Eurovision Song Contest 2017

 

Date: SF1: Tuesday 09 May 2017 | SF2: Thursday 11 May 2017 | Final: Saturday 13 May 2017
Venue: International Exhibition Centre (Kiev, Ukraine)
Voting system: 1-8, 10 and 12 points. Jury + Televoting 50%
Number of countries: 42
Hosts: Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk & Timur Miroshnychenko
Slogan: Celebrate Diversity
Scoreboard:

 

Once again, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) celebrates the Eurovision Song Contest, as it has been an uninterrupted annual tradition since 1956. The current edition will be the sixty second one, which will be celebrated in Kyiv (Ukraine) due to Jamala’s triumph given to the former Soviet country performing the self-composition “1944” last year in Stockholm (Sweden).

Natsionalna Telekompaniya Ukrainy, also known as NTU, will be the broadcaster in charge of celebrating the contest. This channel was considering several options to host the festival, among which were Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkov, Jerson, Leopolis and Odessa. Finally, on September 9th, 2016, the news became official; the European song contest would be held in Kyiv for the second time in its history, as the city already hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005.

Unlike the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held at the Kyiv Sports Palace, the current edition will be held at the International Exhibition Centre. This year’s Eurovision venue is the largest exhibition centre in Ukraine which was designed by the architect Yanush Wig and inaugurated in October 2002. It has got an area of 58,000 square metres divided into three pavilions, having a global capacity limited to 13,000 spectators.

Regarding the slogan and the logo, they were presented by the host television network on January 30th, 2017. This year’s slogan is Celebrate Diversity. According to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, this slogan serves as a spirit of inclusion for all European countries to jointly celebrate something in common regardless of the differences between the participating countries; an aspect that always has been present in the contest values. The logo has been a design of Republique i Banda and it is a typical necklace of the Ukrainian folklore dress called Namysto. In the graphic representation of the same, we find a set of various spheres, each one with a different external stamping and which, according to the one who was initially named executive producer of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Victoria Romanova, refers to a combination between “the traditional and the modern”, reflecting the current Ukrainian society.

The stage, set up at the International Exhibition Centre, was unveiled on the morning of January 31st, 2017 in an official press release from the event organization, just two hours away from the Semi-final Assignment Draw at Column Hall in Kyiv. The design is the work of the German Florian Wieder, creator of the company Wieder Design, born in 1995, which was already involved in the design of the stages of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, held in Düsseldorf, the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, held in Baku, and the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, held in Vienna. To accomplish this feat, Florian Wieder has had the additional collaboration of Stuart Barlow, who has been working on the Eurovision Song Contest since the 2011 edition, and Oleh Bodnarchuk, director of major Ukrainian television shows such as The Star Factory or The Voice.

The two main objectives of such a specific stage design are, on the one hand, symbolize Ukraine as the centre of Europe and, on the other hand, allow fans to be as close to the artists as possible. The dynamism is intended to create a different show in each of the performances. The design will feature a main stage supported by a large LED display and a secondary scenario stage symbolising an isle that will be located among the audience.

Since the last edition of the contest, several changes have taken place regarding the countries participating in the competition. Firstly, Bosnia & Herzegovina has withdrawn from Eurovision due to the economic problems that the Bosnian public television network BHRT has been dragging on since the last few years. Secondly, Portugal and Romania have been reinstated in the competition, this last thanks to the fact that in recent months it has been able to pay a debt amounting to more than 15 million euros to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In third place we find the case of Russia, which was initially going to participate in this edition but finally decided to withdraw from the contest due to political tensions with the organizing country.

Semi-Final 1

Country Performer Song Points Place
1 flag_Sweden_ico Sweden Robin Bengtsson I Can’t Go On 227 3
2 flag_Georgia_ico Georgia Tako Gachechiladze Keep the Faith 99 11
3 flag_Australia_ico Australia Isaiah Firebrace Don’t Come Easy 160 6
4 flag_Albania_ico Albania Lindita Halimi World 76 14
5 flag_Belgium_ico Belgium Blanche City Lights 165 4
6 flag_Montenegro_ico Montenegro Slavko Kalezić Space 56 16
7 flag_Finland_ico Finland Norma John Blackbird 92 12
8 flag_Azerbaijan_ico Azerbaijan DiHaj Skeletons 150 8
9 flag_Portugal_ico Portugal Salvador Sobral Amar Pelos Dois 370 1
10 flag_Greece_ico Greece Demy This is Love 115 10
11 flag_Poland_ico Poland Kasia Moś Flashlight 119 9
12 flag_Moldova_ico Moldova SunStroke Project Hey mamma 291 2
13 flag_Iceland_ico Iceland Svala Paper 60 15
14 flag_Czech-Republic_ico Czech Republic Martina Barta My Turn 83 13
15 flag_Cyprus_ico Cyprus Hovig Gravity 164 5
16 flag_Armenia_ico Armenia Artsvik Fly with me 152 7
17 flag_Slovenia_ico Slovenia Omar Naber On My Way 36 17
18 flag_Latvia_ico Latvia Triana Park Line 21 18

Semi-Final 2

Country Performer Song Points Place
1 flag_Serbia_ico Serbia Tijana Bogićević In Too Deep 98 11
2 flag_Austria_ico Austria Nathan Trent Running On Air 147 7
3 flag_Macedonia_ico FYR Macedonia Jana Burčeska Dance Alone 69 15
4 flag_Malta_ico Malta Claudia Faniello Breathlessly 55 16
5 flag_Romania_ico Romania Ilinca ft. Alex Florea Yodel It! 174 6
6 flag_Netherlands_ico The Netherlands O’G3NE Lights and Shadows 200 4
7 flag_Hungary_ico Hungary Joci Pápai Origo 231 2
8 flag_Denmark_ico Denmark Anja Where I Am 101 10
9 flag_Ireland_ico Ireland Brendan Murray Dying To Try 86 13
10 flag_San-Marino_ico San Marino Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson Spirit Of The Night 1 18
11 flag_Croatia_ico Croatia Jacques Houdek My Friend 141 8
12 flag_Norway_ico Norway JOWST Grab The Moment 189 5
13 flag_Switzerland_ico Switzerland Timebelle Apollo 97 12
14 flag_Belarus_ico Belarus Naviband Historyja majho zyccia 110 9
15 flag_Bulgaria_ico Bulgaria Kristian Kostov Beautiful Mess 403 1
16 flag_Lithuania_ico Lithuania Fusedmarc Rain Of Revolution 42 17
17 flag_Estonia_ico Estonia Koit Toome & Laura Verona 85 14
18 flag_Israel_ico Israel Imri Ziv I Feel Alive 207 3

Final

Country Performer Song Points Place
1 flag_Israel_ico Israel Imri Ziv I Feel Alive 39 23
2 flag_Poland_ico Poland Kasia Moś Flashlight 64 22
3 flag_Belarus_ico Belarus Naviband Story of My Life 83 17
4 flag_Austria_ico Austria Nathan Trent Running On Air 93 16
5 flag_Armenia_ico Armenia Artsvik Fly with me 79 18
6 flag_Netherlands_ico The Netherlands O’G3NE Lights and Shadows 150 11
7 flag_Moldova_ico Moldova SunStroke Project Hey mamma 374 3
8 flag_Hungary_ico Hungary Joci Pápai Origo 200 8
9 flag_Italy_ico Italy Francesco Gabbani Occidentali’s karma 334 6
10 flag_Denmark_ico Denmark Anja Where I Am 77 20
11 flag_Portugal_ico Portugal Salvador Sobral Amar Pelos Dois 758 1
12 flag_Azerbaijan_ico Azerbaijan DiHaj Skeletons 120 14
13 flag_Croatia_ico Croatia Jacques Houdek My Friend 128 13
14 flag_Australia_ico Australia Isaiah Firebrace Don’t Come Easy 173 9
15 flag_Greece_ico Greece Demy This is Love 77 19
16 flag_Spain_ico Spain Manel Navarro Do It for Your Lover 5 26
17 flag_Norway_ico Norway JOWST Grab The Moment 158 10
18 flag_United-Kingdom_ico United Kingdom Lucie Jones Never give up on you 111 15
19 flag_Cyprus_ico Cyprus Hovig Gravity 68 21
20 flag_Romania_ico Romania Ilinca ft. Alex Florea Yodel It! 282 7
21 flag_Germany_ico Germany Levina Perfect Life 6 25
22 flag_Ukraine_ico Ukraine O.Torvald Time 36 24
23 flag_Belgium_ico Belgium Blanche City Lights 363 4
24 flag_Sweden_ico Sweden Robin Bengtsson I Can’t Go On 344 5
25 flag_Bulgaria_ico Bulgaria Kristian Kostov Beautiful Mess 615 2
26 flag_France_ico France Alma Requiem 135 12

Host

Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk & Timur Miroshnychenko.

The three shows will be hosted by the joint participation of three TV personalities from Ukraine. The first one is Oleksandr Skichko, well-known Ukrainian presenter of programs such as Wake Up, Star Way and Sing Like A Star. The second one will be Volodymyr Ostapchuk, also host presenter, as well as actor and film dubber. Last but not least will be Timur Miroshnychenko, already well known in the Eurovision area for having led several editions of the Eurovision Ukrainian National Final, the Semi-final Assignment Draw of the current edition of the competition, and, most notably, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009, held in Kyiv.

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