The day started with the Host City Insignia ceremony where the mayor of Baku handed over the symbolic Host City keys to the mayor of Malmö. Starting from that moment, it's officially Malmö's turn to take over the hosting responsibilities.
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Soon after that, the presenter of the event Pernilla Månsson Colt assisted by Josefine Sundström, announced it was time for the most exciting moments to arrive and all countries were drawn into the Semi-Finals as well as in either the first or the second part of the shows. The first Semi-Final has 16 participants and the second one 17 contestants.
Denmark and Norway were already drawn into the first and the second Semi-Final respectively in November to assure a fair distribution and sufficient availability of tickets over neighbouring countries. Israel was also allocated to the second Semi-Final.
After that it was also drawn which Semi-Final the already qualified countries, the so-called Big 5 - Germany, Spain, France, the UK, Italy - and the Host Country of Sweden will broadcast and vote in.
The whole process was overseen by the EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand and Thomas Niedermeyer from Digame, the official voting partner.