Three of the five Nordic countries — Denmark, Finland and Iceland — have failed to qualify for the Eurovision final over the past two years. Last year only one of the Nordic countries (powerhouse and Eurovision 2016 host nation Sweden) appeared in the final. Needless to say all five countries are hungry for a win and will try their best to reach the final.
As in recent years, all five of the countries chose their acts through intense national selection processes. Finland, Iceland and Sweden will battle each other in the first semi-final while Denmark and Norway will compete in the second.
But which of the five Nordic entries is your favourite? And who stands the best chance of slaying a path to the final and on to victory? Vote in our poll below. You can vote for as many of your favourites as you would like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.
Denmark: Anja Nissen with “Where I Am”
After finishing second in Denmark’s national selection last year, Anja Nissen returned to win Dansk Melodi Grand Prix this year with 64% of the votes in the superfinal.
Anja won Australia’s The Voice in 2014 but is now focusing on building her career in Denmark. She co-wrote her song “Where I Am” together with Michael D’Arcy and Angel Tupai, who competed in Australia’s X Factor in 2012.
Finland: Norma John with “Blackbird”
Finland was the first Nordic country to choose their entry this year. The country’s national selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) ditched its semi-finals, instead opting for one big final with ten acts.
Pre-contest favourite Emma finished third, while Norma John topped the jury vote and the televote to win it all. Norma John consists neither of a Norma nor a John. That’s merely the stage name of the twosome consisting of pianist Lasse Piirainen and vocalist Leena Tirronen.
Iceland: Svala with “Paper”
Svala won Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin with 79,570 votes in the superfinal — a massive landslide win over Daði Freyr Pétursson. The blonde bombshell was also the favourite to win among our readers and among the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet. Last year Greta Salome finished only fourteenth in her semi-final despite being one of the big fan favourites ahead the contest.
Norway: JOWST with “Grab the Moment”
As in Finland, Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix featured one large show with ten finalists. Four artists advanced to the gullfinale — the gold final — and JOWST grabbed the trophy with 46,064 votes.
The group takes its name from JOWST — a 27-year-old DJ, record producer and songwriter (real name Joakim With Steen). He’s joined on stage by Aleksander Walmann, who finished second in Norway’s edition of The Voice in 2012.
Sweden: Robin Bengtsson with “I Can’t Go On”
After a nail-biting Melodifestivalen final, Robin Bengtsson was crowned the winner ahead of heavily hyped favourites Nano and Wiktoria. Despite finishing third in the televote, Robin earned the most points from the ten international juries, which was enough for him to win the contest.
Sweden currently sits in second place in the betting odds just behind Italy. Robin has experience with music talent shows, as he finished third on Swedish Idol in 2008. He also competed at Melodifestivalen last year and finished fifth with “Constellation Prize”. No consolation needed this year…
Poll: What is the best Nordic entry at Eurovision 2017?
So there you have it. Who did you vote for? Which of the Nordic entries do you expect to see in the final? Let us know in the comments section below.