Eurovision 2017: 32 artists and 19 songs known so far

Meet the artists selected so far. Keep track of when the various national finals are being held. This overview gives you the information you need for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

43 countries will participate at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. This alphabetical list keeps you updated on who has been selected, and who are yet to have their selection. Click on a name of the country to get the latest news from that particular country. Bookmark it!

2017 participants:

  • Albania: Lindita Halimi – Botë
    On the 23rd of December, Lindita won the 55 editon of Festivali i Këngës, the name of the Albanian national selection, and thereby the right to represent the country at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Armenia: Artsvik – Song to be announced later
    On December 24 Artsvik beat Marta in the Depi Evratesil to become the Armenian representative 2017.
  • Australia: Awaiting internal selection
    Invited into the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as a special one time thing, Australia however became a regular participant in 2016 taking part in the semi-finals. The broadcaster has so far only chosen internally, never held a national final.
  • Austria: Nathan Trent – Song to be announced later
    For the 2017 contest, Austria returned to an internal selection. They selected Nathan, a newcomer who is mostly known within the pop and R’n’B genre. He is bilingual Italian/German, but it is not yet known if the song will represent that.
  • Azerbaijan: Diana Hajiyeva – Song to be announced later
    From backing singer in 2016 to be solo singer in 2017. Diana was internally selected to represent Azerbaijan at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. No information yet on when and how her song will be chosen.
  • BelarusNavi Historyja Majho žyccia
    For the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Belarus has gobe a bit untradional and chosen a folk song. If the song stays in Belarussian, it will be the first time they don’t participate with a song in English.
  • Belgium: Blanche (Ellie Delvaux) – Song to be announced later
    16 year old Ellie Delvaux also known as Blanche will represent Belgium. There is no information yet on when or how her song will be chosen.
  • BulgariaAwaiting internal selection
    Over the years Bulgaria have both used national finals as well as internal selections. When they returned to the contest in 2016 after two years out, they selected internally. They announced they will do the same for this year, but have an open call for songs.
  • Croatia: Jacques Houdek – Song to be announced later
    Local broadcaster HRT internally selected Jacques Houdek to represent them at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The song isn’t made public yet, but the country’s Head of Delegation describes it as a very Eurovision-style kind of song, which is interesting and challenging.
  • Cyprus: Hovig – Gravity
    After two failed attempts to win the Cypriot national final, 28 year Hovig was internally selected for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. For the second year in a row, Cyprus is going with a song written by Eurovision legend Thomas G:Son. Via three hints, the songtitle was revealed to be Gravity.
  • Czech Republic: Martina Bárta – Song to be announced later
    For the first time the Czech broadcaster had an open call for potential Eurovision entries. They received more than 300 songs. At the end, Jazz singer and hornist Martina Bárta was chosen. The song is not yet released.
  • DenmarkAnja – Where I Am
    The national final (Melodi Grand Prix) was held on the 25th of February in Herning. 10 songs competed to represent the country which was won by Anja and Where I Am.
  • Estonia: National final on the 4th of March
    On the 4th of March the Estonian representative will be chosen via the selection called Eesti Laul. 20 acts are being cut down to 10 in two semi-finals being held on the 11th and 18th of February.
  • Finland: Norma John – Blackbird
    If Nordic Noir can be used about music, that is what Finland sends to Eurovision 2017. Norma John won the national selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu beating nine other artists on the 28th of February.
  • FranceAlma – Requiem
    The Eurovision interest in France has been growing steadily since Amir represented them at the 2016 contest. For the 2017 edition the broadcaster received more than 300 potential entries from which they chose Alma and the song Requiem.
  • GermanyLevina – Perfect Life
    For the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, German broadcaster changed their format into a casting show for young undiscovered artists. They received nearly 2500 applications which was cut down to 30, and then again to five who competed in the final of Unser Song on the 9th of February. Levina with Perfect Life won and will be their entry.
  • GeorgiaTako Gachechiladze  Keep The Faith
    The Georgian national selection was held on January 20th and after 25 contestants fighting for the rights to represent their country, Tako Gachechiladze was picked by public as well as five international juror with her song Keep The Faith.
  • Greece: Demy – Song to be chosen later
    Demy has been chosen internally, but some kind of national selection will take place where the public will choose between three songs for her. All the songs are written by Eurovision veteran Dimitris Kontopoulos who will work together with Fokas Evangelinos again for the stage performance.
  • Hungary: Joci PápaiOrigo
    After five preliminary heats, Joci Pápai was crowned the winner of this year’s A Dal. He beat 7 other participants with a song which definetly stands out – whether you like it or not.
  • Iceland: National final on the 11th of March
    On the 25th of February and the 4th of March, two semi-finals will select the six finalists in Iceland. The final takes place on the 11th of March.
  • Ireland: Brendan Murray – Song to be announced later
    For the second year in a row, Ireland went for an internal selection. They selected Brendan from the band HomeTown. The broadcaster opened for submissions of songs until the 19th of January. RTÉ will in conjunction with entertainment manager and X-Factor UK judge Louis Walsh select the song.
  • Israel: Imri ZivI Feel Alive
    Imri Ziv won the Israli national selection HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion on the 13th of February. He comes with plenty of Eurovision experience, having been backing singer for Nadav Guedj in 2015 and for Hovi Star last year.
  • Italy: Francesco Gabbani Occidentali’s Karma
    The winner of the famous music festival Sanremo won and accepted the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. Francesco Gabbani performed Occidentali’s Karma on the 11th of February, which will also be his Eurovision entry.
  • LatviaTriana Park – Line
    Supernova is the name of the national selection format they use to choose their entry. On February 26th, four acts competed in the Supernova, which was won by Triana Park.
  • Lithuania: National final on 11th of March
    In Lithuania they will once again stick to their national selection titled Eurovizijos Atranka, which will start on the 7th of January and end on the 11th of March. Two former Eurovision participants are listed among the 51 participants; Sasha Son and Vilija Mataciunaite.
  • FYR MacedoniaJana Burčeska – Song to be announced later
    She was internally chosen to represent her country at the 2017 Eurovvision Song Contest. The broadcaster invited everyone to submit potential songs for her until the 25th of December.
  • Malta: Claudia Faniello – Breathlessly
    Claudia lived up to the expectations as one of the favourites to represent her country at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. She won the national final MESC on the 18th of February with the song Breathlessly. Claudia’s brother Fabrizio represented Malta twice at Eurovision.
  • MoldovaSunStroke Project – Hey Mamma
    O Melodie Pentru Europa is the name of the selection format used in Moldova. Through an open submission and live auditions, a semi-final took place on the 24th of February, and the final the next day, the 25th when SunStroke Project won.
  • Montenegro: Slavko KalezićSpace
    National broadcaster RTCG intanally selected 31 year old actor and singer Slavko Kalezić to represent them at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. There song is titled Space, but it hasn’t yet been released.
  • The NetherlandsO’G3NE – Song to be announced later
    Girl trio, and former Junior Eurovision participants, O’G3NE was selected internally by the broadcaster in October 2016. After winning the talent show The Voice two years ago, the girls are now ready to test their talents to an international audience.
  • Norway: National final on the 11th of March
    A record breaking 1035 songs were received by the broadcaster. They will use the regular selection show Melodi Grand Prix to select their 2017 Eurovision representative. For the 2017 edition they will use an international jury just as they did in 1985 and 1995, and won on both occasions.
  • Poland: Kasia MośFlashlight
    On the 18th of February, Poland held their national final Krajowe Eliminacje which resulted in Kasia Moś beating 9 other competitors. She will represent Poland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Flashlight.
  • Portugal: National final on the 5th of March
    Festival da Canção returns as national selection as Portugal returns to the Eurovision Song Contest. Two semi-finals will be held on the 19th and 26th of February. On the 5th of March the final will take place. For the 2017 edition there is no language restriction and the voting will be a 50-50 split between the public and a jury.
  • Romania: National final on the 5th of March
    After being excluded from the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest just a few weeks before the contest, Romania plan to return for the 2017 edition. Selectia Nationala will be used as national selection with a final held on the 5th of March, after a semi-final on the 26th of February.
  • RussiaAwaiting internal selection
    Having selected their last three participants internally, it is expected that Russia will do the same again for the 2017 contest. Host country Ukraine have warned that several Russian artists are blacklisted and not able to enter the country. Some expects Russia to respect that lists while others expect them to try to challenge it.
  • San MarinoAwaiting internal selection
    As San Marino is unable to carry out a televoting for the Eurovision Song Contest, they have never had a national final. We can therefore expect an internal selection once again.
  • Serbia: Tijana BogićevićSong to be announced later
    35 year old Tijana Bogićević has been internally selected to represent the country the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The song is written by Borislav Milanov, Bo Persson, Johan Alkenas and Lisa Ann-Mari Linder. They were a part of Conchita’s winning team in 2014 in Copenhagen. Furthermore it is the same composer team, that wrote If Love Was A Crime, for Bulgaria’s Poli Genova last year in Stockholm.
  • SloveniaOmar Naber – On My Way
    EMA was used to select the Slovenian 2017 representative. On February 24th Omar Naber beat out another 7 participants to win the EMA grand final.
  • Spain: Manel NavarroDo It For Your Lover
    The Spanish selection, Objetivo Eurovisión, offered quite a drama this year as two contestants ended in a tie in the final. At the end, Manel Navarro was chosen with two out of three juries in favour of him, but with the televoting result against him.
  • Sweden: National final on the 11th of March
    The national selection, Melodifestivalen, run through six weeks throughout the country, starts on the 4th of February. National final to be held on the 11th of March in Stockholm.
  • Switzerland: Timebelle Apollo
    In a national final againts five other competitors, Timebelle won the Swiss final on the 5th of February. The entire band is from Romania. The song is composed by the same Swedish team which were behind Azerbaijan’s 2014 entry Start A Fire.
  • Ukraine: O.Torvald – Time
    The national final was held on the 25th of February. Six acts competed and it was won by O.Torvald with Time.
  • United KingdomLucie Jones – Never Give Up On You
    Lucie Jones beat five other contestants to win the Eurovision: You Decide national selection on January 27 with the song Never Give Up On You. The song is co-written by 2013 Eurovision Song Contest winner Emmelie de Forest.

2017 Eurovision details

Location: By winning the 2016 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Ukraine had the right to host the 2017 contest. They have chosen The International Exhibition Centre as venue. A capacity of aproximately 11,000 spectators is expected.

Dates: The Two semi-finals will take place on Tuesday the 9th and Thursday the 11th of May 2017. The grand final is to be held two days later, on Saturday the 13th.

Format: Host country Ukraine is automatically qualified for the final together with the so-called Big5 countries Italy, France, Spain, Germany and United Kingdom. All other participating countries will be divided into two semi-finals from where they will try to qualify for the final.

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