43 countries will take part this year, 6 of which are the pre-qualified countries UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the host country Sweden. 18 countries will be allocated to the first semi-final and 19 countries to the second semi-final.
In total there will be three draws. The first draw will determine in which semi-final the pre-qualified countries will vote. The second draw will then decide which of the remaining countries will compete in the first semi-final or in the second semi-final. The third draw will determine in which half of the respective semi-final each country will perform. At the request of the German Broadcaster ARD and following the approval of the reference group, Germany will broadcast and vote in the second semi-final. Israel will compete in the second semi-final since the first semi-final clashes with Israel’s Memorial Day. The full ruining order of the semi-finals will be decided by the show producers at a later date.
The 37 Semi-Finalists have been allocated into 6 different pots with the aim to reduce the chance of the so-called neighbour voting to make it a fairer contest. Half of each pot will go to semi-final one and the other half will go to semi-final two.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Israel (Pre-assigned to the second semi-final)
You can follow the draws online by visiting Eurovision.tv
The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th May 2016. Ten countries from each semi-final will be joining the six pre-qualified countries to perform in Grand Final of the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will take place in the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm on 14th May. The three live shows will be hosted by the winner of the 2015 Eurovision Måns Zelmerlöw and TV presenter Petra Mede.