Eurovision 2017

Here at InstaBaking we are HUGE fans of the Eurovision Song Contest.  Each year we gather in our respective countries, prepare all the snacks, (usually revolves around baking many unhealthy items) and start placing our friendly bets on who is going to reach the finals and eventually win.


When are the semi-finals?

The first semi-final takes place on Tuesday, May 9. It airs in the UK on BBC Four between 8pm – 10pm.

The second semi-final is on Thursday, May 11. It airs in the UK on BBC Four between 8pm – 10pm.

When is the Eurovision Song Contest final?

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 grand final will take place on Saturday, May 13. You can tune in on BBC One from 8pm.


Official Eurovision website is here

Don’t forget to check out some recipes on the website here.  You always want to make sure you have enough yummy snacks to last you through each of the events.


The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It will take place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, following Ukraine’s victory at the 2016 contest in Stockholm with the song “1944”, written and performed by Jamala. This will be the second time the contest takes place in Kiev, after 2005, as well as the fourth Eurovision event, after the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2013. The contest is expected to consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017, with all three live shows to be hosted by Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko.

Forty-two countries will participate in the contest. Portugal and Romania are to return to the contest after a year’s absence, while Bosnia and Herzegovina have withdrawn on financial grounds. Russia had originally planned to participate, but announced their withdrawal on 13 April 2017, after their representative, Yulia Samoylova, was banned from entering Ukraine by virtue of traveling directly from Russia to Crimea, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014, to give a performance, which is illegal under Ukrainian law.



Contest Emoji

It was announced on 30 April that the creative teams from both the Eurovision network and Twitter had worked together to create three emoji that would accompany specific promotional hashtags for the duration of the contest. The heart emoji would appear alongside #ESC2017 and #Eurovision, while the winners’ trophy emoji would be used for #12Points and #douzepoints. The final emoji is the logo for the contest, which would appear alongside the hashtag #CelebrateDiversity, the theme for the contest.


These are the three emojis that have been created for the contest this year.  If you are a twitter user, you may have noticed the middle emoji appearing next to the following hashtags #ESC2017 and #Eurovision.



Semi-final 1

Eighteen countries will participate in the first semi-final. Italy, Spain and United Kingdom will vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01  Sweden Robin Bengtsson “I Can’t Go On” English
02  Georgia Tamara Gachechiladze “Keep the Faith” English
03  Australia Isaiah “Don’t Come Easy” English
04  Albania Lindita “World” English
05  Belgium Blanche “City Lights” English
06  Montenegro Slavko Kalezić “Space” English
07  Finland Norma John “Blackbird” English
08  Azerbaijan Dihaj “Skeletons” English
09  Portugal Salvador Sobral “Amar Pelos Dois” Portuguese
10  Greece Demy “This Is Love” English
11  Poland Kasia Moś “Flashlight” English
12  Moldova Sunstroke Project “Hey, Mamma!” English
13  Iceland Svala “Paper” English
14  Czech Republic Martina Bárta “My Turn” English
15  Cyprus Hovig “Gravity” English
16  Armenia Artsvik “Fly with Me” English
17  Slovenia Omar Naber “On My Way” English
18  Latvia Triana Park “Line” English



Semi-final 2

Eighteen countries will participate in the second semi-final. France, Germany and Ukraine will vote in this semi-final. Russia were originally planned to perform in position three, but withdrew from the contest due to an ongoing feud with Ukraine, resulting in countries originally planned to perform fourth and later, to do so one place earlier.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01  Serbia Tijana Bogićević “In Too Deep” English
02  Austria Nathan Trent “Running on Air” English
03  Macedonia Jana Burčeska “Dance Alone” English
04  Malta Claudia Faniello “Breathlessly” English
05  Romania Ilinca and Alex Florea “Yodel It!” English
06  Netherlands O’G3NE “Lights and Shadows” English
07  Hungary Joci Pápai “Origo” Hungarian
08  Denmark Anja “Where I Am” English
09  Ireland Brendan Murray “Dying to Try” English
10  San Marino Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson “Spirit of the Night” English
11  Croatia Jacques Houdek “My Friend” English, Italian
12  Norway JOWST5 “Grab the Moment” English
13   Switzerland Timebelle “Apollo” English
14  Belarus Naviband “Story of My Life” Belarusian
15  Bulgaria Kristian Kostov “Beautiful Mess” English
16  Lithuania Fusedmarc “Rain of Revolution” English
17  Estonia Koit Toome and Laura “Verona” English
18  Israel IMRI “I Feel Alive” English


Big thanks to Wikipedia for the information in this post, you can find the original information here.



We hope you enjoy the contest as much as we do, the “awesome” songs, unpredictable voting and the joys of the listening to the commentator get worse and worse as the evening goes on.



The InstaBaking Team



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