2017 national selections

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Kyiv, Ukraine

In this section you will find information relating to the respective selections of the 43 countries participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The 62nd edition of the competition will take place in the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, on 9th, 11th and 13th May.

Check out our calendar for all national selection dates and live streaming links.

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Hungary

Hungarian broadcaster MTVA has announced that two new commentators will represent Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. Kriszta Rátonyi is an award-winning young and extremely lively presenter at MTVA's youth channel Petöfi TV while the other commentator is a familiar face for Eurovision fans, his name is Freddie and he was the representative of Hungary in Stockholm in 2016 with his song Pioneer.

Sweden, Lithuania, Norway and Iceland have chosen their acts for Kyiv! This rounds up the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest national selection.

Stay tuned for more announcements on Eurovision.tv about internally selected acts for the upcoming contest in the upcoming days, as the participants table is filling up.

On behalf of the entire Eurovision.tv team: Thank you for following our national selection feed!

Serbia

SERBIA's OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

France

FRANCE'S OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Czech Republic

CZECH REPUBLIC'S OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Serbia

Tonight at 18:00 CET, we will premiere In Too Deep by Tijana Bogićević, Serbia's entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned!

Azerbaijan

Last year Azerbaijan's national broadcaster ITV announced Dihaj as the country's representative in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Today, the video for Dihaj's entry Skeletons was released. Azerbaijan will compete in the first Semi-Final in Kyiv on Tuesday 9th May. Read the full story and watch the video.

Israel
Israel

The video for Israel's entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, I Feel Alive, performed by Imri, will be premiered on Monday. The song, I Feel Alive, chosen from hundreds of submissions, was written and composed by Dolev Ram and Penn Hazut. The two writers are also responsible for some of Israel’s biggest hits in the past year.

Sweden

With just over 50 hours until the live show, rehearsals for the final of Melodifestivalen 2017, Sweden's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, are in full swing at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. The winner will be decided again by a mixture of televoting (50%) and international juries (50%), and earlier today the countries that will be voting, along with their spokespersons, were revealed:

  • Armenia – Iveta Mukuchyan
  • Australia – Stephanie Werret
  • United Kingdom – 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

Some of the original lyrics to the songs included swear words. The lyrics of these songs have been changed and are now eligible to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Those are I Don't Give A performed by Lisa Ajax and I Can't Go On by Robin Bengtsson. The line-up of the final now looks like this:

  1. Ace Wilder - Wild Child
  2. Boris René - Her Kiss
  3. Lisa Ajax - I Don’t Give A
  4. Robin Bengtsson - I Can’t Go On 
  5. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia - En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)
  6. Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
  7. Mariette - A Million Years
  8. FO&O - Gotta Thing About You
  9. Nano - Hold On
  10. Wiktoria - As I Lay Me Down
  11. Benjamin Ingrosso - Good Lovin' 
  12. Owe Thörnqvist - Boogieman Blues

Swedish pop star Zara Larsson, with international hits such as Lush Life or I Would Like, will feature in the interval act and promises "a real show" as her performance.

The final of Melodifestivalen 2017 takes place on Saturday 11th March and you can watch it live from 20:00 CET through SVT Play. For more information go to Melodifestivalen's official website.

Armenia

Late last year the Public TV Company of Armenia (AMPTV) announced an open competition for submissions for Artsvik’s entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. More than 300 composers and songwriters from all over the world have submitted their work but only 10 songs were shortlisted. After a careful consideration, AMPTV’s creative team, together with Artsvik, have made their choice - Fly With Me. 

Fly With Me was composed by Lilith and Levon Navasardyan, who are known to Eurovision fans for Aram MP3’s Not Alone from the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Mika’s Love (Junior Eurovision 2015) and Iveta Mukuchyan’s LoveWave from last year. Lyrics were written by Avet Barseghyan and David Tserunyan.

According to AMPTV, both the music and lyrics were inspired by this year’s slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest; Celebrate Diversity. Featuring folk and traditional rhythms and elements not only from Armenia, but also from Europe, Africa and even Asia, Fly With Me showcases the beauty of diversity and proves that our stories and voices are the vivid colours of this world.

Artsvik said:

My song tells a story of a girl, who is the metaphorical symbol of love. She embodies the colours, the stories and the voices that make us who we are.

Fly With Me encourages everyone to come with me on this girl’s journey of championing diverse and beautiful human nature. I think nowadays it is especially important to embrace our heritage and our traditions.

We, the people - our colours, our stories and our voices make up this world. We must never forget that this girl’s light and love is one for all of us.

Photograph: Anna Grigoryan

Artsvik's song for Eurovision 2017 will be premiered of the official Eurovision Song Contest channel on YouTube on Saturday 18th March at 18:30 CET.

You can follow Artsvik on the following official social media channels:

Ellie Delvaux, now known as Blanche, will represent Belgium in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song City Lights. Check out the video below and read the full story.

Belgium

Blanche - City Lights

Czech Republic
Czech Republic

Martina Bárta's song for the Czech Republic, My Turn, has been released. The official video will follow later this week.

F.Y.R. Macedonia

Jana Burcheska to present her entry for the Eurovision Song Contest on 10th March 2017.

Jana will represent FYR Macedonia in Kyiv this year and her song will be revealed during the music show Stisni Play hosted by Aleksandra Jovanovska. The show will be broadcast on MKRTV at 20:15 CET. During the programme MKRTV will announce full details about the creative and artistic team responsible for the song, video and stage performance. The song which will be premiered on Friday night has been selected from more than 200 received songs received from around the world. 

Jana said: 

"My heart beats at high speed when I think of the promotion of the song. We all worked extremely hard on perfecting the final product and I really, truly, deeply hope the audience will like it. Enormous thanks to the full team behind both the audio and video, as well as to the continuous support by my domestic team from the National Broadcaster. Excitement is inevitable and hopefully contagious, looking forward to the public's feedback!"

You can watch the full show live on Friday on the website of the Macedonian broadcaster.

For news and updated follow Jana Burcheska on her official Facebook account as well as Instagram

Australia

Australian broadcaster, SBS, announced Isaiah Firebrace as Australia’s contestant at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine. Isaiah’s Eurovision song Don’t Come Easy was also revealed today, on stage at an intimate performance in Melbourne, Australia. Read the full story.

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Greece

The Greek national selection took place this evening and Demy's song for Kyiv was chosen, This is Love. The song was chosen by a mixture of televoting and an international jury. Read the full story.

Watch the video of This is Love on the website of broadcaster ERT.

The Netherlands

A day after its release, the Dutch entry Lights and Shadows, sung by sisters OG3NE, has knocked Ed Sheeran off the Number One spot in the Dutch iTunes charts. In just two days, the video of the song has been viewed over 1.5 million times!

Lithuania

Lithuanian broadcaster LRT has announced that a wild card entry will be added to the final on Saturday. The song which did not qualify through the three previous rounds but had the highest public support on the web will be added to the list of participants for Saturday's final. 

The right to take part in the voting was offered to the six entries that were closest to qualification in the three latest broadcasts:

  • Mia
  • Queens of Roses
  • Lolita Zero
  • Edgaras Lubys
  • Sasha Song
  • Ieva Zasimauskaitė

More details can be found on the website of LRT.

The Final will be broadcast live from Klaipėda, Lithuania‘s third largest city and this year Capital of Culture, at 20.00 CET. The six acts that have already qualified to the final:

  • Paula - Let U Go
  • Aistė Pilvelytė - I'm Like a Wolf
  • Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė - Love Shadow
  • Fusedmarc - Rain of Revolution
  • Gabrielius Vagelis - Feel Myself Free
  • Greta Zazza - Like I Love You
Serbia

Serbia's song for the 2017 is called In Too Deep and was written by Borislav Milanov, Bo Persson, Johan Alkenas and Lisa Ann Mari Linder. 

The four are producers, composers and founders of the group Symphonix Internatonal. As authors they have worked on numerous projects, and are no strangers to the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2014 they were part of Conchita's winning team with the song Rise Like A Phoenix and just last year they were part of Poli Genova's team of authors for If Love Was A Crime which finished fourth for Bulgaria in the Grand Final in Stockholm.

Over the years they have worked together or separately as a part of the team of authors on many albums for the artists such as Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Jonas Brothers, Tokio Hotel, Mary J. Blige, Willow Smith, Iyaz, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Armin Van Buuren, Charice, Ashley, Conchita Wurst, Alexandra Stan, lariss, Alex Vargas. 

Listen to a teaser of In Too Deep in the video below!

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Portugal

Salvador Sobral is the winner of Festival da Canção 2017, Portugal's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. He will perform in Kyiv the song Amar Pelos Dois (Love Enough For Two) written by his sister. Read more here.

Romania

Ilinca and Alex Florea have won the 2017 edition of Selecţia Naţională, the Romanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Ilinca and Alex Florea will perform the song Yodel It! in the second Semi-Final in Kyiv, Ukraine on Thursday 11th May. The winner of Selecţia Naţională was decided solely by the public. Read the full story.

Portugal

Tonight Portugal choose their song for Ukraine in the final of Festival da canção. It will be in a long show hosted by Sílvia Alberto & Catarina Furtado that will include the gala of the 60th anniversary of the Portuguese broadcaster, RTP. These are the eight participants that will compete in Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon (click on the title to watch the performance):

  1. Jorge Benvinda - Gente Bestial (Nuno Figueiredo)
  2. Pedro Gonçalves - Don't Walk Away (João Pedro Coimbra)
  3. Lena d’Agua - Nunca Me Fui Embora (Pedro Silva Martins)
  4. Salvador Sobral - Amar pelos Dois (Luísa Sobral)
  5. Fernando Daniel - Poema a Dois (Nuno Feist)
  6. Celina Da Piedade - Primavera (Celina da Piedade)
  7. Deolinda Kinzimba - O que Eu Vi nos Meus Sonhos (Rita Redshoes)
  8. Viva La Diva - Nova Glória (Nuno Gonçalves)

The song that gets the most points from the seven regional juries and the televoting will go on to represent Portugal at the first Semi-Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 9th May in Kyiv.

You can watch it live here from 22:00 CET. For more information you can visit the Portuguese broadcaster, RTP, site on Festival da Canção.

Estonia

The final of Eesti Laul 2017, Estonia's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, finished moments ago in Tallinn, where Koit Toome and Laura were declared the winners with the song VeronaRead more here!

Iceland

Tonight saw the second semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2017, the Icelandic national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, take place in Reykjavík. The following acts competed for the three remaining places in the final, which will be held next week (qualifiers in bold):

  • Linda Hartmanns - Ástfangin (Linda Hartmanns / Erla Bolladóttir)
  • Daði Freyr Pétursson - Hvað með það? (Daði Freyr Pétursson)
  • Svala Björgvinsdóttir - Ég veit það (Einar Egilsson, Svala Björgvinsdóttir, Lester Mendez, Lily Elise / Stefán Hilmarsson)
  • Páll Rósinkranz & Kristina Bærendsen - Þú og ég (Mark Brink og Þórunn Erna Clausen)
  • Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir - Treystu á mig (Iðunn Ásgeirsdóttir / Ragnheiður Bjarnadóttir)
  • Aron Brink - Þú hefur dáleitt mig (Þórunn Erna Clausen, Michael James Down og Aron Brink)

Additionally, a wildcard was given to one of the non semi-final qualifiers and it went to:

  • Hildur -  Bammbaramm (Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir)

Hildur participated in the first semi-final of Söngvakeppnin last week.

The qualifiers were decided solely through public voting and songs were performed in Icelandic. English language recordings of the songs are available online at the Söngvakeppnin website. In the final the songs may be performed in a language of the authors’ choosing. The winning song of Söngvakeppnin will be Iceland’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.

Lithuania

51 acts competed in Lithuania's national selection Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka. In tonight's semi-final only eight entries remained. These eight fought for six spots in the big final next Saturday. The result was decided by a combination of a Lithuanian jury, international jury and public voting.

Here are the six acts who will go forward to next week's final:

  • Paula - Let U Go

  • Aistė Pilvelytė - I'm Like a Wolf

  • Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė - Love Shadow

  • Fusedmarc - Rain of Revolution

  • Gabrielius Vagelis - Feel Myself Free

  • Greta Zazza - Like I Love You

Sweden

2012 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Loreen, lost her duel in the second chance to reach the final of Melodifestivalen in Sweden. The so-called Andra Chansen show was broadcast live from the Saab Arena in Linköping where the eight acts battled in four duels (winners in bold):

  • FO&O - Gotta Thing About You
  • De Vet Du - Road Trip
  • Axel Schylström - När ingen ser
  • Lisa Ajax - I Don’t Give A
  • Boris René - Her Kiss
  • Dismissed - Hearts Align
  • Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
  • Loreen - Statements

The winners of each of the four duels join the final in Stockholm next week. The line-up of the final now looks like this:

  1. Ace Wilder - Wild Child
  2. Boris René - Her Kiss
  3. Lisa Ajax - I Don’t Give A
  4. Robin Bengtsson - I Can’t Go On 
  5. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia - En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)
  6. Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
  7. Mariette - A Million Years
  8. FO&O - Gotta Thing About You
  9. Nano - Hold On
  10. Wiktoria - As I Lay Me Down
  11. Benjamin Ingrosso - Good Lovin' 
  12. Owe Thörnqvist - Boogieman Blues

For more information go to Melodifestivalen's official website.

Sweden

Tonight eight acts will have a second chance to reach the final of Melodifestivalen in Sweden. The so-called Andra Chansen show will be broadcast live from the Saab Arena in Linköping where the eight acts will battle in four duels:

  • FO&O - Gotta Thing
  • De Vet Du - Road Trip
  • Axel SchylströmNär ingen ser
  • Lisa Ajax - I Don’t Give A
  • Boris René - Her Kiss
  • Dismissed - Hearts Align
  • Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
  • Loreen - Statements

The winner of each duel will join the final in Stockholm next week. The line-up in the second chance round includes Eurovision Song Contest winner Loreen, who didn't go through to the final in last week's show.

For more information go to Melodifestivalen's official website. To watch the show live at 20:00 CET go to SVT Play.

The presenters David, Clara and Hasse, with the Andra Chansen artists. (Photo: SVT)

The Netherlands

OG3NE Ten Years On from Junior Eurovision (Dutch language only)

The Netherlands

Earlier today the Dutch girl group, OG3NE, held a press conference in Amsterdam where they launched the official video for their song Lights and Shadows. The song is a personal tale inspired by their mother, and was written by their father. The trio are excited to be representing The Netherlands in Kyiv and are looking forward to the experience. 

Read the full story.

Estonia

The national final of Estonia, Eesti Laul 2017, takes place tomorrow, Saturday 4th of March. The following 10 acts qualified from the two semi-finals and will compete to represent Estonia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest:

  1. Liis Lemsalu - Keep Running 
  2. Koit Toome ja Laura - Verona
  3. Whogaux & Karl-Kristjan feat. Maian - Have You Now
  4. Lenna Kuurmaa - Slingshot
  5. Daniel Levi - All I Need
  6. Elina Born - In or Out
  7. Ivo Linna - Suur loterii
  8. Rasmus Rändvee - This Love
  9. Ariadne - Feel Me Now
  10. Kerli - Spirit Animal

Former Eurovision Song Contest participants include: Koit Toome (1998), Laura (with Suntribe in 2005), Lenna Kuurmaa (with Vanilla Ninja for Switzerland in 2005), Elina Born (duetting with Stig Rästa in 2015) and Ivo Linna (in a duet with Maarja-Liis Ilus in 1996).

To remember about the history of Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest click on our special feature. For more details visit the official Eesti Laul website. and for the live streams click on this link from 18:30 CET.

Iceland

Saturday night sees the second semi-final of Söngvakeppnin 2017, the Icelandic national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, take place Reykjavík.

The following acts will fight for three remaining places in the final which will be held next week:

  • Aron Brink - Þú hefur dáleitt mig / Hypnotised (Þórunn Erna Clausen, Michael James Down og Aron Brink)
  • Daði Freyr Pétursson -  Hvað með það? / Is This Love? (Daði Freyr Pétursson)
  • Svala Björgvinsdóttir - Ég veit það / Paper (Einar Egilsson, Svala Björgvinsdóttir, Lester Mendez, Lily Elise / Stefán Hilmarsson)
  • Páll Rósinkranz & Kristina Bærendsen - Þú og ég / You and I (Mark Brink og Þórunn Erna Clausen)
  • Linda Hartmanns - Ástfangin / Obvious Love (Linda Hartmanns / Erla Bolladóttir)
  • Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir - Treystu á mig / Trust in me (Iðunn Ásgeirsdóttir / Ragnheiður Bjarnadóttir)

The qualifiers will be decided solely through public voting and songs will be performed in Icelandic. English language recordings of the songs are available online at the Söngvakeppnin website. In the final the songs may be performed in a language of the authors’ choosing. The winning song of Söngvakeppnin will be Iceland’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.

You can watch the show live starting 20:45 CET on Saturday 4th March.

France

Following the huge success of Amir, France’s representative in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, France 2 and France 4 have joined forces once again in 2017. The upcoming young talent Alma will fly the flag for France in Kyiv with her song Requiem which was written and composed by Nazim Khaled.

Read the full story.

France
The Netherlands

OG3NE presents Dutch song for Kyiv 'Lights And Shadows'

Ukraine

O.Torvald, the band representing Ukraine at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv held a press conference earlier today. The event was held in the club that their first public performance took place ten years ago. The members of the band expressed their gratitude for the support they received during the Ukrainian national selection. Timur Miroshnychenko, greenroom host of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, congratulated the artists on behalf of the Eurovision Song Contest team at the press conference. "It is very pleasant that a young rock band is going to present Ukraine. It is a good chance to show new Ukrainian music. We hope that the band is going to win love of the whole Europe. We have already started to prepare for 2017 Eurovision together with them". 

As Host Country, Ukraine has qualified directly to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. "We have to work on our vocals, English and have a lot of rehearsals. We are grateful to the STB channel, which did not leave us alone with our problems and offered to help. I would also like to remind TV viewers that we are just ordinary guys, we have never had producers, we have never taken part in any kind of talent show. We need to learn a lot in order to be prepared for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest", said Yevhen Halych, lead singer of the band.

Head of the Ukrainian national selection, Nataliia Franchuk, explained to the press how O.Torvald will prepare for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest; "Tomorrow we are going to the meeting with the band as well as experts, we are going to brainstorm regarding what should be done in order to make the performance of the Ukrainian artists the best. There is a lot of work to do". 

O.Torvald will perform at the London Eurovision Party on Sunday 2nd April and Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam on Saturday 8th April.

Croatia

Following the launch of Jacques Houdek's song, My Friend, he said; "We gave the song life today – it is an inexplicable feeling of joy and pride, especially when you know that you will represent your country at Eurovision. My team and I worked on the creation of this song for ten months, and I am overwhelmed with happiness that this song of encouragement, hope, friendship and love can be shared with the audience, to whom I am extremely grateful for all of the support, their participation in the #beMyfriend campaign, and all of the wonderful feedback that I have already received about the instrumental version if the song. May this song be a guiding star for everyone, a song that will bring us together, spread friendship and love, celebrate diversity, give us support in tough times, but also be a song that celebrates every new day, because every new day truly is a miracle".

Croatia

Premiere of "My Friend" for Croatia

The Netherlands

O'G3NE, the girl group representing The Netherlands in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will premiere their song, Lights and Shadows, tomorrow, Friday 3rd March in Amsterdam. Stay tuned for the official video!

Read more about O'G3NE.

Cyprus

Official video for Gravity released!

Croatia

Jacques Houdek's song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, My Friend, will be premiered on Croatian Radio’s Channel 2 programme The World of Discography on Thursday 2nd March. The entire production team will also be presented to the audience during the popular show represented by Zlatko Turkalj.  

On the eve of the official premiere of Croatia’s Eurovision song on The World of Discography, Jacques isn’t hiding his excitement and his desire for the song’s message to reach the hearts of the audience:

"It’s hard for me to describe how excited I am for the premiere of the song My Friend. I have been living for this for the past ten months, all of my artistic capabilities have been directed towards writing this song and I can barely wait for listeners to let it into their hearts. Music is what I am, it’s my calling, my essence but that purest of emotions multiplies when you share it, and I’m happiest when it becomes ours – when I feel that the song has become a connection between the audience and myself. I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful reactions to the instrumental version of the song so far, as well as for their response to the #beMyfriend campaign. I believe that the audience will recognise the message of the song and accept it as their own, and that it will take a special place in the hearts of listeners," said Jacques Houdek.

Host Zlatko Turkalj said; "Croatian Radio’s Channel 2 (HRT – HR 2) has served as the first stage for many performers and their first exposure to audiences, but it is also a daily reminder of Croatia’s rich rock and pop heritage. We’re especially happy to find out tomorrow on The World of Discography what Jacques and his team have come up with for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest." He added, "After listeners hear the Eurovision song My Friend, Jacques will field questions from listeners and from everyone following us via our Facebook profile and the eurosong.hrt and eurosong.hr websites."

The team that wrote the music for My Friend consists of Jacques Houdek, Siniša Reljić, and Tony Malm, with lyrics by Jacques Houdek, Ines Prajo, Arijana Kunštek, and Fabrizio Laucella, while violinist Antun Stašić and cellist Neven Šverko provided a world-class interpretation of the song’s message.

"I’m glad to have been able to put together such a brilliant song writing team, and their exceptional talents have helped me to create the concept for a song that I believe will present our country in the best possible light", said Jacques Houdek.

Yesterday an instrumental version of My Friend was released by Jacques Houdek's team and fan Carl Allen from Crawley in the United Kingdom even had a tattoo done in honour of Croatia's entry this year!

Slovenia
Ukraine
Moldova
Austria

The official video for Nathan Trent's entry for Austra in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Running on Air, has been released. Check it out below!

Austria
Cyprus

Just one day to go until Hovig reveals his song for Kyiv, Gravity. Earlier this week he teased the audience further with a video on Facebook. Check it out below:

Cyprus
Israel

The Israeli song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is called I Feel Alive and will be performed by Imri Ziv. The song was written and composed by Dolev Ram and Penn Hazut.

25-year-old Imri Ziv will represent Israel at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv after being crowned the winner of the TV show, Rising Star. The young singer is already familiar with the Eurovision stage, as he took part in the last two contests as a backing vocalist, for both the golden boy Nadav Guedj and the man made of stars, Hovi Star.

The two writers behind the song I Feel Alive are also responsible for some of the biggest hits in Israel over the past year. The song was chosen from among dozens of songs by a special joint expert-committee, comprising of representatives of IBA (Israel Broadcasting Authority), Keshet Broadcasting (where The Next Star for Eurovision was aired) and IPBC (Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation), chaired by IBA's Dr. Moshe Morad.

The video for Imri's song will be premiered on 9th March on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel. 

Portugal

The second and last semi-final of Festival da Canção just finished in Lisbon and four more songs proceed to the final:

  • Celina Da Piedade - Primavera (Jury winner)
  • Jorge Benvinda - Gente Bestial
  • Pedro Gonçalves - Don't Walk Away (Televoting winner)
  • Lena d’Agua - Nunca Me Fui Embora

So that completes the line-up of Portugal's national final! These are the eight participants that will compete next Sunday 5th of March (click on the title to watch the performance):

The winner will go on to represent Portugal at the first Semi-Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. For more information you can visit the Portuguese broadcaster, RTP, site on Festival da Canção.

Romania

The semi-final of the Romanian national selection took place this evening. 15 acts battled it out for 10 places in the final.

The jury selected the following acts:

  • Ilinca ft. Alex Florea -Yodel It!
  • Mihai - I Won't Surrender
  • Xandra - Walk On By
  • Ana-Maria Mirică - Spune-mi tu (Tell me)
  • Cristina Vasiu - Set the Skies on Fire
  • Instinct - Petale (Petals)
  • Eduard Santha - Wild Child
  • Ramona Nerra - Save Me
  • Maxim - Adu-ți aminte (Remember)
  • Tavi Colen & Emma - We Own the Night

Photograph: TVR

Jury members were:

  • Luminiţa Anghel
  • Ovi Jacobsen
  • Adrian Romcescu
  • Paula Seling
  • Andrei Tudor

Besides the 15 semi-finalists, the band SuperChill performed during the evening. The group are described as “the hottest percussion band in Romania“. Ovidiu Anton, the winner of the National Selection in 2016 also performed during the show this evening.

The final will take place on 5th March and the winner will be chosen exclusively through televoting. 

For more information about the Romanian selection visit the official website.

Portugal

Portugal's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Festival da Canção 2017, continues tonight Sunday 26th of February. The 2nd semi-final of the 51st edition of the contest will be broadcast live from the RTP studios at 22:00 CET.

You can watch the show on RTP1 and on this RTP Play link. In tonight's 2nd semi-final we will be able to watch the last eight competitors:

  1. David Gomes - My Paradise
  2. Lena d'Agua - Nunca me Fui Embora
  3. Beatriz Felício - Ao Teu Olhar
  4. Pedro Gonçalves - Don't Walk Away
  5. Helena Kendall - Andamos no Céu
  6. Celina Da Piedade - Primavera
  7. Jorge Benvinda - Gente Bestial
  8. Inês Sousa - Se o Tempo Não Falasse

The presenters of the second semi-final will be Tânia Ribas de Oliveira e Jorge Gabriel. For more information you can visit the Portuguese broadcaster, RTP, site on Festival da Canção.

Latvia

It's Sunday evening and in Latvia that means it's time for Supernova. After three elimination rounds tonight it's the big final where four acts fight for the right to represent their country at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv (click on the title to watch a performance of the song):

You can watch the show here starting at 20:25 CET.

Denmark

Denmark's entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is Anja Nissen performing the song Where I Am. The contest this year will be a special one for Denmark since 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the country's first participation in 1957. Read the full story.

Ukraine

O.Torvald has been chosen to fly the Ukrainian flag in Kyiv with the songTime. The group beat five other acts for the right to represent Ukraine on home ground in May. Read the full story.

Lithuania

Lithuania has just finished their eighth and last heat in their national selection Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka. Eight songs competed for the four remaining places in the semi-final. The result was based on points from a Lithuanian jury, international jury and televotes.

These four entries went through from tonight's show to next week's semi-final:

  • Paula - Let U Go
  • Gabrielius Vagelis - Feel Myself Free
  • Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė - Love Shadow
  • Fusedmarc - Rain of Revolution
Iceland

Söngvakeppnin 2017, the Icelandic national selection for the Eurovision Song Contestkicked off tonight with the first semi-final held at Háskólabíó in Reykjavík, hosted by Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir.

The following six songs competed and the three in bold got their spot in the final, to be held on the 11th of March:

  1. Hildur -  Bammbaramm (Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir)
  2. Erna Mist - Skuggamynd (Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir / Erna Mist Pétursdóttir)
  3. Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir - Til mín (Hólmfríður Ósk Samúelsdóttir)
  4. Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir - Heim til þín (Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson)
  5. Rúnar Eff - Mér við hlið (Rúnar Eff)
  6. Aron Hannes - Nótt  (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson / Ágúst Ibsen)

The songs are performed in Icelandic in the semi-finals. In the final the songs may be performed in a language of the authors’ choosing. Icelandic and English language recordings of all the songs are available online at the Söngvakeppnin website. The winning song of Söngvakeppnin will be Iceland’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.

Moldova

SunStroke Project have won the Moldovan national selection with the song Hey, Mamma! Read the full story.

Sweden

The fourth heat of the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen 2017, just finished in Skellefteå hosted by David Lindgren, Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson with the following results:

Straight to the final on March 11th:

  • Wiktoria - As I Lay Me Down
  • Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia - En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)

Going to the second chance round on March 4th:

  • Axel Schylström - När ingen ser
  • Loreen - Statements

And the three that won't continue in the competition are:

  • Alice - Running with Lions (5th)
  • Les Gordons - Bound To Fall (6th)
  • Sara Varga & Juha Mulari - Du får inte ändra på mig (7th)

Andra chansen

The second chance round will be broadcast live at 20:00 CET next week, on Saturday 4th of March, with the following line-up (paired in duels):

  • FO&O - Gotta Thing
  • De Vet Du - Road Trip
  • Axel Schylström - När ingen ser
  • Lisa Ajax - I Don’t Give A
  • Boris René - Her Kiss
  • Dismissed - Hearts Align
  • Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
  • Loreen - Statements

The line-up in the second chance round includes Eurovision Song Contest winner Loreen, who didn't go through to the final in tonight's show.

For more information go to Melodifestivalen's official website.

Moldova

The running order for the Moldovan national selection tonight:

  1. SunStroke Project - Hey Mamma
  2. Samir Loghin - Glow 
  3. Valeria Pașa - Freedom 
  4. Aurel Chirtoacă - Dor de mamă 
  5. Diana Brescan - Breath
  6. Marks & Stefanet - Join Us in the Rain
  7. Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu - Discover Moldova
  8. Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu - Don't Lie

The final takes place tonight, Saturday 25th of February, and you can follow it live from 18:35 CET.

 
Iceland

The Icelandic national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Söngvakeppnin 2017, kicks off tonight 25th of February, with the first semi-final being held at Háskólabíó in Reykjavík. The event will be hosted by Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir. Six songs compete for three spots in the Final on the 11th of March:

  1. Hildur -  Bammbaramm (Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir)
  2. Erna Mist - Skuggamynd (Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir / Erna Mist Pétursdóttir)
  3. Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir - Til mín (Hólmfríður Ósk Samúelsdóttir)
  4. Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir - Heim til þín (Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson)
  5. Rúnar Eff - Mér við hlið (Rúnar Eff)
  6. Aron Hannes - Nótt  (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson / Ágúst Ibsen)

The songs will be performed in Icelandic in the semi-finals. Icelandic and English language recordings of the songs are available online at the Söngvakeppnin website. In the final the songs may be performed in a language of the authors’ choosing. The winning song of Söngvakeppnin will be Iceland’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.

You can watch the show live starting 20:45 CET in the official Söngvakeppnin site by RÚV.

Sweden

The final seven acts are ready for the last heat of Melodifestivalen 2017 in Skellefteå:

  1. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia - En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)
  2. Alice - Running with Lions 
  3. Les Gordons - Bound To Fall 
  4. Wiktoria - As I Lay Me Down 
  5. Axel Schylström - När ingen ser 
  6. Sara Varga & Juha Mulari - Du får inte ändra på mig
  7. Loreen - Statements

Loreen won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with Euphoria and Statements marks her comeback to the national competition to try and represent Sweden again.

You can listen to the songs or watch short clips of the rehearsals in Melodifestivalen's official website. The fourth show will be broadcast live at 20:00 CET today, Saturday 25th February, and you can watch it here through SVT Play.

Melodifestivalen 2017 participants in the fourth heat (Photo: SVT).

Slovenia

Tonight Omar Naber won the Slovenian national selection, EMA, for the second time. And for the second time he will be going to Kyiv as this was the host city when he represented his country back in 2005.

Click here to read more about it.

Moldova

The semi-final of the Moldovan national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, O melodie pentru Europa, just finished. The following eight acts proceed and will compete in the final tomorrow:

  1. SunStroke Project - Hey Mamma (jury)
  2. Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu - Discover Moldova (jury)
  3. Diana Brescan - Breath (jury)
  4. Aurel Chirtoacă - Dor de mamă (jury)
  5. Marks & Stefanet - Join Us in the Rain (televote)
  6. Samir Loghin - Glow (televote)
  7. Valeria Pașa - Freedom (televote)
  8. Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu - Don't Lie (televote)

SunStroke Project represented Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010.

The final takes place tomorrow, Saturday 25th of February, and you can follow it live from 18:35.

Slovenia

Slovenia selects tonight!

The following eight acts will be fighting for the right to represent Slovenia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest:

  1. Sell Out – Ni Panike
  2. Nuška Drašček - Flower In The Snow
  3. Tim Kores - Open Fire
  4. Nika Zorjan – Fse
  5. KiNG FOO – Wild Ride
  6. Omar Naber – On My Way
  7. BQL - Heart Of Gold
  8. Raiven - Zažarim

The show starts at 20:00 CET, watch the programme online. Jamala, winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will appear alongside ManuElla, who represented Slovenia last year, and Tony Cetinski who represented Croatia in 1994.

Greece

The Greek National Final will take place Monday 6th March at 21:00 CET and be broadcast live on ERT1.

During the show, the 3 competing songs will be presented in the form of dedicated video clips that the Greek entrant Demy has filmed in both Greece and Ukraine.

Viewers will vote for their favourite via SMS and televoting. During the show nine representatives of Greeks living abroad will also cast their vote contributing to the final outcome. 

Demy will appear live in the show alongside composer Dimitris Kontopoulos and Fokas Evangelinos, stage director of the Greek song in Kyiv. Hovig, Cyprus' representative in 2017 will also take part in the programme which will be hosted by Greek actor Antonis Loudaros and journalist Elena Bouzala. 

For more information visit the official website of ERT.

You can watch the Greek national final on the live stream of ERT's website, Monday 6th March 21:00 CET.

Australia

In a press release Australian broadcaster, SBS, confirmed their plans to reveal their 2017 Eurovision Song Contest song and act on the 7th of March:

Last May, Australians watched on from across the world for a nail-biting finish in Stockholm, Sweden, as Dami Im soared on the stage with anything but a Sound of Silence, to be crowned Eurovision Song Contest runner-up.

Now comes the chance to do it all again, at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, this May. The Australian artist chasing Eurovision glory at the world’s biggest song contest is about to be announced, on Tuesday 7th March.

For the first time ever, Australia’s artist and song will both be revealed at the same time, in an intimate live performance at a secret location in Melbourne. The artist reveal will be broadcast LIVE on SBS Facebook from 7:30AM (CET) (17:30PM Sydney time). Stay tuned for updates and a countdown to the announcement moment!

Who will it be? Will a group, male solo or female solo take the stage?  Is the song Australians will be belting out in their living rooms an upbeat party anthem, or emotional power ballad? All will be revealed, on Tuesday 7th March!

Poland
Moldova

The semi-final of the Moldovan national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, O melodie pentru Europa, takes place on Friday 24th February with the national final taking place the next day.

The following acts will compete in the semi-final:

  1. Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu - Don't Lie
  2. Emilia Russu - If Only You
  3. Sandy C - A Beautiful World
  4. Valeria Pașa - Freedom
  5. Valentina Nejel & Sergiu Pungă - Ne-a fost iubirea un joc
  6. Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu - Discover Moldova
  7. Marks & Stefanet - Join Us in the Rain
  8. Aurel Chirtoacă - Dor de mamă
  9. Big Flash Sound - Logic
  10. SunStroke Project - Hey Mamma
  11. Diana Brescan - Breath
  12. Nadia Moșneagu - Never Give Up On Us
  13. Samir Loghin - Glow
  14. The One - Dance

Eight contestants will proceed to the final. Four will be selected based on scores gained from the jury vote and four will be selected by the public, through televoting. SunStroke Project represented Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010.

Croatia

Last week Jacques Houdek was unveiled as Croatia’s representative in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and today Croatian broadcaster HRT have announced that his song for Kyiv is called My Friend.

"My wish with this Eurovision song, like with all my songs so far, is to promote the sense of togetherness, friendship and respect for diversity", said Jacques. The announcement of the song's title will mark the launch of a digital campaign called #beMyfriend that has been developed by the Croatian Eurovision representative and his team. On social media he posted a photo with the goal to motivate people to open up, create and renew friendships. "Remember your friends, make them happy by dedicating a photo to them, show them how important they are to you, make new friends. Let this song and the #beMyfriend campaign be a celebration of friendship, the joy of living and a priceless wealth of love, trust and mutual respect", he added.

My Friend is due to be released in the coming weeks.

Denmark

You can listen to all the songs in the Danish national selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, on the website of the broadcaster DR. The national final takes place on Saturday 25th February. 

Portugal

The first semi-final of Portugal's selection, Festival da Canção, was held tonight in Lisbon. Four of the eight participants proceed to the final (click on the titles to watch the performance):

  1. Viva La Diva - Nova Glória (Televoting winner)
  2. Salvador Sobral - Amar pelos Dois (Jury voting winner)
  3. Fernando Daniel - Poema a Dois
  4. Deolinda Kinzimba - O que Eu Vi nos Meus Sonhos

Next Sunday the second half of participants will compete in the second semi-final. For more information you can visit the Portuguese broadcaster, RTP, site on Festival da Canção.

Viva La Diva, winners in the first semi-final of Festival da Canção 2017 (RTP).

Latvia

Supernova - Semi-Final

The semi-final of Supernova 2017 took place tonight to determine the Latvian entry in this year’s contest. The eight songs that qualified from the two heats took to the stage, with four songs selected to go forward to the final that will take place on the 26th of February. Two songs were chosen by a mix of online and televoting and two songs were picked by the expert jury.  

Linda Leen - Who Is In Charge

The Ludvig - I'm In Love With You

Franco Franco - Up

Santa Daņeļeviča - Your Breath

Lauris Valters - Magic Years

Triana Park - Line

Miks Dukurs - Spiritual Priest

My Radiant You - All I Know

The qualifiers for the final were:

  • Triana Park - Line
  • My Radiant You - All I Know
  • The Ludvig - I'm In Love With You
  • Santa Daņeļeviča - Your Breath
Hungary
Malta
Portugal

Portugal's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Festival da Canção 2017, kicks off tonight Sunday 19th of February. The 1st semi-final of the 51st edition of the contest will be broadcast live from the RTP studios at 22:00 CET. You can watch the show on RTP1 and on this RTP Play link.

In tonight's 1st semi-final we will be able to watch the first eight competitors:

  1. Márcia - Agora
  2. Golden Slumbers - Para Perto
  3. Fernando Daniel - Poema a Dois
  4. Deolinda Kinzimba - O que Eu Vi nos Meus Sonhos
  5. Rui Drumond  - O Teu Melhor
  6. Lisa Garden - Without You
  7. Salvador Sobral - Amar pelos Dois
  8. Viva La Diva - Nova Glória

The presenters of the first semi-final will be Sónia Araújo e José Carlos Malato. For more information you can visit the Portuguese broadcaster, RTP, site on Festival da Canção.

 

Malta

Malta has just selected Claudia Faniello with the song Breathlessly as their entrant to the 2017 contest. It will be the 30th entry for the island nation. Read the full story here.

Estonia

The national selection of Estonia, Eesti Laul 2017, held its second semi-final on Saturday 18th of February. The following acts competed for the five remaining places in the final (qualifiers in bold):

For more details visit the official Eesti Laul website. and for the live streams click on this link.

Poland

Poland chose its song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest tonight. The lucky winner is Kasia Moś and the title of the song is Flashlight. Read more about the Polish selection here.

Hungary

In Hungary their national selection A Dal came to an end tonight when Joci Pápai won the final with the song Origo. Read more about it in our special article.

Slovenia

The second semi-final of the Slovenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, EMA 2017, took take place this evening and saw the following acts qualify to the final:

  • Nuška Drašček - Flower in the Snow
  • Raiven - Zažarim
  • Tim Kores - Open Fire
  • BQL - Heart of Gold

The final takes place next Friday, 24th February. You can watch the show on the website of broadcaster RTVSLO at 19:55 CET.

Lithuania

In Lithuania the seventh heat of Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka just finished. These four, out of eight competing acts, got through to the next stage of the national selection:

  • Ieva Zasimauskaitė - You Saved Me
  • Aistė Pilvelytė - I'm Like a Wolf
  • Sasha Song - Never Felt Like This Before
  • Greta Zazza - Like I Love You

Lithuania continues with the next heat on Saturday while the grand finale takes place on the 11th of March.

Ukraine

The third, and last, semi-final has just finished in Ukraine where the following two acts proceed to the final next week:

  • O.Torvald - Time
  • Melovin - Wonder

The final is now complete with the 6 participating acts and this is how they drew their order of appearance for next Saturday 25th of February:

  1. Salto Nazad - O Mamo
  2. Melovin - Wonder
  3. O.Torvald - Time
  4. Iliaria - Thank You For My Way
  5. Tayanna - I Love You
  6. Rozhden - Saturn
Sweden

The third heat of the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen 2017, just finished in Växjö hosted by David Lindgren, Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson. producing the following results:

Straight to the final on March 11th:

  • Robin Bengtsson - I Can’t Go On 
  • Owe Thörnqvist - Boogieman Blues

Going to the second chance round on March 4th:

  • Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
  • FO&O - Gotta Thing

And the three that won't continue in the competition are:

  • Bella & Filippa - Crucified (5th)
  • Jasmine Kara - Gravity (6th)
  • Krista Siegfrids - Snurra min jord (7th)

For more information go to Melodifestivalen's official website. The fourth heat will be broadcast live at 20:00 CET next week, on Saturday 25th February.

Poland

Prior to the Polish national selection, Martin Fitch, who represented Poland in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest said; "2010 was one of the best moments in my life but now it's 2017 and I am back, stronger than ever. I am so happy to be a part of this Eurovision family and even more grateful for all the support I am getting from you. I'll do my best tonight on stage and I will #FightForUs!

Tune in tonight at 20:30 CET! 

Poland

Watch the Polish national selection tonight at 20:30 CET 

http://eurowizja.tvp.pl

Slovenia

The second semi-final of EMA 2017 takes place tonight. You can watch the show on the website of broadcaster RTVSLO at 20:00 CET.

The eight participating artists are:

  • Clemens - Tok ti sede
  • Raiven - Zažarim
  • Kataya & Duncan Kamakana - Are You There
  • BQL - Heart of Gold
  • Ina Shai - Colour Me
  • United Pandaz & Arsello feat. Alex - Heart to Heart
  • Tim Kores - Open Fire
  • Nuška Drašček - Flower in the Snow

Four acts will qualify for the final which will take place on Saturday 24th February.

Estonia

The national selection of Estonia, Eesti Laul 2017, holds its second semi-final tonight Saturday 18th of February. The following acts compete for the five remaining places in the final:

For more details visit the official Eesti Laul website. and for the live streams click on this link.

Sweden

Seven further acts are getting ready to compete in the third heat of Melodifestivalen 2017 in Växjö:

  1. Robin Bengtsson - I Can’t Go On
  2. Krista Siegfrids - Snurra min jord
  3. Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
  4. Jasmine Kara - Gravity
  5. Owe Thörnqvist - Boogieman Blues
  6. Bella & Filippa - Crucified
  7. FO&O - Gotta Thing 

You can listen to the songs or watch short clips of the rehearsals in Melodifestivalen's official website. The third show will be broadcast live at 20:00 CET today, Saturday 18th February, and you can watch it here through SVT Play.

Melodifestivalen 2017 participants in the third heat (Photo: SVT).

Slovenia

The first semi-final of the Slovenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, EMA 2017, took take place this evening and saw the following acts qualify to the final:

  • KiNG FOO – Wild Ride
  • Nika Zorjan – Fse
  • Sell Out – Ni panike
  • Omar Naber – On My Way

ManuElla who represented Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 performed during the show. 

The second semi-final takes place tomorrow evening, 18th February. You can watch the show on the website of broadcaster RTVSLO at 20:00 CET.

Ukraine

The third semi-final takes place in Ukraine on Saturday 18th February. The following eight acts will compete for a place in the final next week:

  • Anastasia Prudius - Flow
  • Green Grey - Future Is On
  • Kadnay - Freedom In My Mind 
  • O.Torvald - Time
  • Payushchie Trusy - Singing Pants
  • Vitaly Kozlovsky - I'm Your Light
  • Vivienne Mort - Iniy

Two acts will qualify for the final which will take place on Saturday 25th February. 

Croatia

The Croatian broadcaster HRT has announced that Jacques Houdek will represent the country in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Read the full story here.

Czech Republic

Martina Bárta has been confirmed as the entry for the Czech Republic in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Following the confirmation, Martina said; "Participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is the biggest opportunity of my career. I really appreciate that I was chosen and I'm ready to do my best to successfully represent the Czech Republic". 

More information about Martina and her song for Kyiv will be released next week.

Romania

The semi-final of the Romanian national selection will take place on 26th February but before that the participants will perform at a special concert which will be broadcast live on TVR on Sunday evening. The running order of the semi-final will also be revealed during the course of the evening. The concert will be broadcast at 19:10 CET on Sunday 19th February and will be streamed live internationally. 

You can listen to all the songs in the Romanian national selection by visiting the website of TVR.

Malta

The Maltese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest takes place this Saturday. You can watch all the rehearsal clips on the website of broadcaster PBS.

The Netherlands

Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has announced that the entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be unveiled on Friday 3rd March. Girl group O'G3NE will represent the Netherlands in Kyiv.

Norway

The songs competing in the Norwegian national selection, Melodi Grand Prix, have been released on Spotify. Check them out!

Israel

Imri Ziv has won Israel's national selection, The Next Star for Eurovision,and will represent the country in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. The show saw four acts compete for the chance to represent Israel in 2017 in front of a panel of expert judges, which included Harel Skaat, who represented Israel in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. The entry that Imri will perform will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Read the full story.

Slovenia

The first semi-final of the Slovenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, EMA 2017, will take place this Friday (17th February) and will feature the following acts: 

  • KiNG FOO – Wild Ride
  • Nika Zorjan – Fse
  • Tosca Beat – Free World
  • Lea Sirk – Freedom
  • Sell Out – Ni panike
  • Zala Đurić Ribič – Lalalatino
  • Alya – Halo
  • Omar Naber – On My Way

The top two acts will progress to the final with the remaining two to be decided by the professional jury. 

Omar Naber represented Slovenia in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.  

Romania

The 15 hopefuls in the Romanian national selection have been revealed. The semi-finalists were chosen by a jury, after auditions took place at the end of January. The qualifying acts were:

  • Alexandra Crăescu - Hope
  • Ana-Maria Mirică - Spune-mi tu (Tell me)
  • Cristina Vasiu - Set the Skies on Fire
  • D-lema - Adventure
  • Eduard Santha - Wild Child
  • Elizé & No Stress - Fără bariere (Without barriers)
  • Ilinca ft. Alex Florea - Yodel It!
  • Instinct - Petale (Petals)
  • Maxim - Adu-ți aminte (Remember)
  • Mihai - I Won't Surrender
  • Ramona Nerra - Save Me
  • Tavi Colen & Emma - We Own the Night
  • Tudor Turcu - Limitless
  • Xandra - Walk On By
  • Zanga - Două sticle (Two bottles)

Mihai represented Romania in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Tornerò which finished fourth. 

The semi-final of the Romanian national selection will take place on 26th February and will see 10 finalists selected by the jury. The final will take place on 5th March and the winner will be chosen exclusively through televoting.

Latvia

Supernova - Heat Two

The second heat of Supernova 2017 took place tonight to determine the Latvian entry in this year’s contest. 11 songs participated, with four songs selected to go forward to the semi-final that will take place on the 19th of February. Two songs were chosen by a mix of online and televoting and two songs were picked by the expert jury.  

Katerine Lukins - Silhouette

Markus Riva – Dynamite

Toms Kalderauskis – We Won’t Back Down

UP – One By One

Miks Galvanovskis – Runaway

The HiQ – Taju Ot Lyubvi

Santa Daņeļeviča – Your Breath

Laura & Chris – Little Weird

My Radiant You – All I Know

The Ludvig – I’m In Love With You

Triana Park - Line

Qualifiers for the semi-final were: 

  • My Radiant You - All I Know
  • Triana Park - Line
  • Santa Daņeļeviča - Your Breath
  • The Ludvig - I'm In Love With You 

They join the four songs that qualified from Heat One.

  • Miks Dukurs - Spiritual Priest
  • Lauris Valters - Magic Years
  • Franco Franco - Up
  • Linda Leen - Who Is In Charge 

On Sunday the 19th of February, the eight songs will compete in the semi final of Supernova 2017.

Ukraine

The second semi-final took place in Ukraine on Saturday 11th February. Eight acts fought for a place in the next round:

  1. Letay - Svit chekaye
  2. Mila Nytych - Mystery
  3. Kuznetsov - Deep Shivers
  4. Aghiazma - Synthetic Sun
  5. Detach -  Distance
  6. Rozhden - Saturn
  7. Panivalkova - Dokuchayu
  8. Illaria - Thank You For My Way

The two qualifiers were:

  • Rozhden - Saturn
  • Illaria - Thank You For My Way
Italy

In Italy Sanremo 2017 finished with the proclamation of the winner, Francesco Gabbani. He accepted the task of representing Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest with the winning song Occidentali's Karma. Read more in our article about Italy.

Spain

Spain concluded its national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the final Objetivo Eurovisión which ended up with Manel Navarro as the winner. Read more in our article about it.

Lithuania

Lithuania's national selection, Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka, continued with the seventh heat on Saturday evening.

Eight out of twelve acts qualified to the next round:

  • Sasha Song - Never Felt Like This Before
  • Valerija Iljinaitė - You Made Me Glow
  • Alanas Chošnau - 7 Days
  • Greta Zazza - Like I Love You
  • Aistė Pilvelytė - I'm Like A Wolf
  • Queens of Roses - Fisherman
  • Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė - Love Shadow
  • Mia - Sacrifice

The Lithuanian national selection will continue next Saturday.

Estonia

The following acts qualified for the final of the Estonian national selection, Eesti Laul 2017:

Ivo Linna represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996 and Elina Born took Estonia to the top ten in 2015.

For more details visit the official Eesti Laul website.

Poland

Poland's national section for the Eurovision Song Contest takes place next week. The confirmed names are:

Martin Fitch - Fight for us
Kasia Moś - Flashlight
Carmell - Faces
Agata Nizińska - Reason
Rafał Brzozowski - Sky over Europe
Isabell Otrębus-Larsson - Voiceless
Małgorzata Uściłowska (Lanberry) - Only human
Aneta Sablik - Ulalala
Paulla - Chcę tam z tobą być
Olaf Bressa - You look good

Martin Fitch represented Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010.

Hungary

Hungary had their second semi-final tonight. Another nine acts competed for four spots in the final. The acts were judged  by the same jury as in the previous heats and first semi-final. Three songs were chosen by the jury together with televotes and in the second round one more act got through to the final:

  • Zävodi + Olivér Berkes - #háttérzaj
  • Leander Kills - Élet
  • Gabi Tóth - Hosszú idők
  • Kállay Saunders Band - 17

Kállay Saunders represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014. Next Saturday it's time for the finale and Hungary will select their entry for 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Sweden

The second heat of the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen 2017, just finished in Malmö hosted by David Lindgren, Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson. producing the following results:

Straight to the final on March 11th:

  • Mariette - A Million Years
  • Benjamin Ingrosso - Good Lovin' 

Going to the second chance round on March 4th:

  • Lisa Ajax - I Don’t Give A
  • Dismissed - Hearts Align

And the three that won't continue in the competition are:

  • Roger Pontare - Himmel och hav (5th)
  • Etzia - Up (6th)
  • Allyawan - Vart haru varit (7th)

For more information go to Melodifestivalen's official website. The next heat will be broadcast live at 20:00 CET next week, on Saturday 18th February.

Italy

The fourth evening of the Sanremo Festival just finished with the elimination of four more Campioni acts and the final of the Newcomer's section of the contest. These are the 16 qualifiers from the semi-final of the Campioni competition who will take place in the final. One of them will become the act representing Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. Here's tonight's running order:

  1. Elodie - Tutta colpa mia
  2. Michele Zarrillo - Mani nelle mani
  3. Sergio Sylvestre - Con te
  4. Fiorella Mannoia - Che sia Benedetta
  5. Fabrizio Moro - Portami via
  6. Alessio Bernabei - Nel mezzo di un applauso
  7. Marco Masini - Spostato di un secondo
  8. Paola Turci - Fatti bella per te
  9. Bianca AtzeiOra esisti solo tu
  10. Francesco Gabbani - Occidentalis Karma
  11. Chiara - Nessun posto è casa mia
  12. Clementino - Ragazzi fuori
  13. Ermal Meta - Vietato morire
  14. Lodovica Comello - Il cielo non mi basta
  15. Samuel - Vedrai
  16. Michele Bravi - Il diario degli errori

Meaning that Giusy Ferreri, Ron, Al Bano and Gigi D'Alessio are eliminated from the competition.

Meanwhile the newcomers competition (Nuove Proposte) had its final where Lele (pictured below) was declared the winner. This is how the full ranking looked like:

  1. Lele - Ora mai
  2. Maldestro - Canzone per Federica
  3. Francesco Guasti - Universo
  4. Leonardo Lamacchia - Ciò che resta

Among the guests tonight Zucchero and Álvaro Soler. You can watch the final live from 20:50 CET on the official website as well as RAIPlay and don't forget the official app!

Spain

It's time for Spain to host their national final, Objetivo Eurovisión. The show will kick off from Madrid tonight, 11th of February, at approximately 22:00 CET hosted by Jaime Cantizano.

You can watch it live in this link provided by the Spanish broadcaster, TVE. The running order in which the six participants will perform is as follows (check the gallery below):

  1. Manel Navarro - Do It For Your Lover. Written by Manel Navarro.
  2. LeKlein - Ouch!! Written by David Ascanio, Vanesa Cortés, Albert Neve and Abel Ramos.
  3. Paula Rojo - Lo Que Nunca Fue (What it never was). Written by Paula Rojo and Álvaro Bárcena.
  4. Mario Jefferson - Spin My Head. Written by Chris Wahle.
  5. Maika Barbero - Momento Crítico (Critical Moment). Written by Rafael Artesero, Maika, Juan Huerta and José Juan Santana.
  6. Mirela - Contigo (With You). Written by Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, Isaac Luke and Ander Pérez.

The winner will be chosen by a mixture of expert jury and televote (50/50). In the event of a tie the jury decision will prevail. Guests in the show include last year's Spanish act, Barei, David Civera (Spain 2001) and Karina (Spain 1971).

Estonia

The national selection of Estonia, Eesti Laul 2017, kicks off tonight 11th February. The following acts will compete in the first semi-final:

1. Lenna Kuurmaa - Slingshot
2. Elina Born - In or Out
3. Carl-Philip - Everything But You
4. Ivo Linna - Suur loterii
5. Ariadne - Feel Me Now
6. Uku Suviste - Supernatural
7. Laura Prits - Hey Kiddo
8. Whogaux & Karl-Kristjan feat. Maian - Have You Now
9. Janno Reim & Kosmos - Valan pisaraid
10. Leemet Onno - Hurricane

For more details, and the live stream at 20:35 CET, visit the official Eesti Laul website.

Sweden

Seven acts are getting ready to compete in the second heat of Melodifestivalen 2017: 

  1. Mariette - A Million Years
  2. Roger Pontare - Himmel och hav
  3. Etzia - Up 
  4. Allyawan - Vart haru varit
  5. Dismissed - Hearts Align
  6. Lisa Ajax - I Don’t Give A
  7. Benjamin Ingrosso - Good Lovin' 

You can listen to the songs or watch short clips of the rehearsals on Melodifestivalen's official website. The second show will be broadcast live at 20:00 CET today, Saturday 11th February, and you can watch it through SVT Play.

Melodifestivalen 2017 hosts: David Lindgren, Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson (Photo: SVT).

Hungary

The first semi-final of the Hungarian national selection, A Dal, has finished. As in the earlier  heats, the jury consisted of Caramel, Zséda, Károly Frenreisz and Miklós Both. Nine entries competed for four spots in the big final.

The four finalists from tonight are:

  • Gigi Radics - See It Through
  • Joci Pápai - Origo
  • Gina Kanizsa - Fall Like Rain
  • Soulwave - Kalandor

The second semi-final in the Hungarian national selection takes place tomorrow night.

Italy

Another busy evening in Sanremo last night, where 2 of the acts were eliminated from the Campioni competition. They turned out to be the two duets, Nesli feat. Alice Paba and Raige feat. Giulia Luzi.

The rest of the Campioni that were already qualified from the first two shows, performed covers of Italian classics, and this had a competition of its own, which was won by Ermal Meta (pictured below) who sang Amara Terra Mia originally performed by Domenico Modugno. Paola Turci was second and Marco Masini third.

Tonight sees the semi-final of the Campioni competition take place and this is the running order:

  1. Ron - L’ottava meraviglia (From Second chance)
  2. Chiara Galiazzo - Nessun posto è casa mia
  3. Samuel - Vedrai
  4. Al Bano - Di Rose e di Spine
  5. Ermal Meta - Vietato morire
  6. Michele Bravi - Il diario degli errori
  7. Fiorella Mannoia - Che sia benedetta
  8. Clementino - Ragazzi Fuori (From Second chance)
  9. Lodovica Comello - Il cielo non mi basta
  10. Gigi D'Alessio - La prima stella
  11. Paola Turci - Fatti bella per te
  12. Marco Masini - Spostato di un secondo
  13. Francesco Gabbani - Occidentali's karma
  14. Michele Zarrillo - Mani nelle mani
  15. Bianca Atzei - Ora esisti solo tu (From Second chance)
  16. Sergio Sylvestre - Con te
  17. Elodie - Tutta colpa mia
  18. Fabrizio Moro - Portami via
  19. Giusy Ferreri - Fa talmente male (From Second chance)
  20. Alessio Bernabei - Nel mezzo di un applauso

The 20 participants will be voted again and four of them will be eliminated leaving the remaining 16 as finalists for tomorrow.

The newcomers competition (Nuove Proposte) will choose its winner tonight between the following four entries (in order of appearance):

  1. Leonardo Lamacchia - Ciò che resta
  2. Lele - Ora mai
  3. Maldestro - Canzone per Federica
  4. Francesco Guasti - Universo

Among tonight's guests in Sanremo 2017 fourth evening are Giorgio Moroder and Robin Schulz. You can watch the shows live on the official website as well as RAIPlay and don't forget the official app!

Romania

The names of the semi-finalists in the Romanian selection will be revealed this Sunday evening according to broadcaster TVR. Ioana Voicu and Dan Helciug will host live show, which starts at 19:00 CET, which will also feature a surprise contest for the viewers. 

The 15 hopefuls in 2017 will be introduced by well-known names in Romania including previous Romanian Eurovision Song Contest representatives such as Elena Gheorghe, Luminiţa Anghel, Monica Anghel, Paula Seling, Cezar Ouatu, Marcel Pavel, Ovi and Dan Bittman.

Viewers will have a chance to hear the songs that have qualified for the semi-final and previous Romanian Eurovision acts will also perform during the evening. The semi-finalists have been chosen by a jury, after auditions took place at the end of January. Jury members were:

  • Luminiţa Anghel
  • Ovi Jacobsen
  • Adrian Romcescu
  • Paula Seling
  • Andrei Tudor

The semi-final will take place on 26th February and will see 10 finalists selected by the jury. The final, which takes place on 5th March, will see the acts battle for the chance to represent Romania in Kyiv. The winner of the final will be chosen exclusively through televoting.

Germany
Germany

Isabella "Levina" Lueen, more commonly known as Levina, has won the German national selection Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017 with the song Perfect Life. The live show saw five acts perform songs that were commissioned from globally successful producers in a bid to represent Germany in Kyiv. For the first time ever, international viewers were able to have their say in who should represent Germany in 2017, using a feature on the official Eurovision Song Contest app,Eurovision Vibes.

Germany

The German national selection, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017, takes place in Cologne tonight. You can watch the show live from 20:15 (CET) and vote for your favourite using Eurovision Vibes, a feature in the official Eurovision Song Contest app.

Germany

Meet the acts competing tonight in Germany (German language only)

Italy

Last night saw the second live show of Sanremo 2017 take place. Eight further Campioni acts qualified to the next round, leaving Bianca Atzei, Nesli feat. Alice Paba and Raige feat. Giulia Luzi in the red zone:

That red zone of the scoreboard takes them to the second chance round, which takes place in today's live show and will feature the following songs:

  • Giusy Ferreri - Fa talmente male
  • Ron - L’ottava meraviglia
  • Clementino - Ragazzi Fuori
  • Bianca Atzei - Ora esisti solo tu
  • Nesli feat. Alice Paba - Do retta a te
  • Raige feat. Giulia Luzi - Togliamoci la voglia

Cover's Night

Four of them will proceed to tomorrow's Campioni semi-final while two of them will be eliminated tonight. Also today is Cover's Night in Sanremo, where the pre-qualified acts from the Campioni competition will perform covers of Sanremo classics (in alphabetical order):

  • Al Bano - Pregherò
  • Alessio Bernabei - Un giorno credi
  • Michele Bravi - La stagione dell'amore
  • Chiara - Diamante
  • Lodovica Comello - Le mille bolle blu
  • Gigi D'Alessio - L’immensità
  • Elodie - Quando finisce un amore
  • Francesco Gabbani - Susanna
  • Fiorella Mannoia - Sempre e per sempre
  • Marco Masini - Signor tenente
  • Ermal Meta - Amara terra mia
  • Fabrizio Moro - La leva calcistica della classe '68
  • Samuel - Ho difeso il mio amore
  • Sergio Sylvestre - La pelle nera
  • Paola Turci - Un'emozione da poco
  • Michele Zarrillo - Se tu non torni

The Newcomers

Last night's show also saw the first four (out of eight) new acts compete for two places in the Nuove Proposte (newcomers) final tomorrow evening, the top two were Francesco Guasti and Leonardo La Macchia while Le canzoni fanno male by Marianne Mirage and Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli by Braschi were eliminated. The second half of newcomers participating tonight is comprised by:

  • Lele
  • Maldestro
  • Tommaso Pini
  • Valeria Farinacci

Among today guest artists is British act Mika. You can watch the shows live on the official website as well as RAIPlay and don't forget the official app!

Israel

Israel's national selection, The Next Star for Eurovision, takes place on 13th February. 

The show's first winner, Nadav Guedj, has been running a very successful career since his 2015 performance, having won the Singer of the Year, Song of Year and Discovery of the Year awards, with mega hits, performances and is currently working on a second album. Hovi Star, last year's winner, is also working on a new album, performing all over Israel and recently he took part in the successful musical The Little Mermaid.

The panel of expert judges, comprises of five successful singers including Harel Skaat, who represented Israel in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo.

This year's show saw some very touching stories, like the one of Yonit Zaidenberg, a transgender girl, coming from an ultra-orthodox family escorted by her father; 17-year-old Shahar Taboch who sang about the break up with his boyfriend; and 16-and-a-half-year-old Chen Maximov, whose high school friends show her no support.

The format was made up of auditions, in which the contestants tried to raise the curtain with a vote of at least 70% from both the viewers and the judges.

The final, which will take place next Monday (13 February) at 20:00 CET, features two rounds: The first will include two duels, where the winner will automatically qualify to the next round. The judges will then decide who among the two remaining non-qualifiers will join the thrilling duel of three. The contestant that will gain the highest percentage of the viewers' vote will become Israel's representative in Kyiv.

The 4 Finalists are:

  • Julieta 

  • Beatbox Element

  • Diana Golbi

  • Imri Ziv

(Photography: Ronen Akerman)

Italy

Tonight sees the second live show of Sanremo 2017 take place. The following 11 Campioni will participate (in order of appearance):

  1. Bianca Atzei - Ora esisti solo tu
  2. Marco Masini - Spostato di un secondo
  3. Nesli feat. Alice Paba - Do retta a te
  4. Sergio Sylvestre - Con te
  5. Gigi D'Alessio - La prima stella
  6. Michele Bravi - Il diario degli errori
  7. Paola Turci - Fatti bella per te
  8. Francesco Gabbani - Occidentali's karma
  9. Michele Zarrillo - Mani nelle mani
  10. Chiara Galiazzo - Nessun posto è casa mia
  11. Raige feat. Giulia Luzi - Togliamoci la voglia

Last night the first live show took place and three Campioni acts were voted off and will have a second chance on Thursday along with the bottom three of today. They are Clementino, Ron and Giusy Ferreri:

Tonight will also see four new acts compete for two places in the Nuove Proposte (newcomers) final on Friday evening:

  1. Marianne Mirage
  2. Francesco Guasti
  3. Braschi
  4. Leonardo Lamacchia

Guest stars tonight include former Take That star Robbie Williams, as well as film star Keanu Reeves and a host of Italian superstars. You can watch the shows live on the official website as well as RAIPlay and don't forget the official app!

Italy

The Italian Song Contest, Festival della Canzone Italiana, or as it is widely known, Sanremo, kicks off tonight with its 2017 edition, which is the 67th in total. Since Italy came back to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 the established relationship between the two song contests has continued and 2017 won't be an exception: the Sanremo winner (in the Campioni category) will be the first act invited to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest.

This is the first half of Campioni acts that participate in tonight's first show of Sanremo 2017 in order of appearance:

  1. Giusy Ferreri - Fatalmente male
  2. Fabrizio Moro - Portami via
  3. Elodie - Tutta colpa mia
  4. Lodovica Comello - Il cielo non mi basta
  5. Fiorella Mannoia - Che sia benedetta
  6. Alessio Bernabei - Nel mezzo di un applauso
  7. Al Bano - Di Rose e di Spine
  8. Samuel - Vedrai
  9. Ron - L’ottava meraviglia
  10. Clementino - Ragazzi Fuori
  11. Ermal Meta - Vietato morire

Guest stars today will be Tiziano Ferro, Clean Bandit and Ricky Martin. Al Bano previously represented Italy, along with Romina Power, in 1976 and 1985, reaching 7th place on both occasions. He was also a backing vocalist for Switzerland's Jane Bogaert in 2000 in Stockholm.

THE MECHANISM

There will be five shows in total presented by Carlo Conti and Maria De Filippi. The first performance for the Campioni is divided in two halves: 11 take part tonight and 11 will take part tomorrow. Voting will take place after the first show (50% televoting / 50% press attending the press room). In both nights they'll announce the first eight acts that have qualified for the semi-finals on Friday, and the bottom 3 will enter a second chance round on Thursday night instead.

You can follow the shows live in the official Sanremo website by the Italian broadcaster, RAI, starting at 20:35 CET.

Results from the first show:

Qualified:

  • Fabrizio Moro - Portami via
  • Elodie - Tutta colpa mia
  • Lodovica Comello - Il cielo non mi basta
  • Fiorella Mannoia - Che sia benedetta
  • Alessio Bernabei - Nel mezzo di un applauso
  • Al Bano - Di Rose e di Spine
  • Samuel - Vedrai
  • Ermal Meta - Vietato morire 

Second chance round:

  • Giusy Ferreri - Fatalmente male
  • Ron - L’ottava meraviglia
  • Clementino - Ragazzi Fuori
Norway

Norway's national broadcaster NRK has just ended their press conference where they revealed this year's participants in the national selection, Melodi Grand Prix.

This year there was a record number of 1035 entries submitted to the competition. Ten of these will compete in the final which will be held in the Oslo Spectrum on the 11th of March.

The hosts of the press conference, Line Elvsåshagen and Kår Magnus Bergh will also be the hosts of the final in Norway. The final will include everything from rock to country music and ballads. One of the returnees are Åge Sten Nilsen who competed in the band Wig Wam at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. They ended up in joint ninth place with the song "In My Dreams". This time he competes in the band Ammunation.

These are the ten finalists:

  • Ammunation - Wrecking Crew
  • Jenny Augusta - I Go Where You Go
  • Ulrikke Brandstorp - Places
  • Elin & The Woods - First Step in Faith (Oadjebasvuhtii)
  • Ella - Mamma Boy
  • Infusion - Nothing Ever Knocked Us Over
  • JOWST - Grab the Moment
  • Rune Rudberg Band - Run Run Away
  • Amina Sewali - Mesterverk
  • Kristian Valen - You & I

New for this year is that the final will have an international jury with 10-12 countries. The international jury will help to determine four acts that goes to the "golden final". But the "golden final" is solely decided by televotes.

Greece

Preparations for the Greek national selection are continuing. Yesterday composer Dimitris Kontopoulos and the orchestra of the national broadcaster, ERT, recorded the arrangements of the three songs that will be performed the Greek representative Demy during the national final, due to be held in March. 

Photograph: ERT.

Keep up to date with all the latest information about Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest by following ERT's official website and social media accounts:

Israel

The semi-final of Rising Star, the Israeli selection format for the Eurovision Song Contest, took place tonight. The following acts qualified for the final which will be held on 13th February:

  • Julieta
  • Beatbox Element
  • Diana Golbi
  • Imri Ziv

Israel qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest in both 2015 and 2016.

Hungary

This coming weekend the semi-finals of A Dal 2017 will be broadcast on two consecutive days; 10 and 11 February.

The following acts have already made it to the semi-finals: Leander Kills, Roma Soul, Viki Singh, Spoon 21, David Henderson, Benji, Kállay Saunders Band, Gina Kanizsa, Peet Project, Chase, Mrs Columbo and Ádám Szabó.

The line-up of the first semi-final of A Dal 2017 (10/02/2017):

  • Chase
  • David Henderson
  • Gina Kanizsa
  • Joci Pápai
  • Gigi Radics
  • Viki Singh
  • Soulwave
  • Spoon 21
  • The Couple

The line-up of the second semi-final of A Dal 2017 (11/02/2017):

  • Benji
  • Kállay Saunders Band
  • Leander Kills
  • Mrs Columbo
  • Peet Project
  • Roma Soul
  • Ádám Szabó
  • Gabi Tóth & Freddie Shuman feat. Begi Lotfi
  • Zävodi +  Olivér Berkes
Spain

Spain will host their national final in Madrid later in the week. Objetivo Eurovisión will kick off at 22:00 CET next Saturday 11th February and you'll be able to watch it live in this link provided by the Spanish broadcaster, TVE.

Hosted by Jaime Cantizano, the running order in which the six participants will perform is as follows:

  1. Manel Navarro - Do It For Your Lover. Written by Manel Navarro.
  2. LeKlein - Ouch!! Written by David Ascanio, Vanesa Cortés, Albert Neve and Abel Ramos.
  3. Paula Rojo - Lo Que Nunca Fue (What it never was). Written by Paula Rojo and Álvaro Bárcena.
  4. Mario Jefferson - Spin My Head. Written by Chris Wahle.
  5. Maika Barbero - Momento Crítico (Critical Moment). Written by Rafael Artesero, Maika, Juan Huerta and José Juan Santana.
  6. Mirela - Contigo (With You). Written by Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, Isaac Luke and Ander Pérez.

Switzerland

The group Timebelle won the Swiss national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, taking their songApollo to Kyiv. Read the full story.

Switzerland
United Kingdom
Latvia

Supernova - Heat One

The first heat of Supernova 2017 took place tonight to determine the Latvian entry in this year’s contest. 11 songs participated, with four songs selected to go forward to the semi-final that will take place on the 19th of February. Two songs were chosen by a mix of online and televoting and two songs were picked by the expert jury.  

Katrīna Cīrule -  Blood Runs Quicker

Miks Dukurs - Spiritual Priest

Anna Zankovska - Rage Love 

Edgars Kreilis - We Are Angels 

Crime Sea - Escape

Rock’n’Berries - Feel The Love

Lauris Valters - Magic Years

First Question - Naked

Franco Franco - Up

Pikaso - U (Can Keep Your Cools)

Linda Leen - Who Is In Charge  

Qualifiers for the semi-final were: 

  • Miks Dukurs - Spiritual Priest
  • Lauris Valters - Magic Years
  • Franco Franco - Up
  • Linda Leen - Who Is In Charge  

On Sunday the 12th of February, 11 more songs will compete in the second heat of Supernova 2017.

Lithuania

The fifth out of six heats in Lithuania's national selection, Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka, took place on Saturday evening. Eight acts qualified for the next round:

  • Gytis Ivanauskas - Get Frighten
  • Ieva Zasimauskaitė - You Saved Me
  • E.G.O. - My Story
  • Paula - Let U Go
  • Gražvydas - Paint the Sky Blue
  • Gabrielius Vagelis - Feel Myself Free
  • Fusedmarc - Rain of Revolution
  • Edgaras Lubys - Could It Be?
Ukraine

Ukraine is searching for a successor to Jamala, winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The following acts participated this evening:

1 SKAI All My Love For You
2 Roman Veremeychik & Lumiere Make It Real
3 Monochromea Blue Bird
4 Laliko Sugar Whisper
5 Salto Nazad O, mamo!
6 MamaRika We Are One
7 Tayanna I Love You
8 Arsen Mirzoyan Geraldine

The lucky qualifiers were: 

Salto Nazad O, mamo!
Tayanna I Love You
Sweden

The first heat of the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen 2017, just finished in Gothenburg hosted by David Lindgren, Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson. producing the following results:

Straight to the final on March 11th:

  • Nano - Hold On
  • Ace Wilder - Wild Child

Going to the second chance round on March 4th (click on the titles to watch them):

And the three that won't continue in the competition are (click on the titles to watch them):

For more information go to Melodifestivalen's official website. The next heat will be broadcast live at 20:00 CET next week, on Saturday 11th February.

And why do Swedes love so much their Eurovision Song Contest national selection? You can check it out here.

Hungary

Hungary continued their national selection A Dal 2017 on Saturday evening with the third and last heat. The following acts advanced to the semi-finals:

  • Gigi Radics - See It Through
  • Zävodi + Olivér Berkes - #háttérzaj
  • The Couple - Vége van
  • TOTOVA - Hosszú idők
  • Soulwave - Kalandor
  • Joci Pápai - Origo
Sweden

Why do Swedes love Melodifestivalen?

Sweden

Seven acts are getting ready to compete in the first heat of Melodifestivalen 2017: 

  1. Boris René - Her Kiss
  2. Adrijana - Amare 
  3. Dinah Nah - One More Night
  4. De Vet Du - Road Trip
  5. Charlotte Perrelli - Mitt liv
  6. Ace Wilder - Wild Child
  7. Nano - Hold On

You can listen to the songs or watch short clips of the rehearsals on the official website. The first show will be broadcast live at 20:00 CET today, Saturday 4th February, and you can watch it through SVT Play.

And why do Swedes love so much their Eurovision Song Contest national selection? You can check it out here.

Finland
Germany

Perfect Life and Wildfire are the two songs that the participants will perform in the upcoming national selection in Germany. Different arrangements of the songs will be performed by the candidates during the live broadcast which takes place on Thursday 9th February at 20:15 CET. You can find out more about the performers in the live story posts below. 

Perfect Life comes from the American songwriters Lindy Robbins, Dave Bassett and Lindsey Ray. Robbins has produced hits for David Guetta, Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo, to name just a few artists. Bassett won a Grammy with a song for the band Halestorm. Ray worked for Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato and Deana Carter, and has released several albums as a solo artist and with her band Farmdale.

Lindy Robbins said; "The song Perfect Life is particularly important to me, because it is about taking risks and going after your dreams - life is an adventure, and the journey is about!" Dave Bassett added that it was a fantastic honour. Lindsey Ray said; "I like the message of this song very much, namely, that one should get involved in the adventure of the unknown and that in the end the ups and downs, that is, both the good and the bad, make a perfect life".

Behind Wildfire are the Norwegian Marit Larsen, the Scotsman Greg Holden and the American Tofer Brown. The three are singers, songwriters and producers. Larsen was also at the top of the charts in Germany and Holden  has written for the debut for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, amongst others. Brown's songs have been featured in the US shows Good Morning America ​​and The Real World.

Marit Larsen said; "This song is a little jewel. Let's hope it spreads like a bushfire". Greg Holden added; "Tofer, Marit and I have written this piece at a time which, in my opinion, was strongly influenced by change. It's great to know that it will be heard". Tofer Brown explained; "As a songwriter and producer, you work on many songs and hope for the best. Every now and then there is one thing in which one has a feeling in the belly, that it will find its way into the world, Wildfire is such a song. On the day when Marit, Greg, and I wrote it in Brooklyn, New York, we all knew that we had a special piece ahead of us that will have a great life ahead of us".

Germany

GERMANY NEEDS YOU!

That's the call to action from broadcaster NDR who are launching a new feature to help Germany select its entry for 2017 in the official Eurovision Song Contest app, Eurovision Vibes.

In the official Eurovision app the international fans will be able to watch the rehearsals of the German national selection performances, as well as the live show and then use Eurovision Vibes to cast their vote.  

The songs will be made available on Wednesday 8th February. At 20:15 CET all international Eurovision fans will be able to give their opinion via the app, and this will remain open until just before the live broadcast of the national selection the day after. 

During the German national selection, which will be translated in English, the host will share the international vibes with the German viewers. This means that the German voters will know which entry appeals the most to the international audience. 

On Friday 3rd February NDR will release all the details about Eurovision Vibes, Eurovision.tv will also be publishing an exclusive video explaining how the feature works.

Download the official Eurovision Song Contest app.  

 

Cyprus

Hovig, the Cypriot entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest continues to drop hints about the title of his forthcoming entry, check out his video below.

Cyprus
Cyprus

Hovig, the Cypriot representative in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest has been teasing the audience about the title of his entry this year. Check out the video on his Facebook page. 

Hungary

After a week's break, it was time again for another heat of A Dal 2017. Six out of the ten acts got through to the next round:

  • Ádám Szabó - Together
  • Peet Project  -Kill Your Monster
  • Chase - Dust In the Wind
  • Mrs. Columbo - Frozen King
  • Kállay Saunders Band - 17
  • Gina Kanizsa - Fall Like Rain
Lithuania

The fourth heat of Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka was held tonight. Eleven participants competed and six got through to the next round:

  • Aistè Pilvelytè - I'm like Woolf
  • Evaldas Vaikasas - Fire Kisses
  • Valerija Iljinaitė . You Made Me Glow
  • Alanas - 7 Days
  • Neringa Šiaudikytė - Running Out of Time
  • Queens of Roses - Fisherman
Finland

Tonight Finland has chosen to send Norma John to Kyiv with the song Blackbird. Read the full story of their national final here.

Poland

The date of the Polish national selection has changed from 11th February to Saturday 18th February. More details can be found on the official website

United Kingdom

Tonight the United Kingdom has chosen to send Lucie Jones to Kyiv with the song Never Give Up On YouRead the full story of the national final here.

Finland

Tomorrow, Saturday 28th January, Finland will choose its song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The live broadcast of the UMK'17 final, hosted by the one and only Krista Siegfrids, will begin at 20:00 CET (and will last for 2 hrs 15 mins). You can follow the show live in the UMK official site

The grand final evening starts at 19:30 CET with a pre-show hosted by Mikko Silvennoinen and featuring many guests, including the Finnish 2016 Eurovision Song Contest participant Sandhja and one of the special guest performers later in the final, Finnish pop star Jenni Vartiainen. You can also watch the pre-show in the same link by the Finnish broadcaster, YLE.

(Krista Siegfrieds and Mikko Silvennoinen, the hosts of UMK'17)

The ten contestants will perform in the following order:

  1. Emma - Circle Of Light
  2. Alva - Arrows
  3. Günther & D'Sanz - Love Yourself
  4. Anni Saikku - Reach Out For The Sun
  5. Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies - Caveman
  6. Norma John - Blackbird
  7. Lauri Yrjölä - Helppo elämä
  8. Club La Persé - My Little World
  9. Zühlke - Perfect Villain
  10. My First Band - Paradise

The UMK 2017 winner, who will go on to represent Finland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, will be determined by the votes from both the Finnish audience (50%) and a total of ten international juries (50%) from Estonia, France, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

There was an online pre-vote which finished yesterday at noon and the result (below) was released last night. The number indicates the percentage of all the pre-votes given. (These pre-votes are only a small percentage of all the votes given during the competition and by no means even indicative):

Malta

The Maltese national selection will take place on Saturday 18th February. The following finalists (in order of appearance) will compete for the right to represent the country at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest: 

Laserlight Klinsman
Ray of Light Raquela
Tonight Deborah C / Josef
Follow Kevin Borg
Seconds Aways Jade
So Simple Crosswalk
Follow Me Franklin
Fearless Rhiannon
Don’t Look Down Miriana Conte
Crazy Games Shauna
Kewkba Janice Mangion
Fighting To Surivive Cherton
Bombshell Maxine Pace
You Richard Edwards
Unstoppable Brooke
Breathlessly Claudia Faniello
Romania

The jury of the Romanian National Selection 2017 will be made up of: Luminiţa Anghel, Ovi Jacobsen, Adrian Romcescu, Paula Seling and Andrei Tudor. 

Luminiţa Anghel represented Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, together with the band System, with the song Let Me Try which finished third. 

Artist, composer, producer, and instrumentalist, Ovi Jacobsen has at this moment albums and singles in Norway, Europe, Asia and South America. He is the author and– together with Paula Seling – the performer of the songs Playing with fire and Miracle, Romania's Eurovision entries in 2010 and 2014 respectively. 

Adrian Romcescu has participated as a composer at the 1998 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, where Malina Olinescu performed the song Eu cred (I believe).  As a composer, he conducted the BBC Orchestra, the last time there was a full orchestra at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Singer, composer and musical producer, Paula Seling has represented Romania, with Ovi Jacobsen, in two editions of the Eurovision Song Contest. Playing with fire, in 2010 which finished third. They returned in 2014 with Miracle which finished 12th. 

Andrei Tudor composed Pe-o margine de lume (On the verge of the world), Romania's Eurovision entry in 2008 performed by Nico & Vlad Miriţă.

For more information visit TVR’s website at www.eurovision.tvr.ro

Estonia

The following acts will compete in the first semi-final of Eesti Laul 2017 on 11th February:

1. Lenna Kuurmaa - Slingshot
2. Elina Born - In or Out
3. Carl-Philip - Everything But You
4. Ivo Linna - Suur loterii
5. Ariadne - Feel Me Now
6. Uku Suviste - Supernatural
7. Laura Prits - Hey Kiddo
8. Whogaux & Karl-Kristjan feat. Maian - Have You Now
9. Janno Reim & Kosmos - Valan pisaraid
10. Leemet Onno - Hurricane

Participants of the second semi-final of Eesti Laul 2017 on 18th February: 

1. Liis Lemsalu - Keep Running 
2. Koit Toome ja Laura - Verona
3. Rasmus Rändvee - This Love
4. Kerli - Spirit Animal
5. Daniel Levi - All I Need
6. Alvistar Funk Association - Make Love, Not War 
7. Close To Infinity featuring Ian Karell - Sounds Like Home
8. Almost Natural - Electric
9. Antsud - Vihm
10. Angeelia - We Ride With Our Flow

For more details visit the official Eesti Laul website.

Portugal

Portugal is back in the Eurovision Song Contest, after the absence in Stockholm last year, and their national competition, Festival da Canção, is back too with three shows: two semi-finals, on the 19th and the 26th of February) and a final to take place on the 5th of March.

To write the 16 participating songs the Portuguese broadcaster, RTP, invited 16 composers who chose the performers for their own songs. There are 8 composers taking part in each semi-final, 4 of which proceed to the final, making also a total of 8 songs in the final.

Here are the acts that will perform in the first semi-final on February 19th (writers in brackets):

  1. Márcia - Agora (Márcia)
  2. Golden Slumbers - Para Perto (Samuel Úria)
  3. Fernando Daniel - Poema A Dois (Nuno Feist)
  4. Deolinda Kinzimba - O Que Eu Vi Nos Meus Sonhos (Rita Redshoes)
  5. Rui Drumond - O Teu Melhor (Héber Marques)
  6. Lisa Garden - Without You (Pedro Saraiva)
  7. Salvador Sobral - Amar Pelos Dois (Luísa Sobral)
  8. Viva La Diva - Nova Glória (Nuno Gonçalves) 

Rui Drummond represented Portugal at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, as part of the duo 2B, performing the song Amar which placed 17th in the Semi-Final. Viva La Diva are Kika Cardoso, Luís Peças and João Paulo Ferreira.

Here are the acts that will perform in the second semi-final (writers in brackets):

  1. David Gomes - My Paradise (Tóli César Machado)
  2. Lena d’Agua - Nunca Me Fui Embora (Pedro Silva Martins)
  3. Beatriz Felício - Ao Teu Olhar (Jorge Fernando)
  4. Pedro Gonçalves - Don't Walk Away (João Pedro Coimbra)
  5. Helena Kendall - Andamos No Céu (João Só)
  6. Celina Da Piedade - Primavera (Celina da Piedade)
  7. Jorge Benvinda - Gente Bestial (Nuno Figueiredo)
  8. Inês Sousa - Se O Tempo Não Falasse (Noiserv)
Romania

84 songs have been received for the Romanian national selection. 

The list includes entries from local artists such as Lora, Mihai Trăistariu, Florin Chilian, Maxim, Ioana and Distinto, Tavi Colen and Emma, Tudor Turcu, Nora Deneș, Cristina Vasiu, Teodora Dinu or Ramona Nerra, but also foreign composers; Swedish, British and American. Several projects produced by Marius Moga and Adrian Sână have also been submitted.

Iuliana Marciuc, producer of the 2017 National Selection said, "I thank the ones who have registered for the national selection 2017, for their trust and we do assure them that all our efforts from these days are focused on the auditions that will be recorded in the period 27-29 January. Just like we did every single year, we will offer our competitors technical facilities at the highest standards for these auditions. We will broadcast the auditions, in premiere, in a series of programmes on TVR channels".

The ones who pass the file checking stage will enter the pre-selection round. The jury will decide the semi-finalists of the national selection in a TV show. Artists will perform on Friday 27th January, Saturday 28th January and Sunday 29th January. For the first time the artist auditions will be broadcast between 5th and 11th February in a series of programmes on TVR 2, TVR HD and TVR International.

The semi-final of the selection will take place on Sunday 26th February in TVR’s studio with the final on 5th March. The winner will be chosen exclusively by the public. For more information about the Romanian national selection visit the official website.

Lithuania

Ruslanas Kirilkinas and Soliaris have withdrawn from the fourth heat of the Lithuanian national selection. The line-up for Saturday is as follows:

1.

ALANAS

7 Days

2.

Valerija Iljinaitė

You Made Me Glow

3.

Vlad Max

I'll Never Let You Down

4.

Queens of Roses

Fisherman

5.

Evaldas Vaikasas

Fire Kisses

6.

Elvina Milkauskaitė

Try

7.

Aistė Pilvelytė 

I'm like Woolf

8.

Julija Jegorova

Higher

9.

Audrius Janonis

Run

10.

Rasa Vaštakaitė (Shiny Raia)

All You

11.

Neringa Šiaudikytė

Running Out of Time

Hungary

The second heat of A Dal 2017 will be broadcast on Saturday 28th January after the heat last week was postponed following a the tragic crash of a Hungarian coach near Verona. A further heat will take place on Saturday 4th February with two semi-finals to be held on subsequent days (10th and 11th February).

In the second heat 10 songs will be performed, six of which will make it to the semi-finals. This Saturday the Hungarian Duna channel will host the following acts:

  • AnnaElza feat. Juli Kása
  • Chase
  • Kállay Saunders Band
  • Gina Kanizsa
  • Mrs Columbo
  • Zoltán Mujahid
  • Peet Project
  • Peter Kovary & The Royal Rebels
  • Ádám Szabó
  • Andi Tóth

The acts who were supposed to perform in las week’s heat will take to the stage on Saturday 4th February:

  • Kyra Fedor
  • Enikő Muri
  • Benjámin Pál
  • Joci Pápai
  • Gigi Radics
  • Orsi Sapszon
  • Soulwave
  • The Couple
  • Totova and Zävodi
  • Olivér Berkes

In the first heat, Leander Kills, Roma Soul, Viki Singh, Spoon 21, David Henderson and Benji made it to the semi-finals. The Hungarian national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast live by Duna and Duna World on Saturdays at 19:30 CET. The final of A Dal 2017 will take place on Saturday 18th February, the winner will represent Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. 

For further information and for exclusive content visit the official homepage of A Dal 2017.

Belarus
Georgia
United Kingdom

The six entries competing for the right to represent the United Kingdom in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest were premiered on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2. The songs (in order of how they were played) are:

  • Olivia Garcia Freedom Hearts. 

Written by Gabriel Alares, Sebastian Lestapier, Linnea Nelson and Laurell Barker.

  • Holly Brewer I Wish I Loved You More

Written by Kevin Fisher, Courtney Harrell, Laurell Barker, Mattias Frändå, Johan Åsgärde and Oliver Lundström.

  • Lucie Jones Never Give Up On You

Written by The Treatment, Emmelie de Forest and Lawrie Martin.

  • Danyl Johnson Light Up The World

Written by Dan McAlister, Rick Blaskey, Greg Walker, Chris Sutherland and Ameerah Roelants.

  • Salena Mastroianni with I Don’t Wanna Fight

Written by The Treatment, Nicole Blair and Marli Harwood.

  • Nate Simpson What Are We Made Of

Written by Jon Hällgren, Eric Lumiere and DWB.

You can listen to the songs again on the BBC Eurovision website.

The final of Eurovision: You Decide will take place on Friday 27th January at 20:30 CET and will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc. An expert panel will be on hand to offer their thoughts on how the songs could be made to look and sound on stage in Kyiv.  They are Bruno Tonioli, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and CeCe Sammy.  They will form part of an eight person jury. 

The winner of Eurovision: You Decide 2017 will be decided by a combination of viewer and jury votes. The public can vote for their favourite song via telephone or online via bbc.co.uk/eurovision

Eurovision: You Decide will also feature two special music performances; the first from 2009 winner Alexander Rybak performing his winning song Fairytale, and the second, by British pop rock band, The Vamps performing their song 'All Night’.

Lithuania

Thirteen acts performed in Lithuanian's national selection tonight. The six qualifiers were:

  • Greta Zazza – Like I Love You
  • Lolita Zero/Gytis Ivanauskas – Get Frighten
  • Fusedmarc – Rain of Revolution
  • Vidas Bareikis & Ieva Zasimauskaitė – I Love My Phone
  • Gražvydas – Paint the Sky Blue
  • Milda Martinkėnaitė & Saulenė Chlevickaitė – Paperheart

 Watch the show on-demand on the website of Lithuanian broadcaster LRT.

Hungary

Todays heat of A Dal in Hungary and the complementary program A Dal Kulissza has been canceled due to an very tragic bus accident that happened early on Saturday. The second heat of the Hungarian national selection show will be moved to another date. This date will be notified later on.

Belarus

Naviband have been chosen to represent Belarus at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Historyja majho zycciaRead more about the national final here.

Georgia

Tako Gachechiladze will represent Georgia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Keep The Faith. The winner was decided by a combination international jury and public votes. Get the full story here.

Iceland

Twelve songs have been selected for participation in Söngvakeppnin 2017, the national selection of Iceland for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, from over 200 entries that were submitted to the contest.

There are three competition events to be shown live on three Saturdays by their broadcaster, RÚV. Two semi-finals that will take place at Háskólabíó on the 25th of February and the 4th of March, and a final show at Laugardalshöll on the 11th of March.

The songs will be performed in Icelandic in the semifinals, with six songs competing each evening. The three songs that receive the highest number of televotes are guaranteed a spot in the finals. Six songs will therefore participate in the final of the Song Contest at Laugardalshöll on March 11th. RÚV reserves the right to send one additional song to the final if they choose to. The events will be hosted by Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir.

THE PARTICIPANTS

The order in the picture is from left to right and from top to bottom:

  • Rúnar Eff - Mér við hlið / Make your way back home (Rúnar Eff) 
  • Hildur -  Bammbaramm (Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir)
  • Aron Hannes - Nótt / Tonight (Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson / Ágúst Ibsen)
  • Linda Hartmanns - Ástfangin / Obvious Love (Linda Hartmanns / Erla Bolladóttir)
  • Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir - Heim til þín / Get Back Home (Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson)
  • Erna Mist - Skuggamynd / I’ll be gone (Guðbjörg Magnúsdóttir / Erna Mist Pétursdóttir)
  • Svala Björgvinsdóttir - Ég veit það / Paper (Einar Egilsson, Svala Björgvinsdóttir, Lester Mendez, Lily Elise / Stefán Hilmarsson)
  • Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir - Treystu á mig / Trust in me (Iðunn Ásgeirsdóttir / Ragnheiður Bjarnadóttir)
  • Daði Freyr Pétursson -  Hvað með það? / Is This Love? (Daði Freyr Pétursson)
  • Páll Rósinkranz & Kristina Bærendsen - Þú og ég / You and I (Mark Brink og Þórunn Erna Clausen)
  • Aron Brink - Þú hefur dáleitt mig / Hypnotised (Þórunn Erna Clausen, Michael James Down og Aron Brink)
  • Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir - Til mín / Again (Hólmfríður Ósk Samúelsdóttir)

Icelandic and English language recordings of the songs are available online at the Söngvakeppnin website. In the final the songs may be performed in a language of the authors’ choosing. The winning song of Söngvakeppnin will be Iceland’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.

Lithuania

You can re-watch all the performances in Lithuania's marathon Eurovision selection so far by visiting the website of Lithuanian Radio and Television.

The next heat will be broadcast on Saturday 21st January. The acts competing in the third heat are:

1 Gražvydas Paint the Sky Blue
2 Fusedmarc Rain of Revolution
3 Marius Petrauskas She's My Universe
4 Dovydas Petrošius Love is Free
5 Strėlės Bastard
6 Virgis Valuntonis Victorious
7 Vilija Matačiūnaitė I See the Lights
8 Milda Martinkėnaitė & Saulenė Chlevickaitė Paperheart
9 Lolita Zero Get Frighten
10 HIT I Wanna Love You Tonight
11 Vidas Bareikis & Ieva Zasimauskaitė I Love My Phone
12 Erika Astrauskaitė No More
13 Greta Zazza Like I Love You
United Kingdom

The BBC has unveiled names of the expert panel who will appear in the UK national final, Eurovision: You Decide, which takes place on Friday 27th January:

  • Sophie Ellis Bextor
  • Bruno Tonioli
  • CeCe Sammy

Sophie is a singer who has had a number of hits including Murder on the Dancefloor and Get Over You. Bruno is a professional dancer, best known for his roles as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and Dancing with the Stars in the US. CeCe Sammy is a well-known vocal coach who has worked on shows such as The X Factor and The Voice. 

Belarus

Dress rehearsals for the 2017 national selection get under way in Belarus. You can watch an exclusive video on the website of broadcaster BTRC. The live broadcast will start tonight, Friday 20th January, at 20:00 and you can watch the show live on the website of BTRC. For the first time ever viewers will be able to get an exclusive look at the artists backstage as they prepare to go on stage. 

The show graphics and postcards will feature traditional Belarusian symbols, visit BRTC's website for more information. The show will be hosted by popular TV presenter Olga Ryzhikova and Teo who represented Belarus at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with his song Cheesecake. Ivan, who represented Belarus in 2016 will perform his entry Help You Fly

Voting will be decided by a 50/50 combination of jury and televoting. The 11 jury members are drawn from professionals in the entertainment industry. In total 13 entries will compete for the right to represent Belarus in Kyiv in May. 

Check out some of the images from the rehearsals below:

Georgia

The Georgian national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest takes place at 17:00 CET today, Friday 20th January. You can watch the live webcast via YouTube

Denmark

The Danish national selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, will be held on Saturday 25th February. Today the Danish broadcaster released the names of the ten participating acts:

Click on the links to find out more about the acts (Danish language). 

  • Ida Una One
    Lyrics and music: Peter Bjørnskov and Lene Dissing

  • Thomas Ring Vesterbro
    Lyrics and music: Thomas Ring

  • Rikke Gunner Color My World
    Lyrics and music: Mads Løkkegaard, Joël Pagiël MacDonald, Mohamed Alitou and Laura Kloos

  • Anja Where I Am
    Lyrics and music: Anja Nissen, Angel Tupai and Michael D'Arcy

  • Calling Mercury Big Little Lies 
    Lyrics and music: Thomas Sardorf, Rune Braager and Martin Luke Brown

  • Anthony Smoke In My Eyes
    Lyrics and music: Kim Nowak-Zorde, Kasper Larsen, Hans Petersen, Ollie Marland and Phil Plested

  • René Machon Warriors
    Lyrics and music: Astrid Cordes, Alexander Grandjean, Hans Petersen and Lars Andersen

  • Sada Vidoo Northern Lights 
    Lyrics and music: Christoffer Lauridsen, Andreas Öhrn and Alessandra Günthardt

  • Jeanette Bonde Hurricane
    Lyrics and music: Jeanette Bonde, Alexander Grandjean, Jeppe Pilgaard Ulrichsen and Nermin Harambasic

  • Johanna Beijbom ASAP
    Lyrics and music: Peter Wallevik, Daniel Heløy Davidsen, Patrick Devine, Dimitri Stassos and Freja Jonsson Blomberg

Sada Vidoo participated in the 2016 edition of The X Factor UK.

Hungary

The contestants that will perform in the next edition of A Dal 2017 on Saturday 21st January are: 

  • Kyra Fedor Got to Be A Day
  • Enikő Muri Jericho
  • Benjámin Pál Father's Eyes
  • Joci Pápai Origo 
  • Gigi Radics See It Through
  • Orsi Sapszon Hunyd le a szemedet
  • Soulwave Kalandor
  • The Couple’s Vége van
  • Totova (Tóth Gabi) Hosszú idők
  • Zävodi + Olivér Berkes #háttérzaj

For further information check out the official homepage of A Dal 2017.

Germany

Yosefin Buohler is announced as the fifth finalist in Germany

Yosefin Buohler who is 21 and was born in Cologne, has been announced as the fifth finalist in the German national selection, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017. Yosefin will replace Wilhelm "Sadi" Richter who withdrew for personal reasons. Yosefin is an educated actress and comes from a family of musicians and was in the final of Das Supertalent when she was 13 years old. She toured Germany with the musical The Ten Commandments for several years before going on the road with the project Campus 4us. In Sweden, she was in the final round of the show Idol in 2013 and was the singer of the German national anthem before more than 50,000 people at the World Cup qualification match of Sweden against Germany in Stockholm.

In the live show, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017, each of the participants will perform live for the chance to represent Germany in Kyiv. The German national selection will take place on 9th February. 

Ukraine

24 acts have been shortlisted for the Ukrainian national selection which will be held on Saturday 25th February.

Arsen Mirzoyan
Mila Nitich
Vitaly Kozlovsky
AGHIAZMA
Salto Nazad 
Green Grey
ROZHDEN
Vivienne Mort
Payushchie Trusy 
Anastasia Prudius
Tayanna 
Detach 
O.Torvald
Illaria  
KADNAY
Roma Veremeychik and group LUMIERE
MamaRika
Laliko
Melovin 
Letay 
Panivalkova
SKAY 
Monochromea

Kuznetsov (winner of online vote)

Germany

Wilhelm "Sadi" Richter withdraws from German selection

Wilhelm "Sadi" Richter, one of the participants in the German national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017, has withdrawn from the competition following reports that the singer is due to appear in court. The singer released a short statement earlier today; "Reports about me are causing so much trouble, I would first like to clarify and process this. I myself am amazed at what I am accused of. I was totally looking forward to attending, but I would not want to do it under these circumstances and that is why I will not participate on 9th February in Cologne".

Spain

All the finalists in Spain have now been announced and revealed and you can listen to them courtesy of their broadcaster's, RTVE, page.

In the #Eurocasting final live show, LeKlein was declared the winner (pictured below) and thus will compete with her winning song Ouch!! in the Spanish national final in February.

LeKlein is the winner of the public competition but five more acts are invited by RTVE to participate in the final:

The acts:

Maika

Maika (40) will perform the rock song Momento Crítico (Critical Moment), written by by José Juan Santana and Rafael Artesero. Born in Reus, Maika became known after reaching The Voice final in 2012. She then released the single En sus manos and the album No Return, in 2013, in Spanish and English. In 2016 Maika launched the digital album New Perspective. She has also participated in several TV shows and has toured in Spain and in festivals abroad.

 

Manel Navarro

Manel Navarro (20) will participate with a pop song of his own, Do It For Your Lover. The young singer-songwriter from Sabadell, Manel, writes in English with acoustic or electronic arrangements, but always with his guitar. He started uploading covers in social media, and three years ago he excelled with his acoustic cover of Drake's Hold On, We're Going Home, and got to record the first song of his own, Brand New Day, and more recently his single Candle with Sony Music.

 

Mario Jefferson

Mario Jefferson (23) will participate in Objetivo Eurovisión with the pop song Spin My Head / Pierdo El Control, written by Chris Whale. Half-Spanish half-English, Mario was born in Costa del Sol but lives in Madrid and has big fanbase on social media networks. In 2008 he participated in X Factor and in 2010 in Operación Triunfo. He has published several singles like The Night I Forgot Your Name, Cadillac and Walk That Way.

 

Mirela

Mirela (26) has a proposal called Contigo (With You), a latin pop song penned by Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, Isaac Luke and Ander Pérez. With more than twelve years of stage experience, Mirela has been a finalist in Spain both in the Junior and the Eurovision Song Contest before. Her works involve TV appearances, including a participation in The Voice, and in musicals such as The Lion King, Shrek and Peter Pan.

 

Paula Rojo

Paula Rojo (26) performs Lo Que Nunca Fue (What Never Was), a country-pop song written by herself along with Álvaro Bárcena. This young singer from Asturias became popular four years ago through her participation in The Voice where she got a deal with Universal Music. She has published singles and albums like Solo tú, Si me voy, Miedo a querer, Crecer para ver and Érase un sueño, as well as recording with Disney.

 

LeKlein

LeKlein (36), who has just won the final of #EuroCasting, will participate with Ouch!!, a latin electronic pop composition that she wrote with David Ascanio, Albert Neve and Abel Ramos. Behind LeKlein is Vanesa Cortés, a multitalented artist born in Toledo. In 2002, she won the newcomer award at the biggest music radio station in Spain, Los 40 Principales and, among her most outstanding works, is her residency as a singer at the Amnesia nightclub in Ibiza. She has also been nominated several times as the best house vocalist in the Dj Mags, a prize she's won twice.

 

The #Eurocasting final

The #Eurocasting final on the RTVE website, in which LeKlein was declared the winner, brought together more than 20,000 unique users and was the most talked about event in social media becoming the number one trending topic worldwide. The presenters of the online show, Irene Mahía and Paloma G. Quirós, announced the overwhelming victory of LeKlein, who amassed 63.3% of the total votes over Javián with No Somos Héroes (21.7%) and Fruela with Live It Up (15%). You can watch the show on demand at the Spanish broadcaster's site.

Special guests in the show were Azúcar Moreno (pictured below), who represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1990 becoming one of the top Spanish acts after their participation. In the #Eurocasting final show they performed their Eurovision evergreen, Bandido.

(Photos by RTVE)

Lithuania

The second qualification of Lithuania's national selection "Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka" have finished. Six out of the thirteen acts got through from tonights heat by jury and public voting.

The six qualifiers are:

  • Mia - Sacrifice
  • Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė - Love Shadow
  • Gabrielius Vagelis - Feel Free
  • Valdas Lacko - It's So Unfair
  • Ieva Zasimauskaitė - You Saved Me
  • E.G.O. - My Story
Hungary

Tonight Hungary had their first heat in their national selection A dal. Six out of ten entries got through by two rounds of voting. After the first round these five acts qualified to the semi-finals:

  • Leander Kills - Élet
  • Roma Soul - Nyitva a ház
  • Viki Singh - Rain 
  • Spoon 21 - Deák 
  • Dávid Henderson - White Shadows
 
In the second round of voting it was time for the televoters to decide the sixth qualifier and it became:
  • Benji - Karcok  
The group Margaret Island performed as an interval act during the evening.
Latvia

Latvian broadcaster LTV has announced the names of the artists and songs that will participate in Supernova 2017.

Anna Zankovska: Rage Love 

Crime Sea: Escape

Edgars Kreilis: We Are Angels 

First Question: Naked

Franco Franco:  Up

Katrīna Cīrule:  Blood Runs Quicker

Katrine Lukins: Silhouette 

Laura Lo pied. Chris Oak: Little Weird

Lauris Valters: Magic Years

Linda Leen: Who Is In Charge 

Markus Riva: Dynamite

Miks Dukurs: Spiritual Priest

Miks Galvanovskis: Runaway

My Radiant You: All I Know

Pikaso: U (Can Keep Your Cools)

Rock’n’Berries: Feel The Love

Santa Daņeļeviča: Your Breath

THE HiQ: Taju Ot Lyubvi

The Ludvig: I’m In Love With You

Toms Kalderauskis: We Won’t Back Down

Triana Park: Line

UP: One By One

The live shows will take place on the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th February.

Greece

The Greek broadcaster ERT has revealed that the artist to represent Greece at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is Demy. Read more in our article about the Greek announcement.

Hungary

The following acts will compete in the first heat of A Dal 2017 on Saturday 14th January:

  1. Benji: Karcok
  2. Calidora: Glory
  3. David Henderson: White Shadows
  4. Kata Csondor: Create
  5. Leander Kills: Élet
  6. Rocktenors: Ősz
  7. Roma Soul: Nyitva a ház
  8. Spoon21: Deák
  9. The Wings: Mint a hurrikán
  10. Viki Singh: Rain

More details are available on the website of A Dal 2017.

Spain

Tomorrow, Thursday 12th January, the 3 finalists of #Eurocasting, the open competition to become a part of Objetivo Eurovisión, the Spanish national Final for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, will perform at the final concert.

LeKlein with Ouch!!, Fruela with Live It Up and Javian with No Somos Héroes (We're not heroes) will present their songs live in a special program to be streamed at 20:00 (CET) which you can watch live in the RTVE site

After the performances, a 15-minute voting period will open in which the public (only) will vote for their favorite candidate. You can do it for free through the RTVE website, or their official APP 'Eurovision RTVE.es', available for iOS and Android.

The concert, which will feature two tribute performances to the Eurovision Song Contest, will also include the official announcement of the artists names chosen internally by RTVE to compete in Objetivo Eurovisión in February. The chosen one tomorrow will join that list of internally selected names.  

#Eurocasting was born with the idea of ​​offering to artists and authors not linked to the major record companies in Spain, the possibility of taking part in the Eurovision process. You can listen to all of the songs in the #Eurocasting page.

Israel

Israel will continue to use the show Rising Star, the same format as 2016, to select its song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The winner will represent Israel in Ukraine. 

The following acts have qualified from the first three shows:

  • Yosef Gal
  • Helen
  • Yonit Zaidenberg
  • Yona Shabin 
  • Julietta 
  • Beatbox Element
  • Diana Golbi
  • Hallelujah (Halli) Lewis
  • Imri Ziv
  • Judy Layne
  • Lee Sabach
  • Osher Biton
  • Sapir Nahon
  • Ta-La-Te
Hungary

New entries in A Dal 2017

New entrants have been selected for the Hungarian national selection, A Dal 2017. 

Chase is entering the competition with his song Dust in the wind and the Rocktenors are also participating with Ősz (Autumn). Chase is going to perform in the first heat of A Dal 2017 hosted by Hungarian Public Broadcaster Duna at 19:30 CET on 14th January. Chase replaces Jetlag who were unable to undertake the various obligations and commitments of A Dal 2017.

TheRocktenors will replace Szabyest who has been expelled from the contest for violating the rules. According to the official rulebook of A Dal 2017, the entries (including the lyrics and the music) must not have been published before the 1st of September 2016 (including live performances).

The contestants of A Dal 2017 will have the opportunity to take away various rewards at the end of A Dal 2017 including special awards for Best Lyrics and Best Newcomer. All the performers will introduce the unplugged version of their song in the so-called ‘Acoustic Contest’, the winner of which will perform at the Petőfi Music Awards at VOLT Festival 2017 and in the ‘Akusztik’ programme of Radio Petőfi. The winner of the finals taking place on 18th February will have the honour to represent Hungary at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Finland

The date approaches for Finland to choose its representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. #UMK17 will be broadcast live from Espoo Metro Areena on the 28th of January, hosted by Krista Siegfrids, and you'll be able to follow it live at the UMK site.

The 10 contestants have also released preview videos of their participating shows and you can watch them all on this YouTube playlist.

In addition to the contestants, the show will feature as guest stars the Nordic sensation Marcus & Martinus and Finnish superstar Jenni Vartiainen, who returns to stage in UMK after a lenghty break.

The Finnish representative for the Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen based on votes from viewers (given before and during the show) and the votes from international juries during the show, 50% each. Voting is only possible in Finland. Following a tradition from the previous years, the earnings from the voting will be donated to the Nose Day Foundation to be used to help children in developing countries.

Sweden

Today Swedish broadcaster SVT revealed the running order for the upcoming national selection, Melodifestivalen.

Melodifestivalen 2017 comprises of six dates:

  • Semi-Final 1, 4th February: Gothenburg (Scandinavium)
  • Semi-Final 2, 11th February: Malmö (Malmö Arena)
  • Semi-Final 3, 18th February: Växjö (Vida Arena)
  • Semi-Final 4, 25th February: Skellefteå (Kraft Arena)
  • Andra Chansen (Second Chance round), 4th March: Linköping (Saab Arena)
  • Final, 11th March: Stockholm (Friends Arena)

SEMI-FINAL 1 - GÖTEBORG 4th February

  1. Boris René - Her Kiss
  2. Adrijana - Amare 
  3. Dinah Nah - One More Night
  4. De Vet Du - Road Trip
  5. Charlotte Perrelli - Mitt liv
  6. Ace Wilder - Wild Child
  7. Nano - Hold On

SEMI-FINAL 2 - MALMÖ 11th February

  1. Mariette - A Million Years
  2. Roger Pontare - Himmel och hav
  3. Etzia - Up 
  4. Allyawan - Vart haru varit 
  5. Dismissed - Hearts Align
  6. Lisa Ajax - I Don’t Give A
  7. Benjamin Ingrosso - Good Loovin' 

SEMI-FINAL 3 - VÄXJÖ 18 February

  1. Robin Bengtsson - I Can’t Go On
  2. Krista Siegfrids - Snurra min jord 
  3. Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
  4. Jasmine Kara - Gravity
  5. Owe Thörnqvist - Boogieman Blues
  6. Bella & Filippa - Crucified
  7. The Fooo Conspiracy - Gotta Thing 

SEMI-FINAL 4 - SKELLEFTEÅ 25th February

  1. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia - En värld full av strider 
  2. Alice - Running with Lions 
  3. Les Gordons - Bound To Fall 
  4. Wiktoria - As I Lay Me Down 
  5. Axel Schylström - När ingen ser 
  6. Sara Varga & Juha Mulari - Du får inte ändra på mig
  7. Loreen - Statements
Lithuania

Lithuania’s first round of qualifications in their national selections Eurovizijos dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka started today. This was the first out of four elimination heats, which saw six entries qualify for the next round. The six acts that made it are:

  • Edgaras Lubys performing Could It Be? (12 points)
  • Sasha Song performing Never Felt Like This Before (10 points)
  • Paula Valentaitė performing Never Let You Go (8 points)
  • Golden Monkeys performing Septyni dievai (7 points)
  • Otreya performing Last Two Weeks (6 points)
  • Benas Malakauskas performing Rolling (6 points)

The qualifiers were decided by a mixture of professional juries and public votes. Watch the full show again.

The next heat takes place on Saturday evening, more information is available on the website of broadcaster LRT

Germany

Today German broadcaster NDR announced the names of the finalists for its upcoming national selection, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017. The five performers beat off competition from 2000 other applicants and have been nominated by national and internationally successful producers.

The acts:

Axel Maximilian Feige

Axel is 28 and lives in Hamburg where he works as a freelance musician. As a child he learned to play the bassoon, piano, guitar and taught himself to play the bass. At the age of 15 Axel founded his first band, currently playing with the band Absolem Max and Diazpora. Their new album will be released in mid-February.

 

(Photograph: NDR)

Felicia Lu Kürbiß

Felicia, 21, comes from Freilassing. She plays the piano and currently works as a songwriter. She calls her musical direction electro-pop. Every week she publishes videos on YouTube and already has experience with casting shows having taken part in the final of Rising Star in 2014.

 

(Photograph: NDR)

Helene Nissen

Helene is 20 and comes from from Hollingstedt and is still studying. She has gained stage experience with the broadcaster NDR and has appeared on Travemünder Woche. She plays the guitar and plays at concerts with her brother.

 

(Photograph: NDR)

Isabella "Levina" Lueen

Isabella is 25 and lives in Berlin. She is currently studying Music Management at the London College of Music. Levina writes soul and pop songs, she received singing and piano lessons at the age of nine, and played in children's musicals until her 16th birthday. She regularly plays in bars with her band.

 

(Photograph: NDR)

Wilhelm "Sadi" Richter

Wilhelm is 19 years old and lives in Dortmund. He studied composition at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Sadi is a jazz musician, plays the piano, bass and drums, and sings in clubs. As a fifteen-year-old, he was singing trainer for a television show presented by Sylvie Meis, a popular television personality in Germany.

About the show

The German national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Thursday 9th February 2017. The three-hour show will feature a jury panel comprising three of Germany's most popular musicians: Tim Bendzko, Florian Silbereisen, and Lena, Germany's most recent Eurovision winner. Each judge will give an opinion during the live show but will not be able to vote. Germany's representative in Kyiv will be chosen solely by the TV viewers through televoting and the official Eurovision app. For the first time ever, the German national selection will feature a European ‘mood barometer’ where fans from across Europe can express their preferred choice for Kyiv.

Each of the participants will perform songs that have been commissioned specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest. The candidates were selected by the German broadcaster NDR and production company Raab TV as well as musical experts including the musical director of The Heavytones, Wolfgang Dalheimer.

Thomas Schreiber, Director of Entertainment at NDR said: “Our team is delighted. During the German national selection, we will present five exciting candidates who have convinced us with their performances in intensive studio sessions. Each of the acts are very different and I am curious about who the audience will choose”.

The live show will be broadcast live from Cologne on Thursday 9th February at 20:15 CET and will be hosted by Barbara Schöneberger. Tickets for Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017 have now sold out but there are still tickets for the dress rehearsals. More information can be found on the official website. The winner will represent Germany in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv in May.

Lithuania

A whopping 51 songs will compete in the Lithuanian nation selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The first show will be broadcast on Saturday 7th January and will feature the following 12 acts:

1 Justin3 Streets of Vilnius
2 Rūta Andruškevičiūtė The Way to Your Heaven
3 Paula Valentaitė Never Let You Go
4 Vilius Krivickas Septyni dievai
5 Augustė Vedrickaitė It's Not Over (Not to Me)
6 Sasha Song Never Felt Like This Before
7 Dagna Kondratavičiūtė Feel It
8 Audrius Petrauskas Shine Like Gold
9 Benas Malakauskas Rolling
10 Tadas Rimgaila & Samanta Tīna Tavo oda
11 Otreya Last Two Weeks
12 Edgaras Lubys Could It Be?
Armenia

Artsvik has won the the Armenian national final, Depi Evratesil (To Eurovision). The singer was chosen through a combination of votes from a jury panel and a public SMS vote. The ambitious search for Armenia's next Eurovision Song Contest participant was launched in the summer and featured four stages which took place over three months. 

Montenegro

Slavko Kalezić will represent Montenegro in 2017 with the song Space. His song will be revealed at a later date.

Albania

The winner of the 55th Festivali i Këngës was Lindita, who will go on to represent Albania at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Read more on our article about her victory.

Bulgaria

Bulgarian National Television has launched a call for co-producers and labels who would like to submit potential projects for Eurovision 2017. 

Candidates can be production companies or professional teams. They need to submit a comprehensive proposal, including a song demo, proposed artist/s, concept of stage presentation of the song, draft budget and partial funding that the company or the production team is ready to invest.

The deadline to apply is 20 January. The projects received will be judged by an internal commission at BNT, representatives of the music industry and international focus group of Eurovision experts. All 3 groups will decide the winner.

Requirements:

  • For co-producers/labels: At least 3 public projects produced in the last 2 years. Experience in artist management. This should be backed with a presentation.
  • For the artists: Bulgarian citizenship, proven stage experience in live singing and performing. Short biography and photos.
  • For the song: Must comply with general Eurovision Song Contest rules, at last partial Bulgarian involvement in the production. Audio submission should be in .wav or mp3 format.
  • For the stage concept: Short description of the staging including visual examples - videos, photos, story boards, number of artists on-stage, costumes, choreography, and LED backdrops.

All the projects should be submitted in full to [email protected] (max. 3MB). The proposals should include a brief letter containing a list of submitted documents and media, to be filed at the registry of BNT, San Stefano str. 29, Sofia.

For any additional questions contact Joana Levieva-Sawyer at [email protected]

Spain

The 3 finalists of #Eurocasting, the open competition to become a part of the Spanish national Final for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, were revealed to be:

  • LeKlein - Ouch!! (9 points)
  • Fruela - Live It Up (8 points)
  • Javian - No Somos Héroes (We're not heroes) (7 points)

These 3 songs have been the top voted ones by a 7-member professional jury made of: Juan Magán (president), producer, author and singer; Pascual Osa, composer and conductor; Guille Milkyway (La Casa Azul), producer, author and singer; Sheila Blanco, singer, author and teacher of vocal technique; Pepe Herrero, composer and conductor; Sebastián Alonso, director of the site Jenesaispop; and David Feito (ESDM), singer, author and producer.

Each of them awarded 1, 2 and 3 points to their favourite songs. Brequette and Nicky Triphook got 6 points each, Pedro Elipe and Nieves Hidalgo got 2 points, Romy Low and Rebeca Moss got 1 point and Nito 0 points. You can listen to all of the songs in the #Eurocasting page.

The finalists will present their song live in a special program to be streamed on the 12th of January through the RTVE website. The public, only, will decide on the winner who will become a participant in Objetivo Eurovisión, the Spanish national final in February 2017.

Georgia

Georgian national final for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Friday 20th January. The show will be broadcast live from Tbilisi's Philharmonic Concert Hall.

25 acts will compete for the right to represent Georgia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The winner will be decided by a combination of professional juries and public votes.  

Ukraine

Ukraine - national final to be held on 25th February

Ukrainian broadcaster has confirmed that the semi-finals in their national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held on 4th, 11th, 18th February with the final taking place on 25th February.

As with last year, the winner will be decided by a combination of jury and public votes. NTU also unveiled the jury for 2017:

  • Konstantin Meladze – Composer and producer
  • Jamala – singer-songwriter, winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine
  • Andriy Danylko – comedian and singer, represented Ukraine in 2007 as the drag artist Verka Serduchka.
Austria

Newcomer Nathan Trent will represent Austria at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Austrian broadcaster ORF opted for an internal selection for 2017. The team, together with music-experts Eberhard Forcher and Christof Straub, scouted within the young Austrian music scene. Nathan was invited to submit a song and convinced ORF to select him for Kyiv. Nathan's song will be published in February. Find out more about Nathan.

Ireland

Brendan Murray will represent Ireland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Louis Walsh will head the search for the song that Brendan will sing in Kyiv. Find out more about Brendan in our full article about the announcement.

Armenia

Two more qualifiers in Armenia

Armenia's search for a Eurovision entry went up a gear tonight as two more acts qualified for the final next week:

  • Artsvik performing Crazy
  • Marta performing Popuri

Tonight's show used an international jury headed by the man behind Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Christer Björkman.

The final of Depi Evratesil will take place on 24th December.

United Kingdom

News from Eurovision: You Decide HQ!

The BBC announced today that the winner of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander Rybak, will perform on the UK national selection, Eurovision: You Decide, on 27th January at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London.

Tickets are available to buy and aren’t geo-locked so fans, anywhere in the world, can get tickets! – go to bbc.co.uk/Eurovision for all the details. 

Eurovision: You Decide will air at 7.30pm on BBC Two. Mel Giedroyc will be presenting live from London’s world-famous Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith and it’s set to be a nail biting night of performances as six songs battle it out for the chance to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Kyiv. 

The BBC will release the names of more guests in the next few weeks so look out for more announcements soon!

Spain

The 10 qualifiers of #Eurocasting, the open competition to become a part of the Spanish national Final for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, have been revealed:

  • Brequette - No Enemy
  • Fruela - Live It Up
  • Javian - No Somos Héroes (We're not heroes)
  • LeKlein - Ouch!!
  • Nicky Triphook - Daddy's Little Girl
  • Nieves Hidalgo - Esclava (Slave)
  • Nito - Luna (Moon)
  • Pedro Elipe - Del Dolor (From the pain)
  • Rebeca Moss - Volver Por Ti (Come back for you)
  • Romy Low - In Love

You can listen to all of the songs in the #Eurocasting page. These 10 songs have been the top voted ones by the -more than 55,000 unique- internet users and proceed now to the next stage where a professional jury, whose president is Top Spanish act Juan Magán, will choose the 3 finalists from the open competition.

The finalists will be revealed next Tuesday 20th December and will present their song live in a special program to be streamed on the 12th of January through the RTVE website. The public, only, will decide on the winner that will become a participant in Objetivo Eurovisión, the Spanish national final in February 2017.

United Kingdom

Tickets for the UK national selection, Eurovision: You Decide, are on sale and for the first time people outside the UK can buy them. More details on the website of the BBC.

Georgia

Georgia - final shortlist revealed

The finalists in the Georgian national selection have been revealed by Georgia's Public Broadcaster. Further details can be found on the official website. The exact date of the Georgian national selection will be announced in the coming weeks. The winner will be decided by a combination of jury and public votes.  

1. Nanuka Giorgobiani, Let The Sunshine In (composer - Edisher Lomadze)

2. Giorgi Čikovani, Make it Right (composer - Giorgi Čikovani)

3. Davit Šanidze, Mtveris Katsi (composer -Davit Šanidze)

4. Trio Mandili - You and Me, (composer - Vadim estermani, Rostislav maslovichi)

5. Elene Mikiašvili - Fighter (composers - Ylva and Linda Persson)

6. Andria Gvelesiani - Revolutionise (composer - Laghidze)

7. The Mins - Crime (composer - Zviad Mgebrishvili)

8. Alisa Danelia - We Are Eternity (composer - Alice Danelia)       

9. Rati Durglišvili - Why (composer - Rati TV)

10. Brandon Stone & Eter Beriašvili - Heyo Song (composer - Brandon Stone)

11. Tornike Kipiani & Giorgi Bolotašvili - You Are My Sunshine (composer - Tornike Kipiani)

12. EOS - Urban Signs (composers - George Kochoradze & Gedevan levlishvili)

13. Dima Kobešavidze - Scream (composer - Dima Kobešavidze)

14. Malibu - We Live Once (composer - Malibu)

15. Asea Sool - Nature (composer - Asea Sool)

16. MISHO - Magic (composer - MISHO)

17. Tako Gachechiladze, Keep the Faith (composer - Tako Gachechiladze)

18. Oto Nemsadze & Limbo, Dear God (composer - Beso nemsadze)

19. Mary Chachkhiani, Fly (composer - John Titirashvili)

20. Nutsa Buzaladze, White Horses Run (composers - Andy Vitolo and John King)

21. Sparkle, On The Top (composer - Aleko Berdzenishvili)

22. Nino Basharuli, Lile (Lileo) (composer - Nino Basharuli)

23. Temo Sajaia, All The Same (composer - Temo Sajaia)

24. Mariko Lejava, Light it Up (composer - Beat Hardy)

25. Sabina Chantouria, Stranger (Music and Lyrics - Sabina Chanturia)

Earlier this year Georgia won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for a record third time.

Portugal

Portugal launches ambitious search for 2017 Eurovision entry

The final of Festival da Canção 2017 will take place on Sunday 5th March. 2017 also marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of the broadcaster's first channel, RTP1 which began transmissions in 1957. The national final will include an celebration gala marking this anniversary in the same show on 5th March. 

This year RTP invited 16 renowned composers to compose, write and produce the 16 competing songs. The choice of the singer is also their responsibility.

There will be two semi finals with eight songs each, four songs will proceed to the final. The results will be decided by a 50/50 combination of jury and televote. Eight songs will compete in the final in total. 

The dates:

  • Semi final 1 - Sunday 19th February, RTP1
  • Semi final 2 - Sunday 26th February, RTP1
  • Final of Festival da Canção 2017 - Sunday 5th March, RTP1

Portugal will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2015.

Armenia

The following acts have qualified for the next round of the Armenian national selection, Depi Evratesil.

  • Marta
  • Egine 
  • Suzanna Melkonyan 
  • Artsvik 

The acts were selected by a professional jury and televiewers. For further details visit the website of Armenia's broadcaster AMPTV.

Armenia

The ambitious national selection in Armenia is underway. Tonight at 19:00 CET six artists - Marta, Artsvik, Egine, Syuzanna Melkonyan , Lucy and Vahe Aleksanyan will compete in the first semi-final of Armenian national selection, Depi Evratesil. A professional jury and televiewers will select the best four artists for the second semi-final which takes place next Saturday.

You can watch the livestream on the website of Armenia's broadcaster AMPTV

Hungary

A Dal 2017 - Hungary announces national selection

30 songs were selected to compete in A Dal 2017 - the official Hungarian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. The songs, their performers and the jury members were introduced at a press conference on 8th December in a club in downtown Budapest.

The first heat of A Dal 2017 will be broadcast on 14th January 2017 leading to the final which will take place on 18th February. The show will be hosted by Hungarian Public Broadcaster Duna TV, and the winning song will be decided by a combination of jury and public votes. 

The contestants will have the opportunity to take away various rewards at the end of A Dal 2017 including awards for Best Lyrics and Best Newcomer. All the performers will introduce the unplugged version of their song in the so-called ‘Acoustic Contest’ the winner of which will perform at the Petőfi Music Awards at VOLT Festival 2017. The winner of the show will have the honour to represent Hungary at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The jury

Photograph: Soós Lajos

Ferenc Molnár Caramel was revealed as a new member of the jury for A Dal 2017. When asked about the differences in judging the performances of A Dal 2017 to other competitions, he said:

"The biggest difference is the fact that in A Dal we aren’t expressing an opinion about the performer but rather about the song itself. The voice of the artist is important – but the melody and the creativity play a much more important role here. If you ask me, I’d like to find today’s hit song. I had been a jury member in various talent shows and I can’t wait for A Dal to begin. It’s an electrifying task as you have to listen to the songs in a slightly different way. The voice is significant of course, but at the end of the day it’s just another instrument of delivering the message. And it is the message that I go for. That being said, an outstanding voice is a treasure indeed – so we will keep our ears open. At this point I am quite sure that the next edition of A Dal will be amazing. The competitors will blow your mind; the songs are simply top notch. I’m sure that the show will be very exciting. And in the finale we will find the song that will be a worthy representative of Hungary on international level – a song that will be engraved in all our hearts". 

Members of the jury: 

  • Adrienn Zsédenyi Zséda (award-winning singer)
  • Miklós Both (award-winning composer/guitarist/singer)
  • Károly Frenreisz (founder of the legendary LGT and Skorpió, a legend of Hungarian rock music)
  • Ferenc Molnár Caramel (award-winning singer)

 Participants of A Dal 2017

  • Benji: Karcok (Music: Zsolt Szepesi, Huy Le Quang, Gyárfás Máté, Lyrics: Gábor Budai, Gyárfás Máté)
  • Olivér Berkes: Háttérzaj (Music: Marcell Závodi, Lyrics: Marcell Závodi, Gábor Závodi)
  • Calidora: Glory (Music: Dóra Oberritter, Zsolt Szepesi, Lyrics: Dóra Oberritter, Attila Baross)
  • Kata Csondor: Create (Music: Kata Csondor, Roland Balogh, Lyrics: Péter Mihola)
  • The Couple: Vége van (Music and lyrics: Gábor Berkó)
  • Kyra Fedor: Got to be a day (Music: Kyra Fedor, Csaba Nemes, Lyrics: Balázs Janky)
  • David Henderson: White Shadows (Music: David Henderson, Dávid Tóth, Péter Ferencz Peet, Lyrics: David Henderson)
  • Jetlag: Keresem a bajt (Music and Lyrics: Tamás Molnár)
  • Peter Kovary & The Royal Rebels: It's a riot (Music and Lyrics: Péter Zsolt Kővári)
  • Kállay Saunders Band: 17 (Music: András Kállay, Zsolt Szepesi, Ádám Tóth, Lyrics: András Kállay)
  • Gina Kanizsa: Fall like rain (Music: Petra Várallyay, Lyrics: Petra Várallyay, Katus Várallyay)
  • AnnaElsa feat Juli Kása: Jártam (Music and Lyrics: Anna Elza Garay)
  • Leander Kills: Élet (Music and Lyrics: Leander Köteles)
  • Mrs. Columbo: Frozen King (Music: Dorina Galambos, Dániel Somogyvári, Katalin Héjja, Lyrics: Dorina Galambos)
  • Zoltán Mujahid: On my own (Music: Zoltán Mujahid, Lyrics: Johnny K. Palmer)
  • Enikő Muri: Jericho (Music and Lyrics: Sebastian Arman, Joachim Persson)
  • Benjámin Pál: Father's eyes (Music: Zoltán Tóth G., Lyrics: Péter Halász)
  • Joci Pápai: Origo (Music: József Pápai, Lyrics: József Pápai)
  • Peet Project: Kill your monster (Music: Péter Ferencz, Olivér Magán, Lyrics: Dávid Henderson)
  • Gigi Radics: See It Through (Music: Georgina Radics, Tamás Radics, Lyrics: Zoltán Riba, Johnny K. Palmer)
  • Roma Soul: Nyitva a ház (Music: István Farkas, Lyrics: Tamás Pajor)
  • Orsolya Sapszon: Hunyd le szemed (Music: Bálint Sapszon, Lyrics: Dóra Csenki, Orsi Sapszon)
  • Viki Singh: Rain (Music: Szabolcs Harmath, Lyrics: Angelika Iványi)
  • Soulwave: Kalandor (Music: Máté Fodor, Ádám Huszár, Gábor Góczán, Ferenc Szabó, Lyrics: Máté Fodor)
  • Spoon21: Deák (Music and Lyrics: Péter Földesi, Márton Grósz, Miklós Adrián Nagy, Kristóf Teremy)
  • Ádám Szabó: Together (Music: Dániel Somogyvári, Ádám Szabó, Lyrics: Kata Kozma)
  • Szabyest: Szerelem kell (Music and Lyrics: Szabolcs Achilles Szabó)
  • The Wings: Mint a hurrikán (Music and Lyrics: Balázs Szobolits)
  • Andi Tóth: I've got a Fire (Music: Johnny K. Palmer, Dániel Somogyvári, Lyrics: Johnny K. Palmer)
  • TOTOVA: Hosszú idők (Music: Gabriella Tóth TOTOVA, Tibor Molnár, Begi Lotfi, Dávid Nagy, Lyrics: Tibor Molnár)

András Kállay-Saunders finished fifth in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with Running. An app for A Dal 2017 will be available. For further information check out the official homepage of A Dal 2017.

United Kingdom
Latvia

Supernova 2017, the Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Sunday 26th February. 

The Latvian broadcaster, Latvijas Televīzija, announced that streaming from Spotify will be included in the voting during the final of Supernova 2017. The addition is a reflection of the move from physical music sales to downloads and streaming. 

Petri Mannonen, Commercial Director, Universal Finland said, "Supernova partnering up with Spotify is an innovative approach to include digital music consumption in the selection process. It makes sense – as the more popular a track becomes within Spotify the more potential it will have to succeed". 

Przemek Pluta, Strategy and Operations Lead for Universal in CEE and Baltics added, "We are super excited to work together with the  Supernova show. Spotify is booming and is the main source of music for many (young) people in Latvia. It will be the first time that we give data on music consumption back to the audience of the Eurovision qualifications show".

Estonia

For the first time ever there will be a grand reveal of all participating entries in the national selection of Estonia, Eesti Laul. The entries for the first semi-final will be revealed tomorrow, 8th of December, beginning at 9:00 (CET). One song will be revealed every hour until the final song from the first semi-final is revealed at 18:00 (CET).

This will then be repeated next week, on the 15th of December with the songs from semi-final 2. All the songs will be made available on the Eesti Laul website where you can tune in for your chance to hear the songs that will compete to be the Eesti Laul winner that will represent Estonia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Switzerland

Earlier this year Switzerland announced its new national selection format and now the six acts hoping to represent the country in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest have been unveiled:

ArtistSong
Freschta Gold  
Ginta Biku Cet Air La  
Michèle Two Faces  
Nadya The Fire in the Sky  
Shana Pearson Exodus  
Timebelle Apollo

The Swiss national selection will take place on Sunday 5th February 2017. For details and to listen to the entries go to the website of the Swiss broadcaster SRF. 

Azerbaijan

Jazz singer Diana Hajiyeva has been announced as Azerbaijan's representative in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Diana previously participated in the Azeri national selection in 2011 and was a backing singer for Samra in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

More details expected soon!

Slovenia

EMA 2017 participants announced 

Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO has revealed the names of the acts competing for the right to represent Slovenia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. 

After seven years, the EMA selection contest, the Slovenian national selection for Eurovision, returns to Ljubljana's Gospodarsko Razstavišče Exhibiton and Conference Centre. All three events will be broadcast live: two preliminary contests on 17th and 18th February 2017, with the final event on Friday 24th February. The Slovenian representative at the Eurovision 2017 contest will be chosen by an expert jury and by the spectators and listeners.

The artists (in alphabetical order)

1st preliminary contest

Amaya (Maja Keuc)

King Foo

Lea Sirk

Nika Zorjan

Omar Naber

Sell Out

Tosca Beat

Zala

2nd preliminary contest

Alya

BQL

Ina Shai

Kataya & Duncan Kamakana

Nuša Drašček

Raiven

Tim Kores Kori

United Pandaz & Arsello feat. Alex Volasko

Maja Keuc and Omar Naber represented Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 and 2005 respectively.

About the show

The expert selection jury consists of four members: ManuElla, singer, music author, and this year's Slovenian representative at the Eurovision Song contest; Boštjan Grabnar, musician, music author, and music producer, Jernej Vene, music editor at Val 202, and Aleksander Radić, the EMA – Eurovision Song 2017 project editor. 

At each of the two preliminary rounds, eight songs will be performed. Four songs will qualify for the finals: the two best placed with televoters and the two judged the best by the expert jury. In the final round the best eight songs will be performed.

The winner will be decided by the 6 regional expert juries and televoting. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points will be given to the best six songs by each of the juries, and 12, 24, 36, 48, 60 and 72 points will be given to six best songs according to the televote. The ratio between the televote and the juries is 50/50.

Tickets go on sale on 12th December. For more information visit the official website and follow the official social media networks on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (emaevrovizija).

Spain

Spanish broadcaster, RTVE, revealed yesterday the 30 songs selected to participate in #Eurocasting, the next step in the open competition of the 2017 Eurovision national selection of Spain. The voting is open from today on, at the RTVE website where users will have ten days, until the 12th of December at 12:00, to vote for their favorite artists / songs.

The songs are in a wide variety of styles and artists, ranging from alternative proposals, to reggeaton and pop. The artists include well-known faces related to Spanish national selections, like 2014 runner-up Brequette or Javi Soleil from D'NASH (Spain 2007) as well as young talents from casting shows, YouTube sensations or unusual proposals for Spain in the song contest.

The 10 most voted songs by the internet users will go to the next stage where a professional jury will choose the 3 finalists from the open competition. The finalists will present their song in a special program to be streamed in January through the RTVE website. The public will decide on the winner that will become a participant in Objetivo Eurovisión, the Spanish national final in February 2017.

Sweden

Swedish broadcaster SVT has released the names of the artists participating in Melodifestivalen 2017. The list includes previous Eurovision Song Contest winners Charlotte Perrelli and Loreen. Check out the full list.

Belarus

Belarussian broadcaster BTRC has released the list of finalists for the 2017 national selection which will be held on 25th January. 

  • Aleksandra Tkach - Be Stronger
  • Anastasiya Sheverenko - We’ll Be Together
  • Angelica Pushnova - We Should Be Together
  • Isaac Nightingale - On The Red Line
  • Kattie - Wild Wind
  • Lermont x Julic - Heartbeat
  • Napoli - Let’s Come Together
  • Navi Band - Historyja majho zyccia
  • Nikita Khodas - Voice In My Head
  • Nuteki - Take My Heart
  • PROvokatsiya Group - My Love
  • Vladislav Kurasov - Follow The Play
  • Yuliya Korenyuk - Children Of The World
Sweden

Tomorrow, Wednesday 30th of November, the Swedish broadcaster, SVT, will release the song titles and the name of the artists participating in their national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen 2017, at a press conference at 09:30 CET.

The press conference will be live streamed on SVT Play and Melodifestivalen's Facebook.

The competition will take place over six Saturday evening shows between the 4th of February and the 11th of March 2017 and 28 songs will participate to become Sweden's entry in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. All six shows will be hosted by Clara Henry, David Lindgren and Hasse Andersson.

The Melodifestivalen 2017 Tour comprises of six dates:

  • Semi-Final 1, 4th February: Gothenburg (Scandinavium)
  • Semi-Final 2, 11th February: Malmö (Malmö Arena)
  • Semi-Final 3, 18th February: Växjö (Vida Arena)
  • Semi-Final 4, 25th February: Skellefteå (Kraft Arena)
  • Andra Chansen (Second Chance round), 4th March: Linköping (Saab Arena)
  • Final, 11th March: Stockholm (Friends Arena)

SVT has received 2,478 entries to be taken into consideration for Melodifestivalen 2017. It's an increase of 28 entries from those received the previous year.

Finland

Ten acts will take part in the Finnish national selection, UMK'17, broadcaster YLE has revealed. The final of the show will take place on Saturday 28th January. Read more about the line-up here. 

Belgium

Ellie Delvaux, now known as Blanche, will represent Belgium in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest broadcaster RTBF announced today. The singer previously took part in the fifth season of The Voice Belgium and has co-written her entry for Kyiv with singer-songwriter Pierre Dumoulin. The song that Blanche will perform will be unveiled at a later date. Read more about the announcement.

Finland
After announcing that Krista Siegfrids will be the host of their national selection now it's time for the Finnish broadcaster, YLE, to announce its participants. The acts that will take part in UMK'17 will be revealed at a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd of November, starting at 12:00 CET. It will be streamed live on YLE's Eurovision page, and also on UMK's official Facebook and YouTube channel.
 
For 2017 Finland will only have one huge UMK show taking place on Saturday the 28th of January at the Espoo Metro Areena and, in addition to the 10 contestants that will be announced tomorrow, the show will feature special guests!
 
There will be 30 minute pre-shows recorded during the rehearsals every day from Thursday to Saturday to be hosted by Mikko Silvennoinen and will include backstage footage and interviews. Music videos will be shot for each contestant. These videos will be online at the official UMK page on December 28th. And from Wednesday afternoon there will be lyric videos from all contestants on the same page as well as on the UMK YouTube channel.
F.Y.R. Macedonia

Jana Burceska will represent FYR Macedonia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. As in 2016, Macedonian broadcaster MKRTV opted for an internal selection. Jana took part in the first season of Macedonian Idol and in 2011 she took on the role of UNICEF ambassador where she campaigned against violence in schools. She has participated in Skopje Fest, one of the biggest musical events in the country, and a show which has previously been used as a national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Jana's song for Kyiv will be announced at a later date. 

Finland
Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013) will host the Finnish national selection next year, UMK 2017!
 
In the fun video below you can see Krista's "political" side and, if you can't speak Finnish, we can hint you that there will be only one UMK show next year. That final will take place at Metro Areena in Espoo (next to Helsinki) on the 28th of January. All the proceeds from the televoting during the UMK final will once again go to charity.
 
The info about the participating artists and songs will be released on the 23rd of November at 12:00 CET.
Finland

Krista Siegfrids will host the Finnish national selection next year, UMK 2017

Estonia

Estonia has announced the participants for their national selection next year, Eesti Laul 2017. Its producer, Mart Normet, confirmed the artists that will perform in the shows. An expert jury narrowed the record-breaking 242 submitted entries to just 20 semi-finalists.

Among the performers we find several Eurovision Song Contest veterans such as Ivo Linna (1996), Koit Toome (1998), Laura (2005), Lenna Kuurma (Switzerland 2005) and Elina Born (2015) as well as Eesti Laul hopefuls from previous years like Daniel Levi, Liis Lemsalu or Kerli.

The semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2017 will be held on the 11th and 18th of February. The final will be held on the 4th of March at Saku Suurhall in Tallinn and the tickets to attend it are already on sale at Piletilevi.

Lithuania

Lithuania has launched its national selection for 2017. Artists and songwriters from across Lithuania are invited to submit prospective entries, the deadline is 1st December 2016. Further details can be found on the website of LRT. Lithuania's Donny Montell finished 9th in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with his song I've Been Waiting For This Night. 

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is holding a national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, following the same format used in 2016. As last year, all public entries will be carefully considered and shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision Fan Club (OGAE UK) members. At the same time, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.

Guy Freeman, Editor, BBC Special Events and Formats said, "This is the moment for anyone who passionately believes they've written an outstanding song that could win over the hearts and minds of millions of European TV viewers and professional juries, to go for it and submit their entry". The shortlist and further announcements will be released in the coming months.

Georgia

GPB Announces National Selection for 2017

Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has launched national selection to find the Georgian representative for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. 

Professional singers including solo artists and groups from across Georgia can take part in the national contest. Artists have until 7th December to send GBP their prospective entries as well as a photograph and CV.  

The winner in the national final will represent Georgia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. 

Cyprus
Cyprus

Cyprus has become the first country to announce its act for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! Hovig will take to the stage in Kyiv with a song written by esteemed Swedish composer Thomas G:son!

Hovig, who is a Cypriot performer of Armenian origin, was selected internally by Cypriot broadcaster, CyBC, which also confirmed its participation in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Hovig is 27 years old and participated in X Factor Greece in 2009, the same year that Evi Adamou, Cyprus' representative in Eurovision 2012, took part.

Last year Minus One represented Cyprus in Stockholm with the song Alter Ego, which qualified for the final, and was also written by Thomas G:son. The composer has been responsible for several Eurovision Song Contest entries including Euphoria, Loreen's winning song for Sweden in 2012. He has also composed entries for Georgia, Spain and Denmark as well as two Swedish entries for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.  

Hovig's song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be released at a later date. He participated in the Cypriot national selection in both 2010 and 2015. The singer recorded a special video announcing his participation, check it out below!

The Netherlands

Girl group O'G3NE will represent the Netherlands at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, broadcaster AVROTROS has announced. Although the timing of the announcement came as a surprise, Dutch media have already been speculating about the group's participation since summer.

The three sisters - Lisa (22) and twins Amy and Shelly Vol (21) - are not entirely new to the Eurovision world; in 2007 they represented the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Adem In, Adem Uit (Breath In, Breath Out), finishing 11th out of 17. A lot has happened in ten years time - they won The Voice of Holland in 2014 and had several chart successes.

"We are looking forward so much to once again represent our country. This is a new highlight in our career and we are going to do everything we can to make our country proud," Lisa, Amy & Shelly said. In the following months, O'G3NE and their team will work on their song and act for Kyiv. Their song is expected to be revealed in early 2017. Meanwhile, enjoy their biggest hit so far, Magic.

Spain

The Spanish broadcaster, TVE, has already launched the process to choose their entry and performer for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest to be held next May in Kyiv. Like in the 2016 selection, it will feature a group of young professional artists chosen internally, but this time they will be joined by one more candidate to be selected through their website. The show will be broadcast in February 2017 under the name Objetivo Eurovisión where both an expert jury and the public votes will decide who will be the Spanish representative travelling to Ukraine.

Germany

During the casting sessions next month, prospective singers will perform in front of the camera ahead of the selection process. More information about the selection, including how to enter, can be found on the official website as well as eurovision.de.

Germany
Germany

To select the entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, German public broadcaster ARD will go back to the mode that gave the country its best results and its most recent winner: A talent show featuring five young and promising singers, performing songs commissioned from globally successful producers. 

The German national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Thursday 9th February 2017. The three-hour show will feature a jury panel comprising three of Germany's most popular musicians: Tim Bendzko, Florian Silbereisen, and Lena, Germany's most recent Eurovision winner. Germany's representative in Kyiv will be chosen solely by the TV viewers through televoting and the official Eurovision app.

You can find out more about the format for the 2017 selection in Germany here. 

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