Last month, the EBU revealed that Georgia would host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The country won the contest for the third time last November with Mariam Mamadashvili’s stunning performance of Mzeo. However, following Georgia’s previous two victories they didn’t automatically receive first refusal to host. This rule was only brought in ahead of the 2013 contest. Bzikebi and CANDY earned their victories for Georgia in 2008 and 2011 respectively.

We’re heading to Tbilisi!

The EBU and GPB today revealed that the 2017 contest will take place on November 26th. This will be the second time the contest takes place on a Sunday following its introduction last year. In addition, the contest will take place in the capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi. The host venue will be the Tbilisi Sports Palace (see feature photo above) which has a capacity of approximately 11,000 people in a concert setting. Nevertheless, the capacity available for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be announced in due course.

Six provisional entrants so far

So far, six countries have announced their provisional interest in participation. These are:

  • Belarus
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia

Are you looking forward to Georgia hosting their first ever Eurovision event? Do you think Tbilisi was the correct choice of host city? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and via our social media pages @escXtra!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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