News has been coming in fast from this year’s Head of Delegation meeting. We’ve already reported on Sweden’s draw in the running order, but there’s more information that has been fed through via the EBU. With all songs having to be presented and paperwork filed at the meeting, we’ve also had the confirmation of Malta’s new song “Walk on Water”, as well as Bulgaria’s song title “If Love Was a Crime”. Here’s a roundup of some of the other important things that y’all will want to know.
Eurovision 2017 provisional dates announced
The EBU has confirmed that the provisional dates for the two Semi Finals and Grand Final will be the 16th, 18th and 20th of May respectively. These dates have been chosen to avoid any potential clash with major sporting events that might detract from the worldwide audience. This, of course, does not guarantee that these will be the dates. The host broadcaster has the rights to ask for these to be changed, so maybe don’t set those days off work quite yet!
Italy’s song to be titled “No Degree of Separation”
As we’ve previously reported, Italy’s Francesca Michielin will still mostly be singing in Italian at Eurovision, with just one chorus in English. RAI have, however, opted to present the song with the English title, “No Degree of Separation”. The title is a straight translation of the Italian song title, “Nessun grado di separazione”. Originality in the house, y’all. There’s still no set date for the reveal of the song in its Eurovision form, though.
Postcard details revealed
We’ve already seen some of the acts talking about filming their postcards – for example, Justs posted a video of himself playing guitar in the streets of Riga. That might be a common theme for the acts, as the EBU confirmed that the postcards will focus on the acts in their home countries. Produced by Camp David, the production team behind the Eurovision 2013 postcards, each act will be shown doing activities in their personal life and around their country. The 2016 dandelion motif will also appear in the postcards. This sounds very similar to the 2013 postcards, with less of a “tourism” focus that we saw in the “Austrian holiday” postcards in 2015.
We also learned that the official Eurovision 2016 CD will become available from the 15th April. Not long to go now! Are you excited to see what the postcards will look like, and do the Eurovision 2017 dates sound good to you? Let us know in the comments section below or through our Twitter page.
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