Running Order for Semifinals and the Big Five
In a press conference held today, the running order for both of the Semifinals was held, as well as the singing positions for the Big Five nations automatically qualified for the Final (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom).
- Poland (given a wildcard and the opportunity to pick their placement, the Polish delegation decided to open the show, just as Magdalena Tul had done in her National Final.)
- Turkey (Followed by a commercial break)
- San Marino
- Iceland (To be followed by another commercial break)
- Greece (Another wildcard, the Greeks decided to close the show.)
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- The Netherlands
- Slovakia (Given a wildcard, the Slovak delegation chose a lucky number with a personal meaning. This song will be followed by a commercial break.)
- FYR Macedonia
- Romania (To be followed by a commercial.)
- Latvia (This was another wildcard draw.)
12. Italy (Followed by a commercial.)
14. United Kingdom
22. Spain (The Spanish delegation chose this position for their wildcard draw, as it was Lena’s winning position for Germany last year.)
It looks like the First Semifinal is pretty well-balanced, with uptempo and slower songs more or less alternating until the end of the performances. The second semi, however, is a bit less balanced, with a number of slower songs in the beginning of the night, and ending with uptempo numbers from Romania, Estonia, Belarus, Latvia, Denmark, and ending with the undeniably energetic Jedward.
What do you think? Does this favor any songs, or give any entries a disadvantage? As voting is now open throughout the entire show, does the running order even matter anymore? In the final, will having consecutive nontraditional ESC entries from France and Italy help or harm Amaury and Raphael? Will Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine, and Estonia be hurt by performing right after commercial breaks (die-hard ESC fans often plan their bathroom breaks very judiciously, but a line for the loo could mean lost viewers!)? I’d love to hear what you all think!