Eurovision 2023: Grand final running order revealed
The official running order of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final has been announced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Austria will open proceedings. Australia has been awarded the 15th slot. The UK will close the show, having randomly drawn the position at the Head of Delegation meeting on March 12.
The full running order is as follows:
1. Austria - Teya and Salena 'Who the Hell is Edgar?'
2. Portugal - Mimicat 'Ai coração'
3. Switzerland - Remo Forrer 'Watergun'
5. Serbia - Luke Black 'Samo mi se spava'
6. France - La Zarra 'Évidemment'
7. Cyprus - Andrew Lambrou 'Break a Broken Heart'
8. Spain - Blanca Paloma 'Eaea'
10. Albania - Albina and Familija Kelmend 'Duje'
11. Italy - Marco Mengoni 'Due vite'
13. Finland - Käärijä 'Cha Cha Cha'
14. Czechia - Vesna 'My Sister's Crown'
15. Australia - Voyager 'Promise'
16. Belgium - Gustaph 'Because of You'
17. Armenia - Brunette 'Future Lover'
18. Moldova - Pasha Parfeni 'Soarele și luna'
19. Ukraine - TVORCHI 'Heart of Steel'
20. Norway - Alessandra 'Queen of Kings'
21. Germany - Lord of the Lost 'Blood & Glitter'
22. Lithuania - Monika Linkytė 'Stay'
23. Israel - Noa Kirel 'Unicorn'
24. Slovenia - Joker Out 'Carpe Diem'
25. Croatia - Let 3 'Mama ŠČ!'
26. United Kingdom - Mae Muller 'I Wrote a Song'
How was the Grand Final running order decided?
The countries that qualified from the semi-finals drew randomly whether they would be performing in the first or second half of the Grand Final in a live TikTok stream hosted by Ukrainian commentator and host Timur Miroshnychenko after each show.
The Big Five countries did this process after their second rehearsal on May 6.
Last year's winner Ukraine and host country the UK drew specifically what number they would be performing in the Grand Final at the Head of Delegation's meeting on March 12. As previously mentioned the UK drew 26th, whilst Ukraine drew the 19th position.
Once it was known which half each act had drawn, overnight in Europe the show's producers structured the acts in the order they believe would make for the best viewing experience. However logistics also needed to be taken into account as some acts required more stage preparation time than others.
The Grand Final will take place this Saturday 13th May European time. Australians can watch the contest live on SBS at 5:00 am Sunday 14th May AEST. They can also watch a replay later that day on SBS at 7:30pm AEST, or from 3pm onwards on SBS On Demand.
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