In recent years Eurovision in Concert has become a mandatory stop for the acts competing at the Eurovision Song Contest. And on Saturday 34 of this year’s 43 contestants performed their songs live, testing their nerve in front of an audience of Eurovision fans.
Many of the acts had already performed at preview events in Riga, London and Tel Aviv. But Amsterdam also welcomed some newbies to the 2017 promo circuit, including Albania’s Lindita, who brought a scintillating “I work hard for this body” outfit; Hungary’s Joci Papai, who performed with his mystical dancing lady friend from A Dal; and The Netherlands’ very own OG3NE, who proved they most definitely don’t need Auto-Tune to create those stunning harmonies.
Veterans of this year’s promo circuit once again did their thing. Italy’s Francesco Gabbani got the crowd shouting namaste, alé, and San Marino’s Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson did their best to prove that euro-dance still has a place at Eurovision. Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov silenced the audience with his stellar vocals, while Romania’s Ilinca & Alex Florea led a group yodelling session. Prior to performing, Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson recounted how, on Friday, he was only 500 metres away from the Stockholm shopping street where a man turned a hijacked lorry into a weapon. “It feels extra special to be here tonight with an audience like this,” he said. “It’s all about the love in Eurovision. It brings Europe together, and together we’re strong. Let’s do this.”
And let’s do this. You can listen to all of the acts who sang on Saturday in our playlist below. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many of your favourites as you’d like, but you can only vote one time. Be sure to tick the box next to every act you want to support before pressing submit.
Eurovision in Concert 2017: Playlist
Eurovision in Concert 2017: Poll
So who did you vote for? Do you think that Italy’s Francesco Gabbani has the contest sewn up already? Or did any of the acts convince you that they pose a major threat? Let us know in the comments box below and by using the wiwibloggs app, available on Android and iOS.
Want to learn more about this year’s acts? You can check out some of our interviews from the Eurovision in Concert press day below.
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