A landmark moment in the yearly Eurovision Song Contest calendar, as this marks the official transition from last year’s host city (Rotterdam) to this year’s host city (Turin/Torino). The allocation draw was hosted by Carolina di Domenico and Mario Acampa.

The Allocation Draw

As usual, the draw took place in the upcoming host city of Turin, in the Palazzo Madama. An announcement was made ahead of time to announce the 6 pots for the allocation draw. These pots are made to divide certain countries that have similar voting patterns, in order to create a more competitive and fair split between the semi-finals. It was also a return to the original set-up, since for the 2020/21 contest, only 5 pots were in use.

In case you need a reminder, this is how the pots were split up:

Pot 1:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania
  • ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช Montenegro
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ North Macedonia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia

Pot 2:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark
  • ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland
  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway
  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden

Pot 3:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel
  • ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia
  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine

Pot 4:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria
  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta
  • ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal
  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino

Pot 5:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova
  • ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland
  • ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania

Pot 6:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria
  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium
  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland
  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands
  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland

Before the decision to split the countries into each semi-final was made, another draw had to determined first, which was the draw of the BIG 5. The BIG 5 had to be split into the semi-finals as well, but not in order to compete, but rather to decide in which semi-final the pre-qualified countries (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France, ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany, ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain, ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom & ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy) would vote in. It was announced before draw, that 2 of them would take part in the first semi-final, while the remaining 3 in the second semi-final.

This was the following outcome for the BIG 5:

Voting in Semi-final 1:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy

Voting in Semi-final 2:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom
  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany

Time to the move on to the more exciting draw that took place. There was no request from any broadcaster to be placed in a specific semi-final ahead of the draw. The draw did NOT determine the running order, but rather which half each country would participate in, which is shown as follow:

Semi-final 1 – First Half:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia
  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland
  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova
  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania
  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands

Semi-final 1 – Second Half:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway
  • ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria
  • ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece

Semi-final 2 – First Half:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia
  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
  • ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan
  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta

Semi-final 2 – Second Half:

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช Montenegro
  • ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania
  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic
  • ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland
  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ North Macedonia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden
  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland

The First Semi-final will take place Tuesday of May 10th, while the Second Semi-final will place Thursday of May 12th and of course the final will immediately take place on the Saturday of May 14th. At the moment of the draw, only Albania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic had selected their song and act for the contest, while The Netherlands, Greece, Georgia, Belgium & Montenegro had revealed their act.

Should you want to re-watch the draw, or if you missed it and want to see how it all was done, you can freely do so in the video above.

What do #YOU think about the draw, are there some countries #YOU think are in trouble or safe? Which countries are #YOU worried about? There is so much to discuss and you can freely do so with us on our social media sites or on our forum HERE.

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