As we all know — Eurovision is not just about the public vote. Despite many complaints last year about the professional juries, they’re back in full for 2017.
The EBU has released the names of all jurors set to help decide the winner of Eurovision 2017. As usual, there’s a lot of familiar faces too.
Ex-Eurovision Stars in 2017 Juries
The 2016 contest is represented by Zoe Straub, who takes a role on the Austrian jury. Austria are yet to name a fifth juror, so maybe we’ll see another ex-ESC act alongside her!
There’s even two Eurovision winners amongst the ranks. Nicole takes her spot on the German jury. As for the other? Well, that, of course, is Junior Eurovision winner, Dino Jelusic, who is part of the Croatian quintet!
Romania have recruited four former stars to help make their decision. Luminita Anghel, Paula Seling, MIHAI and Cezar will all be part of their jury. That is a who’s who of Romanian Eurovision legends, y’all!
Other names from the past you may recognise include Olta Boka for Albania, Chiara for Malta, Nelly Ciobanu for Moldova and Getter Jaani for Estonia.
There’s plenty of other names on the list, of course. Once you’ve got the Eurovision bug, you just can’t escape!
Controversy with Norway selection?
There’s already a chance that the list may change, though. Norway’s Per Sundnes is also participating in the Norwegian preview show, Addresse Kiev.
Last year, Wiktoria stepped down from the Swedish jury after participating in another preview show. Whether Norway will make the same decision this year is in question, of course — it’s possible for opinions to change when the show is staged live and in full in Kyiv.
Wiktoria herself gets the chance to participate in the jury after all. She’s part of the Swedish jury this year, notably alongside Andreas Johnson.
Oldest and youngest
The UK has the honour of having the oldest juror. 76 year old Mary Hammond is a vocal coach and Head of Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy.
As for the youngest – well, there’s a tie at just 16 years old. Ukraine’s Sofia Tarasova (JESC 2013 runner-up) and Macedonia’s Antonija Gigovska are doing it for the teens, y’all!
What do you think of the jurors for 2017? Are you excited to see what some of your favourites will rank highly? Shout out your thoughts in the comments section below!