SWEDEN – The 2016 and 2013 Eurovision host Petra Mede made a political statement during the tv show “My Truth” on SVT. The comedian and tv host attacks the Swedish government’s cuts on the LSS, the law that secures people with disabilities good living conditions. She also states that the government should withdraw the money for culture in certain circumstances. Some people says that without culture society would die. “No, Sweden would die without professional doctors and really skilled personal assistants first and foremost,” she says. The Eurovision host also talks about her personal battle against back pain that forced her to sit in a wheelchair and stop working for periods after she has injured at the age of 20 during balled training. “There are always those who suffers more, but my life seemed impossible to live in certain moments, it really did,” she says in the program.
ALBANIA – The winner of 2016 Festivali i Kenges, Lindita Halimi, and 2017 Eurovision Song Contest representative said immediately after the final that she will perform her song in English, in order for the message to become more universal. Therefore the song “Botë” will be changed into English soon. The singer from Kosovo is already highly appreciated by the Eurofans across Europe and the song has already gotten very positive comments.
FINLAND – With a last live gig in Helsinki, the 2015 Eurovision representatives, group PKN membered by people with the Down syndrome announced they are splitting on the 60th birthday of their founder. Founded in 2009 by Pertti Kurikka, Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat, were even at some point favourites to win Eurovision 2015. They became famous from the documentary The Punk Syndrome, which described their lives.
BELARUS – Nuteki band, who participate in the 2017 Belarusian national final for Eurovision released their first work in national language, an acoustic live version of their Eurovision bid. They are thrilled and they ask their fans on Facebook to post a comment with the symbol “+” if they want to perform the song in Belarusian during the national final.
MOLDOVA – While TRM is preparing for a national selection for Kyiv, Sunstroke Project and Olia Tira are willing to go back to the national selection. The 2010 Eurovision participants already posted on the social media a photo with them working on the song “Hey Mamma!” with which they intend to participate in the national selection.
GEORGIA – Mariam, the 2016 Junior Eurovision winner is about to join other JESC entrants from her country like Lizy Pop, Candy group and more in the Christmas concert prepared for January 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
RUSSIA – In the meantime Russia confirmed participation for Junior Eurovision 2017. In collaboration with Igor Krutoy‘s Academy there will be a national selection. In the first phase there will be submissions for all those interested to bid. In the second phase there will be live auditions in Moscow and a jury will decide he number of the finalists. In the third phase, the national final at Artek Children Camp located in Crimea the winner will be declared by jury and web voting.