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North Vision Song Contest 22
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 28 May 2017
Semi-final 2 date 4 June 2017
Final date 27 August 2017
Host
Venue Arena Armeec, Sofia
Presenter(s) Poli Genova
Broadcaster BNT
Opening act Semi-final 1:
"If Love Was a Crime" performed by Poli Genova

Semi-final 2:
"Na Inat" performed by Poli Genova

Interval act Semi-final 1:
"Where is my Dress" performed by Poli Genova

Semi-final 2:
"Beautiful Mess" performed by Kristian Kostov

Participants
Entries 47
Returning Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of Ireland Ireland
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro
Flag of Romania Romania
Withdrawing Flag of Georgia Georgia
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Flag of Malta Malta
Flag of Portugal Portugal
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
Winner Flag of Sweden Sweden
"Statements"
North Vision Song Contest
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North Vision Song Contest 22, often referred to as NVSC 22, was the twenty-second edition of the North Vision Song Contest. The contest was hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria, after Dara won the twenty-first edition of the contest with "K'vo ne chu". The contest consisted of two semi-finals held on 28 May 2017 and 4 June 2017 and a Grand Final held on 27 August 2017.

Forty-seven countries participated in the contest. Azerbaijan, Finland, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Romania returned after last participating in the twentieth edition. Egypt also took part for the first time since the nineteenth edition.

The winner was Sweden with the song "Statements", performed by Loreen and written by Loreen herself along with Anton Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb and Linnea Deb. This was Sweden's first win after their victory in the third edition. Moreover, this was the third time a Big 6 entry has won the contest, the former being Norway in the ninth and Ukraine in the tenth edition. The winning country Sweden achieved its best result to date, as well as the second best result achieved by a country in North Vision history. The runner-up Greece achieved its best result to date, while the third place Germany gained their third top-3-placing. Moldova came fourth, while Hungary gained their best result since the sixth edition coming fifth. Cyprus achieved its best result to date as well, gaining their first automatic qualification in the next edition. Azerbaijan came last for the first time in a final and therefore achieved its worst result in a final to date, just as Ukraine, Finland, Morocco and the Faroe Islands. Egypt qualified for the final for the first time and therefore achieved its best result to date.

Location

Bulgaria (i/bʌlˈɡɛəriə, bʊl-/; Bulgarian: България, tr. Bǎlgariya), officially the Republic of Bulgaria (Bulgarian: Република България, tr. Republika Bǎlgariya, pronounced [rɛˈpublikɐ bɐɫˈɡarijɐ]), is a country in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq mi), Bulgaria is Europe's 16th-largest country.

Organised prehistoric cultures began developing on current Bulgarian lands during the Neolithic period. Its ancient history saw the presence of the Thracians, Greeks, Persians, Celts, Romans, Goths, Alans and Huns. The emergence of a unified Bulgarian state dates back to the establishment of the First Bulgarian Empire in 681 AD, which dominated most of the Balkans and functioned as a cultural hub for Slavs during the Middle Ages. With the downfall of the Second Bulgarian Empire in 1396, its territories came under Ottoman rule for nearly five centuries. The Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78 led to the formation of the Third Bulgarian State. The following years saw several conflicts with its neighbours, which prompted Bulgaria to align with Germany in both world wars. In 1946 it became a one-party socialist state as part of the Soviet-led Eastern Bloc. In December 1989 the ruling Communist Party allowed multi-party elections, which subsequently led to Bulgaria's transition into a democracy and a market-based economy.

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. Sofia has been an area of human habitation since at least 7000 BC. Being Bulgaria's primate city, Sofia is a hometown of many of the major local universities, cultural institutions and commercial companies. Sofia is one of the top 10 best places for start-up business in the world, especially in information technologies. Sofia is Europe's most affordable capital to visit as of 2013.

The city is at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the western part of the country. Being in the centre of the Balkan peninsula, it is midway between the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea, whereas the Aegean Sea is the closest to it.

Bidding phase

The 24 April 2017, the host city was revealed, and the arena choose is Arena Armeec in Sofia. Arena Armeets is an multi-purpose indoor arena located in Sofia, Bulgaria. It has a seating capacity of 12,373. For concerts it can grow to 17,000. It was originally called Arena Sofia before the Bulgarian insurance company Armeets purchased the naming rights until 2017. There are 887 parking lots, 614 of them placed in a central exterior parking, 231 placed in near streets and 42 designated for disabled people.

City Venue Capacity Notes
Sofia Arena Armeec 12,373 Can be used for multipurpose events such as concerts and sporting events.
Varna Palace of Culture and Sports 8,250 While it is predominantly associated with sporting events, the Kongresna Hall can be transformed to be suitable for hosting.
Plovdiv Kolodruma 7,500 Velodrome and a multifunctional indoor arena. Home to VC Maritsa Plovdiv.

Format

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 26 March 2017 at the Grand Hotel Sofia in Sofia. The big 6 countries were first drawn to determine in which semi-final each would country vote. The rest of the fourty-one countries were divided into six pots, based on their geographical place. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.

The six pots were the following:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Participating countries

47 countries confirmed their participation in the contest. This included Azerbaijan, Finland, Ireland, Kazakhstan and Romania who will all return after being absent last edition. Egypt returned after last participating in the nineteenth edition.

Returning artists

The contest featured thirteen representatives who also previously performed as lead vocalists for the same and/or different countries. Lucy returned after having previously represented Armenia in the ninteenth edition. The5 returned for Algeria after failing to qualify for the final in the seventeenth edition. Jana Kask and Roby Fayer have both returned after previously taking part in the sixteenth edition representing Estonia and Israel, respectively. GJan from Lithuania took part for the third time after having taken part in #07 and #14, just as Anabela from Bosnia & Herzegovina, who took part in #01 and #15, in the latter representing Montenegro, Mária Čírová, who took part in #04 and #13 and Zhanar Dugalova, who took part in #07 as part of KeshYOU and #11. Nevena Božović and Zhana Bergendorff have previously taken part in the tenth edition representing Serbia and Bulgaria, respectively. The return of Eleni Foureira after the eighth edition saw the country Greece achieving another top 5 placing. Kaiia, who was performing under the name Kaya for Moldova in this edition, took part in the fifth edition. The North Vision Song Contest 8 winner Julie Bergan, who as well represented Norway in the sixth edition has returned to the contest.

Results

Semi-final 1

Faroe Islands, Morocco and Ukraine will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Spain Spain Barei "I Don't Need to Be You" 7 161
02 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Anabela "Emotivno Labilna" 16 79
03 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Zhanar Dugalova "Ala Ketpedin" 18 64
04 Flag of Armenia Armenia Lucy "Best of Me" 2 220
05 Flag of Moldova Moldova Kaya "Burn" 1 241
06 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Trauffer "Sennesinger" 19 52
07 Flag of Romania Romania Lariss "Ladidadi" 17 64
08 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Sahil Umud & Narmin Karimbeyova "Zirvə" 10 131
09 Flag of Egypt Egypt Sharyhan "The Day Is Lonely" 3 191
10 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Yellow Claw feat. Yade Lauren "Love & War" 8 160
11 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Emeli Sandé "Breathing Underwater" 9 160
12 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Aleksandra Bucevac feat. Cvija "Kad nestane svijet" 20 48
13 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Mária Čírová "Unikát" 15 104
14 Flag of Austria Austria Ramona Rotstich "Mädchenmusik" 11 125
15 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Anavae "Feel Alive" 4 190
16 Flag of Ireland Ireland Bonzai "I Did" 12 124
17 Flag of San Marino San Marino Sophy Rose "Powerless" 5 170
18 Flag of Andorra Andorra Crystal Fighters "Good Girls" 13 114
19 Flag of Israel Israel Roby Fayer "Long Distance Romance" 14 108
20 Flag of Finland Finland Saara Aalto "You Had My Heart" 6 162

Semi-final 2

Belgium, Bulgaria and Sweden will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Algeria Algeria The5 "La Bezzaf" 6 177
02 Flag of Denmark Denmark Snakehips & "Don't Leave" 4 196
03 Flag of Italy Italy Levante "Non me ne frega niente" 9 149
04 Flag of Latvia Latvia Edgars Kreilis "Let Me Know" 20 49
05 Flag of Greece Greece Eleni Foureira "Mono Gia Sena" 1 235
06 Flag of Albania Albania Edona Vatoci "Hala" 10 141
07 Flag of Turkey Turkey Ayshe "Ben Bile Şok" 11 139
08 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Nebe "Zkus na chvíli mi lhát" 16 70
09 Flag of Belarus Belarus Rita Dakota "Polcheloveka" 7 165
10 Flag of Germany Germany Jennifer Rostock "Hengstin" 3 203
11 Flag of Serbia Serbia Nevena Božović "Siesta" 15 103
12 Flag of Poland Poland C-BooL feat. Giang Pham "Magic Symphony" 12 137
13 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Adelina Tahiri "S'je i Pari" 19 53
14 Flag of France France Aurélie Preston "All We Have" 14 126
15 Flag of Russia Russia TATARKA feat. Little Big "U Can Take" 17 64
16 Flag of Croatia Croatia Nina Donelli "Propala veza" 21 46
17 Flag of Hungary Hungary Gabi Tóth feat. Freddie Shuman & Lofti Begi "Hosszú Idők" 2 204
18 Flag of Estonia Estonia Jana Kask "Ood Nr. 6" 8 155
19 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Carolina K "Goza La Vida" 18 61
20 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania GJan "Wild" 13 132
21 Flag of Norway Norway Julie Bergan "Blackout" 5 179

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Belgium Belgium Todiefor feat. Helen "Beautiful" 16 185
02 Flag of Belarus Belarus Rita Dakota "Polcheloveka" 11 205
03 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Yellow Claw feat. Yade Lauren "Love & War" 10 227
04 Flag of Finland Finland Saara Aalto "You Had My Heart" 24 142
05 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Sahil Umud & Narmin Karimbeyova "Zirvə" 26 55
06 Flag of Egypt Egypt Sharyhan "The Day Is Lonely" 13 193
07 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Steso "Lummagud" 22 152
08 Flag of Italy Italy Levante "Non me ne frega niente" 12 203
09 Flag of Germany Germany Jennifer Rostock "Hengstin" 3 314
10 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Zhana Bergendorff "Dokrai" 21 159
11 Flag of Sweden Sweden Loreen "Statements" 1 422
12 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Anavae "Feel Alive" 6 249
13 Flag of Hungary Hungary Gabi Tóth feat. Freddie Shuman & Lofti Begi "Hosszú Idők" 5 284
14 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Emeli Sandé "Breathing Underwater" 20 160
15 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Kamaliya "Aphrodite" 25 93
16 Flag of Albania Albania Edona Vatoci "Hala" 15 187
17 Flag of Morocco Morocco Maria Nadim "Wanna Be Free" 23 143
18 Flag of San Marino San Marino Sophy Rose "Powerless" 14 192
19 Flag of Spain Spain Barei "I Don't Need to Be You" 18 184
20 Flag of Denmark Denmark Snakehips & "Don't Leave" 19 173
21 Flag of Moldova Moldova Kaya "Burn" 4 312
22 Flag of Estonia Estonia Jana Kask "Ood Nr. 6" 17 185
23 Flag of Norway Norway Julie Bergan "Blackout" 8 244
24 Flag of Algeria Algeria The5 "La Bezzaf" 9 234
25 Flag of Armenia Armenia Lucy "Best of Me" 7 248
26 Flag of Greece Greece Eleni Foureira "Mono Gia Sena" 2 365

Non-qualifier results

Place Country Semi-final Place Points Percentage
27 Flag of Turkey Turkey 11 139 4.99%
28 Flag of Poland Poland 12 137 4.92%
29 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 13 132 4.74%
30 Flag of Austria Austria 11 125 4.69%
31 Flag of Ireland Ireland 12 124 4.65%
32 Flag of France France 14 126 4.53%
33 Flag of Andorra Andorra 13 114 4.27%
34 Flag of Israel Israel 14 108 4.05%
35 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 15 104 3.90%
36 Flag of Serbia Serbia 15 106 3.70%
37 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina 16 79 2.96%
38 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 16 70 2.51%
39 Flag of Romania Romania 17 64 2.40%
40 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 18 64 2.40%
41 Flag of Russia Russia 17 64 2.30%
42 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 18 61 2.19%
43 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 19 52 1.95%
44 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia 19 53 1.90%
45 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 20 48 1.80%
46 Flag of Latvia Latvia 20 49 1.76%
47 Flag of Croatia Croatia 21 46 1.65%

Voting grids

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Armenia Armenia 120 Flag of Moldova Moldova 125
2 Flag of Moldova Moldova 116 Flag of Armenia Armenia 100
3 Flag of Egypt Egypt 107 Flag of San Marino San Marino 94
4 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 106 Flag of United Kingdom UK 86
5 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 103 Flag of Egypt Egypt 84
6 Flag of Spain Spain 86 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 84
7 Flag of Finland Finland 83 Flag of Austria Austria 84
8 Flag of San Marino San Marino 76 Flag of Finland Finland 79
9 Flag of United Kingdom UK 74 Flag of Spain Spain 75
10 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 73 Flag of Ireland Ireland 73
11 Flag of Andorra Andorra 59 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 58
12 Flag of Israel Israel 58 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 57
13 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 54 Flag of Andorra Andorra 55
14 Flag of Ireland Ireland 51 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 52
15 Flag of Romania Romania 48 Flag of Israel Israel 50
16 Flag of Austria Austria 41 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 50
17 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 34 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina B&H 45
18 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 18 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 37
19 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 15 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 30
20 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 12 Flag of Romania Romania 16

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country in the first semi-final.

Countries in bold represent those awarded full 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to a specified entrant.

Jury
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3 Armenia San Marino, Spain, Ukraine
Moldova Armenia, Montenegro, Romania
San Marino Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Faroe Islands
2 Andorra Israel, Netherlands
Austria Ireland, Kazakhstan
Egypt Finland, Morocco
Finland Austria, Switzerland
Switzerland Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ukraine
1 Cyprus Egypt
Israel Andorra
Slovakia Moldova
United Kingdom Slovakia
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Armenia Israel, Moldova, San Marino, Ukraine
Egypt Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Spain
3 Moldova Bosnia & Herzegovina, Finland, Romania
United Kingdom Austria, Netherlands, Slovakia
2 Andorra Egypt, Ireland
Azerbaijan Andorra, Switzerland
Netherlands Faroe Islands, Montenegro
1 Cyprus Armenia
Finland United Kingdom
Romania Azerbaijan

Semi-final 2

Semi-final 2
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Germany Germany 130 Flag of Greece Greece 109
2 Flag of Greece Greece 126 Flag of Hungary Hungary 105
3 Flag of Algeria Algeria 104 Flag of Belarus Belarus 99
4 Flag of Denmark Denmark 104 Flag of Denmark Denmark 92
5 Flag of Hungary Hungary 99 Flag of Estonia Estonia 89
6 Flag of Norway Norway 98 Flag of Serbia Serbia 86
7 Flag of Turkey Turkey 80 Flag of Norway Norway 81
8 Flag of Italy Italy 75 Flag of Poland Poland 78
9 Flag of Albania Albania 67 Flag of Albania Albania 74
10 Flag of Estonia Estonia 66 Flag of Italy Italy 74
11 Flag of Belarus Belarus 66 Flag of France France 74
12 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 63 Flag of Algeria Algeria 73
13 Flag of Poland Poland 59 Flag of Germany Germany 73
14 Flag of France France 52 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 69
15 Flag of Russia Russia 41 Flag of Turkey Turkey 59
16 Flag of Czech Republic Czech R. 39 Flag of Croatia Croatia 31
17 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 39 Flag of Czech Republic Czech R. 31
18 Flag of Macedonia Macedonia 31 Flag of Latvia Latvia 28
19 Flag of Latvia Latvia 21 Flag of Russia Russia 23
20 Flag of Serbia Serbia 17 Flag of Macedonia Macedonia 22
21 Flag of Croatia Croatia 15 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 22

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country in the second semi-final.

Countries in bold represent those awarded full 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to a specified entrant.

Jury
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4 Albania Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Lebanon
3 Estonia Albania, Hungary, Sweden
Greece Belarus, Poland, Turkey
Hungary Belgium, Bulgaria, Russia
1 Algeria FYR Macedonia
Belarus Serbia
Croatia Greece
Denmark Lithuania
France Norway
Germany Croatia
Italy Germany
Lithuania Latvia
Macedonia Algeria
Poland France
Serbia Czech Republic
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6 Germany Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Sweden
4 Greece Albania, Germany, Norway, Poland
3 Hungary Bulgaria, Russia, Serbia
2 Albania Italy, Lithuania
Algeria Belgium, Latvia
Norway FYR Macedonia, Hungary
1 Denmark Belarus
Estonia Algeria
France Greece
Italy Lebanon
Macedonia Turkey

Final

Final
split jury/televote results
Place Televoting Points Jury Points
1 Flag of Greece Greece 203 Flag of Sweden Sweden 210
2 Flag of Sweden Sweden 202 Flag of Moldova Moldova 171
3 Flag of Germany Germany 162 Flag of Greece Greece 162
4 Flag of Hungary Hungary 148 Flag of Germany Germany 152
5 Flag of Moldova Moldova 137 Flag of Hungary Hungary 136
6 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 133 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 119
7 Flag of Algeria Algeria 132 Flag of Belarus Belarus 117
8 Flag of Norway Norway 130 Flag of Norway Norway 114
9 Flag of Armenia Armenia 129 Flag of Armenia Armenia 113
10 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus 127 Flag of Belgium Belgium 106
11 Flag of Italy Italy 103 Flag of Estonia Estonia 103
12 Flag of Albania Albania 97 Flag of Algeria Algeria 101
13 Flag of Egypt Egypt 94 Flag of Italy Italy 100
14 Flag of San Marino San Marino 92 Flag of Spain Spain 99
15 Flag of Denmark Denmark 84 Flag of Egypt Egypt 94
16 Flag of Estonia Estonia 82 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 94
17 Flag of Belgium Belgium 79 Flag of San Marino San Marino 93
18 Flag of Spain Spain 77 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 93
19 Flag of Belarus Belarus 76 Flag of Albania Albania 90
20 Flag of United Kingdom UK 74 Flag of Denmark Denmark 89
21 Flag of Morocco Morocco 68 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe 87
22 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 66 Flag of United Kingdom UK 84
23 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe 65 Flag of Finland Finland 78
24 Flag of Finland Finland 64 Flag of Morocco Morocco 75
25 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 53 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 40
26 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 49 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 6

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country in the final.

Countries in bold represent those awarded full 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to a specified entrant.

Jury
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7 Moldova Algeria, Armenia, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Montenegro, Switzerland
Sweden Azerbaijan, Germany, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, United Kingdom
5 Greece Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Poland, Ukraine
4 Belarus Bosnia & Herzegovina, Czech Republic, San Marino, Rest of the World
3 Algeria FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Israel
Hungary Belgium, Egypt, Russia
2 Albania Estonia, Morocco
Estonia Hungary, Lebanon
Faroe Islands Albania, Italy
Finland Austria, Sweden
Germany Moldova, Netherlands
1 Bulgaria Croatia
Cyprus France
Egypt Finland
Morocco Andorra
Netherlands Greece
Norway Spain
San Marino Faroe Islands
Spain Norway
United Kingdom Slovakia
Televoting
No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9 Sweden Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia, Germany, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine
6 Germany Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Netherlands, Sweden
4 Greece Albania, Lebanon, Norway, Poland
Hungary Cyprus, Israel, Montenegro, Russia
3 Albania Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan
2 Algeria Bosnia & Herzegovina, Latvia
Belgium Andorra, Spain
Cyprus Armenia, France
Finland Greece, United Kingdom
Moldova Egypt, Lithuania
Netherlands Belgium, Hungary
1 Armenia Moldova
Azerbaijan Turkey
Denmark Belarus
Estonia Finland
Italy Morocco
Morocco San Marino
Norway Switzerland
San Marino Algeria
United Kingdom Austria

Other countries

Further information: List of countries in the North Vision Song Contest

Countries that are active members of the North Broadcasting Union (NBU) are also eligible to participate in the North Vision Song Contest. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members have been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. The following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active NBU members

  • Flag of Iceland Iceland: After withdrawing for the twenty-first edition, the country stated that a return this edition is very likely. However, on January 28, 2017, RÚV announced that it will not return, due to ongoing financial issues.
  • Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein: Liechtenstein initially confirmed that Claudia Schanza would represent the nation. However, accusations made by the NBU of Schanza's song being political, as well as being a cover forced Liechtenstein to tender their withdrawal on 21 February 2017.
  • Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg: On 29 January 2017, RTL announced that Luxembourg would not be competing in the twenty-second edition due to budget costs.
  • Flag of Monaco Monaco: Monaco hasn't participated in the contest since the seventeenth edition. The specific reason behind the withdrawal has never been confirmed. However, the country has always stated that a return in a future edition isn't ruled out, meaning that Monaco might return this edition.
  • Flag of Portugal Portugal: After the previous head of delegation received a third strike and was forced to resign from his position, it is unlikely that Portugal will participate in the twenty-second edition. However a return in the twenty-third edition with a new head of delegation seems likely.
  • Flag of Slovenia Slovenia: Slovenia was also one of the countries that withdrew from the Northvision Song Contest 21. A return in this or a future edition is uncertain.

Associate members

  • Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong: Hong Kong was allowed to join the twentieth edition, as winner of the Associate Broadcaster Final. After achieving a top 6 result during the edition, the country was given the permission to take part in the following edition. However, mostly due to the fact that the country did not achieve a top 6 result last edition, the country had to withdraw from the edition. A return in future editions is unlikely to happen.

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