Eurovision Betting Odds
Who wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2020?
A total of 41 countries will participate at the forthcoming 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. 35 countries will compete in the semi-finals, whilst the Big 5 and the host country The Netherlands are automatically qualified to compete in the Grand Final.
The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be held on 12, 14, 16 May at the Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Seventeen countries will compete in the first semi-final on 12 May, whilst eighteen countries will compete in the second semi-final on 14 May.
A total 35 countries were distributed into 5 pots and were allocated into one of the two semi-finals by a draw. During the the draw it was also determined in which half of the semi-final the allotted countries are to perform.
The so-called Big 5 countries which consists of Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom are automatically qualified for the final together with host country, which this year is the Netherlands. These six countries will still be broadcasting and voting in one of the semi-finals. Which one was also decided via draw:
- Italy, Germany and the Netherlands will vote in the first semi-final
- France, United Kingdom and Spain will vote in the second semi-final
Results of the Eurovision 2020 semi-final allocation draw:
- First half of semi-final 1:
North Macedonia, Belarus, Lithuania, Sweden, Slovenia, AUSTRALIA, Ireland, Russia
- Second half of semi-final 1:
Norway, Cyprus, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Malta, Israel, Ukraine, Romania, Belgium
On first glance, this year’s draw has offered up a rather open field. The first semi-final contains both Australia and Ukraine — the only remaining countries with perfect qualification records. Regular qualifiers Russia, Azerbaijan and Sweden are also present.
Azerbaijan will benefit from being drawn away from Armenia for the first time since 2015, while Ukraine and Russia may divide the Eastern European vote. There is also a strong Balkan influence here, with three of the four competing ex-Yugoslav countries in this semi-final.
- First half of semi-final 2:
Austria, Moldova, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Iceland, Czech Republic, Greece, Estonia
- Second half of semi-final 2:
Denmark, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Finland, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Portugal, Albania
Greece and Moldova will be without their most loyal allies in the form of Cyprus and Romania respectively. Serbia are also rather isolated as the only former Yugoslav country in this semi-final, but they do have neighbours Bulgaria, who return after a one year hiatus.
On the other hand, Estonia will be pleased to be joined by both Finland and Latvia. Armenia will benefit from being away from Azerbaijan as well, and are also joined by neighbours Georgia. Portugal will be pleased to have Spain voting in this semi-final.
Martin Österdahl, a senior TV executive with 2 decades of experience, has been appointed Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Martin was Executive Producer for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and 2016 when the event was hosted by Swedish EBU Member SVT in Malmö and Stockholm. He was also a member of the Reference Group between 2012 and 2018. He will succeed Jon Ola Sand who will step down from his role after supervising the Eurovision Song Contest for 10 years.