| North Vision Song Contest 22|
Connected As One
|Semi-final 1 date||28 May 2017|
|Semi-final 2 date||TBA June 2017|
|Final date||TBA June 2017|
|Venue||Arena Armeec, Sofia|
|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
|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.
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.
|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|
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.
|01||Spain||Barei||"I Don't Need to Be You"|
|03||Kazakhstan||Zhanar Dugalova||"Ala Ketpedin"|
|04||Armenia||Lucy||"Best of Me"|
|08||Azerbaijan||Sahil Umud & Narmin Karimbeyova||"Zirvə"|
|09||Egypt||Sharyhan||"The Day Is Lonely"|
|10||Netherlands||Yellow Claw ft. Yade Lauren||"Love & War"|
|11||United Kingdom||Emeli Sandé||"Breathing Underwater"|
|12||Montenegro||Aleksandra Bucevac feat. Cvija||"Kad nestane svijet"|
|17||San Marino||Sophy Rose||"Powerless"|
|18||Andorra||Crystal Fighters||"Good Girls"|
|19||Israel||Roby Fayer||"Long Distance Romance"|
|20||Finland||Saara Aalto||"You Had My Heart"|
|02||Denmark||Snakehips & MØ||"Don't Leave"|
|03||Italy||Levante||"Non me ne frega niente"|
|04||Latvia||Edgars Kreilis||"Let Me Know"|
|05||Greece||Eleni Foureira||"Mono Gia Sena"|
|07||Turkey||Ayshe||"Ben Bile Şok"|
|08||Czech Republic||Nebe||"Zkus na chvíli mi lhát"|
|12||Poland||C-BooL feat. Giang Pham||"Magic Symphony"|
|13||FYR Macedonia||Adelina Tahiri||"S'je i Pari"|
|14||France||Aurélie Preston||"All We Have"|
|15||Russia||TATARKA feat. Little Big||"U Can Take"|
|16||Croatia||Nina Donelli||"Propala veza"|
|17||Hungary||Gabi Tóth feat. Freddie Shuman & Lofti Begi||"Hosszú Idők"|
|18||Estonia||Jana Kask||"Ood Nr. 6"|
|19||Lebanon||Carolina K||"Goza La Vida"|
|Azerbaijan||Sahil Umud & Narmin Karimbeyova||"Zirvə"|
|Belgium||Todiefor feat. Helen||"Beautiful"|
|Egypt||Sharyhan||"The Day Is Lonely"|
|Finland||Saara Aalto||"You Had My Heart"|
|Netherlands||Yellow Claw ft. Yade Lauren||"Love & War"|
|Armenia||Lucy||"Best of Me"|
|Morocco||Maria Nadim||"Wanna Be Free"|
|San Marino||Sophy Rose||"Powerless"|
|Spain||Barei||"I Don't Need to Be You"|
|United Kingdom||Emeli Sandé||"Breathing Underwater"|
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Luxembourg: On 29 January 2017, RTL announced that Luxembourg would not be competing in the twenty-second edition due to budget costs.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.