Greece deviated from their usual selection process in 2016. Instead of staging the MAD show which chooses the Greek Eurovision entry, instead they internally selected the band Argo to represent them with ‘Utopian Land’. The gamble didn’t pay off, as Greece blemished their perfect Eurovision record, failing to qualify for the final for the first time ever since the semi finals were introduced in 2004.
After a year’s absence from Eurovision, Portugal will return in 2017. Rumours were abundant including one that international superstar Nelly Furtado could be poised to make an appearance at Eurovision representing the nation, however these rumours were later rubbished by Nelly’s team. Despite that we are looking forward to the selection show Festival Da Cancao.
Aminata has been bitten by the Eurovision bug. Not satisfied with competing in Eurovision 2015, giving Latvia one of their best Eurovision results ever with song ‘Love Injected’, the singer returned to Eurovision in 2016 as a song writer, penning the Latvian entry again with song ‘Heartbeat’ sang this time by Justs. In 2017 Aminata has announced that she will enter a song to the Latvian Eurovision selection show Supernova and today has announced plans that she also wishes to submit a song for the Lithuanian selection show Eurovizjios.
We are just two weeks away from the 55th edition of the Albanian Eurovision selection show Festivali i Kenges. Last month Albanian broadcaster RTSH revealed the 24 acts competing in the two semi finals and finals that will be contested just before Christmas. However today one of the acts, Edona Vatoci has been forced to withdraw from the contest.
Estonian broadcaster EER have been unveiling the songs competing in the first semi final for this year’s Eesti Laul contest, the Estonian national selection show for Eurovision. A new song has been revealed on the hour every hour since 9am this morning. Check out the contenders and let us know your fave so far.
Georgia have declared that they will stage a televised national selection show to choose their act and song for Eurovision 2017. Broadcaster GPB announced today that 27 acts are in the running to be considered for selection.
Poland finished 8th at Eurovision 2016 with singer Michal Szpak and song ‘Color of Your Life’ being selected through Polish selection show Krajowe Eliminacje. The nation switched back to this format for the first time since 2011, following a string of disappointing results from entries chosen by internal selection.
The Italian music festival Sanremo will host its 67th edition in the week beginning 7th February in Teatro Ariston in the Italian city of Sanremo. Reports from Italian media outlets suggest that there will be 22 singers competing in this year’s contest and the acts will be announced on 12th December 2016.
The Irish version of Dancing with the Stars will launch in the new year and this week RTE revealed that former Big Breakfast, Paradise Hotel and The Swan presenter Amanda Byram will team up with the Irish Eurovision entrant for 2016 and former Westlife star Nicky Byrne to host the show.
Hungary are the latest country to reveal the competitors for their national selection show. A Dal 2017 will be contested over six shows which begin on 14th January with the first semi final and culminate in the final to be held on 18th February.