The running order draw is considered important for a good placing in the Eurovision Song Contest, that's why lots of TV-people, journalists and fans were nervously awaiting for today's event to know on which position would their country perform in Baku.
Spots at the very end of the draw are usually preferred, but during the years, songs with a low starting position have done well, too, so no general statement about the outcome is possible.
Today though, it was finally time for all the countries to find out their detailed starting position! The process was supervised by the Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and Thomas Niedermeier from Digame, the official voting partner.
In each half of every respective Semi-Final, one country received a wildcard to choose its starting position. The remaining positions were drawn afterwards.
The draw for the first Semi-Final:
The draw for the second Semi-Final brought the following result:
Preliminary draw for the Final
For the Grand Final, the starting positions of the Big 5 countries (Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and The United Kingdom) plus the host, Azerbaijan, were also drawn, with one of them, again, getting a wildcard to freely choose their starting position:
The rest of the Final spots will be drawn at the winners' press conference right after the Semi-Finals' results are known.
The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will take place with two Semi-Finals on the 22nd and 24th of May and with the Grand Final following up on the 26th.