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North Vision Song Contest 22
Connected As One
NVSC 22 Logo
Semi-final 1 date 28 May 2017
Semi-final 2 date TBA June 2017
Final date TBA June 2017
Venue Arena Armeec, Sofia
Presenter(s) Poli Genova
Broadcaster BNT
Opening act Semi-final 1:
"If Love Was a Crime" performed by Poli Genova
Interval act Semi-final 1:
"Where is my Dress" performed by Poli Genova
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
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
North Vision Song Contest
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North Vision Song Contest 22, often referred to as NVSC 22, will be the twenty-second edition of the North Vision Song Contest. The contest will be hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria, after Dara won the twenty-first edition of the contest with "K'vo ne chu".

Forty-seven countries will participate in this edition. Azerbaijan, Finland, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Romania will participate after last participating in the twentieth edition. Egypt will also participate for the first time since the nineteenth edition.


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.


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 have confirmed their participation in the contest. This includes Azerbaijan, Finland, Ireland, Kazakhstan and Romania who will all return after being absent last edition. Egypt will also return after last participating in the nineteenth edition.

Returning artists


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"
02 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Anabela "Emotivno Labilna"
03 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Zhanar Dugalova "Ala Ketpedin"
04 Flag of Armenia Armenia Lucy "Best of Me"
05 Flag of Moldova Moldova Kaya "Burn"
06 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Trauffer "Sennesinger"
07 Flag of Romania Romania Lariss "Ladidadi"
08 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Sahil Umud & Narmin Karimbeyova "Zirvə"
09 Flag of Egypt Egypt Sharyhan "The Day Is Lonely"
10 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Yellow Claw ft. Yade Lauren "Love & War"
11 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Emeli Sandé "Breathing Underwater"
12 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Aleksandra Bucevac feat. Cvija "Kad nestane svijet"
13 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Mária Čírová "Unikát"
14 Flag of Austria Austria Ramona Rotstich "Mädchenmusik"
15 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Anavae "Feel Alive"
16 Flag of Ireland Ireland Bonzai "I Did"
17 Flag of San Marino San Marino Sophy Rose "Powerless"
18 Flag of Andorra Andorra Crystal Fighters "Good Girls"
19 Flag of Israel Israel Roby Fayer "Long Distance Romance"
20 Flag of Finland Finland Saara Aalto "You Had My Heart"

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"
02 Flag of Denmark Denmark Snakehips & "Don't Leave"
03 Flag of Italy Italy Levante "Non me ne frega niente"
04 Flag of Latvia Latvia Edgars Kreilis "Let Me Know"
05 Flag of Greece Greece Eleni Foureira "Mono Gia Sena"
06 Flag of Albania Albania Edona Vatoci "Hala"
07 Flag of Turkey Turkey Ayshe "Ben Bile Şok"
08 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Nebe "Zkus na chvíli mi lhát"
09 Flag of Belarus Belarus Rita Dakota "Polcheloveka"
10 Flag of Germany Germany Jennifer Rostock "Hengstin"
11 Flag of Serbia Serbia Nevena Božović "Siesta"
12 Flag of Poland Poland C-BooL feat. Giang Pham "Magic Symphony"
13 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Adelina Tahiri "S'je i Pari"
14 Flag of France France Aurélie Preston "All We Have"
15 Flag of Russia Russia TATARKA feat. Little Big "U Can Take"
16 Flag of Croatia Croatia Nina Donelli "Propala veza"
17 Flag of Hungary Hungary Gabi Tóth feat. Freddie Shuman & Lofti Begi "Hosszú Idők"
18 Flag of Estonia Estonia Jana Kask "Ood Nr. 6"
19 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon Carolina K "Goza La Vida"
20 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania GJan "Wild"
21 Flag of Norway Norway Julie Bergan "Blackout"


Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
First half
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Sahil Umud & Narmin Karimbeyova "Zirvə"
Flag of Belgium Belgium Todiefor feat. Helen "Beautiful"
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Zhana Bergendorff "Dokrai"
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Anavae "Feel Alive"
Flag of Egypt Egypt Sharyhan "The Day Is Lonely"
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Steso "Lummagud"
Flag of Finland Finland Saara Aalto "You Had My Heart"
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Yellow Claw ft. Yade Lauren "Love & War"
Flag of Sweden Sweden Loreen "Statements"
Second half
Flag of Armenia Armenia Lucy "Best of Me"
Flag of Moldova Moldova Kaya "Burn"
Flag of Morocco Morocco Maria Nadim "Wanna Be Free"
Flag of San Marino San Marino Sophy Rose "Powerless"
Flag of Spain Spain Barei "I Don't Need to Be You"
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Kamaliya "Aphrodite"
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Emeli Sandé "Breathing Underwater"

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 archiving a top 6 place in that edition, the permission to take part once more was giving. Due to it not reaching the top 6 a second time, Hong Kong had to withdraw this edition and will most likely not have any possibility to return.

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