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10
April
2017

Denmark is where it's at for Anja

<div>Denmark is where it's at for Anja</div>

Copenhagen, Denmark

Anja will fly the Danish flag in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest after she won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the Danish national selection, with her song Where I Am. It was the second time that she had tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest and now her dream is finally coming true.

Anja is 21 years old and was born and raised in Australia, but both her parents are Danish and most of her relatives lives in Denmark. In 2014 she won the third season of The Voice Australia. Keen to pursue her dream of a musical career she turned her attention to the Eurovision Song Contest which took her to Denmark.

At the recent Israel Calling event Anja was incredibly emotional and her pride at representing Denmark was clear for all to see. "I never gave up on my dreams, I kept trying", she said. Although Anja grew up hearing Danish all her life, she has only been speaking it for the past ten months.

Anja explained why the Eurovision Song Contest is important to her. "It has been a dream of mine since I was only 11 years old. I have always been longing for Denmark and wanting to find a deeper connection to my other homeland. By representing Denmark I feel as though I have already achieved so much. There is so much love in my heart because I feel now as though I have been accepted by Denmark. I want to make them proud and show Europe that we are all connected no matter where we come from."

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10
April
2017

Further wave of tickets for Eurovision 2017 go on sale

Further wave of tickets for Eurovision 2017 go on sale

Kyiv, Ukraine

A new batch of fan zone standing tickets for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be available from 18:00 CEST today via the official ticketing partner Concert.ua. Tickets to all the live shows as well as the rehearsals will be available. Please revisit this page as well as concert.ua for additional updates. It is strongly recommended that tickets are only purchased through official ticketing partners.

Tickets are available to the two dress rehearsals held before each live broadcast. The first rehearsal is the Jury Show on the evening before each broadcast, when the jury groups all around Europe watch and cast their votes. The second is the Family Show, a dress rehearsal on the afternoon of the live broadcast.

The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in Kyiv, Ukraine in May 2017 with a record equalling 43 participating countries. The Semi-Finals will take place on 9 and 11 May, with the Grand Final on 13 May.

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09
April
2017

34 countries gather in Amsterdam for Eurovision in Concert

34 countries gather in Amsterdam for Eurovision in Concert

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The ninth edition of Eurovision in Concert has taken place in the Dutch capital. A record 34 countries participated in the concert which was held at the Melkweg, in the heart of Amsterdam. Prior to the event participating artists were welcomed by the outgoing Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, at a special press event near the city's famous Vondelpark.

Eurovision in Concert was hosted by Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas and Selma, who represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest in both 1999 and 2005. Selma performed both her entries All Out Of Luck and If I Had Your Love, for the crowd during the evening.

Prior to the concert a special press event took place in the city's Vondelpark. Artists mingled with press and fans in the glorious spring sunshine. For most of the acts, the concert is an invaluable opportunity to prepare for what lies ahead in Kyiv. Over the coming days we will be publishing exclusive videos from the event so don't forget to check out the official Eurovision Song Contest channel on YouTube.

The participants of Eurovision in Concert 2017

  1. Albania - Lindita – World
  2. Armenia – Artsvik – Fly With Me
  3. Austria - Nathan Trent – Running On Air
  4. Azerbaijan - Dihaj - Skeletons
  5. Belarus – Naviband – Story Of My Life
  6. Bulgaria - Kristian Kostov – Beautiful Mess
  7. Cyprus – Hovig - Gravity
  8. Czech Republic - Martina Bárta – My Turn
  9. Denmark – Anja – Where I Am
  10. Finland - Norma John – Blackbird
  11. France – Alma – Requiem
  12. Georgia - Tamara Gachechiladze – Keep The Faith
  13. Germany – Levina – Perfect Life
  14. Hungary - Joci Pápai – Origo
  15. Ireland - Brendan Murray - Dying To Try
  16. Israel – IMRI – I Feel Alive
  17. Italy - Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma
  18. Lithuania – Fusedmarc – Rain Of Revolution
  19. FYR Macedonia - Jana Burčeska – Dance Alone
  20. Malta - Claudia Faniello – Breathlessly
  21. Moldova - Sunstroke Project – Hey Mamma
  22. Montenegro – Slavko – Space
  23. The Netherlands - OG3NE – Lights And Shadows
  24. Norway – Jowst – Grab The Moment
  25. Poland – Kasia Mós – Flashlight
  26. Romania - Ilinca & Alex – Yodel It!
  27. San Marino - Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson – Spirit Of The Night
  28. Serbia – Tijana Bogićević - In Too Deep
  29. Slovenia - Omar Naber – On My Way
  30. Spain - Manel Navarro – Do It For Your Lover
  31. Sweden – Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
  32. Switzerland – Timebelle – Apollo
  33. Ukraine - O. Torvald - Time
  34. United Kingdom - Lucie Jones – Never Give Up On You

Belgium's Blanche couldn't appear due to illness - we wish her a speedy recovery!

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09
April
2017

Jacques Houdek shows that he's a versatile friend

<div>Jacques Houdek shows that he's a versatile friend</div>

Zagreb, Croatia

Dubbed Mr Voice, Jacques Houdek is one of the biggest pop stars in Croatia and a multi-award winning artist. His song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is My Friend, an entry that has got many in the Eurovision fan community talking as he duets with... himself!

Jacques is the leading singer of the younger generation of Croatian vocalists and began his career in 2000. For the last 16 years, his original performances of different musical genres have been captivating audiences of all ages. His hits include songs such as Stotinama Godina, Zauvijek Tvoj and Srećom Imam Tebe.

Jacques' rich discography boasts 13 albums which have been certified silver (5 times), gold, platinum and diamond. He is also a mentor on The Voice of Croatia and has performed thousands of concerts over the years.

According to Jacques, My friend is an anthem, a hymn that celebrates life as a miracle. "It is a song that encourages us to live every day to the fullest and be who we need to be in life. It is a song that reminds us to respect each other and our differences".

Jacques' social media campaign #beMyfriend is still on-going, aimed at spreading love and togetherness by creating a positive friendly atmosphere. The campaign has been recognised and supported by major pop stars and celebrities in Croatia and beyond. Jacques is particularly happy to have received great support from his fellow singers, namely former Croatian Eurovision representatives Maja Blagdan (1996) and Vanna (2001), as well as representatives of neighbouring Bosnia & Herzegovina – Maya Sar (2012) and Maja Tatić (2002). Earlier this week the official video for his song was released. Check it out below.

Jacques is looking forward to the Eurovision Song Contest in May. "Eurovision has been my life long dream, and everyone in Croatia knows this! I have been a fan ever since I was a kid and I'm so thankful for this once in a lifetime opportunity, finally! I am so happy!"

How will Jacques pull off an operatic duet with himself? We'll find out in a few short weeks!

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09
April
2017

Highlights from Eurovision in Concert 2017

Highlights from Eurovision in Concert 2017

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The ninth edition of Eurovision in Concert has taken place in the Dutch capital. A record 34 countries participated in the concert which was held at the Melkweg, in the heart of Amsterdam. Prior to the event participating artists were welcomed by the outgoing Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, at a special press event near the city's famous Vondelpark.

Eurovision in Concert was hosted by Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas and Selma, who represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest in both 1999 and 2005. Selma performed both her entries All Out Of Luck and If I Had Your Love, for the crowd during the evening.

Prior to the concert a special press event took place in the city's Vondelpark. Artists mingled with press and fans in the glorious spring sunshine. For most of the acts, the concert is an invaluable opportunity to prepare for what lies ahead in Kyiv. Over the coming days we will be publishing exclusive videos from the event so don't forget to check out the official Eurovision Song Contest channel on YouTube.

The participants of Eurovision in Concert 2017

  1. Albania - Lindita – World
  2. Armenia – Artsvik – Fly With Me
  3. Austria - Nathan Trent – Running On Air
  4. Azerbaijan - Dihaj - Skeletons
  5. Belarus – Naviband – Story Of My Life
  6. Bulgaria - Kristian Kostov – Beautiful Mess
  7. Cyprus – Hovig - Gravity
  8. Czech Republic - Martina Bárta – My Turn
  9. Denmark – Anja – Where I Am
  10. Finland - Norma John – Blackbird
  11. France – Alma – Requiem
  12. Georgia - Tamara Gachechiladze – Keep The Faith
  13. Germany – Levina – Perfect Life
  14. Hungary - Joci Pápai – Origo
  15. Ireland - Brendan Murray - Dying To Try
  16. Israel – IMRI – I Feel Alive
  17. Italy - Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma
  18. Lithuania – Fusedmarc – Rain Of Revolution
  19. FYR Macedonia - Jana Burčeska – Dance Alone
  20. Malta - Claudia Faniello – Breathlessly
  21. Moldova - Sunstroke Project – Hey Mamma
  22. Montenegro – Slavko – Space
  23. The Netherlands - OG3NE – Lights And Shadows
  24. Norway – Jowst – Grab The Moment
  25. Poland – Kasia Mós – Flashlight
  26. Romania - Ilinca & Alex – Yodel It!
  27. San Marino - Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson – Spirit Of The Night
  28. Serbia – Tijana Bogićević - In Too Deep
  29. Slovenia - Omar Naber – On My Way
  30. Spain - Manel Navarro – Do It For Your Lover
  31. Sweden – Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
  32. Switzerland – Timebelle – Apollo
  33. Ukraine - O. Torvald - Time
  34. United Kingdom - Lucie Jones – Never Give Up On You

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08
April
2017

Get to know Kristian Kostov, Bulgaria's rising star

<div>Get to know Kristian Kostov, Bulgaria's rising star</div>

Sofia, Bulgaria

Kristian Kostov will represent Bulgaria in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Beautiful Mess. At 17 years old he is the youngest participant in the competition this year but already has a wealth of experience. The song was written by the same team behind Bulgaria's entry last year, If Love Was A Crime, performed by Poli Genova, which secured the country's best ever placing in the contest.

The selection of Kristian follows the theme of the contest this year, Celebrate Diversity, since his father is Bulgarian and his mother is from Kazakhstan. He started his musical journey at the age of 6. After going solo when he was 11 years old, he took part in many competitions, but the first big boost for Kristian’s career was his 2014 appearance on Russia’s The Voice Kids, where he was mentored by for Eurovision Song Contest winner Dima Bilan. Kristian recalled the experience fondly; "Dima is a great guy and he was the one who inspired me to reach the final and give my best week after week. Without him it would have been impossible for me to do it".

In August 2015, Kristian left Russia to take part in Season Four of the X Factor Bulgaria, where he finished as a runner-up. His Bulgarian debut, Ne si za men, was released by his record label Virginia Records, topping the official national airplay chart for two weeks. It was followed by an English version, You Got Me Girl. Kristian's next single, Vdigam Level, was a number one hit for 14 weeks and has now received almost six million views on YouTube.

For most of April Kristian has been on a promotional tour taking in London, Tel Aviv where he was the first artist on the dance floor at the opening reception of Israel Calling. Yonight he will appear at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam.

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