The same procedure naturally applies to the first semifinals two days earlier, which has a total of 16 entries. Here it is important to buy the final tickets for Australia, Sweden, Russia or Norway, for example. The allocation to the two semifinals was decided by lot, the exact starting order was again chosen according to dramaturgical aspects.
In addition to the hosts, the Netherlands, the “Big Five” Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain are also qualified for the showdown on May 22nd. There are 26 nations in the final.