Eurovision 2017: Dates, location, hosts
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place in Ukraine. Kyiv will host the contest at the International Exhibition Centre.
The first semi-final will be held on Tuesday 9 May 2017, the second semi-final on Thursday 11 May, and the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
Euroclub will be hosted at the riverside Parkovy Convention & Exhibition Center. Further venues are still to be confirmed.
Which countries are doing Eurovision 2017?
The EBU has confirmed that 43 countries will be competing in Eurovision 2017. Returning to the competition will be Portugal and Romania, who did not participate in 2016. 2016 runner-up Australia has been invited back again. So far, 11 acts and one song have been revealed.
From 1 September 2016, potential entries may be published or performed publicly.
For full dates of national finals, selection announcements and other important events, see our Eurovision Calendar of Events.
Albania: Lindita Halimi – “Botë”
Former American Idol contestant Lindita Halimi will represent Albania after winning Festivali i Këngës 55. Her winning song “Botë” (World) will have English lyrics for Eurovision and may also undergo a musical revamp, away from the classic orchestral sound of the FiK version.
Former Voice of Russia contestant Artsvik will represent Armenia in Kyiv. She won the three-month-long national selection talent show Depi Evratesil, however her song for Eurovision will be internally selected at a later date.
2016 runner-up Australia has been invited back for a third year in competition. Their method of selection has not been confirmed, but it is likely they will again use internal selection.
R&B and pop singer-songwriter Nathan Trent has been internally selected by Austrian broadcaster ORF. His song for Kyiv will be released in February.
Azerbaijan has internally selected the alt-pop singer Dihaj (aka Diana Hajiyeva). Her song will be released at a later date.
Wallonian broadcaster RTBF has internally selected Blanche, who appeared on the latest season of The Voice Belgique under her real name, Ellie Delvaux. Her song will be revealed at a later date.
Bulgarian broadcaster BNT will internally select their entry for Kyiv. The broadcaster has put out a call for entries. They are specifically looking for established artists with a clear artistic vision and an ability to financially co-partner in the production.
Croatian broadcaster HRT has not confirmed what method of selection will be used, but it has been rumoured that The Voice winner Ruza Janjis will be internally selected.
Cyprus has internally selected the singer Hovig, who previously competed in the 2015 Cyprus national final. He will sing a song written by the Swedish maestro Thomas G:Son, to be revealed at a later date.
Czech Television will choose their act via internal selection. They have invited songwriters — both Czech and international — to submit songs.
Danish broadcaster DR will again use their long-running national selection Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. This year, 1115 entries have been received — a record number. The competition is rumoured to be limiting itself to solo artists and may introduce an international jury. The grand final will be held on 25 February.
Finland will again use the national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK). The ten finalists and their songs have been revealed. The grand final will be held on 28 January, with no semi-finals this year.
German broadcaster NDR has selected five finalists to compete in the revamped national final Unser Song 2017. The singers will be matched with songs by successful Germany and international songwriters for the national final on 9 February 2017.
Greece has internally selected the singer Demy. Her song for Kyiv will be chosen with a national final, where the public will vote between three songs, all written by Eurovision veteran Dimitris Kontopoulos.
Broadcaster MTVA will again use the successful national final A Dal. The 30 semi-finalists have been announced, with many familiar A Dal acts returning. The national final will be held on 18 February 2017.
Iceland’s broadcaster RUV will again use the Söngvakeppnin national final, with the grand final due to be held on March 11.
Broadcaster RTÉ has internally selected Brendan Murray, a former member of the Irish boyband HomeTown. A search is currently on for his song and public submissions will be considered.
Israel will again use the talent show The Next Star for Eurovision 2017 to select their act for Kyiv. The show is underway and is expected to run to mid-February.
The winner of the Sanremo Music Festival will have first refusal to be Italy’s act for Eurovision. The 22 competing acts have been revealed. Sanremo will take place in the week of 7 to 11 February 2017.
The 22 acts competing in Supernova 2017 have been announced. The heats begin on 5 February, with the grand final scheduled for 26 February.
The Lithuanian broadcaster LRT will again use the Eurovizijos antraka national final, with a somewhat streamlined and slightly less complicated format for 2017. The grand final will take place on 11 March.
Broadcaster MRT has internally selected the former Macedonian Idol contestant Jana Burceska for Kyiv. The broadcaster will selecte Jana’s song from over 100 entries.
Broadcaster PBS has dropped the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and the winner will be decided by 100% televote. A list of 16 finalists has been confirmed, featuring many familiar faces. They will compete at the grand final on 18 February.
Broadcaster TRM has only received 40 entries this year, and all will perform in the live audition round on 21 January. A semi-final may be held on 24 February, while the grand final if confirmed for 25 February.
Montenegro: Slavko Kalezic – “Space”
After many weeks of deliberation, broadcaster RTCG has internally selected the flamboyant singer Slavko Kalezic. He will perform the song “Space”, due to be released at a later date.
Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has confirmed that girl group and The Voice of Holland winners O’G3NE will represent the Netherlands. The sisters also represented the Netherlands at Junior Eurovision 2007. Their song for Kyiv will be revealed at a later date.
Norway will again use the Melodi Grand Prix national final, with the new addition of an international jury. The MGP grand final will be held on 11 March.
Poland will again use national final Krajowe Eliminacje and is introducing a 50% jury vote this year. Entries are currently open, and the grand final will take place on 11 February.
Portugal will again use its long-running national final Festival da Canção, and for the first time the contest will be open to songs of any language. The acts competing in the first semi-final have been announced. The grand final is due to take place on 5 March 2017.
Romania will use the successful Selectia Nationala final. It will involve a semi-final on 26 February and a national final on 5 March.
Broadcaster Channel One has confirmed that they will use internal selection to pick their act for Kyiv. The Ukraine-born Voice of Russia runner-up Aleksander Panayotov is rumoured to be under consideration, however the broadcaster has said many acts are being considered.
After dropping many hints, San Marino has finally been confirmed as returning. It is very likely that they will again use internal selection.
The selection method that broadcaster RTS will use has not been confirmed. However, 2015 national final runner-up Danica Krstic is rumoured to be working on a Eurovision entry.
The revamped EMA national final will include two semi-finals as well as the grand final. The line-up of EMA 2017 has been announced, and includes two former Slovenian ESC singers. The grand final is due to take place on 24 February.
Spanish broadcaster RTVE will again use the national final Objetivo Eurovisión to select their act for Kyiv. In addition, the Eurocasting wildcard vote is being held, with three acts facing the public vote on 12 January. The final of Objetivo Eurovisión will be held in February.
Switzerland has radically overhauled their national selection process, with no regional quotas, a Swiss connection required for entry, and the winner decided by televote alone. The six finalists have been announced, due to compete at the grand final 5 February 2017.
The BBC will again use the Eurovision: You Decide national final. Six acts will compete at the national final on 27 January.
Which countries aren’t doing Eurovision 2017?
- Andorra has confirmed they will not compete in Eurovision 2017.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina‘s broadcaster has confirmed that due to financial issues, it would be “highly irresponsible” to enter when funding is not available.
- Kazakhstan is only an associate member of the EBU and would require a special invitation from the EBU.
- Kosovo‘s broadcaster is not yet a member of the EBU, however the broadcaster is working to meet entry requirements.
- Luxembourg has also confirmed that they will not compete in Eurovision 2017, though a future return to Eurovision will be discussed by a government committee.
- Monaco has again confirmed that the tiny principality will not return to Eurovision in 2017.
- Morocco did not publicly confirm either way, but as expected their name was not on the list of confirmed countries.
- Slovakia‘s broadcaster RTVS says that due to limited funds, production of local television is prioritised over participating in Eurovision. The broadcaster has confirmed to fan media that they will not return in 2017.
- Turkey‘s national broadcaster TRT earlier expressed an interest in returning to Eurovision, but according to a Ukraine television executive, TRT refused the invitation to Eurovision 2017.