Kyiv 2017

For all the news about the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv.

Blanche breaks Belgian Eurovision chart record with “City Lights”!

Blanche’s music career just goes from strength to strength! Earlier this year, she finished in an impressive 4th place in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. Nevertheless, City Lights certainly had a life after the contest too. City Lights has achieved multiple impressive accolades in the Flemish UltraTop music chart throughout 2017! A time of reflection As we reach the end of 2017, Flemish chart company UltraTop has been revealing some of the year’s most interesting chart statistics. In addition, they’ve revealed the end-of-year chart that celebrates the most successful songs on the chart throughout 2017. And yes, City Lights features very highly! Big congrats to @blanchemusicbe for the highest Belgian single of the year in the Top 100 hits of 2017 in Flanders, all the way at #6! https://t.co/kCsz0EWk3F With 25w 'City Lights' is also the longest-running #eurovision song ever in the Flemish charts! @PIASbelgium @12_TPDP_12 pic.twitter.com/eD6o2dotPW — Ultratop (@UltratopBe) December 20, 2017 A chart record-breaker! City Lights has finished 2017 as the sixth biggest single of the year on the Flemish charts, the highest single by a Belgian artist. Furthermore, City Lights spent a total of 25 weeks on the chart. This makes City Lights the longest-running Eurovision song ever on the Flemish charts. …

Eurovision dominates Google trends 2017

At the end of every year, Google publishes the most searched names in many countries. This year made no exception, that Eurovision itself and related topics made the list in many countries. We’ll take a look at what was trending on Google this year and where! Google trends 2017 Eurovision was typed in Google many times during the year. So often, that it made the list in several countries. Of course Eurovision made the list in the host country Ukraine moreover, also in Belarus, Latvia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden. But not just Eurovision was a big thing in the Google search. Even some national selections made the list of the Top 10 TV programs of the year. Melodifestivalen in Sweden, EMA in Slovenia, Eesti Laul in Estonia, Festival da Canção in Portugal and Sanremo in Italy were successful. Building Bridges? In the past years many Eurovision winners and competing artists made the list in other countries. No this year. However, Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral was the most searched term of the year in Portugal. He also topped the list of most searched national personalities, with his sister Luisa Sobral being at No. 3 of the list. Nevertheless, Blanche, …

Eurovision 2017 stars reunite as Sunstroke Project headline Chisinau concert

On November 14th, Chisinau staged Sunstroke Project and Friends. The concert was of course headlined by Sunstroke Project themselves but featured several other stars from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. With Hey Mamma scoring Moldova their highest ever Eurovision finish, it made perfect sense for such a celebration! Hey you! Twelve acts from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest travelled to Moldova this week for the concert as well as making local television appearances. The acts were as follows: Artsvik (Armenia) Dihaj (Azerbaijan) Ilinca feat. Alex Florea (Romania) IMRI (Israel) JOWST (Norway) Manel Navarro (Spain) Nathan Trent (Austria) Naviband (Belarus) Robin Bengtsson (Sweden) Slavko Kalezić (Montenegro) Sunstroke Project (Moldova) Timebelle (Switzerland) Captured in a photo We’ve looked through various Instagram pages and found some photos of our 2017 Eurovision stars reuniting in the Moldovan capital. Have a look at them below! View this post on Instagram Guests have already come 😜 Are you ready for tomorrow's show? #sunstrokeproject #eurovision #party #soon A post shared by SunstrokeProject (@sunstrokeproject) on Nov 13, 2017 at 2:53am PST View this post on Instagram So much #eurovision in one picture! Thank #chisinau and @sunstrokeproject for having me! Had a blast with the ESC #classof2017 🤙🙌💙 loved our …

Ukraine admits: “We lost over €300,000 from the Eurovision budget to fraud”

The Ukrainian State Audit Office has revealed that, due to fraud and “financial irregularities”, over €300,000 from the Eurovision 2017 budget was lost. The 11,400,000 Ukrainian Hryvnia, (about €364,000) was lost through some shady contracts. 2,800,000 UAH was lost due to “excessive spending” by contractors, while the remaining 8,600,000 UAH was lost through “accounting irregularities”. Millions of Euros more lost to other Eurovision contracts Furthermore, another 400,000,000 UAH (almost €13 million) was lost after contracts were not correctly processed. For example, one company that won a contract for Eurovision 2017 to supply metal detectors for the venue for 2,700,000 UAH. However, it has now transpired that they went on to sell the contract to another company for 1,200,000 UAH, leaving the original contract winner with 1,500,000 UAH. The State Audit Office of Ukraine has passed the evidence on to law enforcement agencies in Ukraine who will decide if and how to punish the people behind this. Eurovision Song Contest 2017 The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the 62nd edition of the contest. It took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, after Jamala won the 2016 contest with 1944. It was the second time that Kyiv hosted to contest, after first hosting it …

Emma of Finland opens up about her UMK 17 experience

Emma of Finland (Emma J. Olivia) has a posted a new video to her YouTube channel talking about her experience at UMK 2017. (Finland’s national selection ‘Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu’) Emma participated with the song ‘Circle of Light’, which was a favourite to win before the live final. Unfortunately on the night of the final technical problems affected Emma’s performance and she placed third in the competition. Several months after that night, Emma bravely opens up about her experience at UMK and her battles with depression that followed. “I actually filmed for the past few weeks exactly the same kind of video I’m going to make today, but I couldn’t upload them,” …“I made videos but I was crying in all of them and I felt like, ‘no, I don’t want to put this out there.’” Emma talks of the problems she had with her performance, her feelings afterwards and some of the negative comments she received. Will Emma participate in UMK 2018? Emma goes on to state her continued ambition to enter UMK and represent Finland at Eurovision. She entered for UMK 2018 on the basis she could be paired up with a songwriter, but confirms that due to not …

Kyiv’s Eurovision branding wins Red Dot Design Prize

Pavel Vrzhesch (the Creative Director from Banda) has confirmed that Banda’s collaboration with Republique has earned them a Red Dot Design Prize, so there’s reason for Kyiv to celebrate! They received the prize for the design of the 2017 Eurovision branding. Ukrainian tradition The ‘Celebrate Diversity’ theme shows a modern interpretation of a traditional Ukrainian necklace which connotates that each bead is a different character.  The namysto is Ukraine’s oldest piece of jewelry. This fit perfectly as the Eurovision Song Contest is about bringing people together from different countries and cultures. Obviously, it also went really well with introducing viewers to Ukrainian culture. The branding continued throughout the contest, so it was not just the logo, but also trams, trains and other artwork. The host broadcaster also used a similar setup during the contest, by portraying the introductionary flag colours on the necklace. In recent years, we’ve seen the country colours in many different ways, such as portrayed on the arena in Baku, 2012. What is the Red Dot Design Award? The Red Dot Design Award looks into awarding the best designs in product, communication, and concept. They mentioned on their website that: “The accolade of the Red Dot Design Award, …

Further controversy for Ukraine, as Euronews SA says “We want our money back!”

Yes, we know: the amount of drama surrounding this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is getting ridiculous. The EBU fined Ukraine €200,000 after the Russian participation controversy, then they penalised Russia too. Now, another controversy has emerged; the broadcasting license holder Euronews SA are trying to take back the money that they gave to Ukraine to make sure that this year’s Eurovision ran smoothly! In total, Euronews SA gave Ukraine €15,000,000 so that if there was an emergency, the contest wouldn’t suffer. However, they say that since the money wasn’t needed, they want it back. How will they get the money back? Euronews SA contacted The Geneva Department of Compulsory Debt Collection, who have begun procedures to seize the money. However, Ukraine have hired a Swiss law firm to deal with the case, as they say that they were to receive all the money after the contest. They describe this as an “unfair move” from Euronews SA. How Ukraine is affected Clearly, Ukraine is going through a lot right now in the Eurovision world. Being stuck in a legal battle against a broadcasting license holder can be massively detrimental, and Ukraine’s reputation in Eurovision may suffer. The Ukrainian broadcaster, UA:PBC, have …

EBU reveals: “We have suitably penalised Russia for the Samoylova controversy”

You thought that the Russian 2017 participation controversy was over? Don’t be so silly! The Chairman of the Eurovision Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, has revealed that they have penalised the Russian broadcaster, Channel One. Why now? Just over a month ago, the Eurovision Reference Group fined the Ukrainian broadcaster, UA:PBC, for the same controversy. An EBU spokesperson said that the broadcaster drew attention away from the competition, and endangered Eurovision’s reputation. This caused a lot of debate among fans; many believed that the Russian broadcaster deliberately chose Yulia Samoylova to provoke Ukraine. These fans say that Russia caused this controversy to create trouble for Ukraine (the current Russia-Ukraine political situation is…less than stellar), whilst making themselves appear as victims. Now, Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling has revealed that Channel One did receive an undisclosed penalty. “Russia has been called to order in a different way, but without making that public. Both parties involved have been commented on.” What could the penalty be? Freiling did not give any details on what the penalty is. However, the EBU have made it clear that they have many weapons; they have previously fined broadcasters (as they did with UA:PBC), and threatened to withdraw broadcasting rights …

#ICYMI: Watch what happens when American YouTubers watch Eurovision 2017!

As part of Fine Brothers Entertainment’s award-winning REACT series on YouTube, a couple of months ago the channel chose to react to the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! The majority of the Americans involved had never heard of Eurovision before, so watch the video to find out what they think of several of this year’s highlights. “It was so beautiful and moving” The people involved reacted to the top 5 performances from Kyiv: Belgium, Bulgaria, Moldova, Portugal and Sweden. FBE then went on to show them some further highlights from the contest including Azerbaijan, Italy, Romania, The Netherlands and… you guessed it… Croatia! Did these Americans fall in love with Eurovision at first sight? Would they like to see the United States take part? All the answers and reactions you need are in the fascinating video above! If you enjoyed this video, watch this REACT video created last year’s contest.

EBU releases Eurovision 2017 audience statistics and demographic data

Prior to yesterday’s exciting Eurovision 2018 announcement where Lisbon was revealed as next year’s host city, the EBU announced the official audience statistics from this year’s contest in Kyiv. A total of 183 million people watched at least one of the three live shows for at least a minute. Furthermore, Eurovision was responsible for significantly boosting the viewing shares for television channels broadcasting the contest all over Europe. Have a look at the EBU infographic! Ahead of our exciting announcement about the 2018 @Eurovision check out how popular this year's show was on TV & online! #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/tr5jlZRCoo — EBU (@EBU_HQ) July 25, 2017 Number of viewers 183 million viewers tuned into the Eurovision Song Contest this year. The number is calculated by including every single person who watched at least one of the three Eurovision live shows for at least one minute. This is a 21 million decrease on the same figure for the 2016 contest in Stockholm. Following Russia’s decision to not participate in or broadcast the contest, research by EuroVisionary discovered that this could be responsible for a viewing figure drop of approximately 30 million. Thankfully, the impact wasn’t quite as dramatic as feared. With Russia returning …