AUSTRALIA – With confirmed presence in Eurovision 2017, the Australian state SBS has not yet decided the country’s participation in the children’s version of the competition. The decision of the participation Australia in the Junior Eurovision will only be made in the second half of 2017.
BELARUS – On 20 January will be held the final of the National Belarusian qualifying round of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Representative of Belarus will be determined during the broadcast of the final through the televote of the audience and the professional jury using the classic formula 50×50. Jury members are: musician, Honored Artist of the Belorussian SSR, member of VIA “Pesnyary”, soloist of “Belarusian Pesnyary” Valery Dayneko (chairman of the jury), deputy director of the main directorate of “Belarus 1” television channel Olga Salamakha; director of the radio station “Radius FM” Elena Treschinskaya, editor in chief of TV channel “BelMuz TV” Alexander Kapionkin, producer, presenter, director of the radio station “Novoe Radio” Vladimir Bogdan, singer, vocal coach Liudmila Kuts; Chief Specialist of the department of concert and festival art projects management of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus Inna Mardusevich.
MOLDOVA – A total of forty artists have submitted songs for Moldova’s 2017 national Eurovision selection, O melodie pentru Europa 2017. The deadline for the entry submission expired on Wednesday afternoon. It is the smallest number of songs ever to be submitted to the broadcaster, down from a high of 68 in 2014, signalling declining interest in the contest. A number of familiar singers are taking part this year including the 2010 Moldovan Eurovision representatives Sunstroke Project, as well as the 2010 national selection runner up Boris Covali. Other familiar names from previous selections include Valeria Pasa, Diana Brescan, Sasha Bognibov, Max Fall, Maxim Zavidia, Rodica Olisevschi, Emilia Russu, Che-MD, Valentina Nejel and Tudor Bumbac. On the other hand, newcomers include Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu, Sasha Letty, THE ONE, Marks & Stefanet, and Olea Rosu. O melodie pentru Europa 2017 will take place on February 25, however, broadcaster TRM is yet to unveil whether a semi final will take place the day before.
UKRAINE – The 2017 Eurovision host city Kiev will be introducing English route maps and English announcements on public transport passing by venues which will welcome Eurovision fans this year. The Ukrainian capital will be making bus lines “English friendly” on the Left Bank near the International Exhibition Centre (numbers 42, 87, 108, 46, 48, 49 and 70), as well as in the city centre (24, 62, 114 and 115). Furthermore, trolleybuses on routes near the Eurovillage (16 and 18), as well as routes on the Left Bank (50 and 50k) will see the change. English will be introduced on trolley busses on Lva Tolstogo Square (5 and 8), Kiev International Airport (17 and 22) and the main train station (12, 14 and 33). During the contest, Kiev’s public transport will run additional busses to shuttle guests around the capital. Furthermore, the city will purchase new, more comfortable busses, which will be used near the Eurovision venues.