Hej! The submission period has closed and 30 songs have been sent to compete in the 10th Fête de la Chanson, held in Jönköping, Sweden. The first official proceeding is the allocation draw, which took place in the Sofia Church in the middle of town.
The host broadcaster opened the draw with a short teaser of the opening act for the grand final!
Anyway, onto the events. This edition, it was determined that there will be two semi-finals, one with 15 participants and one with 14. It was randomly determined that the first semi-final would have 15 participants and the second 14.
Then, the 29 songs competing in the semi-finals were arranged in pots. To do this, the songs were alphabetized, and then assigned a number, 1-4. This was repeated until every song had a number, determining its pot.
Finally, the semi-finals were arranged. In semi-final one, it was determined that the first half would have eight countries and the second seven. Then, the countries were drawn into semi-final halves, one country from each pot at a time.
The running order draw has also been completed, but its results are being withheld until the show to increase the excitement.
And that’s it from Jönköping! Check back tomorrow for the official start of the edition.