Eurovision is the longest-running global television music contest, with its 62nd edition taking place this year in Kyiv, Ukraine. With audiences of 100 to 600 million people every year, this is one of the most watched events on the globe. If you are a music enthusiast and you want to learn every single detail about Eurovision 2017, read on.
Inspired by the globally acclaimed Sanremo Music Festival, Eurovision was organised for the very first time in 1956, 62 years ago. Since then, the contest has given rise to the successful careers or world-class bands and singers like ABBA, Bucks Fizz or Celine Dion. The Eurovision procedure is pretty straightforward – every participating country submits a song which will be performed on both TV and radio channels. Afterwards, the most popular hit in the contest is decided by casting votes for the other countries’ entries. Contrary to what people might be inclined to believe, participation in the contest is not limited to European countries.
The final of the 62nd edition of the European song contest will take place this year in Ukraine, Kyiv, on 13 May, at 21:00 CEST. The two semi-finals of the competition will be held on 9 and 11 May. Spectators of Eurovision 2017 will have the opportunity of watching the live music performances of singers from 43 different countries. The states that will compete are more or less the same as last year, the only exceptions being Portugal and Romania, which failed to attend the 2016 edition and will return this year, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will be absent due to financial problems.
The stakes for this year’s competition are very high, as many countries have entered some really interesting songs. Predicting the winner of the contest can be quite tricky. Since last year, the positional voting system is in place. This involves each country granting two sets of 12, 10 and 8-1 points to the ten best hits. One of these sets represents the jury’s choice, while the other illustrates the preference of the public. In the end, deciding a winner depends on both the decision of the professional jury and the results of the televoting process. However, regardless of who wins, spectators are in for an amazing show!
This is the second edition of the Eurovision that is hosted by Ukraine. Eurovision 2005, won by Greece with Helena Paparizou’s hit “My Number One”, also took place in Kyiv. This came after Ruslana’s flawless victory at the 2004 contest with her song “Wild Dances”. Ukraine also put on an astonishing performance at Eurovision 2016, when Jamala managed to impress both the jury and the public with “1944”.
The 2017 edition of this spectacular music show will be hosted at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, which is one of the largest and most modern venues in Ukraine’s capital city. This year, the Eastern European country will be represented by O. Torvald and his song “Time”.
This being said, be sure to check our website constantly, as we’ll make sure to keep it up to date with the latest developments regarding Eurovision 2017 and its participants. As the date of the event’s final is drawing closer, the exciting news is bound to show up!