They’re the international group of music professionals responsible for 50% of the votes cast in the final of Melodifestivalen.
And this morning Swedish broadcaster SVT announced the members of the international jury for 2017. In a departure from the past two years, CyBC spokesperson Klitos Klitou is not among the jurors, meaning Cyprus won’t have its say on who should sing for Sweden, and Friends Arena will be deprived of the hosts’ annual comic interlude over his name.
MELODIFESTIVALEN 2017 INTERNATIONAL JURY
- Armenia – Iveta Mukuchyan
- Australia – Stephanie Werret
- Britain – Simon Proctor
- France – Edoardo Grassi
- Israel – Tali Eshkoli
- Italy – Nicola Caligiore
- Malta – Gordon Bonello
- Norway – Anette Lauenborg Waaler
- Poland – Mateusz Grzesinski
- Czech Republic – Jan Bors
- Ukraine – Victoria Romanova
Cyprus won’t be at the party, but eleven other European nations will have their say on which act should sing for Sweden in Kyiv in May.
Each country also has a spokesperson for the final and this year’s lineup is a veritable rogues gallery for Eurofans. Armenia’s Eurovision 2016 entrant Iveta Mukuchyan will give the points from Yerevan, France’s head of delegation Eduardo Grassi will reveal France’s thoughts and most intriguingly of all, Victoria Romanova, one of the key organisers of Eurovision 2017, who resigned her role earlier this year, will give points from host nation Ukraine.
Speaking about the jury, #Melfest master Christer Bjorkman revealed its composition is designed to help Sweden find a song that will appeal all over Europe. Speaking to SVT, Bjorkamn said, “We are trying to find a balance so we can find a winner that will break through in all areas.”
He also revealed that he believes the host country should always be in the jury and there are certain nations that he returns to time again.
Equally, Bjorkman also believes in new blood, which is why Czech Republic is debuting as an international jury.
How does the International Jury vote work?
The jury vote is revealed first, while phone lines are still open and follows the same model as Eurovision with spokespersons gradually awarding points to the competing songs. After last year’s televoting was extremely close, this year expectation is rife that the international juries could swing the result if they vote decisively for one act over another.
At Melodifestivalen 2016, the jury’s favourite was Oscar Zia and “Human”, but that song lost out to Frans and “If I Were Sorry” once the televoting results came in.
You can watch the final of Melodifestivalen live from 20:00 CET through SVT.
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