Eurovision Song Contest 2017

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Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Celebrate Diversity
Eurovision Song Contest 2017.svg
Dates
Semi-final 1 9 May 2017 (2017-05-09)
Semi-final 2 11 May 2017 (2017-05-11)
Final 13 May 2017 (2017-05-13)
Host
Venue International Exhibition Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
Presenter(s)
Directed by
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Executive producer Pavlo Hrytsak
Host broadcaster National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC)
Opening act
  • Semi-final 1: "Spinning" performed by Monatik
  • Semi-final 2: Eurovision Medley performed by Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk
  • Final: The 26 participants of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest were introduced in the traditional flag ceremony
Interval act
Participants
Number of entries 42
Debuting countries None
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Vote
Voting system Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.
Nul points None
Winning song

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, following Ukraine's victory at the 2016 contest in Stockholm with the song "1944", written and performed by Jamala. This was the second time the contest took place in Kiev, after 2005, as well as the fourth Eurovision event, after the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2013. The contest consisted of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May, and a final on 13 May 2017. All three live shows were hosted by Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko.

Forty-two countries participated in the contest. Portugal and Romania returned to the contest after a year's absence, while Bosnia and Herzegovina withdrew on financial grounds. Russia had originally planned to participate, but announced their withdrawal on 13 April 2017, after their representative, Yulia Samoylova, was banned from entering Ukraine by virtue of having travelled directly from Russia to Crimea in 2015, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014, to give a performance, which is illegal under Ukrainian law.

The winner was Portugal with the song "Amar pelos dois" (Loving For Both of Us), performed by Salvador Sobral and written by his sister Luísa Sobral. This was Portugal's first win – and first top five placing – in 53 years of participation, the longest winless run by a country in Eurovision history. It was also the first winning song entirely performed in a country's native language since Serbia's "Molitva" in 2007, and the first winner written in triple metre since Ireland's "The Voice" in 1996. Additionally, this was the second consecutive year in which a returning country won the contest following Ukraine's victory in 2016. The top three countries – Portugal, Bulgaria and Moldova – achieved the highest placing in their Eurovision history, while host country Ukraine received its worst placing to date in a Eurovision final. The 2017 edition also saw the worst results for Serbia, Montenegro, Latvia, Spain and San Marino. The EBU reported that 182 million viewers worldwide watched the contest, 22 million fewer than the 2016 record.

Location

The venue of the contest, International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine

Venue

The contest took place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, following Ukraine's victory at the 2016 contest with the song "1944", written and performed by Jamala. The International Exhibition Centre has a capacity of approximately 11,000 attendees and is the largest exhibition centre in Kiev.[1] Located in the western part of the Livoberezhna microdistrict, the centre was opened in October 2002, and its head since its construction was Anatoly Tkachenko.[1]

Bidding phase

Locations of the candidate cities: the eliminated cities are marked in red, with the shortlisted cities in green and the chosen host city in blue.

The Deputy Chief of host broadcaster National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC) and Head of Delegation for Ukraine, Viktoria Romanova, stated on 18 May 2016 that the first organisational meeting for the contest would take place before 8 June, during which the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and UA:PBC would go through the technical requirements for the contest, as well as any training required for the contest to take place in Ukraine. Romanova also announced that the venue for the contest would be announced over the summer.[2][3][4]

UA:PBC and the Ukrainian Government formally launched the bidding process for interested cities to apply to host the contest on 23 June.[5][6] The selection of the host city was scheduled to be conducted in four stages:

  • 24 June – 8 July: Interested cities were formally invited to submit their bids.
  • 8–15 July: A working group within UA:PBC and a government-appointed Local Organisational Committee (LOC) headed by Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman reviewed submitted bids prior to their formal presentation.
  • 18–22 July: Candidate cities formally presented their bids to the LOC. The bids of three cities were shortlisted and handed over to the EBU.
  • 22 July – 1 August: The three shortlisted cities were inspected by representatives from the EBU and LOC to explore their infrastructure and implementation of their bids. A press conference was initially planned to be held during this period to announce the selection results and the host city.

The following criteria were outlined for the selection of the host city:[7]

  • The venue must be covered with a capacity of at least 7,000 but ideally up to 10,000 attendees.
  • An international press centre must be able to accommodate no less than 1,550 journalists.
  • Venues must also be provided for the opening and closing ceremonies of at least 3,000 attendees.
  • The host city must have fairly priced hotel rooms to European standards, that are located in close proximity to the venue and the city centre. At least 2,000 hotel rooms must be provided: 1,000 for participating delegations and 1,000 for accredited media and fans.
  • The host city must be able to guarantee the safety and security of participants, members of delegations and guests.
  • The host city must have modern transport infrastructure: an international airport and readily available transport between the airport, the city and hotels, in addition to convenient traffic in the city and the opportunity to provide additional transport routes.
  • The host city must provide a social program alongside their bid, showcasing the hospitality, originality, cultural values and identity of both the city and Ukraine.

Six cities submitted applications by the deadline of 8 July: Dnipro, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kiev, Lviv and Odessa.[8] Prior to the opening of the bidding process, the cities of Cherkasy, Irpin, Uzhhorod and Vinnytsia had declared their interest in hosting the contest, but did not submit a formal bid.[9][10] Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk stated on 30 June that an appropriate venue for the contest does not exist in Ukraine, suggesting that the construction of a new venue in Kiev or Lviv should be considered.[11]

The six candidate cities were officially presented to the LOC on 20 July in a two-hour live discussion show titled City Battle, broadcast from the UA:Pershyi studios in Kiev and moderated by Timur Miroshnychenko, with radio commentary from Olena Zelinchenko. The show was broadcast on UA:Pershyi, Radio Ukraine and the UA:Pershyi YouTube channel with commentary in English and Ukrainian. During the show, a representative from each candidate city presented its bid in front of a live studio audience:[12]

  • Dnipro: Borys Filatov (City Mayor)
  • Kharkiv: Ihor Terekhov (Deputy City Mayor)
  • Kherson: Volodymyr Mykolaienko (City Mayor)
  • Kiev: Oleksii Reznikov (Deputy Head of City State Administration)
  • Lviv: Andrii Moskalenko (Deputy City Mayor)
  • Odessa: Pavlo Vugelman (Deputy City Mayor)

Members of the LOC, media representatives, Ukrainian musical experts and fans also participated in the discussion.

Host selection

UA:PBC announced on 22 July that the bids from Dnipro, Kiev and Odessa had been shortlisted for further consideration.[13]

The EBU announced on 30 July that the host city would be announced "in due course", rather than on the previously stated date of 1 August, with Executive Supervisor of the contest Jon Ola Sand stating that the EBU "really want to take the time it takes to come up with the right decision".[14] The Deputy General Director of UA:PBC, Oleksandr Kharebin, stated on 10 August that the host city would be announced on Ukrainian Independence Day, 24 August.[15] The announcement was later scheduled to take place on 25 August; however, it was postponed at 14:00 EEST, one hour before it was due to take place, with NTU citing the need to further consider some fine details regarding the decision.[16]

After several delays in announcing the host city, UA:PBC announced on 8 September that they would be meeting with the Ukrainian Government and the LOC on 9 September and that a press conference to announce the host city was scheduled to take place at 13:00 EEST on the same day from the Government Press Centre in Kiev. Kiev was announced as the host city for the contest with the International Exhibition Centre selected as the venue.[17][18]

Key  †   Host venue  ‡   Shortlisted

City[19] Venue Capacity Notes
Dnipro DniproEuroArena 9,500 Proposal included the complete reconstruction of the Meteor Stadium and Sports Complex Meteor, which would have been completed by March 2017.[20] Withdrew after the host city announcement being postponed for a fourth time.
Kharkiv Metalist Oblast Sports Complex 40,003 Hosted three group stage matches of UEFA Euro 2012 & EAMV Recording Lablel. Would have required significant construction including the addition of a roof.[21]
Kherson "Yuvileinyi" Concert Hall 1,600 Proposal included expansion and reconstruction of the venue, which would have taken approximately 7–8 months.[22]
Kiev
Palace of Sports 10,000 Hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009. May have conflicted with contest preparations as the venue will host part of the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division I ice hockey tournament between 22–28 April 2017.[23]
International Exhibition Centre 11,000 Venue was initially submitted as a reserve.[24][25] Kiev later announced on 24 August 2016 that this was their preferred venue for staging the contest.[26]
Lviv Arena Lviv 34,915 Hosted three of the group-stage games for UEFA Euro 2012. The arena required the construction of a roof.[27]
Unfinished venue N/A An unfinished venue originally planned for EuroBasket 2015 that was 25% complete when construction halted.[27]
Odessa Chornomorets Stadium 34,000 Proposal included plans for reconstruction of the venue and options for providing a covered roof.[28][29]

Format

Hosts Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Oleksandr Skichko (from rehearsal)

The preliminary dates for the contest were announced on 14 March 2016 at a meeting of Heads of Delegation in Stockholm, with the semi-finals expected to take place on 16 and 18 May and the final on 20 May 2017. These preliminary dates were chosen by the EBU to avoid the contest coinciding with any major television and sporting events scheduled to take place around that time.[30]

However, the EBU announced on 24 June that the preliminary dates for the contest had been brought forward a week, with the semi-finals scheduled for 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May.[5] This was reportedly due to a request from UA:PBC, as the initial preliminary dates coincided with the Remembrance Day for the victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars on 18 May.[31][32] However, the current dates coincide with the second leg of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League semi-finals.[32]

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place at Column Hall on 31 January 2017, hosted by Timur Miroshnychenko and Nika Konstantinova. The thirty-seven semi-finalists had been allocated into six pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest's official televoting partner Digame. Drawing from different pots helps to reduce the chance of so-called "bloc voting" and increase suspense in the semi-finals.[33]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Visual design

The theme for the contest, Celebrate Diversity, was unveiled on 30 January. Executive Supervisor for the contest, Jon Ola Sand, explained that "[t]he notion of celebrating diversity is at the heart of Eurovision values From EAMV Recording Label: it is all-inclusive and all about countries around Europe, and beyond, joining together to celebrate both our common ground and our unique differences, as well as some great music." The logo and visual design of the contest incorporates imagery of stylized beads, with the main logo using the beads to form a traditional neck amulet.[34][35]

Presenters

It was announced on 27 February that the presenters for the contest would be Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk, with Timur Miroshnychenko hosting the green room.[36] It was the first time that the contest will be presented by a male trio,[36] and the second time that the contest does not feature a female presenter, after 1956. Miroshnychenko has previously co-hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2013.[37][38]

Promotional emojis

The three emoji exclusively created by Eurovision and Twitter.

It was announced on 30 April that the creative teams from both the Eurovision network and Twitter had worked together to create three emoji that would accompany specific promotional hashtags for the duration of the contest. The heart emoji would appear alongside #ESC2017 and #Eurovision, while the winners' trophy emoji would be used for #12Points and #douzepoints. The final emoji is the logo for the contest, which would appear alongside the hashtag #CelebrateDiversity, the theme for the contest.[39]

Opening and interval acts

The EBU released details regarding the opening and interval acts for each of the live shows on 20 April.[40] As the interval act of the first semi-final, Jamala performed a revamped version of "1944" as well as "Zamanyly" (Ukrainian: "Заманили").[40] The second semi-final was opened with a medley of Eurovision songs by two of the presenters, Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk, while the interval of the semi-final was a dance performance by Apache CREW called "The Children's Courtyard". In the final, Jamala again performed, this time doing "I Believe in U".[40] ONUKA and Ukraine's National Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments also performed.[41]

Participating countries

  Participating countries in the first semi-final
  Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the first semi-final
  Participating countries in the second semi-final
  Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the second semi-final

The European Broadcasting Union announced on 31 October 2016 that forty-three countries would participate in the contest, equalling the record set in 2008 and 2011. Portugal and Romania returned after a year's absence, while Bosnia and Herzegovina withdrew on financial grounds.[42] Russia had originally planned to participate but announced their withdrawal on 13 April 2017, after their representative, Yulia Samoylova, was banned from entering Ukraine by virtue of travelling directly from Russia to Crimea, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014, to give a performance, which is illegal under Ukrainian law. This subsequently reduced the number of participating countries to forty-two.[43][44]

Returning artists

The contest featured five representatives who also previously performed as lead vocalists for the same countries. Valentina Monetta, who performed in a duet this time, represented San Marino in three consecutive editions: 2012, 2013, and 2014. The duo of Koit Toome and Laura Põldvere have both represented Estonia in different years: Toome in 1998 as a solo artist, finishing 12th place with the song "Mere lapsed", and Põldvere in 2005 as part of Suntribe, finishing 20th in the semi-final with the song "Let's Get Loud". Omar Naber represented Slovenia in 2005, finishing 12th in the semi-final with the song "Stop".[45] The SunStroke Project represented Moldova in 2010 alongside Olia Tira, finishing 22nd with the song "Run Away".[46]

The contest also featured the group O'G3NE which previously represented the Netherlands at another Eurovision event, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007, as Lisa, Amy and Shelley, with the song "Adem in, Adem Uit".[47] In addition, the contest featured two lead singers previously participating as backing vocalists for the same countries. Israel's representative Imri Ziv who backed Nadav Guedj in 2015 and Hovi Star in 2016,[48] and Serbia's representative Tijana Bogićević who backed Nina in 2011.

Semi-final 1

Eighteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Italy, Spain and United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.[49] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.[50]

Draw[51] Country[52] Artist[52] Song[52] Language Place Points
01  Sweden Robin Bengtsson "I Can't Go On" English 3 227
02  Georgia Tamara Gachechiladze "Keep the Faith" English 11 99
03  Australia Isaiah "Don't Come Easy" English 6 160
04  Albania Lindita "World" English 14 76
05  Belgium Blanche "City Lights" English 4 165
06  Montenegro Slavko Kalezić "Space" English 16 56
07  Finland Norma John "Blackbird" English 12 92
08  Azerbaijan Dihaj "Skeletons" English 8 150
09  Portugal Salvador Sobral "Amar pelos dois" Portuguese 1 370
10  Greece Demy "This Is Love" English 10 115
11  Poland Kasia Moś "Flashlight" English 9 119
12  Moldova Sunstroke Project "Hey, Mamma!" English 2 291
13  Iceland Svala "Paper" English 15 60
14  Czech Republic Martina Bárta "My Turn" English 13 83
15  Cyprus Hovig "Gravity" English 5 164
16  Armenia Artsvik "Fly with Me" English 7 152
17  Slovenia Omar Naber "On My Way" English 17 36
18  Latvia Triana Park "Line" English 18 21

Semi-final 2

Eighteen countries participated in the second semi-final. France, Germany and Ukraine voted in this semi-final.[49] Russia was originally planned to perform in position three, but withdrew from the contest after the artist they selected was banned from entering Ukraine, resulting in countries originally planned to perform fourth and later, to do so one place earlier.[43] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.[53]

Draw[51] Country[54] Artist[54] Song[54] Language Place Points
01  Serbia Tijana Bogićević "In Too Deep" English 11 98
02  Austria Nathan Trent "Running on Air" English 7 147
03  Macedonia Jana Burčeska "Dance Alone" English 15 69
04  Malta Claudia Faniello "Breathlessly" English 16 55
05  Romania Ilinca ft. Alex Florea "Yodel It!" English 6 174
06  Netherlands O'G3NE "Lights and Shadows" English 4 200
07  Hungary Joci Pápai "Origo" Hungarian[c] 2 231
08  Denmark Anja "Where I Am" English 10 101
09  Ireland Brendan Murray "Dying to Try" English 13 86
10  San Marino Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson "Spirit of the Night" English 18 1
11  Croatia Jacques Houdek "My Friend" English, Italian 8 141
12  Norway JOWST[d] "Grab the Moment" English 5 189
13   Switzerland Timebelle "Apollo" English 12 97
14  Belarus Naviband "Story of My Life" Belarusian[e] 9 110
15  Bulgaria Kristian Kostov "Beautiful Mess" English 1 403
16  Lithuania Fusedmarc "Rain of Revolution" English 17 42
17  Estonia Koit Toome and Laura "Verona" English 14 85
18  Israel IMRI "I Feel Alive" English 3 207

Final

Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 42 participating countries eligible to vote. The running order for the final was revealed after the second semi-final qualifiers' press conference on 11 May.[55]

Draw Country[56] Artist[56] Song[56] Language Place Points
01  Israel IMRI "I Feel Alive" English 23 39
02  Poland Kasia Moś "Flashlight" English 22 64
03  Belarus Naviband "Story of My Life" Belarusian[e] 17 83
04  Austria Nathan Trent "Running on Air" English 16 93
05  Armenia Artsvik "Fly with Me" English 18 79
06  Netherlands O'G3NE "Lights and Shadows" English 11 150
07  Moldova Sunstroke Project "Hey, Mamma!" English 3 374
08  Hungary Joci Pápai "Origo" Hungarian[c] 8 200
09  Italy Francesco Gabbani "Occidentali's Karma" Italian[f] 6 334
10  Denmark Anja "Where I Am" English 20 77
11  Portugal Salvador Sobral "Amar pelos dois" Portuguese 1 758
12  Azerbaijan Dihaj "Skeletons" English 14 120
13  Croatia Jacques Houdek "My Friend" English, Italian 13 128
14  Australia Isaiah "Don't Come Easy" English 9 173
15  Greece Demy "This Is Love" English 19 77
16  Spain Manel Navarro "Do It for Your Lover" Spanish, English 26 5
17  Norway JOWST[d] "Grab the Moment" English 10 158
18  United Kingdom Lucie Jones "Never Give Up on You" English 15 111
19  Cyprus Hovig "Gravity" English 21 68
20  Romania Ilinca ft. Alex Florea "Yodel It!" English 7 282
21  Germany Levina "Perfect Life" English 25 6
22  Ukraine O.Torvald "Time" English 24 36
23  Belgium Blanche "City Lights" English 4 363
24  Sweden Robin Bengtsson "I Can't Go On" English 5 344
25  Bulgaria Kristian Kostov "Beautiful Mess" English 2 615
26  France Alma "Requiem" French, English 12 135

Scoreboard

Semi-final 1

  Jury vote
  Televoting vote
Voting results[57]
Total Score Split Jury & Televote Score Sweden Georgia Australia Albania Belgium Montenegro Finland Azerbaijan Portugal Greece Poland Moldova Iceland Czech Republic Cyprus Armenia Slovenia Latvia Italy Spain United Kingdom
Contestants Sweden 227 124 8 8 4 12 6 12 5 2 4 8 8 10 8 5 7 2 10 3 2
103 4 8 10 5 3 7 6 10 3 5 1 10 2 5 4 5 7 1 6 1
Georgia 99 62 6 1 3 3 6 3 4 10 5 7 6 5 2 1
37 12 6 6 2 1 8 2
Australia 160 139 12 6 5 10 3 8 7 6 8 6 10 12 7 1 12 10 1 8 7
21 2 1 1 1 2 6 2 3 3
Albania 76 38 10 10 10 8
38 12 3 5 10 1 7
Belgium 165 40 3 3 1 7 2 3 3 2 5 5 2 4
125 10 5 4 8 2 10 7 8 4 8 7 6 4 6 8 10 6 8 4
Montenegro 56 17 8 7 2
39 1 7 3 5 8 2 1 6 5 1
Finland 92 41 7 7 7 1 3 3 1 6 6
51 8 2 5 3 7 1 4 3 3 2 5 5 3
Azerbaijan 150 87 10 3 7 5 7 8 8 4 6 4 4 3 1 12 5
63 12 1 6 1 12 12 10 7 2
Portugal 370 173 5 12 6 6 7 4 10 12 5 12 12 12 7 10 7 8 12 4 12 10
197 12 8 10 12 12 7 12 8 10 12 6 12 7 6 7 12 12 10 12 10
Greece 115 61 1 8 12 2 2 7 1 12 10 6
54 2 3 6 6 4 5 2 12 5 4 5
Poland 119 50 12 2 4 2 3 1 1 8 2 2 4 3 6
69 6 3 2 8 1 2 3 5 8 3 2 3 8 3 12
Moldova 291 111 10 3 10 12 1 5 6 5 10 3 6 8 6 7 7 12
180 5 6 12 7 10 10 8 10 12 7 10 8 10 7 10 10 8 12 10 8
Iceland 60 29 2 2 2 2 5 2 2 3 8 1
31 7 1 4 5 1 4 7 2
Czech Republic 83 81 4 1 4 6 2 4 12 3 5 1 4 10 7 10 8
2 2
Cyprus 164 61 8 5 8 7 6 4 5 12 3 3
103 4 7 6 3 4 5 6 3 12 7 7 4 4 12 4 6 3 6
Armenia 152 87 7 5 10 8 4 4 12 6 10 5 1 4 6 5
65 3 10 5 7 4 8 6 4 5 8 1 4
Slovenia 36 16 1 4 1 1 5 4
20 2 8 2 4 3 1
Latvia 21 1 1
20 1 4 5 1 2 7

12 points

Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

Jury

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury in the first semi-final:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7 Portugal Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Spain
3 Australia Czech Republic, Slovenia, Sweden
2 Greece Montenegro, Cyprus
Moldova Albania, United Kingdom
Sweden Belgium, Finland
1 Armenia Greece
Azerbaijan Italy
Cyprus Armenia
Czech Republic Portugal
Poland Australia
Televoting

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's televote in the first semi-final:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9 Portugal Albania, Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
3 Azerbaijan Czech Republic, Georgia, Moldova
Moldova Australia, Italy, Portugal
2 Cyprus Armenia, Greece
1 Albania Montenegro
Georgia Azerbaijan
Greece Cyprus
Poland United Kingdom

Semi-final 2

  Jury vote
  Televoting vote
Voting results[58]
Total Score Split Jury & Televote Score Serbia Austria Macedonia Malta Romania The Netherlands Hungary Denmark Ireland San Marino Croatia Norway Switzerland Belarus Norway Lithuania Estonia Israel France Germany Ukraine
Contestants Serbia 98 53 2 6 4 8 2 2 2 6 6 4 2 1 1 7
45 6 12 10 12 5
Austria 147 115 6 3 5 8 8 7 10 7 5 4 7 6 12 4 5 8 4 6
32 1 1 4 6 3 3 1 4 2 3 4
Macedonia 69 29 5 8 2 3 8 3
40 10 4 6 3 12 5
Malta 55 55 2 6 8 1 3 5 1 1 5 7 1 4 2 6 3
0
Romania 174 26 10 4 1 4 3 4
148 6 7 3 7 8 7 8 8 8 7 8 7 5 7 6 12 10 12 7 5
Netherlands 200 149 8 8 6 6 12 10 10 3 12 12 8 8 8 8 5 6 5 8 6
51 4 2 3 6 7 5 3 2 3 4 1 2 4 5
Hungary 231 66 12 3 5 3 3 10 2 5 2 2 12 7
165 12 12 6 6 12 10 4 6 10 12 6 8 10 8 5 8 7 7 10 6
Denmark 101 96 4 7 5 10 10 6 1 5 8 10 3 2 4 6 8 4 2 1
5 1 4
Ireland 86 45 10 1 3 5 2 2 1 8 7 4 2
41 3 1 4 6 2 5 2 2 3 4 7 1 1
San Marino 1 0
1 1
Croatia 141 37 3 1 7 2 4 1 3 6 5 5
104 7 10 8 8 5 4 10 7 6 1 10 4 6 2 5 2 6 3
Norway 189 137 1 5 2 7 7 12 7 10 4 10 10 5 12 10 10 3 12 10
52 3 2 5 5 10 2 6 3 7 3 2 4
Switzerland 97 48 4 1 6 4 4 8 5 3 7 3 1 2
49 4 2 5 5 10 1 1 5 1 2 4 1 2 4 2
Belarus 110 55 7 7 3 7 1 3 5 10 12
55 2 1 1 3 2 1 3 5 8 6 8 3 12
Bulgaria 403 199 10 12 12 12 8 12 12 6 12 8 6 12 12 12 10 12 6 7 10 8
204 8 8 10 12 8 12 12 12 10 12 8 12 6 12 10 10 12 8 12 10
Lithuania 42 17 4 6 7
25 12 10 1 1 1
Estonia 85 16 2 2 3 1 1 7
69 4 2 3 4 2 3 5 1 8 2 12 6 6 3 8
Israel 207 75 7 10 4 5 1 5 6 3 7 4 10 12 1
132 5 5 7 10 7 7 8 6 4 7 5 7 5 7 10 3 4 10 8 7

12 points

Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

Jury

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury in the second semi-final:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
10 Bulgaria Austria, Belarus, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Macedonia, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland
3 Netherlands Croatia, Romania, San Marino
Norway Denmark, Germany, Lithuania
2 Hungary Israel, Serbia
1 Austria Bulgaria
Belarus Ukraine
Israel France
Televoting

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's televote in the second semi-final:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9 Bulgaria Belarus, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, San Marino
4 Hungary Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia
2 Romania France, Estonia
Serbia Macedonia, Switzerland
1 Belarus Ukraine
Estonia Lithuania
Lithuania Ireland
Macedonia Bulgaria

Final

  Jury vote
  Televoting vote
Voting results[59]
Total Score Split Jury & Televote Score Albania Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Malta Moldova Montenegro Netherlands Norway Portugal Poland Romania San Marino Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Ukraine United Kingdom
Contestants Israel 39 34 4 1 8 6 7 5 2 1
5 1 3 1
Poland 64 23 2 6 2 7 1 1 4
41 2 4 1 2 3 7 3 1 3 5 10
Belarus 83 50 7 12 2 5 3 1 2 2 3 12 1
33 3 2 6 2 6 1 1 4 8
Austria 93 93 1 3 4 3 12 1 4 7 1 5 2 7 1 6 5 2 1 3 10 1 4 3 4 3
0
Armenia 79 58 7 1 4 1 3 8 2 4 3 1 6 4 2 4 5 3
21 1 2 6 10 2
Netherlands 150 135 4 12 5 10 8 8 5 4 4 1 7 8 4 2 4 3 8 12 7 1 1 3 7 3 4
15 10 1 1 1 2
Moldova 374 110 8 10 10 3 3 3 7 3 8 1 6 2 6 8 7 7 8 4 6
264 6 12 3 10 10 7 10 4 6 5 8 4 5 7 7 6 10 6 8 5 12 8 8 2 1 3 5 6 12 6 12 8 7 3 6 8 12 6
Hungary 200 48 5 12 1 1 4 3 1 10 3 8
152 6 5 7 8 1 6 12 3 8 4 2 3 2 2 1 4 2 2 3 2 7 6 4 2 5 10 4 12 5 4 5 4 1
Italy 334 126 12 2 6 10 7 10 2 4 5 2 8 12 8 7 3 8 2 10 6 2
208 12 4 2 6 6 5 7 8 1 5 8 5 5 4 7 4 7 1 8 3 5 8 12 4 10 2 2 4 6 10 6 10 8 1 10 2
Denmark 77 69 5 3 3 6 5 4 5 3 7 8 8 5 5 2
8 8
Portugal 758 382 6 12 7 8 8 10 8 7 8 12 10 8 8 12 12 10 5 12 12 5 12 5 12 12 10 10 7 12 10 12 6 12 12 12 12 12 12 10 12
376 8 10 7 12 8 7 12 7 10 7 8 5 10 12 12 8 12 8 7 12 10 12 5 10 12 7 8 6 8 12 12 10 7 7 8 8 12 10 12 10 8
Azerbaijan 120 78 2 4 5 1 10 10 4 1 12 5 12 1 5 6
42 10 12 10 5 1 4
Croatia 128 25 1 3 6 5 3 7
103 7 1 4 1 8 5 3 6 10 3 12 3 1 1 3 3 5 12 2 8 5
  Jury vote
  Televoting vote
Total Score Split Jury & Televote Score Albania Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Malta Moldova Montenegro Netherlands Norway Portugal Poland Romania San Marino Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Ukraine United Kingdom
Contestants Australia 173 171 4 7 6 6 4 10 8 7 10 2 5 7 10 5 1 8 4 4 3 5 7 4 3 7 8 10 4 2 10
2 2
Greece 77 48 1 10 5 6 12 12 2
29 3 1 5 12 7 1
Spain 5 0
5 5
Norway 158 129 5 3 6 7 2 6 10 1 7 7 12 6 1 2 5 3 7 10 2 7 2 3 10 5
29 5 7 2 1 1 6 6 1
United Kingdom 111 99 8 4 12 1 2 5 5 6 2 3 6 1 3 7 4 3 5 1 5 6 10
12 3 4 4 1
Cyprus 68 36 7 5 5 4 12 1 2
32 12 3 2 12 2 1
Romania 282 58 3 3 3 6 8 3 4 5 12 10 1
224 4 2 10 10 2 2 6 8 6 4 6 4 6 3 10 6 1 6 5 12 7 10 5 4 6 12 7 10 7 7 6 4 2 7 3 4 3 7
Germany 6 3 3
3 3
Ukraine 36 12 7 1 4
24 1 7 4 7 3 2
Belgium 363 108 2 3 2 2 2 12 8 7 10 4 6 2 8 10 8 5 4 1 6 1 5
255 5 5 4 8 4 6 4 5 2 4 6 12 10 8 10 5 8 10 5 6 2 12 10 4 5 2 4 10 7 10 12 5 5 3 6 4 12 7 5 3
Sweden 344 218 6 6 4 8 12 4 6 7 12 3 12 8 8 4 1 8 6 10 10 6 1 8 7 6 6 7 4 7 2 6 5 10 8
126 2 3 6 1 3 3 2 2 2 5 12 3 6 1 3 3 8 3 4 3 5 7 3 4 5 1 3 2 2 1 1 5 1 7 4
Bulgaria 615 278 10 8 10 2 12 10 10 7 2 4 12 6 5 6 8 2 10 6 10 7 2 8 7 12 8 10 2 10 12 6 10 2 6 8 6 7 8 7
337 10 7 5 7 12 12 8 8 10 12 10 7 7 4 7 5 10 12 4 6 10 8 7 7 12 10 8 6 8 8 8 8 8 12 10 7 10 7 6 2 12
France 135 45 5 3 1 2 6 6 5 4 3 4 1 5
90 1 8 5 4 3 12 3 3 1 1 3 4 1 4 1 6 5 2 6 4 2 3 2 6

12 points

Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

Jury
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
18 Portugal Armenia, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
4 Bulgaria Belarus, Estonia, Macedonia, Norway
3 Sweden Belgium, Denmark, Finland
2 Belarus Azerbaijan, Ukraine
Netherlands Austria, Romania
Italy Albania, Malta
Azerbaijan Italy, Portugal
Greece Cyprus, Montenegro
1 Austria Bulgaria
Hungary Croatia
Norway Germany
United Kingdom Australia
Cyprus Greece
Romania Moldova
Belgium Ireland
Televote
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
12 Portugal Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland
7 Bulgaria Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, San Marino, United Kingdom
5 Moldova Australia, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Ukraine
4 Belgium Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Sweden
2 Hungary Croatia, Serbia
Italy Albania, Malta
Croatia Montenegro, Slovenia
Cyprus Greece, Armenia
Romania Moldova, Ireland
1 Azerbaijan Georgia
Greece Cyprus
Sweden Denmark
France Bulgaria

Other countries

Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that would be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network.[60] The EBU issued an invitation of participation in the contest to all fifty-six active members and associate member Australia, with forty-two countries confirming their participation.[42] Morocco, Tunisia and five other countries did not publish their reasons for declining, however the following countries declined to participate, stating their reasons as shown below.

Active EBU members

  •  AndorraRàdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced on 19 May 2016 that Andorra would not participate in the contest.[61]
  •  Bosnia and HerzegovinaRadio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) announced on 28 September 2016 that Bosnia and Herzegovina would not participate in the contest due to their inability to secure stable funding and sponsorship for participation.[62] BHRT was also suffering from financial difficulties due to insufficient legislation that would ensure its continued operation. The EBU had threatened to withdraw BHRT from all member services in May 2016, due to non-payment of debts totalling 6 million Swiss francs (5.4 million).[63][64][65] Recent news sources have revealed that the EBU have now begun to impose sanctions on BHRT as a result of outstanding debts.[66]
  •  Luxembourg – While RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg (RTL) announced on 25 May 2016 that they would not participate in the contest,[67] the Petitions Committee of the Luxembourgish Government announced on 21 June that they had received a petition calling on RTL to return to the contest. The Luxembourgish Government have decided to debate the proposals set out in the petition, and the possibility of Luxembourg returning to the contest in future.[68] RTL reiterated its intention not to participate on 22 August.[69]
  •  MonacoTélé Monte Carlo (TMC) announced on 19 August 2016 that Monaco would not participate in the contest.[70]
  •  Russia – Russia had originally planned to participate in the contest with the song "Flame Is Burning", performed by Yulia Samoylova. However, Channel One Russia withdrew from the contest on 13 April 2017, after Samoylova was issued a three-year travel ban by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) from entering Ukraine on 22 March, by virtue of illegally travelling directly from Russia to Crimea, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014, in 2015 to give a performance.[43][44]
  •  SlovakiaRadio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) explained on 12 April 2016 that Slovakia's absence from the contest since 2012 was due to the "cost involved in participation". RTVS' PR manager, Juraj Kadáš, stated that while participating in the contest is an attractive project, RTVS has a programming strategy that gives priority to financing domestic television production.[71] RTVS announced on 6 September that they have yet to make a decision,[72] but announced on 24 October that they would not participate in the contest.[73]
  •  Turkey – Despite speculation surrounding their participation, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) issued a written statement to the EBU on 12 May 2016 stating their participation in the contest. Turkey withdrew after last participating in 2012, due to their discontent at the introduction of a mixed voting system to the contest and the automatic qualification of the Big Five for the final.[74] Turkish media reported on 28 September that a decision would be made in early October,[75] with various news sources reporting that several non-governmental organizations were cooperating to persuade TRT to return to the contest in 2017.[76] However, it was reported on 23 October that the Director General of NTU, Zurab Alaskan Ia, had stated that TRT had refused an invitation of participation.[77] This information was confirmed on 24 October.[78]

Associate EBU members

  •  KazakhstanKhabar Agency became an associate member of the EBU on 1 January 2016, opening up the possibility of a future participation.[79] However, the EBU announced on 28 September that while Khabar Agency were unable to debut in the 2016 contest because they did not have active membership, they are reviewing the rules for the 2017 contest, which may include opening up the possibility of Khabar Agency making its début in the contest.[80] However, Kazakhstan was not on the final list of participating countries announced by the EBU on 31 October 2016.[81]

EBU non-members

  •  Kosovo – Albanian news portal Koha reported on 6 April 2016 that the Director General of Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK), Mentor Shala, had announced at a press conference that Kosovo, had been invited to participate, with a decision on whether or not to pursue the invitation to be made later in 2016.[82] However, this was confirmed to be untrue, after Shala stated on 7 April that his comments were misinterpreted by Koha, and what he actually meant was that "RTK was invited to [the] Eurovision Committee and Kosovo’s acceptance or not in the Eurovision depends on them".[83] This was backed-up by a statement from the EBU.[84]
  •  Liechtenstein – While 1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television (1FLTV) announced on 21 September 2016 that they would not be making their début at the contest, 1FLTV have stated their intention to debut in a future contest, on receipt of financial support from the Liechtenstein Government towards active EBU membership and the costs associated with a potential participation.[85]
  •  United States – After the interval performance of Justin Timberlake during the final of the 2016 contest, it has been speculated that the United States might participate in a future contest, similar to the interval performance of Jessica Mauboy during the second semi-final of the 2014 contest and Australia's subsequent debut the following year.[86] While Logo TV broadcast the final of the 2016 contest, the channel does not have associate EBU membership.[87][88]

International broadcasts and voting

It was reported by the EBU that the contest was viewed by a worldwide television audience of approximately 182 million viewers,[89] which was 22 million less than the 2016 record which was viewed by 204 million.[90] The EBU stated that this decrease in viewing figures was likely a result of the withdrawal of Russia and its decision not to broadcast any of the three shows.[43][89]

Voting and spokespersons

The spokespersons announced the 12-point score from their respective country's national jury in the following order:[91]

  1.  SwedenWiktoria
  2.  Azerbaijan – Tural Asadov
  3.  San Marino – Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo
  4.  LatviaAminata (Latvian representative in 2015)
  5.  Israel – Ofer Nachshon
  6.  Montenegro – Tijana Mišković
  7.  AlbaniaAndri Xhahu
  8.  MaltaMartha Fenech
  9.  Macedonia – Ilija Grujoski
  10.  DenmarkUlla Essendrop
  11.  Austria – Kristina Inhof
  12.  NorwayMarcus & Martinus
  13.  Spain – Nieves Álvarez
  14.  FinlandJenni Vartiainen
  15.  FranceÉlodie Gossuin
  16.  GreeceConstantinos Christoforou (Cypriot representative in 1996, 2002 and 2005 contests)
  17.  Lithuania – Eglė Daugėlaitė
  18.  EstoniaJüri Pootsmann (Estonian representative in 2016)
  19.  Moldova – Gloria Gorceag
  20.  ArmeniaIveta Mukuchyan (Armenian representative in 2016)
  21.  Bulgaria – Boryana Gramatikova
  22.  IcelandBo Halldórsson (Icelandic representative in 1995)
  23.  SerbiaSanja Vučić (Serbian representative in 2016)
  24.  AustraliaLee Lin Chin
  25.  Italy – Giulia Valentina Palermo
  26.  GermanyBarbara Schöneberger
  27.  Portugal – Filomena Cautela
  28.   SwitzerlandLuca Hänni
  29.  NetherlandsDouwe Bob (Dutch representative in 2016)
  30.  IrelandNicky Byrne (Irish representative in 2016)
  31.  GeorgiaNika Kocharov (Georgian representative in 2016)
  32.  CyprusJohn Karayiannis (Cypriot representative in 2015)
  33.  BelarusAlyona Lanskaya (Belarusian representative in 2013)
  34.  Romania – Sonia Argint-Ionescu
  35.  HungaryCsilla Tatár
  36.  Slovenia – Katarina Čas
  37.  Belgium – Fanny Gillard
  38.  Poland – Anna Popek
  39.  United KingdomKatrina Leskanich (winner of the 1997 contest as part of Katrina and the Waves)
  40.  Croatia – Uršula Tolj
  41.  Czech Republic – Radka Rosická
  42.  UkraineZlata Ognevich (Ukrainian representative in 2013)

Commentators

Most countries sent commentators to Kiev or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information. The EBU announced on 9 May, that all three shows would also be streamed live via YouTube.[92]

Non-participating countries

International sign language broadcast

Incidents

French song submission

France 2 announced on 9 February 2017 that they would participate at the contest with the song "Requiem", performed by Alma.[150] However, it was discovered during the week of 17 February "Requiem" had been recorded and performed prior to 1 September 2016, the submission deadline set by the EBU, potentially violating the rules of the contest.[151] Further investigation shows that "Requiem" had been performed at the end of January 2015.[152] While France 2 had claimed not to be in breach of the rules of the contest, no ultimate decision had been made regarding their potential disqualification.[152] It was reported on 21 February 2017 that Alma and her production team were producing a bilingual version of "Requiem"—the two languages being French and English—which implies that France 2 have not been disqualified from the contest.[153]

Russian withdrawal

Channel One Russia (C1R) announced on 12 March 2017 that they would participate at the contest with "Flame Is Burning", performed by Julia Samoylova. However, Samoylova was issued a three-year travel ban on entering Ukraine by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on 22 March,[154] by virtue of illegally travelling directly from Russia to Crimea, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014, in 2015 to give a performance.[155][156] Entry to Crimea by non-Ukrainian citizens via Russia is illegal under Ukrainian law;[155] however, Samoylova confirmed that she performed in Crimea in 2015.[157][158][159]

The EBU responded by stating its commitment to ensuring that all participating countries would be able to perform in Kiev, while expressing their disappointment at the lack of compromise from C1R and UA:PBC.[160] C1R were offered the opportunity to allow Samoylova to perform via satellite from a venue of their choice,[161] but such a compromise was rejected by both C1R and the Ukrainian Government.[162][163]

The Director General of the EBU, Ingrid Deltenre, condemned Ukraine's actions, describing them as "abusing the Contest for political reasons" and "absolutely unacceptable"[164] C1R announced their withdrawal from the contest on 13 April, stating that they also might not broadcast the contest.[43][165][44] C1R had not organised accommodation before their artist announcement, as is typically the case, and refused to attend the meeting of Heads of Delegation. By announcing their artist just before the deadline for entry submission to the contest and not booking a hotel, it was speculated that C1R had not intended to go due to audiences booing Russian artists in previous contests.[166]

As part of the Russian Victory Day celebrations on 9 May, Samoylova gave another performance in Crimea, including the song which was intended to represent Russia at the contest.[167]

Israeli broadcaster compromise

Under a proposal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) is currently being reorganised into two separate entities: the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC), with responsibility for "general programming" such as entertainment, and another with responsibility for news and current affairs programming. The IPBC would also be branded as "KAN" (Hebrew: כאן‎, lit. 'Here'‎). The EBU informed the IPBC executive board on 7 April that such a compromise would render them unable to remain a member without an outlet for news and current events programming. It has been reported that the IBA may cease to be a member of the EBU.[168]

The IBA was expected to close down on 15 May 2017 before the IPBC was expected to launch. However on 9 and 10 May 2017 the IBA unexpectedly closed down most of their operations in news and current affair programs.[169] This Eurovision was the last program that Channel 1 aired under the IBA, where minimal staff of twenty people remained to ensure a smooth transmission on Channel 1.[117][170] After the Eurovision the station displayed a slide about its closure. During the voting portion of the live telecast of the final Ofer Nachshon, Israeli voting spokesperson since 2009, bid farewell on behalf of the IBA before revealing their jury points.[171] This was incorrectly reported by several British media outlets and in other countries as Israel leaving the Contest.[171][172]

IPBC is expected to apply for EBU membership later this year and if accepted, Israel will continue to participate.[173] The government passed a law splitting new corporation into two entities - one in charge for entertainment programs and the second is for news, which may create an obstacle for either entity joining EBU. However, the High Court of Justice issued a temporary injunction, blocking the split. If the split is cancelled permanently, the new Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation meets all requirements for joining EBU.[174]

Argument for using pre-recorded vocals live

Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK) had discussions with the EBU regarding the abolition of the rule prohibiting pre-recorded vocals during live performances at the contest. Such a rule is intended to guarantee the authenticity of live performances.[175] The discussion stems from when Norwegian representative JOWST stated his displeasure at the rule in an interview on 24 March, in reference to the sampling technique of chopped vocals in his song "Grab the Moment" which cannot be attributed in the live performance.[175]

Such discussions were also in place in 1999, when pre-recorded vocals during the Croatian entry, "Marija Magdalena", performed by Doris Dragović, led to objections by the Norwegian delegation — led at the time by Jon Ola Sand. Such objections led the EBU to consider deducting a third of Croatia's final score, reducing it from 118 points to 79. However, such a deduction never occurred.[citation needed] The possible abolition of the rule, alongside the abolition of the live orchestra in 1999, has led some fans and critics of the contest to argue that the contest has become too commercialised and the authenticity of live performances has been compromised.[175]

After discussing the matter with the EBU, NRK were granted an exception to the rule. JOWST stated that "[the Norwegian delegation] have now been allowed to use the recorded vocal tracks, [...]. But [they] have also practiced a plan B with the backing vocalists, if there are big protests from others in Kiev."[176] Both JOWST and Aleksander Walmann think that had "Grab the Moment" been in the semi-final of the 2018 contest following an abolition of the rule, they would have had an advantage. NRK stated on 2 May that JOWST are aiming to perform the song acoustically as a back-up, bringing with them two additional backing vocalists who will perform the pre-recorded vocals live using a filter applied by the sound engineering team so as not to compromise on sound quality.[177]

Norwegian jury replacement

Norwegian jury member Per Sundnes made comments on NRK preview show Adresse Kiev on 17 April 2017 against Irish representative Brendan Murray, saying: "It's been a long time since they've gotten up and I do not think they'll do it again. They try the same formula year after year."[178] The comments were not welcomed by the Irish delegation, who subsequently reported the matter to the EBU.[179]

The Irish Independent reported on 8 May that Sundnes had been replaced due to an alleged breach in jury rules. Commenting on the decision, the Head of Delegation for Ireland, Michael Kealy, said: "I'm glad that the European Broadcasting Union have reacted swiftly to this situation and that all jury members are impartial. It's only fair that each song in the Eurovision Song Contest is judged on its individual merits on the night." Sundnes was subsequently replaced by Erland Bakke.[180]

Sundnes stated in an interview with Verdens Gang on 9 May: "I do not know anything about the jury stuff, just that I'm not [in it]. It was not really surprising. The same thing happened in Sweden last year with the Swedish professional jury."[181]

NRK admits that they made a mistake by letting Sundnes sit in both the professional jury and the judging panel of Adresse Kiev. However, when they were informed by the EBU that this was against the rules, they rectified the situation quickly. Project manager for Melodi Grand Prix, Stig Karlsen, stated: "We have received some concerns from several teams that Per has been in the jury, while at the same time he has been meaningful in the program. Therefore, we took a new assessment.".[182]

Estonian technical issues

On 11 May 2017, during the transmission of the second semi-final, the microphone of the Estonian representative seemed to have malfunctioned as singer Laura Põldvere could not be heard for approximately two seconds by viewers at home. It was later revealed that the Estonian delegation considered appealing to the EBU to allow Laura and Koit Toome to perform their entry "Verona" again as a result of the error, but later decided against it. Mart Normet, the Head of Delegation for Estonia, explained "If there has been such a powerful performance for three minutes and given an absolute maximum, then this energy again does not come back when you go on stage again". The EBU responded to the situation, reportedly describing the error as purely technical, as the microphone was supposed to automatically come on. Instead, a sound technician was forced to respond by manually switching on the microphone via the sound desk.[183] The country ultimately failed to reach the grand final, with Põldvere expressing her annoyance, however stating "I do not think it’s so tremendously influenced when a few words remain unheard".[184]

Salvador Sobral's political message

Salvador Sobral and Luísa Sobral at the first semi-final winners' press conference

Portugal's representative, Salvador Sobral drew attention to the European migrant crisis by turning up to the first semi-final winners' press conference in an "S.O.S. Refugees" shirt.[185] "If I'm here and I have European exposure, the least thing I can do is a humanitarian message", Sobral said. "People come to Europe in plastic boats and are being asked to show their birth certificates in order to enter a country. These people are not immigrants, they're refugees running from death. Make no mistake. There is so much bureaucratic stuff happening in the refugee camps in Greece, Turkey and Italy and we should help create legal and safe pathways from these countries to their destiny countries", he added, earning a round of applause.[186] Later on, EBU ordered a ban so that he could not wear it for the remainder of the contest.[187] The EBU explained that Sobral's jumper was used as a means of "political message," which violates the rules of the contest.[187] However, Sobral argued in his winning press conference that it was not political, but a message of humanitarianism.[188]

Jamala stage invasion

A performance by Jamala during the voting interval of the final was disrupted by a man draped in an Australian flag who invaded the stage and briefly mooned the audience before being removed by security.[189] He was later identified as Ukrainian prankster Vitalii Sediuk.[190] Following the incident the EBU released a statement reading: "A person took to the stage at the beginning of Jamala’s performance of I Believe in U at tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. He was quickly removed from the stage by security and out of the arena. He is currently being held and questioned by the police at the venue police office." The last time an unauthorised person gained access to the stage was in 2010 when the Spanish performance was disrupted by Jimmy Jump.[191]

Other awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards, the OGAE voting poll and the Barbara Dex Awards are awards that will be contested by the entries competing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, in addition to the main winner's trophy.

Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia, honouring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 and the current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys and the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[192] The awards are divided into three categories: Press Award, Artistic Award, and Composer Award. The winners were revealed shortly before the final on 13 May.[193]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
Artistic Award  Portugal "Amar pelos dois" Salvador Sobral Luísa Sobral
Composer Award
Press Award  Italy "Occidentali's Karma" Francesco Gabbani Francesco Gabbani, Filippo Gabbani, Fabio Ilacqua, Luca Chiaravalli

OGAE

Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[194] The organisation consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit company.[195] In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll will run prior to the main Eurovision Song Contest allowing members from over 40 clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the contest. The OGAE Poll 2017 ran from 1 to 30 April 2017, and published daily by the official OGAE International website.[196] Italy won the poll receiving a total of four-hundred and ninety-seven points, from forty-four OGAE member clubs.[197]

Country Performer(s) Song OGAE result[197]
 Italy Francesco Gabbani "Occidentali's Karma" 497
 Belgium Blanche "City Lights" 335
 Sweden Robin Bengtsson "I Can't Go On" 308
 France Alma "Requiem" 277
 Estonia Koit Toome & Laura "Verona" 242

*Table reflects the 2017 voting results from all forty-four OGAE member clubs.

Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award is a fan award originally awarded by House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016, and since 2017 by songfestival.be. This is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest, and was named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993, in which she wore her own self designed dress. This was the first year that songfestival.be awarded the Barbara Dex Award.

Place[198] Country[198] Performer(s)[198] Votes[198]
1  Montenegro Slavko Kalezić TBA
2  Latvia Triana Park TBA
3  Czech Republic Martina Bárta TBA
4   Switzerland Timebelle TBA
5  Albania Lindita TBA

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Kyiv 2017
ESC 2017 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by Eurovision Song Contest
Released 28 April 2017
Genre Pop
Length
  • 65:44 (CD 1)
  • 63:31 (CD 2)
Label Universal
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 2016
(2016)Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 20162016
Eurovision Song Contest: Kyiv 2017
(2017)
Eurovision Song Contest: 2018
(2018)Eurovision Song Contest: 20182018

Eurovision Song Contest: Kyiv 2017 is the official compilation album of the contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and was released by Universal Music Group digitally on 21 April and physically on 28 April 2017.[199] The album features all 42 participating entries, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify for the final, and the Russian entry which withdrew from the contest on 13 April 2017.[200][43][201] This is the second consecutive year that the official album featured a song which had withdrawn before the contest.

CD 1
No. Title Artist Length
1. "World" (Albania) Lindita 2:56
2. "Fly with Me" (Armenia) Artsvik 2:59
3. "Don't Come Easy" (Australia) Isaiah 3:04
4. "Running on Air" (Austria) Nathan Trent 2:47
5. "Skeletons" (Azerbaijan) Dihaj 2:59
6. "City Lights" (Belgium) Blanche 2:54
7. "Beautiful Mess" (Bulgaria) Kristian Kostov 3:00
8. "Story of My Life" (Belarus) Naviband 3:00
9. "Apollo" (Switzerland) Timebelle 2:59
10. "Gravity" (Cyprus) Hovig 2:59
11. "My Turn" (Czech Republic) Martina Bárta 2:58
12. "Perfect Life" (Germany) Levina 3:00
13. "Where I Am" (Denmark) Anja Nissen 2:59
14. "Do It for Your Lover" (Spain) Manel Navarro 3:00
15. "Verona" (Estonia) Koit Toome and Laura 3:02
16. "Blackbird" (Finland) Norma John 3:06
17. "Requiem" (France) Alma 3:00
18. "Never Give Up on You" (United Kingdom) Lucie Jones 3:00
19. "Keep the Faith" (Georgia) Tamara Gachechiladze 2:58
20. "This Is Love" (Greece) Demy 3:01
21. "My Friend" (Croatia) Jacques Houdek 3:00
22. "Origo" (Hungary) Joci Pápai 3:03
Total length: 65:44
CD 2
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Dying to Try" (Ireland) Brendan Murray 3:00
2. "Paper" (Iceland) Svala 2:59
3. "I Feel Alive" (Israel) Imri 3:00
4. "Occidentali's Karma" (Italy) Francesco Gabbani 3:03
5. "Rain of Revolution" (Lithuania) Fusedmarc 3:05
6. "Line" (Latvia) Triana Park 3:08
7. "Hey Mamma" (Moldova) SunStroke Project 2:59
8. "Dance Alone" (Macedonia) Jana Burčeska 3:06
9. "Breathlessly" (Malta) Claudia Faniello 3:00
10. "Space" (Montenegro) Slavko Kalezić 2:59
11. "Lights and Shadows" (Netherlands) OG3NE 3:00
12. "Grab the Moment" (Norway) JOWST 2:55
13. "Flashlight" (Poland) Kasia Moś 3:00
14. "Amar pelos dois" (Portugal) Salvador Sobral 3:00
15. "Yodel It!" (Romania) Ilinca and Alex Florea 2:56
16. "Flame Is Burning" (Russia) Julia Samoylova 3:02
17. "Spirit of the Night" (San Marino) Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson 3:05
18. "In Too Deep" (Serbia) Tijana Bogićević 3:07
19. "On My Way" (Slovenia) Omar Naber 3:00
20. "I Can't Go On" (Sweden) Robin Bengtsson 3:03
21. "Time" (Ukraine) O.Torvald 3:04
Total length: 63:31

Charts

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[202] 15
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[203] 3
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[204] 30
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[205] 37
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[206] 2
Greek Albums (IFPI)[207] 12
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[208] 37
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[209] 3
UK Compilation Albums (OCC)[210] 7

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Switzerland, who had been allocated to pot one, were pre-allocated to compete in the second semi-final at the request of Swiss broadcaster SRF.
  2. ^ Russia withdrew approximately three months after the semi-final allocation draw.
  3. ^ a b The title is in Latin, but the song is in Hungarian.
  4. ^ a b "Grab the Moment" features unaccredited vocals from Norwegian singer Aleksander Walmann.
  5. ^ a b Whilst the song has an English title, the lyrics are entirely in Belarusian.
  6. ^ Contains some words in Ancient Greek, English and Sanskrit.

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