Best in Nordic Countries in Eurovision 2017
Eurovision 2016 was a fiasco for the Nordic countries. None of them qualified in the Grand Final, Sweden, the country which hosted the last year’s edition being the only one which flew the Scandinavian Flag in the show, getting a top 5 place at the end with the song “If I were sorry”.
For Kiev 2017, all the Nordic countries confirmed their participation: Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The first 3 mentioned are going to perform in the first semi-final, while the others 2 will sing during the second semi-final.
Sweden, the most successfully country in Eurovision during the last decade has chosen its representant with the traditional Melodifestivalen. It is going to be Robin Bengtsson with “I can’t go on” who tries to keep going the top 5 finishes that his country had at 5 out of the last 6 editions. His chances to bring ESC back to Sweden for the 3rd time in the last 6 years are hard to predict, but them definitely exist.
Norway, one of the surprisingly non-qualifiers of last year’s edition will feel again the emotions of semi-final, as neither its entry this year: “Grab the moment” is a sure qualifier. JOWST feat. Aleksander Walmann, mark the return of a Norwegian band on the ESC stage after 17 years and they are lucky to perform in the second half of the second semi-final which is being considered an advantage.
Iceland have never won the contest. However, they have finished in second place on two occasions – in 1999 with Selma and in 2009 with Yohanna. Last year, the Nordic country disappointed the whole Europe with the absence of fan favorite Greta Salome last year from the contest final but this year the Icelandic broadcaster regrouped its forces, or at least this is how is looks when taking a look at the feedback that the song ”Paper” is receiving from the fans. In 2016, Iceland delivered the largest viewing share of all 42 participating countries; a whopping 95.3%.
After missing the Grand Final in the last 2 editions when 2 boys band represented the country at the Eurovision, the Dannish broadcaster denied the permision of any boy band to enter the national final preselections. After receiving more than 1000 songs, Denmark chose Anja Nielsen with the song ”Where I Am” to go to Kiev. Being one of the fans’ favorite this year, the Dannish-Australian singer is marking a premiere in the history of the event as 2 singers with Australian citizenship will take part.
Finland goes emotionally this year with the charming ballad ”Blackbird”. Even not being considere a contender for the trophy, Norma John is looking forward to bring the Scandinavian country in the ESC Grand Final after an absence of 2 years. The pair is made up of pianist Lasse Piirainen and vocalist Leena Tirronen. The song is about the pain of a break-up and the way that it feels when everything you see and do reminds you of the past.