Eurovision 2010: Semi final allocation draw on Sunday

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The EBU and Host Broadcaster NRK have announced that the draw to determine which countries will perform in which of the two semi finals is set to take place on this Sunday, February 7th, at 14:00 CET, in Oslo.

Awebcast will be made available at the official Eurovision Song Contest website, www.eurovision.tv. Moreover, the five draw pots have been revealed as well. However, who the hosts of the draw are going to be remains to be seen.

Due to the Big Four (Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom) and host country Norway already being qualified for the grand final, 34 countries will participate in the two semi finals: 17 will get their spot in the first semi final on May 25th and the other 17 will perform in the 2nd semi final on May 27th. It will also be decided if those countries will perform in the first or the second half of their respective semi final, to let each delegation know on which day their rehearsals in Oslo will begin.

Based on the countries' voting patterns, evaluted by the contest's voting partner Digame, the 34 countries competing in the two semi finals will be drawn from five pots, in order to decrease the influence of neighbour and diaspora voting, thus enabling to keep the contest exciting.

Those are the five aforementioned spots, as revealed by Eurovision.tv:

Pot 1: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland
Pot 2: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden
Pot 3: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
Pot 4: Armenia, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, the Netherlands, Turkey
Pot 5: Bulgaria, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia

On Sunday, it will also be decided which of the two semi finals the Big Four and host country will have to broadcast and cast their votes in.

Traditionally, the draw to determine thestarting orderof each country will be held in March at the Heads of Delegation meeting.

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