The Eurovision Song Contest season can officially begin now that the initial assignments for the two semi-finals have been determined.The Eurovision Song Contest began in earnest on Monday, as Vienna, Austria received the ESC Insignia, designating it as the official host of the 2015 Contest. The ceremony also included the allocation of semi-final assignments for the 39 countries competing this year.
The Big Five—France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom—along with host country Austria get to bypass the semi-finals, though each were assigned a semi-final in which to participate. Austria, France, and Spain will participate in the first semi-final on Tuesday, May 19 while Germany1, Italy, and United Kingdom will vote in the second semi-final on Thursday, May 21. Ten finalists from each semi-final will join the six auto-qualifiers in the Grand Final on Saturday, May 23.
In the drawing held in Vienna, the remaining 33 participants were randomly assigned placement in one half of each semi-final. Here is how the assignments shook out:
First Eurovision Semi-Final
Eurovision 2015 First Semi Final
|Moldova||Eduard Romanyuta||I Want Your Love||English||6th (2005)|
|Armenia||Genealogy||Face the Shadow||English||4th (2008, 2014)|
|Belgium||Loïc Nottet||Rhythm Inside||English||1986|
|Netherlands||Trijntje Oosterhuis||Walk Along||English||1975|
|Finland||Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät||Aina mun pitää (I Always Have To)||Finnish||2006|
|Greece||Maria-Eleni Kyriakou||One Last Breath||English||2005|
|Estonia||Elina Born & Stig Rästa||Goodbye to Yesterday||English||2001|
|FYR Macedonia||Daniel Kajmakoski||Autumn Leaves||English||12th (2006)|
|Serbia||Bojana Stamenov||Beauty Never Lies||English||2007|
|Hungary||Boggie||Wars for Nothing||English||4th (1994)|
|Belarus||Uzari and Maimuna||Time||English||6th (2007)|
|Russia||Polina Gagarina||A Million Voices||English||2008|
|Denmark||Anti Social Media||The Way You Are||English||2013|
|Albania||Elhaida Dani||I'm Alive||English||5th (2012)|
|Romania||Voltaj||De la capat (All Over Again)||English/Romanian||3rd (2010)|
|Georgia||Nina Sublatti||Warrior||English||9th (2011)|
Second Eurovision Semi-Final
Eurovision 2015 Second Semi Final
|Lithuania||Vaidas Baumila & Monika Linkytė||This Time||English||6th (2006)|
|Ireland||Molly Sterling||Playing with Numbers||English||1996|
|San Marino||Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini||Chain of Lights||English||24th (2014)|
|Montenegro||Knez||Adio (Goodbye)||Montenegrin||19th (2014)|
|Norway||Mørland & Debra Scarlett||A Monster Like Me||English||2009|
|Portugal||Leonor Andrade||Ha Um Mar Que Nos Separa (There's a Sea Between Us)||Portuguese||6th (1996)|
|Czech Republic||Marta Jandova & Vaclav Noid Barta||Hope Never Dies||English||18thSF (2008)|
|Israel||Nadav Guedj||Golden Boy||English||1998|
|Azerbaijan||Elnur Huseynov||Hour of the Wolf||English||2011|
|Iceland||María Ólafs||Unbroken||English||2nd (2009)|
|Switzerland||Melanie Rene||Time to Shine||English||1988|
|Cyprus||John Kaayiannis||The One Thing I Should Have Done||English||5th (2004)|
|Slovenia||Maraaya||Here for You||English||7th (2001)|
|Poland||Monika Kuszyńska||In the Name of Love||English||2nd (1994)|
Here are some interesting tidbits to watch out for:
- The “Warrior”s from Malta and Georgia have been separated, so they may or may not do battle in the final.
- Romania and Moldova are both in the first semi-final, so that’s 12 free points for each other.
- The first semi-final is mostly Eastern and Central Europe, which may make things tricky for the Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium.
- While the second semi-final has powerhouses like Azerbaijan and Sweden, there are a lot of entrants who have struggled in the Contest in recent years. At least two countries from this semi-final will benefit from this setup.
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