43 countries, including Russia, to compete in 2017 Eurovision in Kyiv
A record high number of participant countries – 43 nations, including Russia – will compete in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, equaling the total set in 2008 and 2011.
The list includes Romania and Portugal who are returning to the competition after a year's absence. The 62nd contest will be organized by the European Broadcasting Union and Ukrainian national broadcaster NTU following Jamala's win with 1944 earlier this year in Stockholm, according to the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Australia is set to make a third appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest. Earlier this year Dami Im finished second with her song The Sound of Silence and in 2015 Guy Sebastian took fifth place in Vienna. Bosnia and Herzegovina will not participate in 2017 due to restructuring within the national broadcaster BHRT. The 2017 contest will be a special one for Austria and Denmark, as they are celebrating the 60th anniversary of their first participation in 1957.
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Jon Ola Sand, the EBU's Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said: "We are delighted that 43 national broadcasters have signed up for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest equaling our record highest participation. We have not had this many countries in one contest since 2011 in Dusseldorf. The Eurovision Song Contest still unites audiences like no other show, reaching over 200 million people in 2016. We're looking forward to three fantastic shows in Kyiv next May".
The countries represented in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest:
F. Y. R. Macedonia
The Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place on Tuesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 11, with the Grand Final to be held on Saturday, May 13.