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February 18/19: results from Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Latvia and Portugal

Sweden will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) will organise the national final Melodifestivalen 2017 in order to select the Swedish entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. The winning song will compete for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 to be held in Kiev, Ukraine. Sweden will compete in the first semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on the 9th of May and will have to place within the top 10 out of the 18 in their semi-final in order to qualify and compete in the final on 13 May. The third semi-final took place on 18 February 2017 at Vida Arena in Växjö.

EMA 2017 is the 21th edition of the Slovenian national final format Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA). The competition used by RTV Slovenija to select Slovenia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The competition is broadcast on TV SLO1, Radio Val 202, Radio Koper, Radio Maribor and online via the broadcaster’s RTV 4D platform. On 20 January 2017, Amaya announced that she’d be withdrawing from the competition on the advice of her record label. The 2nd semi-final of EMA 2017 took place on 18 February 2017. Four acts progressed to the final of February 24th. The eight competing entries first faced a public vote where the top two songs advanced to the final. An additional two qualifiers selected from the remaining six entries by the jury.

The selection of the competing entries for the national final and ultimately the Ukrainian Eurovision entry will take place over three stages. In the first stage, artists and songwriters have the opportunity to apply for the competition either through an online application form or by attending a scheduled audition during designated dates. Applicants also have the option of entering an online wildcard selection, the winner of which will gain direct entry into the competition’s final show. The second stage will consist of three televised semi-finals to be held in February 2017, which will feature eight to twelve acts competing in each show. Two to three acts will be selected to advance from each semi-final based on the 50/50 combination of votes from a public televote and an expert jury. The third stage will be the final on 25 February 2017 and will feature the eight to 12 qualifying acts from the semi-finals and the winner of the online wildcard selection. The overall winning entry will be determined via the 50/50 combination of votes from a public televote and an expert jury.

Artist Song Jury Public Total
8 Illaria “Thank You for My Way” 7 21.59% 8 15 1 Q
6 Rozhden “Saturn” 8 11.18% 5 13 2 Q
5 Detach “Distance” 4 17.71% 6 10 3
7 Panivalkova “Dokuchayu” 6 10.37% 4 10 4
3 Kuznetsov “Deep Shivers” 2 18.08% 7 9 5
4 Aghiazma “Synthetic Sun” 5 7.66% 2 7 6
2 Mila Nytych “Mystery” 3 7.66% 3 6 7
1 Letay “Svit chekaye” 1 5.76% 1 2 8

Estonia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) will organise the national final Eesti Laul 2017 in order to select the Estonian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. Eesti Laul 2017 will be the ninth edition of the Estonian national selection Eesti Laul, which will select Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The competition will consist of 20 entries competing in two semi-finals on 11 and 18 February 2017 leading to a ten-song final on 4 March 2017. The format of the competition will include two semi-finals on 11 and 18 February 2017 and a final on 4 March 2017. Ten songs will compete in each semi-final and the top five from each semi-final will qualify to complete the ten-song lineup in the final. The results of the semi-finals will be determined by the 50/50 combination of votes from a professional jury and public televoting. The winning song in the final will be selected over two rounds of voting: the first round results will select the top three songs via the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting, while the second round (super final) will determine the winner solely by public televoting. The second semi-final took place on 18 February 2017. Ten songs competed for five spots in the final with the outcome decided upon by the combination of the votes from a jury panel and a public televise.

Lithuania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The artist and song that will represent Lithuania in the 2017 contest will be selected through a national final, “Eurovizijos” dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka, organised by the Lithuanian broadcaster Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT), culminating in a final on 11 March 2017.

Artist Song Jury Public SUM
ntl’ intl’
Aistė “I’m Like a Wolf” 12 6 18 10 1711 12 22 1
Sasha Song “Never Felt Like This …” 7 12 19 12 989 6 18 2
Greta Zazza “Like I Love You” 10 8 18 10 1132 8 18 3
Ieva “You Saved Me” 8 5 13 7 1002 7 14 4
Gytis “Get Frighten” 3 4 7 4 1539 10 14 5
Edgaras Lubys “Could It Be?” 6 10 16 8 503 5 13 6
E.G.O. “My Story” 5 7 12 6 462 4 10 7
Gražvydas “Paint the Sky Blue” 4 4 8 5 420 3 8 8

Latvia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) will organise the national final Supernova 2017 in order to select the Latvian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. Between 16 and 20 songs will be selected to compete in the national final, which will consist of four shows: two heats, one semi-final and a final. In the heats and the semi-final, four entries will be selected to advance from each show: two entries will be selected based on a public televote and two entries will be selected by a jury panel. Four songs will ultimately qualify to compete in the final on 26 February 2017 where a public vote will exclusively select the winner. The semi-final took place on 19 February 2017. Four entries qualified to the final. The eight competing entries first faced a public vote where the top two songs advanced. An additional two qualifiers were selected from the remaining six entries by the jury.

Artist Song Public Vote Result
Online Televote Total
2 The Ludvig “I’m In Love With You” Advanced J
4 Santa Daņeļeviča “Your Breath” Advanced J
6 Triana Park “Line” Advanced P
8 My Radiant You “All I Know” Advanced P
1 Linda Leen “Who Is In Charge”
3 Franco Franco “Up”
5 Lauris Valters “Magic Years”
7 Miks Dukurs “Spiritual Priest”

Portugal will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) will organise the national final Festival da Canção 2017 in order to select the Portuguese entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. Festival da Canção 2017 will be the 51st edition of Festival da Canção, the music competition that selects Portugal’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. 16 entries will participate in the 51st Festival da Canção. Half of the competing performers, the artists drawn to perform in the first semi-final, were revealed on 18 January 2017. The remaining competing artists were announced on 26 January 2017. Among the competing artists is former Eurovision Song Contest entrant Rui Drumond, who represented Portugal in the 2005 Contest as part of 2B. The 51st Festival RTP da Canção will consist of two semi-finals and the Final, each with eight entries in competition. The first semi-final took place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon on 19 February 2017, hosted by Sónia Araújo and José Carlos Malato. In the first semi-final eight entries participated, and of these eight, four advanced to the Final. The qualifiers were determined by the televote and the votes of an expert jury appointed by RTP.

Artist Song Jury Televote Total
% Points
8 Viva La Diva “Nova glória” 10 12 22 1 Q
7 Salvador Sobral “Amar pelos dois” 12 8 20 2 Q
3 Fernando Daniel “Poema a dois” 7 10 17 3 Q
4 Deolinda Kinzimba “O que eu vi nos meus sonhos” 8 4 12 4 Q
2 Golden Slumbers “Para perto” 6 5 11 5
6 Lisa Garden “Without You” 4 7 11 6
5 Rui Drumond “O teu melhor” 3 6 9 7
1 Márcia “Agora” 5 3 8 8
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About Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE) (832 Articles)
For many years I was living in Denmark, it was back in 2000 when I met and loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Thousands of miles away from Europe now, I am still a dedicated fan of the contest and proud to be a member of oikotimes.com

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