The allocation draw took place earlier this week while I was enjoying some holidays and it spells trouble to Finland. The usual qualifiers Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Greece already take half the final places and there are also Norway, Albania and Serbia. Instead there are nor Sweden or Estonia who would vote for us so we have to rely on Iceland and Norway for some free points. Unless of course we pick the right song and it works, then it doesn't matter where you are. :-). And Italy won't be able to vote San Marino as they vote in the second semifinal along with Germany and FRance, while Spain and the United Kingdom will vote in the first semifinal. And yes, Slovakia is in. It is after all better to participate than waste the money in penalty fees, isn't it? An internal selection will be held to pick up their entry instead of a national final.
First Semi-FinalFirst half
Albania, Armenia, Finland, Georgia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey
Azerbaijan, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, San Marino
Second Semi-FinalFirst half:
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cyprus, Moldova, Slovakia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ukraine
Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia