UKRAINE – The delay with the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest tickets is about to take an end. It seems that the first pack of Eurovision 2017 tickets will be out on February 6th. Strain.ua quote Victoria Romanova: “The price range is wide. All tickets will be distributed in a large number of categories. Therefore, we hope that Ukrainians from all over the country will be able to attend the competition. We will also await European fans, and fans from around the world. We’ll release the prices at the same time we start ticket sales.”
SERBIA – The Serbian national broadcaster announced they will select internally for Kyiv’s Eurovision Song Contest. The decision, along with the announcement of the artist and the song presentation is expected within the first days of March.
NORWAY – Norwegian national broadcaster is the second country confirming participation to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after Finland. NRK opened the submissions for the 2018 edition of Melodi Grand Prix the show through which is still to decide its 2017 Eurovision participant and song entry. Submissions due on September 10th.
CYPRUS – After three video hinting the title of the Cypriot entry in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest it seems clear now that the song title for Kyiv will be “Gravity”. The song has been recorded this week in Stockholm where Hovig and the composer, Thomas G:son met and concluded the project preparations in the studio.
UNITED KINGDOM – Lucie Jones spoke to BBC about her selection as the 2017 representative and revealed whether there will be changes for her song entry in Kyiv. “It was crazy! I didn’t expect it to be me. I had a very clear name formed in my head of who I thought it was going to be, and when Mel [Giedroyc] didn’t say that I genuinely thought that maybe she made a mistake. And then I realised that it was me and it was crazy, amazing obviously, but I didn’t expect it. The public are calling for slight changes, and this is the great thing about social media. Everyone’s loving the song which is great and they’re loving my voice on it which is very flattering and wonderful to hear, but we’re definitely listening to people when they’re saying they want slight changes. The record producers and the BBC are looking into it, we’ll see.”
ICELAND – The two semi finals running order has been revealed in Iceland. The Söngvakeppnin 2017 final will take place on March 11th and the winner will be decided by jury and televising in 50% ratio each.
1. Aron Hannes Emilsson – Nótt
2. Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir – Bammbaramm
3. Rúnar Eff Rúnarsson – Mér við hlið
4. Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson and Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir – Heim til þín
5. Erna Mist Pétursdóttir – Skuggamynd
6. Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir – Til mín
1. Aron Brink – Þú hefur dáleitt mig
2. Daði Freyr Pétursson – Hvað með það?
3. Svala Björgvinsdóttir – Ég veit það
4. Páll Rósinkranz and Kristina Bærendsen – Þú og ég
5. Linda Hartmanns – Ástfangin
6. Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir – Treystu á mig
THE NETHERLANDS – Lisa, Amy and Shelley, the girls forming O’G3NE, the girl trio which will represent the country in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest won the Popularity Awards (Populariteit Awards) which are an annual initiative of the large entertainment agency Geels Evenementen, aimed at artists who have shown remarkable success or special achievements. The two awards are: Popularity Awards 2017 in the categories Biggest Breakthrough and Most Successful Girl Band.