Until now, the order in which artists perform was decided purely by draw, both for the Semi-Finals as well as for the Final. From this year onwards, the running order of the three shows will be determined in three steps:
The new way of determining the running order will contribute to making three diverse shows: "We want to make great television. For our viewers, but also for the participants. Allowing the producers to determine the running order will help to make more exciting television shows and allows each contestant to stand out, instead of being surrounded by entries in similar style or tempo," says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU.
The running order will be determined by the producers and will be approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor and the Reference Group.
To assure a fair distribution and sufficient availability of tickets over neighbouring countries, the Reference Group also decided that Denmark and Norway will perform in different Semi-Finals at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. A draw held at the EBU headquarters determined that Denmark will participate in the first Semi-Final, and Norway shall be represented in the second Semi-Final.