Postcards 2017 poll postcard

Post-Eurovision Depression is in full swing. But today we deal with it by revisiting the Eurovision 2017 postcards. The concept of each postcard was a day in the 42 artists’ life, before stepping on the big Eurovision stage.

We caught a glimpse of the artists’ lifestyle, hobbies, and even an unexpected pregnancy announcement via Jana Burceska. We also met some of the stars’ families and friends, saw their homes and recording studios, and felt what it’s like to be in front of an adoring audience. We saw them training, going out with friends, reading and walking their pets. We saw them hugging their children and writing songs. We saw them as they are.

While many of the postcards were shot in their respective countries, some were filmed in Ukraine, while Moldova’s SunStroke Project, for instance, shot their postcard in Amsterdam ahead of Eurovision in Concert, due to budget constraints. The beginning and the end of all 42 postcards were filmed in Ukraine, in a studio resembling a backstage. The artists, wearing their Eurovision outfits, were then joined by their teams, who were getting them ready for the big stage.

Who made you smile? Which postcard has stuck in your mind after all this time? And who should follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Michal Szpak? You can rewatch all of the 40-second clips in the playlist above. Then vote for your favourite postcard (or postcards!) in our poll below.

You can vote for as many postcards as you want, but you can only vote once, so make it count! We will announce the results in 10 days time. After you cast your vote, you can defend your choice in the comment box below. Also, please tell us what your thoughts are about this year’s postcards compared to previous years!

Eurovision 2017: Rehearsal outtakes, bloopers, behind the scenes

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outbound di Bogor
Guest

they all beautiful

AngieP
Guest

First, I liked the “mannequin challenge” concept!

Favourite postcards:
Italy: Maybe it’s too obvious, but even the postcard idea was amazing. Different people which are actually the same person. Loved it!
Bulgaria: Beautiful images, Kristian celebrating his 17th birthday and hanging out with his dog.
France: For the beautiful parisian atmoshpere!
Austria: Wasn’t Nathan really cute when he was a baby?
FYROMacedonia: for obvious reasons. The revelation of Jana’s pregnancy was everything! Congrats again!
Hungary: happy family moments!
Portugal: I jut love this yellow train/tram. I am not sure, I think it’s a tram.

Napaw
Guest

Italy – fun, extensive, represented its country the best. (Still heartbroken he didnt win)

Iceland – most Beautiful sightings, eccentric, edgy

Poland- DOGS <3

outbound di Bogor
Guest

same with me, iceland is beautiful sight

EscAU
Guest

Lol the postcards this year along with the whole contest were dodgy, they left it to each broadcaster’s team to record them doing random activities, you can tell some of them filmed them on a phone

Darth Thulhu
Guest
Finally able to work around the geo-block and look at all of them. The thematic consistency of the intro and out-to is something I will give a big Thumbs Up to the Ukrainian production. Still find the vast majority of the actual postcards quite bland and forgettable, but at least there’s a strong through-line tying them together. The few that stood out for me were, alphabetically (skipping my winner): Armenia: having the Hindu-esque voguing trio and *only* the Hindu-esque voguing trio in the intro/out-ro was a distinctive touch Belarus: the two of them are utterly adorkable Bulgaria: OK, he is… Read more »
Africavision
Guest

The only one that I remember, which made me smile was AUSTRIA. It was so cute and just reiterated what an adorable chap Nathan is. He just seems like such a genuine, likeable, bubbly, and relateable person. Between baby Nathan at the start of the postcard to Nathan eating chips (I think that was chips) before getting onto stage (I mean who doesn’t like babies and chips!), the positive energy on stage, and his reaction at the end of his grand final performance… It was just too sweet and a perfect sequel to Loin dici. 🙂

SpirK
Guest

Wasn’t crazy for this year’s postcards. I’ve been watching since 2006 and I must say 2014 had by far the most creative and fun postcard idea. I also liked 2008,2013 and 2016.

Darren
Guest

I picked Italy as my favourite postcard, it was just so different and unique. It was cute seeing Francesco in those different poses.
I also loved Portugal’s as it showed Lisbon off in such a beautiful light .

Bella Astrid
Guest

Well, I can’t even watch them cuz they are not available in my country! Why does the US always get left out of these types of things?!!!! 🙁

Darth Thulhu
Guest
Because Viacom (owner of MTV and VH1 and all the rest) bought the exclusive rights to gate-keeper the entire thing through their Logo channel, and straight up refuses to allow ANY of the live show to be internet-accessible in the Americas. The EBU goes along with it because they get some direct money from Viacom, even though they could almost certainly monetize the official YouTubes more effectively. If it helps, I finally found a legit way around the geo-block that doesn’t require piracy nor setting up a European network proxy: search for “vimeo Eurovision 2017 (name of country) postcard”, and… Read more »
Lilitu
Guest

Thanks for the tip.

It’s honestly so frustrating being a Eurovision fan in the US now. Like I have to use so many work arounds to watch something I love.

buskyta
Guest

And the Oscar goes to…. I can’t decide to which Francesco (s) !! ?

Michèle
Guest

Francesco – the cheekiest and most gorgeous of them all!

Richardinho
Guest

Netherlands, when the girls tried to sneak out the shop without paying was hilar!

Mark
Guest

They had the worst. It’s like they didn’t even put any thought into it before hand.

Leo M
Guest

I didn’t even pay attention to the postcards, too busy on Twitter checking out non-Eurovision fan reactions

Antonia
Guest

Francesco’s was the best! It summed his favourite things and also represented Italy very well. I know he loves football so having him cheering on his national team with the Azzurri shirt was amazing.

Bojan
Guest

Macedonia
After Jana pergancy announcment 😉

Darth Thulhu
Guest

Historically, my favorite postcard set is probably 2014, with 2013 and 2009 also a lot of fun. The “craft-project your own national flag” challenge was a blast, the flag-butterflies and Day In The Life felt pretty cohesive, and the papercraft-monument-models were just Weird in all the right ways.

Since then, 2016 was a bit “meh”, and what I’ve seen of 2015 and 2017 have been even moreso.

Darth Thulhu
Guest

Ugh. HATE GEO-BLOCKING, the stupid EBU even geo-blocks the fricking *postcards*. For the love of all that is pure and good! Ridiculous.

Gonna have to explore to find a work-around. The national sites with clips almost always crop the postcards off the song performances, so I haven’t seen most of them.

If anyone knows of a legit site collecting the postcards that is not blanket-banned in the Americas, I would be quite grateful. It will be almost impossible for me to get song+postcard pairs for almost everything that failed to escape the semis.

Rhingo
Guest

Just use a proxy…

Darth Thulhu
Guest

Not easy to do on my old phone, and I’m travelling so it will be a good 36 hours until I can do it at a desktop.

Hada
Guest

I loved Portugal’s because Sal and Luisa were so cute, Italy because of all the Francescos, and I gotta give a vote to Macedonia because as much as I hate that publicity stunt, I’m still in awe that they managed to keep her pregnancy a secret until the postcard aired.

...
Guest

Sal means salt in Portuguese lol

Mark
Guest

Someone is still salty from Portugal’s win.

mad-professor
Guest

Italy’s was the only original one and kind of funny.

Frisian ESC (jr)
Guest

Italy hands down. 4 franchesco’s are even better than 1 franchesco xD

Mark
Guest

I’m surprised that it’s not a landslide in the poll.

Not a fan
Guest

The postcards this year were very uninspiring. It just showed activities and smiling faces, and the music was a bit grating at times. Sad!

Mark
Guest

That’s what you get when you have a rushed contest.

togravus
Guest

I liked Portugal’s postcard best and Macedonia’s least. That one was very reality TV, a small series they continued in the semi-final. I wonder what they would have come up with if Jana had made it to the final …

Hada
Guest

They would’ve gotten married live on stage

togravus
Guest

Or she would have given birth …

Mark
Guest

Or… get over it.

L'oiseau
Guest

This year’s postcards were ok. But many of them looked too staged to me. Maybe I am biased, but I actually liked Portugal’s postcard, because it seems very real, but maybe it’s because I know the locations so well… 🙂 For me the best postcards were Sweden 2000.

Mark
Guest

The worst was Australia; the CGI sky and he singing awkwardly to the camera. Dreadful.

Ern
Guest

I didn’t like this year’s postcards, but the one for Italy made me laugh.

So Italy.

alexei nikolaev
Guest

Jana Bur?eska is the obvious answer, announcing her pregnancy during her post card is one of the coolest things ever!

jim
Guest

Portugal had the worst postcard ever, salvador probably thinks he’s cute doing those annoying grimaces but he actually looked very dumb.Also the fact that he was standing in front of the tram waiting to get hit looked even dumber

Bart
Guest

Well, it was good enough for a winner!…

Mark
Guest

Did you not see Isaiah’s postcard?

Rhingo
Guest

I just watched them from end to end. Must agree that most are boring. Liked Belarus, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Moldova, Croatia, Portugal, Italy – those had either affectionally smiling artists or nice concept.

Michell
Guest

Italy! Finally something original. Dunno if it was Francesco’s idea, but if yes then I like him a lot more!

Soy
Guest

Agree! Very different from the rest.

Joanne Powell
Guest

Just had to vote Belgium as I was in it.. outside Cafe de Paris in London with new found Eurovision friends waiting ti meet tge artists.. everlasting souvenir of a brilliant day.

HarpyDarper
Guest

I liked this years postcards, they focus on the artists as people and not just promoting tourism. I like the bookends of them too, a bit of the mannequin challenge thrown in.
Just noticed Alma has a picture of Chairman Mao!

Jo
Guest

In my opinion, the postcards are kinda boring, I’m not really interested to know if they go to the gym or play piano.

Jo
Guest

They are worse than those in 2015, when they were so bad that they turned to be funny (I still remember Stig Rästa and Elina Born skating on the asphalt, and Aminata with running hoodie hahahaha).