ALBANIA – Tonight at 20:45 CET the first semi final of the 55th edition of Festivali i Këngës kicks off. 12 participants will compete for the final. The show can be watched online here. After the two semi-finals, the professional jury will select eight songs for the final, the public jury will select three songs, and the media jury will select the final three. In the final tel voting (40%) and jury voting (60%) will decide the winner.
01. Flaka Krelani – Osiris (Osiris)
02. Xhejni Lito – Pritja (The wait)
03. Genc Salihu – Këtu (Here)
04. Erlind Zeraliu – Dhimbja e gëzmit (The pain of joy)
05. Xhesika Polo– Eva jam unë (I am Eva)
06. Festina Mejzini– Atje lart (Up there)
07. Edea Demaliaj – Besoj në ëndrra (I believe in dreams)
08. Neki Emra – Dashuri dhe urrejtje (Love and hatred)
09. Yll Limani – Shiu (The rain)
10. Franc Koruni – Macka (The pussycat)
11. Orges Toçe – Shi diamantësh (Diamond rain)
12. LYNX – Sot (Today)
BULGARIA – Bulgarian national broadcaster tweeted a lot the past few days. Eurovision 2017 representative seems to be announced next week according to their Tweets. Gerry-Nicol is not excluded from been the representative according to BNT and they are working the last details for the announcement. Bulgaria is internally selecting their 2017 Eurovision entrant after a successful participation with Poli Genova last year in Stockholm.
UKRAINE – Ukraine has reportedly secured funding for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, amid rumours that huge costs and a lack of adequate finances might stop Kiev from hosting the show. According to a Facebook post by Ukraine’s Minister of Finance, Oleksandr Danyliuk, to ensure full financing UAH 430 million ($16.5 million) worth of guarantees have been made, with nearly UAH 456 million ($17.5 million) provided for in the country’s 2017 budget. Negotiations had allegedly been underway regarding the possibility of moving the show to another country, after Kiev failed to provide Eurovision organisers with any financial guarantees. “There is a real danger that the event may take place in another country. For us it would be a disaster,” Hanna Hopko, Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs, was quoted as saying last month by German newspaper Bild.
LATVIA – The 2014 Latvian representatives, Aarzemnieki are still popular in their country and create wonderful music. One Christmas tune for you with the title “Tomēr braucu mājās” (Still, I’m heading home), written by Jöran Steinhauer, Guntis Veilands, Aija Gusāre, and Mārtiņš Kits.
THE NETHERLANDS – Waylon, who along with Isle brought the second place for The Netherlands in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, released new single and returned in the spotlights as he was practically disappeared and rumours about a fight between the two singer took place spread around. Listen to his new single “Jailbird”, a song which could really be an answer to all of the rumours!