DENMARK – On Thursday the 10 finalists for the 60th anniversary of Melodi Grand Prix will be revealed at a press conference at DR Headquarters in Copenhagen. Eurovision commentator Ole Tøpholm will present the press conference from 13.00 CET. The songs for the 10 finalists will not be revealed yet. We already know that no groups or duets will be a part of the Danish national final this year but on Thursday we will know the 10 hopeful artists that will fight for the ticket to Kyiv. After missing the final for the last two years the clear goal for Denmark is to get a place in the Grand Final.
CYPRUS – The mystery around the Eurovision entry for Hovig remains. Sources claim that the song can end up of any music style and the final decision will be made during the recording in the studio. On January 25th the recording will take place at Warner Music Studios in Stockholm.
GREECE – Greek media report that the two songs for Demy and the song selection are ready and they speak about “love”. The third song is underway. There will be televised recorded song presentation with public voting (unknown in which format).
RUSSIA – Life.ru continues the Panayotov saga stating: “Aleksandr Panayotov has contracted with Grigory Leps who will do his promotion in show business. The first stage of the co-operation with Leps will be a concert by Aleksandr Panayotov, which was announced by the HRC will be held at Krokus City Hall on March 8th. The plans include the release of a new album and preparing for the contest of Eurovision” Panayotov is currently on the Russian version of The Voice (Golos) while Grigory Leps is mentor in the show. The national broadcaster though claims there are five candidates to consider.
ROMANIA – Stig Rästa, who participated for Estonia in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, submitted a song for the Romanian national selection. Our colleagues at http://www.wiwibloggs.com obtained an exclusive snippet of the song.
SWEDEN – SVT revealed the backing dancers team for 2017 Melodifestivalen. Edin Jusuframic, 30, Linda Hansson, 43, Nathalie Akselsen, 31 and Martin Jonsson, 26 will accompany the participants in their acts. Linda Hansson, Edin Jusuframic and Nathalie Akselsen took part in backing dancers team last year, and Nathalie Akselsen has been voted backing dancer of the year by the visitors of SVT website. There are though requests for external backing singers by various participants who will be used exclusively for their entries only.