The Semi-Final Draw – LIVE from Malmö 🇸🇪 | Eurovision Song Contest 2024 | #UnitedByMusic – Video

The Semi-Final Draw – LIVE from Malmö 🇸🇪 | Eurovision Song Contest 2024 | #UnitedByMusic – Video

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Liverpool are you Ready Atari is like the slowest stripper in the world he our 12p Point go to Sweden Sweden Sweden Sweden we have a winner Sweden congratulations to Nar thank you for this this is for you live from Mal Miss Sweden it’s the official Handover and semifinal draw of the Eurovision song contest

2024 please welcome our hosts Pila Monon C and Farah Abad welcome to M thank you and a special Welcome to our friends from Liverpool last host City you put on an amazing show thank you so much and also please welcome Martin Ester doll Eurovision song contest executive supervisor and Martin Fay from

The Ebu voting partner they are here to make sure that we behave so good luck with that tonight we will witness the official Handover of the Eurovision song contest to to the city of malmer and pil and I will perform the semifinal draw to set the stage for the biggest music

Concer in the world indeed the Eurovision song contest is finally back in Mal it has been such a long way 11 years feels like a lifetime really to me it’s like it was yesterday well I do remember 2013 I spent all night in Eurovision Village I got really I had a

Lot of fun I had a lot of fun what did you do well imagine this I I stood here I did exactly the same thing as I’m doing tonight good afternoon we are extremely delighted to welcome you back to malma it’s amazing you look exactly the

Same thank you and you look exactly like you’ve had a lot of fun it’s not about me let’s move on we’re truly honored to welcome you back to Sweden and to malma for the second time in 11 years Malo is the host of the Eurovision song contest W thank you

Now we are Swedish we don’t brag we don’t by the way malma also hosted in 1992 ah what did you do then shut but really a lot of cities must have hosted the Eurovision song contest three times or more right yep that’s right five it’s Dublin it’s London it’s

Stockholm it’s Luxembourg City and it’s Copenhagen and malare but we’re still not bragging certainly not uh by the way only three of those five cities have hosted since the turn of the century maybe there is something to malma well you would know yes I do malmer and it’s not pronounced Malu it’s

Pronounced malmer the two dots over the O actually mean something if you’re French it’s quite easy it’s like saying a BL or PA and if you’re speaking English think about the middle of the word her malmer unless you’re actually from malma then it’s pronounced malma malma when I

Say malm you say Mal great what is about your vision that you love I like the glitter the music and just the magical feeling about it the people the music the colors it’s a party it’s amazing which one is your favorite in the Eurovision that would be Johnny

Logan by European standards malma is quite a small City but if you’re interested in culture this is the place to be we even hosted a music competition between countries let me take you back to 1992 that was the very first year malma won the Swedish national hockey championship and more important to you

Guys we hosted the Eurovision song contest for the very first time in the same Arena here in this Majestic Arena look at it the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 had it all Cutting Edge computer phog Graphics girls with paper rolls boys with big hats of course some things were

Different back then since we are in malmer Sweden we will conform to EBU regulations and from now on speaka but one thing remains a constant this guy is involved in the end Ireland won in what would become the first of four wins in only 5 years fast forward to

2013 the Eurovision song contest was held here in malma Arena built for you know ice hockey but more importantly we saw this host grace to the stage for the very first time welcome to the Eurovision song contest 2013 the Eurovision fans were back in town and the contest had evolved a lot since

1992 instead of 23 countries competing there were 39 there were semifinals welcome welcome welcome to the second semifinal the computer Graphics had improved and the iconic flag parade was introduced in the grand finals you have voted and we already have a winner [Applause] wi your vision has been held in other

Swedish cities too but that’s not important the important thing is that it’s called malma [Applause] malma yes and now we’re about to get official please welcome Katherine yam shanfeld Katherine shanfeld yam mayor city of malmer and Steve rodam mayor of Liverpool City region now Katherine you

Got the job to run malmer just a few weeks after we hosted the Eurovision song contest in 2013 you must be so happy that the contest is finally backward belongs yes we really like we really love to welcome the world to malma and we have lots of beautiful

Memories from last time and for you Steve how has it been well of course we hosted your vision on behalf of Ukraine but for two weeks it was very special and for two weeks um euro vision changed Liverpool but Liverpool has changed euro vision forever okay so the official now it’s

The official part of this ceremony and the official keys of the Eurovision song contest have already been delivered to malma and you can see them here so only one thing remains it’s the official Handover and we will seal it with a official sort of handshake or

Kiss we see it with a no we see it with a hand handshake handshake is better there it is there it is and there is the Eurovision song contest is officially in Mal and we have a lot to do here before this is over we will know in which

Semi-final the countries will compete but not everybody needs to perform in this semi-final some countries are guaranted aned a place in the Grand Final we call them the big five it’s Spain Germany France Italy United Kingdom and they are joined by the host country that also gets the golden ticket

To the Grand Final but the people in these countries still get to vote in one of the semi-finals it’s time to make that draw yeah first we will decide in which order to make the draw now statistically this is totally unnecessary g a reason to revisit some malma

Locals six envelopes containing the Big Five in Sweden and you can pick anyone you like Spain Sweden United Kingdom Italy France only one left and it should be Germany Germany so that’s the order so we start with Spain you will vote in the second semi-final and we go to Sweden me and my

Family will vote in the first semi-final United Kingdom I’m taking another one taking that one United Kingdom you will vote in the first semi-final Italy mixed them up good Italy for you it’s the second semi-final France you will vote in the second semifinal and that means that Germany will vote in the first

Semi-final now let’s have a look at the board there we have it Sweden United Kingdom Germany in semi-final 1 and Spain Italy France in semi-final two and now it’s time to do the big semi-final draw 31 countries await their Destiny will they perform in semi-final one or semi-final two and not only that

Will they perform in the first or the second half of that semi-final now I know what you’re thinking this is really important or is it exactly why does it matter in which semi-final a country is in I want to know so that’s why I ask

Pilla to find out yes and I turn to two experts Christa burkman is a six times contest producer and William Lee Adams is a hardcore Eurovision fan who spends most of his time thinking about this competition but he has no official ties to the contest or to the Ebu hi

And hi William super hardcore fan welcome to the show what’s the difference of being in semifinal one semi-final 2 is there a difference in this age where we have Spotify and music streaming and things can start bubbling up and going viral I think in some ways it’s better to be in the first

Semi-final maybe people start finding you on streaming and you can build momentum throughout the week yeah some of the songs in the you know in the last couple of years have grown incredibly over the week if they have been in the first semi-final like Fuego from Cypress who nobody talked About she was like 20th in the in the odds and she came like a rocket and that happened after that first semi-final but they’re not all poor sords competing in the second semi-final I’d argue that maybe more people watch the second semi-final at least in the UK the media

Only covers Eurovision really in the second half of the week okay so today we’re actually going to decide which countries are going to compete in the first and the second semi-finals and also in the first half of each semi-finals does that really matter I think fans think about winning and

Losing and if you’re drawn into the first half there’s a risk you go early and are forgotten but if you’re drawn into the second half There’s an opportunity to be at the very end and to be remembered as we go into voting I point to San Marino in 2019 s hot who

Said the words say na na na over and Over not the most original song but he was very charming and you know he squeaked through in eighth place and we see this time and again more than 80% of Acts in the past 10 years have qualified from the last position but you can prove almost anything with Statistics can’t

You you know hips don’t lie and neither do numbers we have a history here it’s hard to fight the empirical data okay so guys why should we care about Eurovision song contest uh-huh actually I I think and I hope it really really unites people I think Eurovision is the greatest sports

Show on Earth and I say sports because you’re using your body you’re using your voice you’ve got that drive that ambition it’s one of the few Arenas where a small country like Albania can compete against the United Kingdom and beat them it’s the Underdog Story it’s about people who are told you can’t

Succeed actually winning and I think all of us you know whether you’re LGB BT whether you’re an immigrant whether you’re a woman in a patriarchal society that Underdog spirit is in all of us what a nice answer okay guys thank you both of you are you excited we’re doing the draw

Now yes it’s very exciting and a big thank you to Christa bjorkman and William Lee Adams now we really need to start this but first I would like to turn to another Dem me God of this particular Universe Martin estor can you let us know how the countries will be pre-allocated in the

Semi-finals this year yes well this year we have 15 countries participating in the first semi-final and 16 countries in the second semi-final and because we have an odd number of countries in the first semi-final seven of them will perform in the first half and eight will perform in the second half okay and

Following request from the Israeli broadcaster Khan is uh the Eurovision s reference group has approved to allocate uh Israel to the second semi-final due to a Memorial Day in Israel okay but we thank you Martin but we still need to decide which half of that semi second semi-final Israel will

Perform in so here we have eight rols with first half and eight rolls with second half and I will just pick one Israel you will perform in the second half of the second semifinal well that was fun I feel like doing this another 31 times or so Shall

We Begin absolutely in front of me I have five bows with six countries in each bow the countries are divided based on historical voting patterns we want the competition to be as Fair as possible in one way is to make sure that countries that tend to vote for each

Other are spread out between the semifinals we will start with the semifinal one I will draw one roll from each of these balls and here we go first country Slovenia Slovenia this year Raven will sing Veronica and you will perform in the second half of the first semi-final Iceland

Iceland has the most successful Eurovision song that never competed in Eurovision because of the pandemic you will perform in the second half of the first semi-final Ukraine Ukraine has qualified for the Grand Final every single time they have competed that’s actually better than Sweden you will perform in the first

Half of the first semi-final Cyprus Cyprus will compete this year with liar and you will perform in the first half of the first semi-final Poland Poland Poland came second second the very first year they competed in 1994 you will perform in the first half of the first semi-final let’s

Move on to the second semifinals yes I will move and the first country in the second semi-final is Austria Austria this year’s song is called we will Rave and you will perform that in the first half of the second semi-final Estonia Estonia won in 2001 with a song

Everybody you will perform in the second half of the second semi-final Georgia Georgia no wins in the big contest yet you will perform in the second half of the second semi-final Malta Malta so close with two silver medals you will perform in the first half of the second semi-final Netherlands

Netherlands five times winner maybe this year as well we not know yet you will perform in the second half of the second semi-final now it’s time for the first semi-final again okay and there we have Serbia Serbia the first time they competed as Serbia was7 here we go you will perform in the

First half of the first semi-final Finland Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha you will perform in the second half of this first semi-final Lithuania Lithuania still waiting for top five but almost makes it to the Grand Final almost every time you will perform in the first half of the first Semi-final Portugal Portugal tried 54 times before they finally won in 2017 you will perform in the second half of the first semi-final 54 times that’s a lot that’s a lot but they won eventually they did they did Luxembourg Luxenberg I think they have waited 31 years welcome back to the contest after

31 years now you will perform in the second half of the first semi-final let’s move on to the second semi-final yes and there we have Switzerland Switzerland won the very first competition in 5 1956 and with celon as well you will perform in the first half of the second semifinal Norway

Norway you know I could do this all night me too you have the record for the most lost places and the biggest winning marginal even with uh Alexander reak you will perform in the second half of the second semi-final lvia ltia here we go in the second half of the second semi-final

Greece Greece became number one with my number one in 2005 the first half of the second semi-final Chea chea this year AO will represent CIA with the song pedestal and you will perform in the first half of the second semi-final and let’s have a look at the ward in the first semi-final we will enjoy these 10 countries performances and this is how the second semi-final looks like right now

And let’s continue the draw the last countries in the first semi-final yes and here we have Croatia Croatia you would perform in the first half of the first semi-final Australia Australia has yet to win but wouldn’t it be nice to go to Syd far yes it would the second half of the first Semi-final aeran aeran you have a nice way to say that uh forever a Magic City to to swed because that’s where Loren won for the first time the second half of the first semi-final Ireland Ireland the only other country to win seven times we’re coming for you uh the first

Half of the first semifinal okay the last country in the first semifinal I only have one is mova and mova you will perform in the second half or the first semifinal five more countries left and let’s move on to the second semi-final this is fun isn’t it yeah

It’s pretty hard it’s not hard we have been practicing a lot we been practicing a lot Albania Albania it’s a special thing you have to take the roll and roll it out the right way Albania you’re doing the first half of the second Semi-final Denmark Denmark they won the last time we were in malmer so no pressure you will perform in the first half of the second Semi-final Armenia Armenia last year you competed with future lover let’s see if if we fall in love this year the first half of the second semi-final two countries left yes if you’re a genius you know which countries I’m not and I have two rolls here s Marino San

Marino say na and say no more second half of the second semi-final I have one left me too good should I start or you yes you should we practic this yes Belgium and Belgium o one of the founding countries of Eurovision warn in 1986 were you born

Then no I don’t think you were Sandra Kim yes I was absolutely second half of the second semi-final and we are done this is what we can look forward to in the first semifinal on May May 7th live from Malo there you have them that’s semi-final

One and Thursday May of 9th we will enjoy the second semi-final with these countries yes here you have them all sorts of countries and that was it the stage is now set for the greatest show on television and if you have any questions about Eurovision you should go into

Eurovision.tv there you can find a lot of information about or you can email Pilla no you cannot sorry can’t thank you so much for watching thank you so much for watching and see you in May in Eurovision song contest 2024 yeah and we already practiced this you’re all invited to Mal [Applause] W

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