SWITZERLAND – Submissions period for Swiss national selection concluded and SRF announced they received 160 entries for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest selection, 7 songs less than 2016. The number of submissions for the RTS and RSI broadcasters has not been announced. A 21 membered jury will select 20 entries for the live auditions which will take place on December 4th. 6-10 entries will proceed to the national final on February 5th where 100% tele voting will decide the winner.
IRELAND – The Junior Eurovision selection marathon comes to an end as on Sunday the last finalist was chosen. With Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Pauline Avalon to be added in the jury the four finalists will fight for the ticket to Malta. The four qualifiers to the final are: Walter McCabe – “Las Do Sholas”, Zena Donnelly – “Bríce Ar Bhríce”, Clióna Nic Dhomhnaill – “Ag Seasamh Le Mo Réaltaí”, Amy McGrath – “M’Aingeal”. There should be a fifth spot (as a second chance) to those who didn’t qualify within the week. We expect to have the Irish entry and artist known by November 6th.
UKRAINE – The 2017 edition of The Voice of Ukraine will have Jamala in the jury panel as it was announced by local press yesterday. She will be teaming up with Tina Karol, Sergey Babkin and Potap. The show has featured many Eurovision stars in the past like Ruslana (in season 1), Aleksandr Ponomariov (season 2), Tina Karol (season 3) who’s also a judge in the kids version of the show along with 2015 Junior Eurovision entrant Anna Trencher.
UNITED KINGDOM – X Factor’s Bratavio reckon they would be the perfect choice to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision and they could even bring the trophy home! Bradley Hunt and Ottavio Columbro were the first finalists to be eliminated from The X Factor’s live shows this year, after losing in the first sing off to Saara Aalto. But they’ve vowed they won’t be retreating out of the limelight anytime soon! As well as eyeing a spot on Celebrity Big Brother, they’re also hopeful they could represent their country on the Eurovision stage. Ottavio told Daily Star: “We would love to do Eurovision. I think we could win it. It’s the perfect contest for us.” And he told a user on Twitter: “If we do it, we’ll make it credible, not tacky.” They could always ask Saara for some words of advice given she’s tried out for Eurovision in the past as well! Whatever happens, Bratavio aren’t going anywhere! Responding to a Twitter user this week, Ottavio said of their X Factor elimination, “The public are afraid to embrace something different which is fine – we will still make it, you watch.” We believe them!