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23
March
2017

The City Lights are shining bright for Belgium's Blanche

<div>The City Lights are shining bright for Belgium's Blanche</div>

Brussels, Belgium

17 year old Blanche will represent Belgium in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song City Lights. Blanche captured the attention of Pierre Dumoulin, a Belgian singer/songwriter, when she took part in The Voice Belgium. Pierre began writing songs with her voice in mind before they even met!

Blanche, whose real name is Ellie Delvaux, is 17 years old and was internally selected for the Eurovision Song Contest by Belgian broadcaster RTBF. Following her appearance on The Voice she was put in touch with Pierre Dumoulin and the two artists immediately connected and their teams began to collaborate. The duo paired up with producer Tim Bran, the final result was City Lights, an adventurous pop track with a haunting chorus.

According to Blanche City Lights was not written for the Eurovision Song Contest, it was supposed to be a four minute atmospheric track. The words "City" and "Lights" were the only actual English words that were sung on the first demo, which was written in imaginary language.

The Eurovision Song Contest is important to Blanche for several reasons. "It is a unique chance to show who I am in front of such a huge and diverse audience", she said. "We are a small country and we often struggle to be seen. The Eurovision Song Contest is definitely the best place to have our (my) voice heard", she added.

Belgium will participate in the first half of the First Semi-Final in Kyiv, Ukraine on Tuesday 9th May 2017.

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23
March
2017

EBU offers Russian singer opportunity to perform via satellite

EBU offers Russian singer opportunity to perform via satellite

Geneva, Switzerland

On 22nd March the Ukrainian authorities issued a travel ban on the artist chosen as the Russian entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova. Today the European Broadcasting Union issued a further statement regarding the issue.

Statement from the European Broadcasting Union (23rd March 2017)

Taking into consideration that this ban might be upheld by the Ukrainian authorities, and in order to maintain the non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU has been working hard to find a solution to this situation and has taken the unprecedented move to offer Channel One Russia the opportunity for Julia to still participate in this year’s Contest by performing live in the 2nd Semi Final via satellite. Should the Russian entry qualify for the Grand Final the same solution would apply. This is something that has never been done before in the Contest’s 60 year history but, in the spirit of Eurovision’s values of inclusivity, and this year’s theme of Celebrate Diversity, the decision has been taken to ensure that all 43 entrants are given the opportunity to participate.

Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand said: "We are continuing our dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the ambition to have all artists present to perform in host city, Kyiv, which is, of course, our preferred option. It is imperative that the Eurovision Song Contest remains free from politics and as such, due to the circumstances surrounding Julia’s travel ban, we have felt it important to propose a solution that transcends such issues. We have offered Channel One Russia the opportunity for Julia to perform live via satellite as it is the EBU’s intention that every broadcaster that has chosen to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest does so, as has been the case for all previous events in the contest’s history."

Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, expressed his hope though, that the political leadership of Ukraine will not implement the travel ban and find a solution in line with the contest's slogan, Celebrate Diversity.

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22
March
2017

Israel is Calling again in 2017

Israel is Calling again in 2017

Tel Aviv, Israel

The second edition of Israel Calling is due to take place next month in Tel Aviv. Following the success of the event last year more than 25 acts from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest have been confirmed so far. The event will take place in between 3rd and 6th April.

The project, initiated and produced by Tali Eshkoli, is held in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, The Jewish National Fund, Herzliya Municipality, the “StandWithUs” organisation and of course - the Tel Aviv Municipality – the host city of the event.

The artists participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will arrive in Israel for a four-day excursion taking in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Herzliya. As is now customary, participants will also plant trees before the highlight of the event takes place, the live concert, on 5th April. All participating artists will perform their song live for both fans and press.

Tali Eshkoli, initiator and producer of the project said; "We are delighted that such a huge amount of Eurovision artists confirmed their participation in our event and we are excited to know that they are waiting for their upcoming visit to Israel. All of them are waiting to perform their songs for the Israeli audience, as well as the local and international media. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the artists and journalists to come to Israel, enjoy their stay and see our beautiful landscapes and sites and meet the people".

Eurovision.tv will be covering the event in 2017 and for information about Israel Calling visit the official Facebook page.

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22
March
2017

Statement from the EBU regarding Russia's participation in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest

<div>Statement from the EBU regarding Russia's participation in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest</div>

Geneva, Switzerland

Earlier today several news outlets reported that the Russian participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, has been banned from travelling to Ukraine. Julia was chosen to represent Russia with the song Flame is Burning. More details are expected soon.

Statement from the EBU regarding Russia's participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest:

It has been confirmed to the EBU that the Ukrainian authorities have issued a travel ban on the Russian artist chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, as she has been judged to have contravened Ukrainian law by entering Crimea in order to perform.

We have to respect the local laws of the host country, however we are deeply disappointed in this decision as we feel it goes against both the spirit of the Contest, and the notion of inclusivity that lies at the heart of its values.

We will continue a dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the aim of ensuring that all artists can perform at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv in May.

Further updates on the situation are expected in due course.

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21
March
2017

Introducing Eurovision's first ever Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

<div>Introducing Eurovision's first ever Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set</div>

Geneva, Switzerland

For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, there will be a limited edition vinyl box set in 2017! Each of the sets will include four 180g high-fidelity 24-bit Vinyls including all 43 songs from the 2017 contest as well as a 56-page softback coffee table book with artist biographies, exclusive photographs and more!

The exclusive box set is available to pre-order now on the official Eurovision Song Contest shop. The vinyl package will also include a download voucher for the official album of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Each box set will be individually serialised and available for a limited time only.

As is customary, the official CD featuring all 43 entries in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is also available for pre-order and will be released on Friday 28th April. Fans who pre-order the CD on the Eurovision shop will also receive a free coaster set featuring the Celebrate Diversity theme artwork of the 2017 contest.

The official album will be available for pre-order on iTunes on Friday 7th April and available for download on Friday 21st April. The official DVD and Blu-ray are now available for pre-order and will be released on Friday 23rd June 2017. Both discs will include bonus material from the event weeks, including the opening ceremony as well as more than eight hours of live entertainment!

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21
March
2017

Get to know DiHaj, the alternative artist from Azerbaijan

Get to know DiHaj, the alternative artist from Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan

DiHaj is the stage name of singer and musician Diana Hajiyeva who will represent Azerbaijan in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Skeletons. Her song was composed by Isa Melikov and Sandra Bjurman, the same team behind Azerbaijan's winning entry from 2011, Running Scared.

DiHaj is an alternative artist who got involved in the underground music scene whilst she was studying at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London. In 2014, she created DiHaj, an electronic music collective, whose sound has been described as "experimental doom pop".

Critics have praised DiHaj's originality and atmospheric vocals. "The most interesting aspect of my entry is that it’s different; from the slightly provocative song title to what you are going to see on the stage in May. I want to show the Eurovision’s audience it doesn’t matter how different or alternative you are; you can be heard and seen by audiences all around the world", she said.

"I do understand that I'm not a typical Eurovision singer", says Diana. "For me, Eurovision is a way to reach new audiences in so many countries. If you are serious about developing yourself professionally, you just can't ignore such a great opportunity to learn and speak to the audience", she added.

Check out the video for DiHaj's song, Skeletons, below!

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