Eurovision 2015 Semi-Final Allocation: Let the Wild Speculation Begin!

The Eurovision Song Contest season can officially begin now that the initial assignments for the two semi-finals have been determined.The Eurovision Song Contest began in earnest on Monday, as Vienna, Austria received the ESC Insignia, designating it as the official host of the 2015 Contest. The ceremony also included the allocation of semi-final assignments for the 39 countries competing this year.

The Big Five—France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom—along with host country Austria get to bypass the semi-finals, though each were assigned a semi-final in which to participate. Austria, France, and Spain will participate in the first semi-final on Tuesday, May 19 while Germany1, Italy, and United Kingdom will vote in the second semi-final on Thursday, May 21. Ten finalists from each semi-final will join the six auto-qualifiers in the Grand Final on Saturday, May 23.

In the drawing held in Vienna, the remaining 33 participants were randomly assigned placement in one half of each semi-final. Here is how the assignments shook out:

First Eurovision Semi-Final

Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Participants

CountrySongArtistDatesPlaylists
AlbaniaMallEugent Bushpepa
ArmeniaDepi Evratesil
Final: February 24
AustraliaJessica MauboySong reveal TBD
AustriaNobody But YouCesár SampsonSong reveal TBD
AzerbaijanAiselSong reveal TBD
BelarusNational Final: February 16Final
BelgiumLaura GroesenekenSong reveal TBD
BulgariaArtist and Song reveal:
March 12
CroatiaNational Final TBD
CyprusSong and Artist reveal TBD
Czech RepublicNational Final results:
January 29
Final
DenmarkDansk Melodi Grand Prix
February 10
EstoniaEesti Laul
SF1: February 10
SF2: February 17
Final: March 3
FinlandSaara AaltoUuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK)
March 3
FranceDestination Eurovision
SF1: January 13
SF2: January 20
Final: January 27
Semi-final 1
FYR MacedoniaProcess TBD
GeorgiaIriaoSong Reveal TBD
GermanyUnser Lied für Lissabon
February 22
GreeceNational Final
February 2018
HungaryA Dal 2018
Heat 1: January 20
Heat 2: January 27
Heat 3: February 3
SF1: February 10
SF2: February 17
Final: February 24
IcelandNational Selection
Final: March 3
IrelandProcess TBD
IsraelHaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion (The Next Star for Eurovision)
Currently airing
ItalySanremo Music Festival
February 6-10
LatviaSupernova
January 2018
LithuaniaEurovizijos
Start: January 6
Final: March 10
MaltaMESC
February 3
MoldovaO Melodie pentru Europa
SF: February 22
Final: February 24
MontenegroMontevizija
February 17
NetherlandsWaylonSong reveal TBD
NorwayNRK Melodi Grand Prix
March 10
PolandFebruary 2018
PortugalFestival da Canção
SF1: February 18
SF2: February 25
Final: March 4
RomaniaSelecţia Naţională
SF1: January 21
SF2: January 28
SF3: February 4
SF4: February 11
SF5: February 18
Final: February 25
RussiaProcess details TBD
San Marino1 in 360
Series dates TBD
SerbiaBeovizija
February 2018
SloveniaEMA
Final: February 24
SpainOperacion Triunfo
Currently airing
SwedenMelodifestivalen
Heat 1: February 3
Heat 2: February 10
Heat 3: February 17
Heat 4: February 24
Andra Chansen: March 3
Final: March 10
SwitzerlandDie Entscheidungsshow
February 4
Final
UkraineVidBir
Final: February 24
United KingdomYou Decide
February 7
These are the countries that have confirmed their participation in the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Lisbon, Portugal in May 2018. The semi-final allocation is scheduled for Monday, January 29, 2018.

Second Eurovision Semi-Final

Eurovision Song Contest 20XX Participants

Country
Albania
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
FYR Macedonia
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Moldova
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine
United Kingdom
These are the countries that have indicated they will participate in the ##rd Eurovision Song Contest to be held in City, Country in May 20XX. (Last update: DATE)

Here are some interesting tidbits to watch out for:

  • The “Warrior”s from Malta and Georgia have been separated, so they may or may not do battle in the final.
  • Romania and Moldova are both in the first semi-final, so that’s 12 free points for each other.
  • The first semi-final is mostly Eastern and Central Europe, which may make things tricky for the Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium.
  • While the second semi-final has powerhouses like Azerbaijan and Sweden, there are a lot of entrants who have struggled in the Contest in recent years. At least two countries from this semi-final will benefit from this setup.
  1. By special request  

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