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Eurovision Song Contest semi-final allocation draw held in Azerbaijan

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The results of the semi-final allocation draw for this year's Eurovision Song Contest have been revealed.

The draw, hosted by Leyla Alieva and Nazim Huseynov, involved officials drawing the 37 Eurovision countries' names from six pots and took place on the stage of the Buta Palace in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday.

According to the official Eurovision Song Contest website, the selections of countries in each pot were based on voting patterns from the past few years of the music competition.

After the draw, there were performances from dancers and an orchestra, together with past Eurovision stars Ruslana, Aysel, Alexander Rybak, Safura, Lena and Ell/Nikki.

The countries who have already qualified for the final include the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and hosting country Azerbaijan. There will be another draw in March at the Heads of Delegation meeting to decide the starting order of the songs.

The countries will perform in the following groups in the Eurovision Semi-Finals:

First Semi-Final, Tuesday 22nd of May (18 countries):

First half:
Montenegro
Iceland
Romania
Albania
Belgium
Latvia
Switzerland
Finland
Greece

Second half:
Moldova
Cyprus
Austria
Denmark
Russia
San Marino
Israel
Ireland
Hungary

Second Semi-Final, Thursday 24th of May (19 countries):

First half:
Serbia
The Netherlands
Portugal
FYR Macedonia
Belarus
Malta
Ukraine
Armenia
Bulgaria

Second half:
Sweden
Georgia
Slovenia
Estonia
Turkey
Slovakia
Croatia
Norway
Lithuania
Bosnia & Herzegovina

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