The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
It will take place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, following Ukraine’s victory at the 2016 contest in Stockholm with the song “1944“, written and performed by Jamala.
This will be the second time the contest takes place in Kiev, after 2005, and the fourth Eurovision event after hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contests in 2009 and 2013.
The contest is expected to consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.
Forty-two countries will participate in the 2017 contest. Portugal and Romania are to return to the contest, both having been absent from the 2016 edition.
After returning in 2016, Bosnia and Herzegovina has withdrawn again due to financial difficulties.
Russia announced their withdrawal on 13 April 2017, after their singer, Yulia Samoylova, was banned from entering Ukraine …
… after the government said she had illegally travelled directly to Crimea from Russia, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014, to give a performance.
On 27 February 2017, it was announced that the presenters for the contest would be Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk, Timur Miroshnychenko being the “Green Room” host.
It will be the first time that the Eurovision Song Contest will be presented by a male trio, and the second time, …
… after the 1956 edition with a solo male presenter, that the contest would not feature a female presenter.
Miroshnychenko has previous experience in hosting Eurovision contests, having presented the Junior Eurovision Song Contests in 2009 and 2013.
On 30 January 2017, it was unveiled that the theme for the 2017 contest would be Celebrate Diversity;
executive Jon Ola Sand explained that “The notion of celebrating diversity is at the heart of Eurovision values:
it is all-inclusive and all about countries around Europe, and beyond, joining together to celebrate both our common ground and our unique differences, as well as some great music.”
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