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North Vision Song Contest 23
Making Statements
NVSC 23 Logo Transparent Black
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 14 October 2017
Semi-final 2 date 21 October 2017
Final date TBA 2017
Host
Venue Friends Arena, Stockholm
Broadcaster SVT
Opening act Semi-final 1: Loreen performing "Paper Light" with Ukrainian dance trio Kazaky
Semi-final 2: Loreen performing "Euphoria"
Interval act Semi-final 1: Molly Pettersson Hammar performing a cover version of Beyoncé's "Halo" with a kids choir
Semi-final 2: Molly Sandén performing "Phoenix"
Participants
Entries 49
Returning Flag of Georgia Georgia
Iceland Iceland
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Flag of Malta Malta
Flag of Monaco Monaco
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
Withdrawing Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Flag of Croatia Croatia
Flag of Ireland Ireland
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
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
North Vision Song Contest
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North Vision Song Contest 23, often referred to as NVSC 23, will be the twenty-third edition of the North Vision Song Contest. The contest will be hosted in Stockholm, Sweden, after Loreen won the twenty-second edition of the contest with "Statements".

Location

Sweden (Swedish: Sverige), officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, but, with a total population of 10.0 million, it has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi); the highest concentration is in the southern half of the country. Approximately 85% of the population lives in urban areas.

Germanic peoples have inhabited Sweden since prehistoric times, emerging into history as the Geats/Götar and Swedes/Svear and constituting the sea peoples known as the Norsemen. Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, while the north is heavily forested. Sweden is part of the geographical area of Fennoscandia. The climate is in general very mild for its northerly latitude due to significant maritime influence, that in spite of this still retains warm continental summers. Today, Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, with a monarch as head of state, like its neighbour Norway. The capital city is Stockholm, which is also the most populous city in the country. Legislative power is vested in the 349-member unicameral Riksdag. Executive power is exercised by the government chaired by the prime minister. Sweden is a unitary state, currently divided into 21 counties and 290 municipalities.

Format

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place at Stockholm City Hall on 16 September 2017, hosted by Alexandra Pascalidou and Jovan Radomir. The first part of the draw determined in which semi-final the Big Six would have to vote. The second part of the draw decided in which half of the respective semi-finals each country would perform, with the exact running order determined by the producers of the show at a later date. Twenty countries will participate in both semi-finals, respectively. From each semi-final, ten countries will join the "Big 6" in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries will participate.

The thirty-six semi-finalists were allocated into six pots, based on their geographical place and cultural similarities. Drawing from different pots helps in reducing the chance of so-called neighbour voting and increasing suspense in the semi-finals. 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

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     Countries in the first semi-final
     Countries voting in the first semi-final
     Countries in the second semi-final
     Countries voting in the second semi-final

Returning artists

Laura Närhi, who represented Finland in the seventh edition, returned to represent her country for second time. Sada Vidoo returned to represent Denmark for second time after representing the country six editions earlier. Lanberry competed for third time after representing Poland in the seventeenth and twentieth editions. The runner-up of the sixth edition, Karina Krysko, returned to represent Lithuania. Arilena, who represented Albania in the ninth and eighteenth editions, returned to represent the country for third time. Tunisian band Myrath returned to the contest after competing for their country in the eleventh edition, this time for MoroccoWürffel returned to the contest to represent Estonia after last competing in the eighteenth edition.

Results

Pre-qualification round

Seven countries participated in the eleventh pre-qualification round. FYR Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Romania qualifed to the semi-finals, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia and Switzerland were eliminated.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Russia Russia Dana Sokolova feat. Scroodgee "Indigo"
02 Flag of Romania Romania Geørge "Noi"
03 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Slavko Kalezić "Freedom"
04 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Beatrice Egli "Federleicht"
05 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Arta Memedi "2 her"
06 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Anita Šunjić "Put bez laži"
07 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Nabi feat. Mali "Be the Beat!"

Semi-final 1

Twenty countries participated in the first semi-final. Greece, Moldova and Sweden also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Mollie King "Hair Down"
02 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Kati Ran "Suurin"
03 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Karina Krysko "Be kaukių"
04 Flag of Armenia Armenia Sona Rubenyan "Jamanakn e"
05 Flag of Serbia Serbia Bojana Vunturišević "Daljine"
06 Austria Austria Mynth "Mirrors"
07 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Nabi feat. Mali "Be the Beat!"
08 Flag of San Marino San Marino Giulia Luzi "Paracadute"
09 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands FRUM "Birdstone"
10 Flag of Georgia Georgia Cira "Hun Bun"
11 Flag of Morocco Morocco Myrath "Believer"
12 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Arta Memedi "2 her"
13 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Klara Jazbec "Milijon in ena"
14 Flag of Poland Poland Lanberry "Zagadka"
15 Algeria Algeria Chimène Badi "Les retardataires"
16 Flag of Turkey Turkey Tarkan "Yolla"
17 Denmark Denmark Sada Vidoo "Iconic"
18 Flag of Portugal Portugal Diana Monteiro "Aguentar"
19 Flag of Albania Albania Arilena "I'm Sorry"
20 Flag of France France Damien Lauretta "Dreamin'"

Semi-final 2

Twenty countries participated in the second semi-final. Cyprus, Germany and Hungary also voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Israel Israel Daniel Yafe "Im Zu Ahava"
02 Flag of Malta Malta I.AM.WILLOW "Oceanful"
03 Flag of Belarus Belarus Vladislav Kurasov "Voodoo"
04 Flag of Norway Norway Christiane & Rat City "Touch Me like That"
05 Flag of Romania Romania Geørge "Noi"
06 Flag of Egypt Egypt Malak "Hard Pill"
07 Iceland Iceland Hildur "Would You Change?"
08 Flag of Belgium Belgium Mustii "Feed Me"
09 Flag of Spain Spain Lorena Gómez "Indomable"
10 Flag of Italy Italy Joan Thiele "Armenia"
11 Flag of Finland Finland Laura Närhi "Supersankari"
12 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Annet Charitonová feat. Ben Cristovao "Taktomabyt"
13 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Slavko Kalezić "Freedom"
14 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Elvina "Sanki Buz"
15 Flag of Monaco Monaco Fishbach "Un autre que moi"
16 Flag of Andorra Andorra Brisa Fenoy "Ella"
17 Flag of Estonia Estonia Würffel "Breathe"
18 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Veronika Rabada "Ach janíčko"
19 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine The Erised "Even If"
20 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Benjamin Lasnier "Somebody to Hurt"

Final

Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all forty-nine participating countries eligible to vote.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Georgia Georgia Cira "Hun Bun"
02 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands FRUM "Birdstone"
03 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Benjamin Lasnier "Somebody to Hurt"
04 Flag of Albania Albania Arilena "I'm Sorry"
05 Flag of Italy Italy Joan Thiele "Armenia"
06 Flag of Moldova Moldova Gum Sellers "We Are Waiting for the Sun"
07 Flag of Andorra Andorra Brisa Fenoy "Ella"
08 Flag of Malta Malta I.AM.WILLOW "Oceanful"
09 Flag of Belgium Belgium Mustii "Feed Me"
10 Flag of Armenia Armenia Sona Rubenyan "Jamanakn e"
11 Flag of Germany Germany Alina "Nie vergessen"
12 Flag of Belarus Belarus Vladislav Kurasov "Voodoo"
13 Flag of Spain Spain Lorena Gómez "Indomable"
14 Flag of Hungary Hungary Tóth Andi "Black and White"
15 Austria Austria Mynth "Mirrors"
16 Denmark Denmark Sada Vidoo "Iconic"
17 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Nabi feat. Mali "Be the Beat!"
18 Flag of Morocco Morocco Myrath "Believer"
19 Flag of Finland Finland Laura Närhi "Supersankari"
20 Flag of Greece Greece Tania Breazou "O Kosmos Mou"
21 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Annet Charitonová feat. Ben Cristovao "Taktomabyt"
22 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Mollie King "Hair Down"
23 Flag of Sweden Sweden Paul Rey "All Falls Down"
24 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Kati Ran "Suurin"
25 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Andrew & Danny feat. Elena "Ethereal"
26 Flag of Israel Israel Daniel Yafe "Im Zu Ahava"

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.

Active NBU members

  • Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria: Bulgaria withdrew due to its Head of Delegation withdrawing from his post before beginning, leaving a state of disarray in BNT.
  • Flag of Croatia Croatia: Croatia withdrew due to a recent streak of low placements in the semi-final - alongside the situation regarding the changing of individual nations' Head of Delegation.
  • Flag of Ireland Ireland: Ireland was forced to withdraw from the edition due to RTÉ not confirming whether the country would participate or not.
  • Flag of Latvia Latvia: Latvia withdrew from the contest due to its Head of Delegation leaving his post without a replacement - therefore making it so that the country would not have a HoD. It is expected that the country will return to the twenty-fourth edition.
  • Flag of Lebanon Lebanon: LBC announced the country's withdrawal due to the resignation of the country's Head of Delegation. A new Head of Delegation has been appointed already but due to transition difficulties, participation in the twenty-third edition was not possible.
  • Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein: 1FLTV stated that it would not be returning to North Vision due to a recent change in the broadcaster's Head of Delegation, with more resources focused on the transition period rather than an entry. However, it is expected that the country will return in the following edition.

NBU non-members

  • Flag of Tunisia Tunisia: Nessma announced that the country would not be returning to the contest anytime soon, as in order to compete again, the broadcaster would be required to re-join the NBU as a full member.

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