In the televote era (since 1998), what role has the draw – the order of performance – played in determining who wins the Eurovision Song Contest? To get enough support from across Europe you need more. You need to perform well, do something memorable and (in most years) have a good song. Or a great one!
There are a lot of assumptions about the draw. Most people assume that a late draw is better, which is only partially true. In 2001 Tanel Padar & Dave Benton & 2XL performed 20th of 23, winning with Everybody. The next year Marie N salsa’d her way to first place with I wanna, having performed 23rd of 24. But they’re the exceptions.
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