So a few weeks ago we at ESCDaily took a first look into this year’s potential Eurovision artists and debunked some popular rumours that had made their way across the continent. Since then speculation and confirmations have been popping up all over the place so we decided to take a better look at four more pieces of information which have been circulating social media.
1 – Helena Paparizou will return for Greece.
2017 will mark twelve years since Helena Paparizou took victory for Greece in none other than Kiev with the song “My Number One” and rumour has it that the story of her Eurovision journey is not yet over. In the time since her win in 2005, she has featured as an interval artist at the Swedish Melodifestivalen in 2012 and even took her hand as a competitor in 2014 with the song “Survivor”, finishing fourth in the grand final of the competition. In July 2016 during a TV interview with Greek talk show host Themis Georgantas, she stated that her participation in Melodifestivalen 2014 has opened up many doors for her and if the song is right; she will return to the contest. With the Greek broadcaster recently confirming their participation in Kiev, could it be true that she has found the right song for a Eurovision return?
2 – Kazakhstan will debut at Eurovision 2017.
So this is one of the more “out there” stories floating around social media as this one crops up almost every year, however this year could actually be the year that we see Kazakhstan debut at Eurovision. The Khabar Agency, one of the largest national broadcasters in Kazakhstan has been granted associate EBU membership status, similar to the current status enjoyed by Australian TV broadcaster SBS. This was approved on 1st January 2016, after years of speculation and online trolling about the broadcaster participating in the contest. The approval date left the deadline for participation in the 2016 edition of the contest out of the question, however it’s a sort-of grey area as to whether the door is open for the country to participate at the contest in 2017. Kazakh media outlets and fans have been throwing around rumours of potential artists for Eurovision 2017 for months now, including Dimash Kudaibergen, Zhanar Dugalova(Turkvision 2014, pictured below), and A-Studio. However there has been no word from the EBU or the broadcaster themselves about participation in the contest; the door remains wide open on this one.
3 – O’G3NE will sing for the Netherlands.
Okay, so this rumour has popped up in the past but rarely has there been such fire behind this one. Back in September the dutch girl group issued a statement saying they’d really want to represent their country at Eurovision in 2017 and that they had the perfect “idea of how (we) could win”. At the time of the statement the group had not been contacted by AVROTROS to take part, however in early October the TV broadcaster revealed details of their selection process for 2017. They stated that they will continue with the current method of internally selecting their artist and that they had in fact recently confirmed an act and an announcement will be made before the end of October. This has lead many fans to put two and two together and suggest the girls are heading for Kiev. There isn’t long left to wait to see if the speculation will become a reality and soon we’ll know the first artist who will compete at Eurovision in 2017.
4 – Emmelie de Forest will compete for the UK.
Bit of an odd story this one, something somewhere doesn’t add up, you’d almost believe that she owes somebody at the BBC a favour but it’s been confirmed recently that Emmelie de Forest is working on material for the UK entry for Eurovision 2017. The Danish 2013 winner posted an update to her snapchat story with the caption “Writing camp for Eurovision songs for the UK Eurovision”. This does confirm that she is working on material for the UK entry in 2017, however it was confirmed by the BBC earlier this month that there will be a national final format implemented in 2017. Exact details of the format have yet to be released by the BBC however submissions for songs from the public are open and it’s unclear as to whether the involvement of the 2013 winner has been at an invitation made by the BBC themselves. It was also unclear whether Emmelie de Forest intends on singing her own song in the national final or, if not, who she is working with on these submissions. No exact details surrounding the potential Eurovision entry have been released but we do know that she is definitely working on it.