Eurovision season is in full swing, with many countries deciding on their entry in the next few weeks. Of course, this means that Italy is busing preparing for the contest as well. It was already announced that the semi-final allocation draw would take place on January 25th, but now we also have a location: Palazzo Madama in Turin.
What we know so far about the semi-final allocation draw
The semi-final allocation draw for Eurovision 2022 will take place on January 25, which will reveal the semi-final in which each of the 41 participating nations will participate and vote in.
The allocation draw will take place at Palazzo Madama, with approximately 100 people in attendance, as was reported by Italian newspaper La Stampa. The UNESCO world heritage site is currently in usage as the Turin City Museum of Ancient Art.
We know that each of the 36 countries, excluding the Big 5, including Italy (the winner of the 2021 edition) will ultimately be sorted into two semi-finals. In addition, in each of the two semi-finals, only 10 countries out of 18 will ultimately proceed to the final on May 14.
How does the allocation draw work?
The 36 countries will then be divided into 5 or 6 “pots”. In fact, countries are put in the same pot if they have voted for each other in the past. For example, the Nordic countries have all been in a single pot for many years now. In addition, some other bloc pots include countries from the Baltics, Soviets and Southeastern Europe. Eurovision Song Contest organisers have used this method because it appears to minimise bloc voting. This was definitely an issue in the earlier years of the contest. In fact, if you’d like to learn more about the allocation draw, take a look at our in-depth analysis of the allocation draws of the past thirteen years here.
This method arguably also increases the suspense when the votes are finally revealed, not to mention the excitement when the full breakdown of the results are released! Later, the 36 semi-finalists, plus the remaining competitors from the Big 5 countries will be allocated into a specific half of their respective semi-final. Then, this will be used in May closer to the contest when the running order is finally revealed. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Host City Insignia Exchange
The semi-final allocation draw is also significant for another reason. Firstly, to mark the year 2022 and celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest coming to Italy, the Host City Insignia Exchange will also take place. In addition, this ceremony traditionally celebrates the handover between Eurovision host cities and will be a memorable event as the contest travels from Rotterdam to Turin. The 2022 host city, Turin will also add an iconic insignia to the key chain (held by the two gentlemen to the right in the image below) and display it in a public monument until it is time to deliver it to its new home to the host city in 2023.
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