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The 2020 #Eurovision semi-final allocation draw

Today the 2020 Eurovision season kicked up a notch. There was the “insignia exchange ceremony” from the Tel Aviv organizers to those from Rotterdam (which is mildly interesting) and the allocation draws for the semi-finals (which is very interesting). I did not watch the live stream—which started at 04h New Zealand Daylight Savings Time, our […]


#eurovision 2020 Pots: An Analysis

This year the EBU has refined the pots system used to allocate semi-final spaces. The pots, which are a thoughtful but coarse method to denude the impact of voting blocs, was instituted in Belgrade 2008. This has increased the qualification record of some ostensibly perennially struggling delegations. But it is but one of many tweaks to how […]


2017 semi-final allocation: initial thoughts.

The EBU surprised most pundits by releasing the performance draws allocation for this year’s semi-finals late last week. Given there’s been no resolution of the Russian question, it could mean: There has been a resolution, yet to be announced, and Russia will be represented by someone singing something There has not been a resolution, but […]