With the running order decided for both semi-finals and the starting position for the final it is now time to start speculating. Will Portugal be able to finally qualify for the final? Will the UK survive a second position? And what about Iceland and Sweden right after each other?
Many questions are always being raised just after the draw and most of them will remain unanswered until the nights of the semi-finals and the final has come to an end, but one thing is guaranteed. Tonight and in the coming days we’ll see many attempts to be able to guess the results. This simply because the draw is believed to have a major influence when it comes to predicting a winning song – and even which 20 songs will qualify for the final.
Some countries, three in each semi-final and one of the five countries guaranteed a place in the final, were in the lucky position that they were drawn first and therefore are asked which starting position they want. Normally the countries having this honour will be picking positions near the end simply as these positions are believed to give better results as the TV viewers are more likely to remember them better than the others. Debut country, Azerbaijan, might not have been thinking about that as they chose themselves to start as number seven in the first semi-final. In many countries number 13 brings bad luck, but Denmark chose, quite surprisingly perhaps, this position themselves. At that time they had no idea that the other Nordic countries; Iceland and Sweden would end up right after each other as first and second in the same semi!
With this draw it is now time to start speculating on who will make it to the final – and again who will win it all. To make a proper analyse things as voting pattern over the years, music taste in various countries, neighbour voting – and also the draw will be taken into consideration.
Running order for first semi-final:
5. San Marino
7. Azerbaijan (chose position themselves)
18. Russia (chose position themselves)
19. Greece (chose position themselves)
Running order for second semi-final:
8. Czech Republic
13. Denmark (chose position themselves)
18. FYR Macedonia (chose position themselves)
19. Portugal (chose position themselves)
Running order in final:
2. United Kingdom
23. Serbia (Could pick themselves)
Voting order in the final:
1. United Kingdom
9. San Marino
26. Czech Republic