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Reference Group: “EBU will ensure Russia’s participation”

“The EBU will ensure that Russia can participate in the Eurovision Song Contest”. This says Eurovision Reference Group chairman Frank-Dieter Freiling in an interview with Der Tagesspiegel. “We have made it very clear to Ukraine that we expect all participants to be able to compete.”

San Marino: “Eurovision should be held on neutral ground”

San Marino, the smallest nation that takes part in the Eurovision Song Contest, has released a public statement about the decision of host country Ukraine to ban Russia’s participant Yulia Samoylova to enter the country.

Eurovision 2017: EBU suggests to delay Yulia’s ban to enter Ukraine

Now that Russian broadcaster Channel One decided not to use the offer to let Yulia Samoylova perform through a satellite connection, the Executive Supervisor of the contest has another idea to let Russia take part as planned.

Australia: Warhurst and Creasey new commentators

Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey are the new Australian hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Radio host and presenter Myf Warhurst, together with comedian Joel Creasey are the new duo who will host SBS’s broadcast, providing commentary at Eurovision.

Russia: EBU offers participation through satellite connection

Russia might still take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, even though their chosen artist Julia Samoylova was refused entry to host country Ukraine. The EBU has offered the solution that Russia will take part through a satellite connection during the second semi final.

Eurovision 2017: Russia not allowed to take part in Kiev

Several news outlets report that Ukraine will ban the Russian participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, from travelling to Ukraine. Julia was due to represent Russia with the song ‘Flame Is Burning’.

Eurovision 2017: All venues confirmed, Ukraine performs on slot 22

March 14, 2017

Apart from the location where the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held, the International Exhibition Centre, all other venues have been confirmed as well. This happened at the Head of Delegation meeting Kiev, where host nation Ukraine was drawn into starting slot 22.

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Norway: “‘Grab the moment’ is an interesting choice”

March 14, 2017

Jowst and the song ‘Grab the moment’ have to pick up Norway’s good track record at the Eurovision Song Contest. The country did not qualify for the final last year, and now have the chance to return to their old status.

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Albania: Lindita presents ‘World’ to the world

March 13, 2017

The Albanian song ‘Botë’ for Kiev had been translated into English and revamped for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Check out the new version of Lindita’s ‘World’ here.

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Monday Night: All scores of the weekend of 11/12 March

March 13, 2017

At the end of this Eurovision weekend, ESC Daily puts together an overview of all the results. Everything you may have missed – you can catch up every Monday Night.

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Bulgaria: Youngster Kristian Kostov selected for Kiev

March 13, 2017

Kristian Kostov will represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. He has been selected internally by broadcaster BNT with the song ‘Beautiful Mess’, which can be heard here.

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Sweden: “Despite criticism, Melodifestivalen should keep this voting system”

March 13, 2017

Robin Bengtsson won the final of Melodifestivalen 2017, especially because of the votes of the international jury. This has caused some controversy in Sweden, but our reporter Allie Lindo thinks SVT should stick to this voting system.

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Scout Around: Podcast on the aftermath of Melodifestivalen

March 13, 2017

Missed the preselections of last weekend or care to look back one more time? In our weekly podcast Scout Around we do just that! Today we talk about the aftermath of the conclusion of the preselection season, with the final of Melodifestivalen in Sweden and the national final in Norway.

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Russia: Yulia Samoylova selected for Kiev

March 12, 2017

Singer Yulia Samoylova will represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev. The runner-up of X-Factor 2013 in Russia has to perform in a wheelchair, because she has been disabled since childhood.

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San Marino: Valentina Monetta returns for her fourth Eurovision attempt

March 12, 2017

Valentina Monetta will have her fourth attempt at Eurovision in six years. With less than 48 hours until the official deadline to submit songs, San Marino have announced that Monetta will sing a duet with Jimmie Wilson: Spirit of the Night. 

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Iceland: Svala Björgvinsdottir wins Söngvakeppnin 2017

March 12, 2017

Svala Björgvinsdottir has won Söngvakeppnin 2017, the Icelandic national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev. She will represent Iceland at the contest with her song ‘Ég veit það’.

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