Kyiv 2017

Running Order for the 2017 Grand Final Released!

During tonight’s qualifiers’ press conference, the 10 second semi-final qualifiers picked which half of Saturday’s Eurovision final they will be performing in. Shortly after the draw, work began on putting together the best possible running order for the grand final.

A group of representatives from both the Ukrainian national broadcaster, UA:PBC and the European Broadcasting Union, EBU, have worked hard in the hours after the press conference to present a running order that will allow every song its best opportunity to shine in Saturday’s Eurovision final.
Ukraine’s position in the running order was already decided as 22nd, so that the Ukrainian broadcaster could not deliberately give themselves a favourable position. See their running order below!

The Running Order

1. Israel
2. Poland
3. Belarus
4. Austria
5. Armenia
6. The Netherlands
7. Moldova
8. Hungary
9. Italy
10. Denmark
11. Portugal
12. Azerbaijan
13. Croatia
14. Australia
15. Greece
16. Spain
17. Norway
18. United Kingdom
19. Cyprus
20. Romania
21. Germany
22. Ukraine
23. Belgium
24. Sweden
25. Bulgaria
26. France

What impact could this running order have?

This running order massively benefits Portugal, being so late in the first half, and between two very dramatic entries from Denmark and Azerbaijan. Portugal could just overtake Italy in the results, whom are slightly earlier than expected.
Since tonight’s semi-final, Bulgaria have drastically risen in the odds, but they may have been placed too late in the running order to win. They’re a likely top 5, but this running order does not help them.
Cyprus, Romania, and Germany being together will probably result in them cancelling each other out. Whereas entries like Poland are placed between upbeat entries like Israel and Belarus, these three entries are quite similar, so they will probably suffer due to this running order.
It’s also worth pointing out that three of the fan favourites will perform consecutively: Belgium, Sweden, and Bulgaria. Although, whether or not this will benefit these entries is yet to be seen…
However, overall, this looks like a very good running order! Most entries have been given a chance to really shine, so this will be a very exciting show on Saturday!

What do you think of this running order? Would you have made it different, or are you pleased? Where is your country in the order? Tell us in the comments below!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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