200 days until the Grand Final!
There are just two hundred days to go until the Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The competition will be held in Kyiv's International Exhibition Centre next May. Last week the EBU met with the Host Broadcaster NTU as well as representatives from the City of Kyiv to discuss the next steps in the organisation of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest.
Life's a drag! Eurovision queens past and present
Over the weekend, Verka Serduchka, one of the most iconic participants of the Eurovision Song Contest, participated in a special Eurovision gala which took place in Luxembourg. Verka finished second in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Dancing Lasha Tumbai and before Conchita Wurst won the contest in 2014, she was the most successful drag act in Eurovision history. Today we look back at other drag acts that have graced the Eurovision stage.
Who will design the theme artwork for 2017?
The Eurovision Song Contest has had an official generic logo since 2004. Nevertheless, the EBU also encourages the Host Broadcaster to develop theme artwork that is specific to the event for that year. NTU, Host Broadcaster of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest has launched a tender process for the theme artwork for the contest which takes place in Kyiv next year. The creative concept for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest includes the theme, slogan and logo. The theme for the 2016 contest in Stockholm was Come Together.
Hovig to represent Cyprus in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest
Cyprus has become the first country to announce its act for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! Hovig will take to the stage in Kyiv with a song written by esteemed Swedish composer Thomas G:son!
EBU delegation visits Kyiv
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, and the Chair of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, have visited Kyiv, the host city of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. They met with host broadcaster NTU as well as officials from the Ukrainian government and City of Kyiv to discuss plans for the forthcoming contest.
Castings for 2017 take place in Germany
German Public broadcaster ARD has returned to the same format that provided the country with its best results in the Eurovision Song Contest recent years, including victory in 2010. Five young singers will battle for the right to represent Germany in Kyiv with songs commissioned from globally successful producers. Castings for the German national selection, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017, are due to take place in Hamburg on 5th November and Cologne on 12th November.