting in which semi-finals. Italian broadcaster RAI expressed a wish to vote in the second semi-final. By draw, it was determined that the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal will be voting in the first semi-final, while France and Germany will join Italy and vote in the second semi-final.
The 37 semi-finalist have been divided and distributed into 6 pots, based on historical voting patterns, calculated by the contest’s official televoting partner Digame:
Pot 1: Albania, Switzerland, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, FYR Macedonia
Pot 2: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden
Pot 3: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine
Pot 4: Hungary, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Moldavia, Bulgaria
Pot 5: Israel, Australia, Czech Republic, Malta, Austria, San Marino
Pot 6: Belgium, The Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
The results of the Semi-Final allocation draw:
- Czech Republic
- F.Y.R. Macedonia
- San Marino
- The Netherlands
Number of countries performing in the first semi-final on 8 May is 19, while 18 countries will be competing in the second semi-final on 10 May. The official running order of the shows will be determined by host broadcaster RTP, once all songs are submitted in March.