It’s been a longer-than-usual time coming, and Eurovision fans and number crunchers have had the patience of saints, but finally the official running orders for the two Eurovision 2016 semi-finals have been announced. Compiled by the SVT production team and approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor and Chairperson of the Reference Group, the running orders have been put together by the producers to give each song a chance to shine, according to 2016 Contest Producer Christer Björkman:

My goal is to give every song maximum space so it’s surrounded by other songs that make it stand out and shine for three minutes. This also reduces the anxiety surrounding where a country is placed in the running order. Wherever the artist is singing they have a chance to be noticed.

Here are the running orders of each semi, followed by the official recap video of the songs in order:

Semi-final 1:

  1. Finland
  2. Greece
  3. Moldova
  4. Hungary
  5. Croatia
  6. The Netherlands
  7. Armenia
  8. San Marino
  9. Russia
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Cyprus
  12. Austria
  13. Estonia
  14. Azerbaijan
  15. Montenegro
  16. Iceland
  17. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  18. Malta

Semi-final 2:

  1. Latvia
  2. Poland
  3. Switzerland
  4. Israel
  5. Belarus
  6. Serbia
  7. Ireland
  8. FYR Macedonia
  9. Lithuania
  10. Australia
  11. Slovenia
  12. Romania
  13. Bulgaria
  14. Denmark
  15. Ukraine
  16. Norway
  17. Georgia
  18. Albania
  19. Belgium

The final running order will be announced early on Friday 13 May, after both semi-finals have been taken place, although host country Sweden has already drawn position 9 at random.

Who do you think the winners and losers from this running order are?

 

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