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Following Jamala's win with "1944" at the 2016 edition in Stockholm, Sweden, the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Kiev, Ukraine, in May 2017. Again, there will be three live shows: Two semi-finals (May 9th and 11th) and the grand final (May 13th).


This is the second time that Ukraine will host the contest. The first time was in 2005.

43 countries have confirmed their participation:

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Belarus
  7. Belgium
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Croatia
  10. Cyprus
  11. Czech Republic
  12. Denmark
  13. Estonia
  14. Finland
  15. France
  16. Georgia
  17. Germany
  18. Greece
  19. Hungary
  20. Iceland
  21. Ireland
  22. Italy
  23. Israel
  24. Latvia
  25. Lithuania
  26. Macedonia
  27. Malta
  28. Moldova
  29. Montenegro
  30. Netherlands
  31. Norway
  32. Poland
  33. Portugal (last participation was in 2014)
  34. Romania (last participation was in 2015)
  35. Russia
  36. San Marino
  37. Serbia
  38. Slovenia
  39. Spain
  40. Sweden
  41. Switzerland
  42. Ukraine
  43. United Kingdom


2016 participants that will not compete in 2017:

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina


Former participants that will not return:

  • Andorra (last participation was in 2009)
  • Luxembourg (last participation was in 1993)
  • Monaco (last participation was in 2006)
  • Slovakia (last participation was in 2012)
  • Turkey (last participation was in 2012)


Recap of the 2016 Contest




The official youtube channel has released compilations of the 10 best-placed entries from recent winning countries. So far, they have done compilations for the winning countries from 2010 (Germany), 2011 (Azerbaijan), 2012 (Sweden), 2013 (Denmark), 2014 (Austria), 2015 (Sweden) and 2016 (Ukraine).


Germany (1956-2016)



Azerbaijan (2008-2016)



Sweden (1968-2016)



Denmark (1957-2016)



Austria (1957-2016)



Ukraine (2004-2016)



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More "Best of" compilations...


Norway (1960-2016)



Russia (1994-2016)



Serbia (2007-2016)



And this is the first entry for the 2017 contest:


Albania 2017: Lindita Halimi / "Botë"
The song will most likely be performed in English at Eurovision.




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Belarus 2017: NaviBand / "Historyja majho žyccia"

For the first time since their debut at the Contest in 2004, Belarus will sing in their national language Belarusian (not to be confused with Russian or Ukrainian).



Georgia 2017: Tako Gachechiladze / "Keep the Faith"



And another compilation:



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Some more entries:


Finland 2017: Norma John / "Blackbird"



France 2017: Alma / "Requiem"



Germany 2017: Levina / "Perfect Life"



Switzerland 2017: Timebelle / "Apollo"



United Kingdom 2017: Lucie Jones / "Never Give Up on You"



And another compilation:



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Hungary 2017: Joci Pápai / "Origo"

Another great song.



Malta 2017: Claudia Faniello / "Breathlessly"



Poland 2017: Kasia Mos / "Flashlight"



Turkey hasn't competed in the Contest since 2012, but here are their best-placed entries:



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Austria 2017: Nathan Trent / "Running on Air"




Croatia 2017: Jacques Houdek / "My Friend"



Cyprus 2017: Hovig / "Gravity"



Denmark 2017: Anja Nissen / "Where I am"



Latvia 2017: Triana Park / "Line"



Moldova 2017: Sunstroke Project / "Hey Mamma!"

Sunstroke Project previously represented Moldova in 2010 with the song "Run Away", reaching #22 in the Grand Final.



Netherlands 2017: OG3NE / "Lights and Shadows"




Slovenia 2017: Omar Naber / "On My Way"
Omar Naber previously represented Slovenia in 2005 with the song "Stop", but failed to qualify for the Grand Final.



Ukraine 2017: O.Torvald / "Time"



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Australia 2017: Isaiah / "Don't Come Easy"



Belgium 2017: Blanche / "City Lights"



Czech Republic 2017: Martina Bárta / "My Turn"



Estonia 2017: Koit Toome & Laura / "Verona"



Greece 2017: Demy / "This Is Love"



Romania 2017: Ilinca feat. Alex Florea / "Yodel It!"



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This year's line-up is now almost complete. Only the songs from Armenia, Bulgaria, San Marino and Russia (there are rumors that they might withdraw at the last minute) are still missing.


Azerbaijan 2017: Dihaj / "Skeletons"



FYR Macedonia 2017: Jana Burceska / "Dance Alone"



Iceland 2017: Svala / "Paper"



Ireland 2017: Brendan Murray / "Dying to Try"



Israel 2017: Imri Zav / "I Feel Alive"



Lithuania 2017: Fusedmarc / "Rain of Revolution"



Montenegro 2017: Slavko Kalezic / "Space"



Norway 2017: JOWST / "Grab the Moment"



Portugal 2017: Salvador Sobral / "Amar pelos dois"




Serbia 2017: Tijana Bogicevic / "In Too Deep"



Sweden 2017: Robin Bengtsson / "I Can't Go On"




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Albania 2017: Lindita / "World"



Armenia 2017: Artsvik / "Fly With Me"



Bulgaria 2017: Kristian Kostov / "Beautiful Mess"




Russia 2017: Julia Samoylova / "Flame is Burning"



San Marino 2017: Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson / "Spirit of the Night"

Ths is the fourth time that Valentina Monetta will represent San Marino. She previously participated in the Contest in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and only reached the Grand Final once (in 2014).




Now all 43 entries have been chosen. Who will be the lucky winner on May 13th?





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Russia will not compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine-conflict. Russia's singer Julia Samoylova has been blacklisted by Ukraine's government because she had illegally travelled to Crimea in 2015. Thus, she is not allowed to enter the country.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) made the offer to include Russia's live performance via satellite link, but Channel One Russia declined.


Russia debuted in 1994 and have so far achieved one win, four 2nd places and three 3rd places. They will probably return to the Contest next year.




Currently, Italy is the hot favorite to win the 2017 Contest. The Top 10 in the betting odds also includes Bulgaria, Sweden, Portugal, Belgium, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, France and Romania.


The rehearsals in Kiev begin on April 30th, 2017.




Speaking of Romania: They have recently released a promotional video for their entry.



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Ok, I just watched the first semi-final and now I feel slightly nauseous! What the hell was that?! I don't think I have ever heard so much crap before. This has to be one of the worst years ever! Yuck!

Just a lot of wailing and shrieking. Belgium's singer looked like she was going to faint, the portuguese singer looked like he was stoned and when Omar from Slovenia winked at the camera I just felt so embarrassed.... 

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And the less said about Slavko from Montenegro the better......

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I thought the sound quality was awful.


The songs were average, and performance-wise, Armenia and Moldova were miles above the other qualifiers. Still can't believe that the bad performances of Australia and Belgium qualified over Iceland and Finland.


Anyway, the following 10 countries have qualified for the Grand Final:

  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Sweden

The following countries are out of the competition:

  • Albania
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Montenegro
  • Slovenia

All performances can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/user/eurovision/videos



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Wow, I just watched the second semi-final and it was every bit as awful as the first. 

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Some entries were so bad all you could do was laugh, but I think the Croatian entry was the worst. It was the most pretentious garbage I have ever heard, and the singer was so smarmy and full of himself it made me sick.  


To think that once upon a time the songs were written by composers who actually knew how to write songs, and performed by artists that could actually sing.....  Former contestants like Céline Dion, Nana Mouskouri, Lara Fabian, Julio Iglesias, Vicky Leandros, Lulu and Sandie Shaw must feel embarrassed to be associated with this contest now when/if they see what it has become.

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