Eurovision Song Contest 2017
| Eurovision Song Contest 2017|
|Semi-final 1||9 May 2017|
|Semi-final 2||11 May 2017|
|Final||13 May 2017|
|Venue||International Exhibition Centre, Kiev, Ukraine|
|Executive supervisor||Jon Ola Sand|
|Executive producer|| |
|Host broadcaster||National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU)|
|Number of entries||43|
|Returning countries|| Portugal|
|Withdrawing countries||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Voting system||Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.|
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It will take place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, following Ukraine's victory at the 2016 contest in Stockholm with the song "1944", performed by Jamala. This will be the second time the contest has taken place in Kiev, after 2005, and the fourth Eurovision event after hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest's in 2009 and 2013. The contest is expected to consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.
Forty-three countries will participate in the 2017 contest. Portugal and Romania will return to the contest; both of whom were absent from the 2016 edition. Bosnia and Herzegovina, who had returned in 2016, have withdrawn due to financial difficulties.
The Deputy Chief of the host broadcaster, the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) and the Head of Delegation for Ukraine, Viktoria Romanova, stated on 18 May 2016 that the first organisational meeting for the contest would take place before 8 June, during which the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and NTU would go through the technical requirements for the contest, as well as any training required for the contest to take place in Ukraine. Romanova also announced that the venue for the contest would be announced over the summer.
NTU and the Ukrainian Government formally launched the bidding process for interested cities to apply to host the contest on 23 June. The selection of the host city was scheduled to be conducted in four stages:
- 24 June – 8 July: Interested cities were formally invited to submit their bids.
- 8–15 July: A working group within NTU and a government-appointed Local Organisational Committee (LOC) headed by Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman reviewed submitted bids prior to their formal presentation.
- 18–22 July: Candidate cities formally presented their bids to the LOC. The bids of three cities were shortlisted and handed over to the EBU.
- 22 July – 1 August: The three shortlisted cities were inspected by representatives from the EBU and LOC to explore their infrastructure and implementation of their bids. A press conference was initially planned to be held during this period to announce the selection results and the host city.
- The venue must be covered with a capacity of at least 7,000 but ideally up to 10,000 attendees.
- An international press centre must be able to accommodate no less than 1,550 journalists.
- Venues must also be provided for the opening and closing ceremonies of at least 3,000 attendees.
- The host city must have fairly priced hotel rooms to European standards, that are located in close proximity to the venue and the city centre. At least 2,000 hotel rooms must be provided: 1,000 for participating delegations and 1,000 for accredited media and fans.
- The host city must be able to guarantee the safety and security of participants, members of delegations and guests.
- The host city must have modern transport infrastructure: an international airport and readily available transport between the airport, the city and hotels, in addition to convenient traffic in the city and the opportunity to provide additional transport routes.
- The host city must provide a social program alongside their bid, showcasing the hospitality, originality, cultural values and identity of both the city and Ukraine.
Six cities submitted applications by the deadline of 8 July: Dnipro, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kiev, Lviv and Odessa. Prior to the opening of the bidding process, the cities of Cherkasy, Irpin, Uzhhorod and Vinnytsia had declared their interest in hosting the contest, but did not submit a formal bid. Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk stated on 30 June that an appropriate venue for the contest does not exist in Ukraine, suggesting that the construction of a new venue in Kiev or Lviv should be considered.
The six candidate cities were officially presented to the LOC on 20 July in a two-hour live discussion show titled City Battle, broadcast from the UA:Pershyi studios in Kiev and moderated by Timur Miroshnychenko, with radio commentary from Olena Zelinchenko. The show was broadcast on UA:Pershyi, Radio Ukraine and the UA:Pershyi YouTube channel with commentary in English and Ukrainian. During the show, a representative from each candidate city presented its bid in front of a live studio audience:
Members of the LOC, media representatives, Ukrainian musical experts and fans also participated in the discussion.
The EBU announced on 30 July that the host city would be announced "in due course", rather than on the previously stated date of 1 August, with Executive Supervisor of the contest Jon Ola Sand stating that the EBU "really want to take the time it takes to come up with the right decision". The Deputy General Director of NTU, Oleksandr Kharebin, stated on 10 August that the host city would be announced on Ukrainian Independence Day, 24 August. The announcement was later scheduled to take place on 25 August; however, it was postponed at 14:00 EEST, one hour before it was due to take place, with NTU citing the need to further consider some fine details regarding the decision.
After several delays in announcing the host city, NTU announced on 8 September that they would be meeting with the Ukrainian Government and the LOC on 9 September and that a press conference to announce the host city was scheduled to take place at 13:00 EEST on the same day from the Government Press Centre in Kiev. Kiev was announced as the host city for the contest with the International Exhibition Centre selected as the venue.
KeyHost venue Shortlisted
|Dnipro ‡||DniproEuroArena||9,500||Proposal included the complete reconstruction of the Meteor Stadium and Sports Complex Meteor, which would have been completed by March 2017. Withdrew after the host city announcement being postponed for a fourth time.|
|Kharkiv||Metalist Oblast Sports Complex||40,003||Hosted three group stage matches of UEFA Euro 2012. Would have required significant construction including the addition of a roof.|
|Kherson||Concert Hall "Yubileyniy"||1,600||Proposal included expansion and reconstruction of the venue, which would have taken approximately 7–8 months.|
|Palace of Sports ‡||10,000||Hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009. May have conflicted with contest preparations as the venue will host part of the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division I ice hockey tournament between 22–28 April 2017.|
|International Exhibition Centre||13,000||Venue was initially submitted as a reserve. Kiev later announced on 24 August 2016 that this was their preferred venue for staging the contest.|
|Lviv||Arena Lviv||34,915||Hosted three of the group-stage games for UEFA Euro 2012. The arena required the construction of a roof.|
|Unfinished venue||N/A||An unfinished venue originally planned for EuroBasket 2015 that was 25% complete when construction halted.|
|Odessa ‡||Chornomorets Stadium||34,000||Proposal included plans for reconstruction of the venue and options for providing a covered roof.|
The contest will take place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, following Ukraine's victory at the 2016 contest in Stockholm with the song "1944", performed by Jamala. The International Exhibition Centre has a capacity of approximately 11,000 attendees, and this will be the second time the contest has taken place in Kiev, after 2005.
The preliminary dates for the contest were announced on 14 March 2016 at a meeting of Heads of Delegation in Stockholm, with the semi-finals expected to take place on 16 and 18 May and the final on 20 May 2017. These preliminary dates were chosen by the EBU to avoid the contest coinciding with any major television and sporting events scheduled to take place around that time.
However, the EBU announced on 24 June that the preliminary dates for the contest had been brought forward a week, with the semi-finals scheduled for 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May. This was reportedly due to a request from NTU, as the initial preliminary dates conincided with the Remembrance Day for the victims of the Crimean Tatar Genocide on 18 May. However, the current preliminary dates coincide with the second leg of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League semi-finals.
On 31 October 2016, EBU announced that forty-three countries will participate in the 2017 contest, equalling the record number from 2008 and 2011. Portugal and Romania will return after being absent from 2016 contest, while Bosnia and Herzegovina withdrew due to the financial difficulties.
|Albania||TBD 23 December 2016||TBD 23 December 2016|
|Armenia||TBD December 2016|
|Belarus||TBD 25 January 2017|
|Denmark||TBD 25 February 2017||TBD 25 February 2017|
|Estonia||TBD 4 March 2017||TBD 4 March 2017|
|Finland||TBD 28 January 2017||TBD 28 January 2017|
|Greece||TBD February 2017||TBD February 2017|
|Iceland||TBD 11 March 2017||TBD 11 March 2017|
|Latvia||TBD 26 February 2017||TBD 26 February 2017|
|Malta||TBD February 2017||TBD February 2017|
|Montenegro||TBD December 2016|
|Slovenia||TBD February 2017||TBD February 2017|
|Sweden||TBD 11 March 2017||TBD 11 March 2017|
|Switzerland||TBD 5 February 2017||TBD 5 February 2017|
|Germany||TBD 9 February 2017||TBD 9 February 2017|
|Italy||TBD 11 February 2017||TBD 11 February 2017|
|Spain||TBD February 2017||TBD February 2017|
|Ukraine||TBD 25 February 2017||TBD 25 February 2017|
Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that will be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network. The EBU had issued an invitation of participation to all fifty-six active members and one associate member (Australia). Several countries have provisionally confirmed their participation in the contest, while the following countries have made announcements regarding their participation:
Active EBU members
- Andorra – Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced on 19 May 2016 that they would not participate for unspecified reasons.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Bosnian national broadcaster Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) announced on 28 September 2016 that they would not be taking part in the 2017 contest due to their inability to secure stable funding and sponsorship for participation. The broadcaster was also suffering from financial difficulties due to a lack of legislation that would ensure the continued operation of BHRT. Earlier in May 2016, the EBU had threatened to withdraw BHRT from all member services due to non-payment of debts totalling 6 million Swiss francs (€5.4 million).
- Luxembourg – While RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg (RTL) announced on 25 May 2016 that they would not participate, the Petitions Committee of the Luxembourgish Government announced on 21 June that they had received a petition calling on RTL to return to the contest. The Luxembourgish Government have decided to debate the proposals set out in the petition, and the possibility of Luxembourg returning to the contest in future. RTL reiterated its intention not to participate on 22 August.
- Monaco – Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) announced on 19 August 2016 that Monaco would not participate in the contest.
- Slovakia – Radio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) explained on 12 April 2016 that Slovakia's absence from the contest since 2012 was due to the "cost involved in participation". RTVS' PR manager, Juraj Kadáš, stated that while participating in the contest is an attractive project, RTVS has a programming strategy that gives priority to financing domestic television production. RTVS announced on 6 September that they have yet to make a decision regarding participation. On 24 October, RTVS confirmed that Slovakia would not participate in the contest.
- Turkey – Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) issued a written statement to the EBU on 12 May 2016, stating that they will participate, but there have been multiple reports in recent years that Turkey will return to the contest, none of which have come to be true. Turkey withdrew after last participating in 2012, due to their discontent at the introduction of a mixed voting system to the contest and the automatic qualification of the Big Five for the final. On 28 September, it was reported that Turkish media outlets announced that Turkey would decide on their participation in early October. Various news sources had reported there were several non-governmental organizations that were cooperating to persuade the Turkish to return to the contest in 2017. However, it was announced on 23 October that the NTU General Director stated that TRT refused to participate. This information was confirmed the following day.
Associate EBU members
- Kazakhstan – Khabar Agency became an associate member of the EBU on 1 January 2016, opening up the possibility of a future participation. However, the EBU announced on 28 September that while Khabar Agency were unable to début in the 2016 contest because they did not have active membership, they are reviewing the rules for the 2017 contest, which may include opening up the possibility of Khabar Agency making its début in the contest. However, Kazakhstan wasn't on the official participation list released by the EBU on October 31, 2016.
- Kosovo – Albanian news portal Koha reported on 6 April 2016 that the Director General of Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK), Mentor Shala, had announced at a press conference that Kosovo had been invited to participate, with a decision on whether or not to pursue the invitation to be made later in 2016. However, this was confirmed to be untrue, after Shala stated on 7 April that his comments were misinterpreted by Koha, and what he actually meant was that "RTK was invited to [the] Eurovision Committee and Kosovo’s acceptance or not in the Eurovision depends on them". This was backed-up by a statement from the EBU.
- Liechtenstein – While 1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television (1FLTV) announced on 21 September 2016 that they would not be making their début at the contest, 1FLTV have stated their intention to début in a future contest, on receipt of financial support from the Liechtenstein Government towards active EBU membership and the costs associated with a potential participation.
- United States – After the interval performance of Justin Timberlake during the final of the 2016 contest, it has been speculated that the United States may participate in a future contest, similar to the interval performance of Jessica Mauboy during the second semi-final of the 2014 contest and Australia's subsequent début the following year. While Logo TV broadcast the final of the 2016 contest, the channel does not have associate EBU membership.
International broadcasts and voting
- France – Marianne James and Stéphane Bern (France 2)
- Hungary – TBA (Duna, all shows)
- Ukraine – TBA (UA:Pershyi, all shows), TBA (Radio Ukraine, all shows)
- China –TBA (Hunan TV)
- ABU International Dance Festival 2017
- Eurovision Young Dancers 2017
- Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017
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