Eurovision 2015 Semi-Final Allocation: Let the Wild Speculation Begin!

Eurovision Song Contest 2015 (Logo: Eurovision)
Eurovision Song Contest 2015 (Logo: Eurovision)

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

CountryArtistSongLanguageLast Win/Best
MoldovaEduard RomanyutaI Want Your LoveEnglish6th (2005)
ArmeniaGenealogyFace the ShadowEnglish4th (2008, 2014)
BelgiumLoïc NottetRhythm InsideEnglish1986
NetherlandsTrijntje OosterhuisWalk AlongEnglish1975
FinlandPertti Kurikan NimipäivätAina mun pitää (I Always Have To)Finnish2006
GreeceMaria-Eleni KyriakouOne Last BreathEnglish2005
EstoniaElina Born & Stig RästaGoodbye to YesterdayEnglish2001
FYR MacedoniaDaniel KajmakoskiAutumn LeavesEnglish12th (2006)
SerbiaBojana StamenovBeauty Never LiesEnglish2007
HungaryBoggieWars for NothingEnglish4th (1994)
BelarusUzari and MaimunaTimeEnglish6th (2007)
RussiaPolina GagarinaA Million VoicesEnglish2008
DenmarkAnti Social MediaThe Way You AreEnglish2013
AlbaniaElhaida DaniI'm AliveEnglish5th (2012)
RomaniaVoltajDe la capat (All Over Again)English/Romanian3rd (2010)
GeorgiaNina SublattiWarriorEnglish9th (2011)
These are the 16 countries competing in the first Semi Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday, May 19. Australia, Austria, France, and Spain will also be voting in this semi final.

Second Eurovision Semi-Final

Eurovision 2015 Second Semi Final

CountryArtistSongLanguageLast Win/Best
LithuaniaVaidas Baumila & Monika LinkytėThis TimeEnglish6th (2006)
IrelandMolly SterlingPlaying with NumbersEnglish1996
San MarinoMichele Perniola and Anita SimonciniChain of LightsEnglish24th (2014)
MontenegroKnezAdio (Goodbye)Montenegrin19th (2014)
MaltaAmberWarriorEnglish2nd (2005)
NorwayMørland & Debra ScarlettA Monster Like MeEnglish2009
PortugalLeonor AndradeHa Um Mar Que Nos Separa (There's a Sea Between Us)Portuguese6th (1996)
Czech RepublicMarta Jandova & Vaclav Noid BartaHope Never DiesEnglish18thSF (2008)
IsraelNadav GuedjGolden BoyEnglish1998
LatviaAminataLove InjectedEnglish2002
AzerbaijanElnur HuseynovHour of the WolfEnglish2011
IcelandMaría ÓlafsUnbrokenEnglish2nd (2009)
SwedenMans ZelmerlowHeroesEnglish2012
SwitzerlandMelanie ReneTime to ShineEnglish1988
CyprusJohn KaayiannisThe One Thing I Should Have DoneEnglish5th (2004)
SloveniaMaraayaHere for YouEnglish7th (2001)
PolandMonika KuszyńskaIn the Name of LoveEnglish2nd (1994)
These are the 17 countries competing in the second semi final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday, May 21. Australia, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom will also be voting in this semi final.

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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