Eurovision 2017 contest officially opens on May 7

Eurovision 2017 contest officially opens on May 7

Eurovision 2017 contest officially opens on May 7

The EBU streams the event live on YouTube. The Opening Ceremony will be held in the Euro Club. Kiev received almost 12,000 applications in total.

The Eurovision 2017 semifinals will take place on May 9 and May 11, and the Grand Final is scheduled for May 13.

Last year, Eurovision was won by Jamala, whose song '1944' referenced past history and tensions between the two countrys. Never Give Up On You was co-written by Daniel Salcedo, 2013 Eurovision Song Contest victor Emmelie de Forest and Lawrie Martin. During the meeting delegates received updates from the core team of the Eurovision Song Contest and Host Broadcaster, UA:PBC.

The running order was determined amid a short draw after a meeting of the heads of delegation from the participating countries in Kyiv. They presented the plans for the postcards and for the event weeks.

Russian Federation chose to enter this year's competition only in recent days, but there is controversy surrounding Yulia Samoilova's participation as she performed in the Crimea, the area of the Ukraine annexed by Russian Federation, in 2015.

The Eurovision final takes place - with or without Russian Federation - on Saturday, May 13th.

Report informs citing the Eurovision official website that the heads of delegations presented final version of songs with which the countries will perform. More than 220 Ukrainian and foreign professionals joined our team for the last 4 weeks as we continue preparation for Eurovision 2017. "I'm really thankful to those who came and worked with us during head of delegations meeting in Kyiv".

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