Hello, it’s Richard here and welcome to a special LIVE BLOG for this time of year – yes we are bringing you the Allocation Draw. Countries will be drawn from Pots into either the first or second Semi Final. Not only this, but they will be drawn into the first or second half of each Semi.
Pot 1: Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland
Pot 2: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden
Pot 3: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine
Pot 4: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Romania
Pot 5: Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Israel, Malta, San Marino
Pot 6: Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland
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Please refresh the page every other minute once the draw takes place and you’ll see the country placings appear!!!
The hosts welcome us to this special occasion and explain today’s proceedings. A video has been shown introducing us to the Contest Hosts, where they share some quirky bits of information. We then get treated to another video, this time of Portugal itself.
The Mayor of Kyiv is now handing over the Host City Insignia to the Mayor of Lisbon.
We are about to start the draw.
The Big 5 countries and Portugal (as Host Country), get to vote in one Semi Final each.
Semi 1: United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal
Semi 2: Italy, France, Germany
Now for the main draw where we will discover which half of which semi final each participating country gets allocated. Semi Final 1 has 19 countries, while Semi Final 2 will have 18.
Semi 1/First Half: Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Albania, Czech Republic, Belgium, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Israel, Estonia
Semi 1/Second Half: Switzerland, Finland, Austria, Ireland, Armenia, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia
Semi 2/First Half: Russia, Serbia, Denmark, Romania, Australia, Norway, Moldova, San Marino, The Netherlands
Semi 2/Second Half: Montenegro, Sweden, Hungary, Malta, Latvia, Georgia, Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine
Autor: Richard Taylor
Categories: Eurovision 2018