The running order for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Semi Finals  in Malmo, Sweden has been announced. Unlike in previous years, the producer’s decided on who performs when. The reason for the decision was to make every song stand out and won’t be surrounded by entries in a similar style. The final draft had to be approved by the EBU. This is what they came up with:


Semifinal one

  1. Austria
  2. Estonia
  3. Slovenia
  4. Croatia
  5. Denmark
  6. Russia
  7. Ukraine
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Montenegro
  10. Lithuania
  11. Belarus
  12. Moldova
  13. Ireland
  14. Cyprus
  15. Belgium
  16. Serbia

Semifinal two

  1. Latvia
  2. San Marino
  3. F.Y.R. Macedonia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Finland
  6. Malta
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Iceland
  9. Greece
  10. Israel
  11. Armenia
  12. Hungary
  13. Norway
  14. Albania
  15. Georgia
  16. Switzerland
  17. Romania

What are you thoughts, do you think the running order make sense or what should they have done differently? Share your thoughts below or join us on our popular Forum HERE to discuss

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  1. Roy van der Merwe

    March 28, 2013 at 15:32

    So San Marino is at position 2. Lets see if this makes a difference

  2. Roy van der Merwe

    March 28, 2013 at 15:32

    I think Switzerland got a good draw

  3. Zack

    March 28, 2013 at 15:37

    So did Romania…
    that song…ugh…but that face…mmmmm

  4. rajo

    March 28, 2013 at 16:37

    Semi 1 is a nailbiter, the stronger entries are in the upper half, the weaker entries have the better draw….

    Semi 2 is the horrible semi, I don’t think I bother watching it all

  5. Zack

    March 28, 2013 at 16:57

    I feel the exact opposite of you! I’m like Semi 1 whatever. But Semi 2 I’m gonna love! 😀
    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts of both (if you do end up watching Semi2) come May!

  6. rajo

    March 28, 2013 at 18:41

    Well, I got to figure out how to stay in Malmö, and then I may attend the contest

  7. rajo

    March 28, 2013 at 18:43

    In Semi 2 I root for Iceland and Norway;

    Malta, Georgia and Finland don’t hurt. But the rest may please stay away from me 😀

  8. guitaristbl

    March 28, 2013 at 19:51

    Poor San Marino 🙁 Deserved a better draw..So did Estonia..

  9. Matt

    March 28, 2013 at 20:07

    Rajo, I was thinking of you when I saw the draw. Austria has a great draw going first with that song. Good luck, hope to see you in Malmo

  10. rajo

    March 28, 2013 at 22:39

    Matt, I’m thinking of you twice a day 😀

    Well, spot #1 is not the worst one tbh, maybe the best given the side of the board. And we did poor last year with a great draw, so I am the last to complain here.

    Shine is the perfect opener, like Here We Go in Semi 2 😉

    Nevertheless the best songs of that first semi come first, and the poor songs late, so I am expecting painful surprises.

  11. Matt

    March 29, 2013 at 03:05

    Only twice a day? That’s disappointing, I was hoping it was more than that.

    I agree that Shine is a perfect opener and it also think it’s going to receive good amount of support, especially from the juries.

  12. Roy van der Merwe

    March 29, 2013 at 10:56

    I hope the Austrain entry starts eith the singer coming into the stage in dark with a tourch in her hand and start shining. That should leave a lasting impression.

  13. Roy van der Merwe

    March 29, 2013 at 10:59

    Semi final 2 with GEORGIA and SWITZERLAND at the end are great, my 1st and 4th ranked entries side by side

  14. Roy van der Merwe

    March 29, 2013 at 15:49

    Interesting that semi final 2 starts eith LATVIA, HERE WE GO, the correct title for the show to start with! Hopefully it will bring them luck.

  15. rajo

    March 29, 2013 at 17:24

    Inspite of Semi 2 being weaker, it has the better mix. In Semi 1 there is not a single song I like in the second half (starting positions 9-16). That doesn’t mean I like every song in the upper half, but it is far more enjoyable. With Denmark, Holland and Ukraine three major favourites, and with Austria. Estonia and Russia decent entries. (I guess Russia will score better given being Russia). Croatia is also my guilty pleasure here.

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