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Eurovision Song Contest 2017
2017 logo
Theme Celebrate Diversity
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 9 May 2017
Semi-final 2 date 11 May 2017
Final date 13 May 2017
Host
Venue International Exhibition Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine
Presenter(s) Oleksandr Skichko

Volodymyr Ostapchuk
Timur Miroshnychenko

Director Ola Melzig
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Host broadcaster Flag of Ukraine UA:PBC
Participants
Number of entries 42
Debuting countries None
Returning countries Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Flag of Romania Romania
Withdrawing countries Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Russia.svg Russia
Voting
Voting system Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.
Nul points None
Winner Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal

"Amar pelos dois"

Eurovision Song Contest
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the 62nd annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest took place in Kiev, Ukraine following Jamala's win in the 2016 contest with the song "1944".

It was won by Salvador Sobral of Portugal with the song "Amar pelos dois".  This gave the country its first ever victory in its 53 years of participation.

National Final

France

France participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The French broadcaster France Télévisions, in collaboration with their television channel France 2, internally selected the song "Requiem" performed by Alma and written by Nazim Khaled to be the French entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2017 Contest, France had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-nine times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in 1956.[1] France first won the contest in 1958 with "Dors, mon amour" performed by André Claveau. In the 1960s, they won three times, with "Tom Pillibi" performed by Jacqueline Boyer in 1960, "Un premier amour" performed by Isabelle Aubret in 1962 and "Un jour, un enfant" performed by Frida Boccara, who won in 1969 in a four-way tie with the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. France's fifth victory came in 1977, when Marie Myriam won with the song "L'oiseau et l'enfant". France have also finished second four times, with Paule Desjardins in 1957, Catherine Ferry in 1976, Joëlle Ursull in 1990 and Amina in 1991, who lost out to Sweden's Carola in a tie-break. Since 2000, France has managed to place within the top ten four times, with Natasha St-Pier finishing fourth in 2001, Sandrine François finishing fifth in 2002, Patricia Kaas finishing eighth in 2009 and Amir finishing sixth in 2016.

The French national broadcaster, France Télévisions, broadcasts the event within France and delegates the selection of the nation's entry to the television channel France 2.[2] The French broadcaster had used both national finals and internal selection to choose the French entry in the past. The 2014 French entry was selected via a national final that featured three competing acts. Since 2015, the broadcaster has opted to internally select the French entry, a procedure that was continued in order to select the 2017 entry.[3]

Before Eurovision[edit]

On 4 November 2017, France 3 announced that it would organise a national final in order to select the French entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[2] This marked a return to a national final selection procedure by the French broadcaster, opting instead for internal selections in the years between. In early October 2017, France 3 initiated a casting call for interested artists to submit songs with the criteria that the majority of the lyrics of the submitted song be in Frenchand that instrumental pieces that extensively lacked vocals would not be accepted.[3][4] The deadline for submissions concluded on 24 November 2017.[4]

France 3, in cooperation with France Bleu, launched a competition open to the public where entrants were required to successfully answer three questions related to the Eurovision Song Contest in order to enter a draw. The winner had the opportunity to be part of the selection committee for the national final.[2] On 26 November 2013, the section committee consisting of music industry professionals: Laurent Bentata, Bruno Berberes, Laura Cès, Mary De Vivo, Valérie Michelin and Franck Saurat; representatives of France Télévisions: Thierry Langlois, Yann Chapellon, Marie Claire Mezerette, Frédéric Valencak and Olivier Daube; a representative of France Bleu: Dominique Bourron; a Eurovision fan: Farouk Vallette; and the winner of the public competition, Morgane Buret, convened to select three candidates for the national final.[5] The fourteen members completed the selection in two rounds of voting: the first round selected the top five songs after a blind audio listening of the submissions and the second round selected the top three.[5]

The candidates presented their entries in a special edition of the French television program Les chansons d'abord on 26 January 2014, which was hosted by 2001 French Eurovision entrant Natasha St-Pier.

Following the presentation, the public had the opportunity to vote for their favourite entry between 26 January 2017 and 23 February 2017. During this time, the entries were given increased exposure and rotation on France 3 and France Bleu. The votes from the public were combined with the votes of a jury panel in order to select the winning artist and song. The result of the national final was announced on Les chansons d'abord on 2 March 2017.[6]

Draw Artist Song[8] Jury Televote Points Place 1 Alma Requiem
2 Kendji Girac Ma câlina
3 TAL Slow Down the Flow
4 Louane On était beau
5 David Carreira Domino
6 Christine & The Queens Tilted
7 Maitre Gims Marabout
8 Marina Kaye On my own
9 Soprano Roule
10 Lea Castel & Slimane Abimée

Promotion[edit]

Alma made appearances across Europe to specifically promote "Requiem" as the French Eurovision entry. On 25 February 2017, Alma performed "Requiem" at the Ukrainian national final.[6] She also participated at the London Eurovision Party at the Café de Paris in London, United Kingdom; the Eurovision in Concert at the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Israel Calling at the Ha'teatron in Tel Aviv, and the Eurovision-Spain Pre-Party at the La Riviera venue in Madrid, Spain.[7]

Location

The contest took place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev. It has a capacity of approximately 11,000 attendees and is the largest exhibition centre in the city. Located in the western part of the Livoberezhna microdistrict, the centre was opened in October 2002, and its head since its construction was Anatoly Tkachenko.

Bidding Phase

City Venue Notes
Candidate cities

Participants

Participants

Semii Final 1

Eighteen countries participated in the first semi-final. Italy, Spain and United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of Sweden Sweden Robin Bengtsson "I Can't Go On" English 3 227
02 Flag of Georgia Georgia Tamara Gachechiladze "Keep the Faith" English 11 99
03 Flag of Australia Australia Isaiah "Don't Come Easy" English 6 160
04 Flag of Albania Albania Lindita "World" English 14 76
05 Flag of Belgium Belgium Blanche "City Lights" English 4 165
06 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Slavko Kalezić "Space" English 16 56
07 Flag of Finland Finland Norma John "Blackbird" English 12 92
08 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Dihaj "Skeletons" English 8 150
09 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Salvador Sobral "Amar pelos dois" Portuguese 1 370
10 Flag of Greece Greece Demy "This Is Love" English 10 115
11 Flag of Poland Poland Kasia Moś "Flashlight" English 9 119
12 Flag of Moldova Moldova SunStroke Project "Hey, Mamma!" English 2 291
13 Flag of Iceland Iceland Svala "Paper" English 15 60
14 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Martina Bárta "My Turn" English 13 83
15 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Hovig "Gravity" English 5 164
16 Flag of Armenia Armenia Artsvik "Fly with Me" English 7 152
17 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Omar Naber "On My Way" English 17 36
18 Flag of Latvia Latvia Triana Park "Line" English 18 21

Semi Final 2

Eighteen countries participated in the second semi-final. France, Germany and Ukraine voted in this semi-final. Russia was originally planned to perform in position three, but withdrew from the contest after the artist they selected was banned from entering Ukraine]], resulting in countries originally planned to perform fourth and later, to do so one place earlier. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw Country Language Place Points
01 Flag of Serbia Serbia Tijana Bogićević "In Too Deep" English 11 98
02 Flag of Austria Austria Nathan Trent "Running on Air" English 7 147
03 Flag of Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Jana Burčeska "Dance Alone" English 15 69
04 Flag of Malta Malta Claudia Faniello "Breathlessly" English 16 55
05 Flag of Romania Romania Ilinca feat. Alex Florea "Yodel It!" English 6 174
06 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands O'G3NE "Lights and Shadows" English 4 200
07 Flag of Hungary Hungary Joci Pápai "Origo" Hungarian 2 231
08 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Anja "Where I Am" English 10 101
09 Flag of Ireland Ireland Brendan Murray "Dying to Try" English 13 86
10 Flag of San Marino San Marino Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson "Spirit of the Night" English 18 1
11 Flag of Croatia Croatia Jacques Houdek "My Friend" English, Italian 8 141
12 Flag of Norway Norway JOWST "Grab the Moment" English 5 189
13 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Timebelle "Apollo" English 12 97
14 Flag of Belarus Belarus Naviband "Historyja majho žyccia" Belarusian 9 110
15 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Kristian Kostov "Beautiful Mess" English 1 403
16 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Fusedmarc "Rain of Revolution" English 17 42
17 Flag of Estonia Estonia Koit Toome and Laura "Verona" English 14 85
18 Flag of Israel Israel IMRI "I Feel Alive" English 3 207


Final

Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 42 participating countries eligible to vote. The running order for the final was revealed after the second semi-final qualifiers' press conference on 11 May.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of Israel Israel IMRI "I Feel Alive" English 23 39
02 Flag of Poland Poland Kasia Moś "Flashlight" English 22 64
03 Flag of Belarus Belarus Naviband "Historyja majho žyccia" Belarusian 17 83
04 Flag of Austria Austria Nathan Trent "Running on Air" English 16 93
05 Flag of Armenia Armenia Artsvik "Fly with Me" English 18 79
06 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands O'G3NE "Lights and Shadows" English 11 150
07 Flag of Moldova Moldova SunStroke Project "Hey, Mamma!" English 3 374
08 Flag of Hungary Hungary Joci Pápai "Origo" Hungarian, Romani 8 200
09 Flag of Italy Italy Francesco Gabbani "Occidentali's Karma" Italian 6 334
10 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Anja "Where I Am" English 20 77
11 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Salvador Sobral "Amar pelos dois" Portuguese 1 758
12 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Dihaj "Skeletons" English 14 120
13 Flag of Croatia Croatia Jacques Houdek "My Friend" English, Italian 13 128
14 Flag of Australia Australia Isaiah "Don't Come Easy" English 9 173
15 Flag of Greece Greece Demy "This Is Love" English 19 77
16 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Manel Navarro "Do It for Your Lover" Spanish, English 26 5
17 Flag of Norway Norway JOWST "Grab the Moment" English 10 158
18 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Lucie Jones "Never Give Up on You" English 15 111
19 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Hovig "Gravity" English 21 68
20 Flag of Romania Romania Ilinca feat. Alex Florea "Yodel It!" English 7 282
21 Flag of Germany Germany Levina "Perfect Life" English 25 6
22 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine O.Torvald "Time" English 24 36
23 Flag of Belgium Belgium Blanche "City Lights" English 4 363
24 Flag of Sweden Sweden Robin Bengtsson "I Can't Go On" English 5 344
25 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Kristian Kostov "Beautiful Mess" English 2 615
26 France France Alma "Requiem" French, English 12 135

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