With just one day to go until this year’s Eurovision Song Contest final, fans have spent most of this morning poring over the running order, and how their favourite acts’ spots on the line-up could affect their chances on the night.
After each of the semi-finals, the 10 acts who go through on each night are randomly allocated whether or not they’ll be in the first or second half (as shared hosts, Ukraine and the UK had their spots randomly selected earlier in the process).
It’s then up to organisers to decide where in their respective halves the acts will be performing, with the final running order being shared online in the early hours of Friday morning.
Here are seven key takeaways from the Eurovision running order…
However, with a total of 26 acts over the course of the night (plus commentary, interval acts and the hosts to steal our attention), there’s every chance that by the end of the night you might not be remembered.
Austria’s track about being possessed by the spirit of Edgar Allen Poe – as an allegory for the struggles of songwriters in the streaming era, naturally – is an obvious stand-out for 2023, and went into the competition as a favourite to win. It has to be said, though, that fans seem somewhat less convinced seeing where it’s been placed.
Portugal has been given the unlucky task of coming on second
If you thought going on first was a tough job, spare a thought for the act on next.
Throughout the last 67 years of Eurovision, no act has ever won the contest after coming on second
We’re not saying Mimicat couldn’t still manage it – she’s certainly talented and we love her energy on stage. But… well… there’s a reason fans of the contest refer to second place on the line-up as the “death slot”.
Sweden immediately following Spain has got a lot of people talking, too
Loreen’s return to Eurovision 11 years after winning with her staple song Euphoria is one of the big talking-points, and she’s been leading the way when it comes to the bookies’ odds to win again.
Fans were somewhat surprised, then, to see not just how early on in the running order she has landed, but that she’s following Blanca Paloma’s Spanish entry, with some even worrying the two big songs could overshadow one another.