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Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Eurovision Song Contest 2017 logo
Theme Celebrate Diversity
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 9 May 2017
Semi-final 2 date 11 May 2017
Final date 13 May 2017
Host
Venue International Exhibition Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine
Presenter(s) Oleksandr Skichko
Volodymyr Ostapchuk
Timur Miroshnychenko
Director Ola Melzig
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Host broadcaster UA:PBC
Participants
Number of entries 42
Debuting countries None
Returning countries Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Flag of Romania Romania
Withdrawing countries Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Russia.svg Russia
Voting
Voting system Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.
Nul points None
Winner Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Amar pelos dois" by Salvador Sobral
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The  Eurovision Song Contest 2017  was the 62nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest , which was held on 13 May in Kiev, Ukraine, following the country's victory at the  2016 Cntest  in Stockholm with the song " 1944 ", written and performed by  Jamala .

This was the second time the contest took place in Kiev, after 2005, as well as the fourth Eurovision event, after the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2013. The contest consisted of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and a final on 13 May

Portugal  and  Romania  returned to the contest after a year's absence, while  Bosnia and Herzegovina  withdrew on financial grounds. Russia  had originally planned to participate, but announced their withdrawal on April 13, after their representative,  Yulia Samoylova , was banned from entering Ukraine by virtue of having traveled directly from Russia to Crimea in 2015, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014 , to give a performance, which is illegal under Ukrainian law.

The winner was  Portugal  with the song " Amar pelos dois " (Loving For Both of Us), performed by  Salvador Sobral . This was the country's first win - and first top five placing - in 53 years of participation, the longest winless run by a country in Eurovision history. It was also the first winning song entirely performed in a country's native language since Serbia's " Molitva " in  2007 , and the first winner written in triple meter since  Ireland 's " The Voice " in 1996. Additionally, this was the second consecutive year in which a returning country won the contest following Ukraine '  . The top three countries - PortugalBulgaria and Moldova  - achieved the highest placing in their Eurovision history, while host country Ukraine received its worst placing to date in a Eurovision final.

Location

500px-Международный Выставочный Центр (Киев)

The venue of the contest, International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine

Venue

The contest took place in the International Exhibition Center in Kiev. It has a capacity of approximately 11,000 attendees and is the largest exhibition center in the city. Located in the western part of the Livoberezhna microdistrict, the center was opened in October 2002, and its head since its construction was Anatoly Tkachenko.

Key

City Venue Capacity Notes
Dnipro ‡ DniproEuroArena 9,500 Proposal included the complete reconstruction of the Meteor Stadium and Sports Complex Meteor, which would have been completed by March 2017. Withdrew after the host city announcement being postponed for a fourth time.
Kharkiv Metalist Oblast Sports Complex 40,003 Hosted three group stage matches of UEFA Euro 2012 & EAMV Recording Lablel. Would have required significant construction including the addition of a roof.
Kherson "Yuvileinyi" Concert Hall 1,600 Proposal included expansion and reconstruction of the venue, which would have taken approximately 7–8 months.
Kiev †
Palace of Sports ‡ 10,000 Hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009. May have conflicted with contest preparations as the venue will host part of the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division I ice hockey tournament between 22–28 April 2017.
International Exhibition Centre 11,000 Venue was initially submitted as a reserve. Kiev later announced on 24 August 2016 that this was their preferred venue for staging the contest.
Lviv Arena Lviv 34,915 Hosted three of the group-stage games for UEFA Euro 2012. The arena required the construction of a roof.
Unfinished venue N/A An unfinished venue originally planned for EuroBasket 2015 that was 25% complete when construction halted.
Odessa ‡ Chornomorets Stadium 34,000 Proposal included plans for reconstruction of the venue and options for providing a covered roof.

Format

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Participants

Returning artists

Artist Note
Valentina Monetta Represented San Marino from the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, successfully qualifying for the latter with the song "Maybe", finishing in 24th place with 14 points.
Koit Toome Represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in Birmingham with the song "Mere lapsed", finishing in 12th place with 36 points.
Laura Põldvere Represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev as part of the group Suntribe with the song "Let's Get Loud", finishing in 20th place in the semi-final with 31 points.
Omar Naber Represented Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev with the song "Stop", finishing in 12th place in the semi-final with 69 points.
SunStroke Project Represented Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo with Olia Tira, performing the song "Run Away", finishing in 22nd place with 27 points.
O'G3NE Represented The Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 on home soil in Rotterdam, performing under their real names with the song "Adem in, adem uit", finishing in 11th place with 39 points.
IMRI Provided backing vocals at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna for his country's representative Nadav Guedj and again the following year in Stockholm for Hovi Star.
Tijana Bogićević Provided backing vocals at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf for her country's representative Nina.

Semi-final 1

Italy, Spain and United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.


Draw Country Performer(s) Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Sweden Sweden Robin Bengtsson "I Can't Go On" English - 3 227
02 Flag of Georgia Georgia Tamara Gachechiladze "Keep the Faith" English - 11 99
03 Flag of Australia Australia Isaiah "Don't Come Easy" English - 6 160
04 Flag of Albania Albania Lindita "World" English - 14 76
05 Flag of Belgium Belgium Blanche "City Lights" English - 4 165
06 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Slavko Kalezić "Space" English - 16 56
07 Flag of Finland Finland Norma John "Blackbird" English - 12 92
08 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Dihaj "Skeletons" English - 8 150
09 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Salvador Sobral "Amar pelos dois" Portuguese Love for both of us 1 370
10 Flag of Greece Greece Demy "This Is Love" English - 10 115
11 Flag of Poland Poland Kasia Moś "Flashlight" English - 9 119
12 Flag of Moldova Moldova SunStroke Project "Hey, Mamma!" English - 2 291
13 Flag of Iceland Iceland Svala "Paper" English - 15 60
14 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Martina Bárta "My Turn" English - 13 83
15 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Hovig "Gravity" English - 5 164
16 Flag of Armenia Armenia Artsvik "Fly with Me" English - 7 152
17 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Omar Naber "On My Way" English - 17 36
18 Flag of Latvia Latvia Triana Park "Line" English - 18 21

Semi-final 2

France, Germany and Ukraine voted in this semi-final. Russia was originally planned to perform in position three, but withdrew from the contest after the artist they selected was banned from entering Ukraine, resulting in countries originally planned to perform fourth and later, to do so one place earlier. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw Country Performer(s) Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Serbia Serbia Tijana Bogićević "In Too Deep" English - 11 98
02 Flag of Austria Austria Nathan Trent "Running on Air" English - 7 147
03 Flag of Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Jana Burčeska "Dance Alone" English - 15 69
04 Flag of Malta Malta Claudia Faniello "Breathlessly" English - 16 55
05 Flag of Romania Romania Ilinca feat. Alex Florea "Yodel It!" English - 6 174
06 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands O'G3NE "Lights and Shadows" English - 4 200
07 Flag of Hungary Hungary Joci Pápai "Origo" Hungarian Origin 2 231
08 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Anja "Where I Am" English - 10 101
09 Flag of Ireland Ireland Brendan Murray "Dying to Try" English - 13 86
10 Flag of San Marino San Marino Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson "Spirit of the Night" English - 18 1
11 Flag of Croatia Croatia Jacques Houdek "My Friend" English, Italian - 8 141
12 Flag of Norway Norway JOWST "Grab the Moment" English - 5 189
13 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Timebelle "Apollo" English - 12 97
14 Flag of Belarus Belarus Naviband "Historyja majho žyccia" Belarusian Story of My Life 9 110
15 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Kristian Kostov "Beautiful Mess" English - 1 403
16 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Fusedmarc "Rain of Revolution" English - 17 42
17 Flag of Estonia Estonia Koit Toome and Laura "Verona" English - 14 85
18 Flag of Israel Israel IMRI "I Feel Alive" English - 3 207

Final

Draw Country Performer(s) Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Israel Israel IMRI "I Feel Alive" English - 23 39
02 Flag of Poland Poland Kasia Moś "Flashlight" English - 22 64
03 Flag of Belarus Belarus Naviband "Historyja majho žyccia" Belarusian Story of My Life 17 83
04 Flag of Austria Austria Nathan Trent "Running on Air" English - 16 93
05 Flag of Armenia Armenia Artsvik "Fly with Me" English - 18 79
06 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands O'G3NE "Lights and Shadows" English - 11 150
07 Flag of Moldova Moldova SunStroke Project "Hey, Mamma!" English - 3 374
08 Flag of Hungary Hungary Joci Pápai "Origo" Hungarian Origin 8 200
09 Flag of Italy Italy Francesco Gabbani "Occidentali's Karma" Italian Westerner's Karma 6 334
10 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Anja "Where I Am" English - 20 77
11 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Salvador Sobral "Amar pelos dois" Portuguese Love for both of us 1 758
12 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Dihaj "Skeletons" English - 14 120
13 Flag of Croatia Croatia Jacques Houdek "My Friend" Italian, English - 13 128
14 Flag of Australia Australia Isaiah "Don't Come Easy" English - 9 173
15 Flag of Greece Greece Demy "This Is Love" English - 19 77
16 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Manel Navarro "Do It for Your Lover" Spanish, English - 26 5
17 Flag of Norway Norway JOWST "Grab the Moment" English - 10 158
18 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Lucie Jones "Never Give Up on You" English - 15 111
19 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Hovig "Gravity" English - 21 68
20 Flag of Romania Romania Ilinca feat. Alex Florea "Yodel It!" English - 7 282
21 Flag of Germany Germany Levina "Perfect Life" English - 25 6
22 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine O.Torvald "Time" English - 24 36
23 Flag of Belgium Belgium Blanche "City Lights" English - 4 363
24 Flag of Sweden Sweden Robin Bengtsson "I Can't Go On" English - 5 344
25 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Kristian Kostov "Beautiful Mess" English - 2 615
26 France France Alma "Requiem" French, English - 12 135

Incidents

French song submission

France 2 announced on 9 February 2017 that they would participate at the contest with the song "Requiem", performed by Alma. However, it was discovered during the week of 17 February "Requiem" had been recorded and performed prior to 1 September 2016, the submission deadline set by the EBU, potentially violating the rules of the contest. Further investigation shows that "Requiem" had been performed at the end of January 2015. While France 2 had claimed not to be in breach of the rules of the contest, no ultimate decision had been made regarding their potential disqualification. It was reported on 21 February 2017 that Alma and her production team were producing a bilingual version of "Requiem"—the two languages being French and English—which implies that France 2 have not been disqualified from the contest.

Russian withdrawal

Channel One Russia (C1R) announced on 12 March 2017 that they would participate at the contest with "Flame Is Burning", performed by Julia Samoylova. However, Samoylova was issued a three-year travel ban on entering Ukraine by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on 22 March, by virtue of illegally travelling directly from Russia to Crimea, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014, in 2015 to give a performance. Entry to Crimea by non-Ukrainian citizens via Russia is illegal under Ukrainian law; however, Samoylova confirmed that she performed in Crimea in 2015.

The EBU responded by stating its commitment to ensuring that all participating countries would be able to perform in Kiev, while expressing their disappointment at the lack of compromise from C1R and UA:PBC. C1R were offered the opportunity to allow Samoylova to perform via satellite from a venue of their choice, but such a compromise was rejected by both C1R and the Ukrainian Government.

The Director General of the EBU, Ingrid Deltenre, condemned Ukraine's actions, describing them as "abusing the Contest for political reasons" and "absolutely unacceptable" C1R announced their withdrawal from the contest on 13 April, stating that they also might not broadcast the contest. C1R had not organised accommodation before their artist announcement, as is typically the case, and refused to attend the meeting of Heads of Delegation. By announcing their artist just before the deadline for entry submission to the contest and not booking a hotel, it was speculated that C1R had not intended to go due to audiences booing Russian artists in previous contests.

As part of the Russian Victory Day celebrations on 9 May, Samoylova gave another performance in Crimea, including the song which was intended to represent Russia at the contest.

Israeli broadcaster compromise

Under a proposal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) is currently being reorganised into two separate entities: the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC), with responsibility for "general programming" such as entertainment, and another with responsibility for news and current affairs programming. The IPBC would also be branded as "KAN" (Hebrew: כאן‎, lit. 'Here'‎). The EBU informed the IPBC executive board on 7 April that such a compromise would render them unable to remain a member without an outlet for news and current events programming. It has been reported that the IBA may cease to be a member of the EBU.

The IBA was expected to close down on 15 May 2017 before the IPBC was expected to launch. However on 9 and 10 May 2017 the IBA unexpectedly closed down most of their operations in news and current affair programs. This Eurovision was the last program that Channel 1 aired under the IBA, where minimal staff of twenty people remained to ensure a smooth transmission on Channel 1. After the Eurovision the station displayed a slide about its closure. During the voting portion of the live telecast of the final Ofer Nachshon, Israeli voting spokesperson since 2009, bid farewell on behalf of the IBA before revealing their jury points. This was incorrectly reported by several British media outlets and in other countries as Israel leaving the Contest.

IPBC is expected to apply for EBU membership later this year and if accepted, Israel will continue to participate. The government passed a law splitting new corporation into two entities - one in charge for entertainment programs and the second is for news, which may create an obstacle for either entity joining EBU. However, the High Court of Justice issued a temporary injunction, blocking the split. If the split is cancelled permanently, the new Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation meets all requirements for joining EBU.

Argument for using pre-recorded vocals live

Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK) had discussions with the EBU regarding the abolition of the rule prohibiting pre-recorded vocals during live performances at the contest. Such a rule is intended to guarantee the authenticity of live performances. The discussion stems from when Norwegian representative JOWST stated his displeasure at the rule in an interview on 24 March, in reference to the sampling technique of chopped vocals in his song "Grab the Moment" which cannot be attributed in the live performance.

Such discussions were also in place in 1999, when pre-recorded vocals during the Croatian entry, "Marija Magdalena", performed by Doris Dragović, led to objections by the Norwegian delegation — led at the time by Jon Ola Sand. Such objections led the EBU to consider deducting a third of Croatia's final score, reducing it from 118 points to 79. However, such a deduction never occurred. The possible abolition of the rule, alongside the abolition of the live orchestra in 1999, has led some fans and critics of the contest to argue that the contest has become too commercialised and the authenticity of live performances has been compromised

After discussing the matter with the EBU, NRK were granted an exception to the rule. JOWST stated that "[the Norwegian delegation] have now been allowed to use the recorded vocal tracks, [...]. But [they] have also practiced a plan B with the backing vocalists, if there are big protests from others in Kiev." Both JOWST and Aleksander Walmann think that had "Grab the Moment" been in the semi-final of the 2018 contest following an abolition of the rule, they would have had an advantage. NRK stated on 2 May that JOWST are aiming to perform the song acoustically as a back-up, bringing with them two additional backing vocalists who will perform the pre-recorded vocals live using a filter applied by the sound engineering team so as not to compromise on sound quality.

Norwegian jury placement

Norwegian jury member Per Sundnes made comments on NRK preview show Adresse Kiev on 17 April 2017 against Irish representative Brendan Murray, saying: "It's been a long time since they've gotten up and I do not think they'll do it again. They try the same formula year after year." The comments were not welcomed by the Irish delegation, who subsequently reported the matter to the EBU.

The Irish Independent reported on 8 May that Sundnes had been replaced due to an alleged breach in jury rules. Commenting on the decision, the Head of Delegation for Ireland, Michael Kealy, said: "I'm glad that the European Broadcasting Union have reacted swiftly to this situation and that all jury members are impartial. It's only fair that each song in the Eurovision Song Contest is judged on its individual merits on the night." Sundnes was subsequently replaced by Erland Bakke.

Sundnes stated in an interview with Verdens Gang on 9 May: "I do not know anything about the jury stuff, just that I'm not [in it]. It was not really surprising. The same thing happened in Sweden last year with the Swedish professional jury."

NRK admits that they made a mistake by letting Sundnes sit in both the professional jury and the judging panel of Adresse Kiev. However, when they were informed by the EBU that this was against the rules, they rectified the situation quickly. Project manager for Melodi Grand Prix, Stig Karlsen, stated: "We have received some concerns from several teams that Per has been in the jury, while at the same time he has been meaningful in the program. Therefore, we took a new assessment.".

Estonian technical issues

On 11 May 2017, during the transmission of the second semi-final, the microphone of the Estonian representative seemed to have malfunctioned as singer Laura Põldvere could not be heard for approximately two seconds by viewers at home. It was later revealed that the Estonian delegation considered appealing to the EBU to allow Laura and Koit Toome to perform their entry "Verona" again as a result of the error, but later decided against it. Mart Normet, the Head of Delegation for Estonia, explained "If there has been such a powerful performance for three minutes and given an absolute maximum, then this energy again does not come back when you go on stage again". The EBU responded to the situation, reportedly describing the error as purely technical, as the microphone was supposed to automatically come on. Instead, a sound technician was forced to respond by manually switching on the microphone via the sound desk. The country ultimately failed to reach the grand final, with Põldvere expressing her annoyance, however stating "I do not think it’s so tremendously influenced when a few words remain unheard".

Salvador Sobral's political message

Salvador and Luísa Sobral, May 2017

Salvador Sobral and Luísa Sobral at the first semi-final winners' press conference

Portugal's representative, Salvador Sobral drew attention to the European migrant crisis by turning up to the first semi-final winners' press conference in an "S.O.S. Refugees" shirt. "If I'm here and I have European exposure, the least thing I can do is a humanitarian message", Sobral said. "People come to Europe in plastic boats and are being asked to show their birth certificates in order to enter a country. These people are not immigrants, they're refugees running from death. Make no mistake. There is so much bureaucratic stuff happening in the refugee camps in Greece, Turkey and Italy and we should help create legal and safe pathways from these countries to their destiny countries", he added, earning a round of applause. Later on, EBU ordered a ban so that he could not wear it for the remainder of the contest. The EBU explained that Sobral's jumper was used as a means of "political message," which violates the rules of the contest. However, Sobral argued in his winning press conference that it was not political, but a message of humanitarianism.

Jamala stage invasion

A performance by Jamala during the voting interval of the final was disrupted by a man draped in an Australian flag who invaded the stage and briefly mooned the audience before being removed by security. He was later identified as Ukrainian prankster Vitalii Sediuk. Following the incident the EBU released a statement reading: "A person took to the stage at the beginning of Jamala’s performance of I Believe in U at tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. He was quickly removed from the stage by security and out of the arena. He is currently being held and questioned by the police at the venue police office." The last time an unauthorised person gained access to the stage was in 2010 when the Spanish performance was disrupted by Jimmy Jump.

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