Eurovision 2020 Semi-Final Allocation Draw pots
Eurovision 2020 Semi-Final Allocation Draw pots Photo: Stijn Smulders

Which country performs in which Eurovision 2020 Semi-Final?

The Semi-Final Allocation Draw for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 took place in Rotterdam's city hall. Find out below in which of the 2 Semi-Finals your country will perform and vote in. The annual event was hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit.

The Semi-Final Allocation Draw and Host City Insignia Exchange are key milestones on the path to the Eurovision Song Contest each year.

Eurovision 2020 Host City Insignia Exchange & Semi-Final Allocation DrawRoel Dijkstra Fotografie, Marc Heeman

During the ceremony, Zippi Brand Frank, Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv, passed on the Host City Insignia to Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam. Providing advice to Mayor Aboutaleb, Zippi said: "My first piece of advice is to start working! It is a huge project and you need to prepare. And Dare to Dream Rotterdam!"

The insignia key chain, weighing over 30 kilograms with the new addition of Tel Aviv's insignia, was handed over to Rotterdam. The Dutch city is now officially the Host City of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020!

Eurovision 2020 Host City Insignia Exchange & Semi-Final Allocation DrawRoel Dijkstra Fotografie, Marc Heeman

Mayor Aboutaleb then told the audience all that Rotterdam has to offer, with its modern architecture, green space and 180 nationalities. "When you visit Rotterdam, you get the world."

How the Semi-Final Allocation Draw works

The first part of the draw determined in which Semi-Final each of the 6 pre-qualified 'Big 5' countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom) and host country the Netherlands will vote.

Eurovision 2020 Host City Insignia Exchange & Semi-Final Allocation DrawRoel Dijkstra Fotografie, Marc Heeman

The second draw then decided in which Semi-Final each of the other participating countries will perform. The 35 Semi-Finalists were allocated into 6 pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest's official televoting partner Digame. Read more about that here.

The results

Big 5 + Host Country the Netherlands

Semi-Final Allocation Draw resultsNPO/AVROTROS/NOS
  • Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands will vote in the first Semi-Final.

  • France, Spain and the United Kingdom will vote in the second Semi-Final.

First Semi-Final (12 May)

Eurovision 2020 Semi-Final Allocation Draw resultsNPO/AVROTROS/NOS

First half

  • North Macedonia

  • Belarus

  • Lithuania

  • Sweden

  • Slovenia

  • Australia

  • Ireland

  • Russia

Second half

  • Norway

  • Cyprus

  • Croatia

  • Azerbaijan

  • Malta

  • Israel

  • Ukraine

  • Romania

  • Belgium

Second Semi-Final (14 May)

Eurovision 2020 Semi-Final Allocation Draw resultsNPO/AVROTROS/NOS

First half

  • Austria

  • Moldova

  • Poland

  • San Marino

  • Serbia

  • Iceland

  • Czech Republic

  • Greece

  • Estonia

Second half

  • Denmark

  • Bulgaria

  • Switzerland

  • Finland

  • Armenia

  • Latvia

  • Georgia

  • Portugal

  • Albania

From each Semi-Final, 10 countries will proceed to the Grand Final on the 16 May, joining the 6 pre-qualified countries. In total, 26 countries will be represented in the Grand Final.

Eurovision 2020 Host City Insignia Exchange & Semi-Final Allocation DrawRoel Dijkstra Fotografie, Marc Heeman

When will tickets go on sale?

Second wave of Eurovision 2020 tickets on sale 30 January 2020NPO/AVROTROS/NOS

The second wave of tickets will go on sale Thursday 30 January at 12:00 CET. Go to our ticket page for more info and pricing.

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