How do national selections work?

The national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest are being organised by the participating national public broadcasters.

Traditionally, in March, participating broadcasters have to come up with their entry for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

The EBU, main organiser of the Eurovision Song Contest, is not involved with the national selections. The EBU only requires the national selections to be fair and transparent.


The national selections start already very soon after the previous Eurovision Song Contest. To get a full overview and put the dates down in your calendar, see the timetable in our calendar!


Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk, and Timur Miroshnychenko will host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.


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If your national public broadcaster is organising a televised national selection for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, you can most likely find the program schedule on their website.

Several public broadcasters are streaming their national selection events over the internet, some of them our own, online TV channel ESCTV. You can find our programme in the ESCTV player.

Take part?

In the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest, national selections take place in the represented countries.

These national selections are being organised by the respective national public broadcasters who are Active Members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In the United Kingdom, the BBC is taking care of the national selection, in Sweden it's SVT, in Germany it's NDR, etc.

Read more about taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest...


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