The EBU, the European Broadcasting Union has released the list of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest countries today. A total of 39 countries will participate in the contest in Vienna.
33 countries will compete in the 2 semifinals scheduled to be held on 19 and 21 May (16 countries in Semifinal 1 and 17 countries in Semifinal 2 ). A total of 26 countries will compete in the grand final on 23 May. The Big 5 (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy)+ host country Austria are automatically qualified to compete in the grand final, hence 20/33 countries will proceed from the semfinals to grand final and join Austria and the BIG 5 nations.
The allocation draw to determine which of the 33 countries will compete in which semifinal and in which half of the show (1st half/ 2nd half) is scheduled to be held on 26 January at the Wiener Rathaus (Vienna City Hall), on the same day the Official Eurovision Insignia Handover Ceremony is scheduled to be held.
[Belarus],Belarus,[Belgium],Belgium, [Cyprus], Cyprus
[Czech Republic],Czech Republic,[Denmark],Denmark,[Estonia],Estonia
[Finland],Finland,[FYR Macedonia],FYR Macedonia,[Georgia],Georgia
[San Marino],San Marino,[Serbia],Serbia,[Slovenia],Slovenia
[Switzerland],Switzerland,[Sweden],Sweden,[The Netherlands],The Netherlands
Finalists (Big5 +Host country)
[Italy], Italy,[Spain],Spain,[United Kingdom], United Kingdom
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held at the Wiener Stadthalle on 19, 21 and 23 in Vienna Austria.