Secret draw splits Sweden and Norway for 2014
With the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Scandinavia again, the two Scandinavian countries that are not in the final will be split into separate semi-finals, placing one in each. We saw that happen in Malmö this year when Denmark and Norway were purposely put into separate shows, and this now repeats for Copenhagen next year with Sweden and Norway.
Securing enough tickets
The split is done to secure that enough tickets are available for the Scandinavian fans, who are expected to travel the relatively short distance to Copenhagen. This was confirmed by the Head of Show for 2014, Jan Lagermand Lundme, to Swedish national broadcaster SVT, “We expect a lot of interest from our neighbors. We have asked to put Sweden and Norway in separate semi-finals to secure as many interested as possible will be able to see one of the three shows.”
Scandinavian neighbor-voting is not mentioned as reason for the split.
In a secret draw in Geneve by the EBU, Sweden drew a spot in the first semi-final, while Norway drew a spot in the second. Thus, we now know that Sweden will compete on the 6th of May and Norway on the 8th of May. Present for the draw was Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand; Head of Media of the EBU, Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser; and Head of TV of the EBU, Bettina Brinkmann.
Sweden happy with the draw
The Swedish Head of Delegation and 2013 Eurovision Show Producer Christer Björkman is happy with the draw result. “What’s great about competing in the first semi-final is that you have two open days to recharge for the final. If anything, it’s great for the artist,” he said to SVT.
The draw for semi-final allocation for all countries is expected to take place in January and the final running order will be determined by the host broadcaster DR, as was introduced this year by SVT, to create a better flow in the show.
Source: svt.se, eurovision.tv