Allocation Draw Tomorrow!

vienna eurovision 2015Eurovision 2015 – Tomorrow sees the draw for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest to determine which country will be in which semi-final in Vienn in May. The draw can be viewed online here from 13.25 (CET). The allocation pots have also been announced.

Kati Bellowitsch and Andi Knoll, ORF hosts, will present the draw tomorrow. The pots, based on previous voting patterns, are as follows:

Pot 1

  • Albania
  • F.Y.R. Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Serbia
  • Malta

Pot 2

  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Estonia
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Iceland
  • Latvia

Pot 3

  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Russia
  • Armenia
  • Lithuania

Pot 4

  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • San Marino

Pot 5

  • Hungary
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Czech Republic

16 countries will sing in Semi-Final 1 and 17 in Semi Final 2. The big five and hosts Austria will also be allocated to semi-finals for them to vote in. Germany have requested to vote in Semi Final 2.

allocation draw 2015

There will also be the official handover from Copenhgen to Vienna. Representing Copenhagen, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Chairman of the Regional Council from the Capital Region and Lars Weiss, Chairman of the Social Democratic Group, will present the Host City Insignia to Lord Mayor of Vienna, Michael Häupl.

During the ceremony, there will also be short speeches from Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand, EBU, and ORF General-Director Alexander Wrabetz. This ceremony will be held before the allocation draw, at 12:00 (CET).

57 comments on “Allocation Draw Tomorrow!

  1. Poor tiny Malta is always randomly thrown into a pot with room for a country left.

    Good luck to everyone!

  2. These are pointless: we’ve seen countless of times the unfairness of the pots resulting to not so far semis (the ex-yugo packed semi1 in 2013? or all the former-soviet ones in semi2?)

    Anyway, allocation “random” draw and yet we let the broadcaster chose the final draw? where’s the principle? either you do it 100% at random and voilà, or you chose everything to what you consider the fairest and voilà. This mix of random (first half, second half) and chosing ends up in disaster (the 2014 draw was ridiculous).

    • Do you happen to know if ORF is doing what SVT started doing in 2013?

    • “fairest”

      Unfortunately, fairness has become very démodé over the last two decades. You can see it in sports (Where’s the fairness in a format like the Champions League, which is nothing more but a huge machinery to make the rich clubs even richer, thereby widening the gap between an “elite” – Russian oligarch style – and all other clubs?), in politics, in ESC. It is all about perfect staging these days, and ethic principles only get in the way of entertaining the crowds …

      *speaking in grumpy mode*

    • If I remember correct none of the ex-yugo countries qualified in 2013?

      • exactly, which proves that being with friends doesnt even matter in the end, so the pots are pointless: either they prevent “packed” semis and they dont (ex yugo 2013) either they prevent unfair qualifications based on friendly votes but those dont really matter (ex yugo 2013): so as I said, I dont see the point

  3. I’ll try to be around for this, but I am not sure if I can. Good luck, everyone. :)

  4. The River is now in 3rd place in Greece! Dimitri must be happy. :)

  5. So we have three main blocs: ex-Yugoslavia, ex-Soviet and the Nordics. And then the rest will just be packed together in the last two groups, lol.

  6. Huh… Weird there aren’t any requests for placing on a semifinal… (Basically Israel every year and Denmark-Norway last two years)

    • Don’t be silly :p The request for the Nordic countries was based in terms of proximity and attendance. There isn’t anything similar this time since central Europeans don’t follow ESC as Norwegians, Swedes and Danes too.

  7. Waiting for the allocation and then I will listen to the DMGP entries :) !

  8. Has it started?

  9. I love Kati and Andi. They might become the best hosts since … I don’t know …

  10. We got special treatment … called ExtraWURST in German. :)

  11. Thanks a lot…1st half.

  12. Oh Russia and Belarus old buddies in the first semi, same half…

  13. The semis are a lot like the ones last year I think..

  14. Poor Cyprus goes to 2nd semi.

  15. The 2nd semi as unpredictable and random as ever. Azerbaijan may actually be in trouble given this allocation lol !

  16. This was the 1st time I found a draw entertaining. Andi and Kati really seemed to enjoy this. Well done! :)

  17. 1st semi looks tough job but it features countries that have won equally hard semis in 2013 (Denmark) and 2014 (The Netherlands).
    On the other hand Russia got Belarus (and Armenia, Georgia, Moldova..), Romania got Moldova and Finland got Estonia. Hm, still its gonna be interesting.

    On the other hand the 2nd semi as random as ever. Azerbaijan is virtually alone since both Latvia and Lithuania are not exactly reliable allies. Only the three nordic countries seem to have some boost. Other than that Cyprus, Czech Republic, San Marino, Malta, Switzerland, Israel, Ireland, Portugal, Montenegro, Slovenia…Not exactly super powers recently in the contest and at the very least 3 of them will definately qualify.
    On the other hand countries with good qualifications records from semi 1 can easily be left out.

  18. Horrible draw for Portugal. France and Spain both vote in semi-final one, as do Belgium and the Netherlands. In semi-final 2, there is only Switzerland as a possible source of significant points … and Germany to a lesser degree.

    • That may be but Portugal is benefitted from the lack of strong voting patterns in semi 2. Iceland, Sweden and Norway may benefit and Latvia or Lithuania may spare a point for each other or/and Azerbaijan. And Slovenia may give something to Montenegro and the other side around. But other than that ? For example I have NO idea who will Azerbaijan vote for. After Turkey left they used to vote for Ukraine or Russia. They do not have such choices either in the contest or in their semi…

      • Well, let’s hope that we will see some suprises in the voting this year.
        However, I am terribly annoyed that some countries (like Russia f. e.) seem to be lucky year after year (surrounded by so many friends) whereas other countries are unlucky in almost every allocation draw.
        Macedonia f. e. had as much luck as possible with their two main friends (Serbia and Albania) both voting in their semi. But in this case I am very happy because Macedonia tends to struggle with whatever they send too. (I still haven’t recovered from Tamara not qualifying in 2008 … I should see a shrink, I guess …)

      • They’ll vote for Malta! :P

  19. The second semi contains 8 countries that made it to the final 3 or less times. It contains also Israel and Latvia that haven’t been to the final for some time and Malta which tends to well with juries only.

  20. Armenia looks like the most benefitted country. The only ex soviet country who would not give them any points anyway is in the other semi so they have all the reliable neighbouring support along with Belgium, The Netherlands and France. Looks like easy job to me.

  21. Also not likely but we do not know what’s going to happen with Greece, given the new radical left government, when it comes to esc.

  22. And also in a rare occasion San Marino and Ireland get Italy and the UK voting in their semi lol ! Should give them a little boost (with no Romania to vote for, Italy may as well vote for San Marino..)

  23. I have nothing to say about the draw
    Just like every year some have more advantages than the others…
    Good luck to those having the best music😉

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