In the recent past, each country’s position in the running order for the semis and finals was determined in a lotttery-style drawing, and the fans would ooh and ahh over the luck or lack of for their favorites. Now the producers choose the positions and the order doesn’t seem quite as important as it used to. But here is the running order for the two nights of semifinals for you to pore over and see if it makes a difference for your favorite entries.
Semi-Final 1 (my choice of ten qualifiers in BOLD)
- The Netherlands
- FYR Macedonia
Semi-Final 2 (my qualifiers in BOLD)
- San Marino
- Czech Republic
You’ll notice that several of my favorite songs from previous posts are not necessarily in line with who I think will qualify. With voting patterns and histories of friendly point exchange, there are some countries that qualify whether they have a great song or not. And the stage performances and production (as we wil first see the beginning of May) also plays a big role.