ESC 2017

Press conference from EBU and organisers

1) Pavlo Hrytsak: OGAE has received full requested quota of tickets, in fact number of tickets requested by fan network were returned unsold.

2) Jon Ola Sand: No decision on Russia/Ukraine case until next reference group meeting in June. No decision has been drafted. Decision will be taken based on rules, but also considering special situation. Ukrainian decision to ban entrance to Russian entrant undermines non-political nature of the contest.

3) Second semifinal: Hosts will be playing instruments in the opening act: Vova playing accordion and Alex playing sopilka. Both will play live. Then there is mix of Fairytale/Euphoria/My Number One/ Rise Like a Phoenix rearranged in the Ukrainian style with dance performance

Interval act: Contemporary dance by Apache Crew with 51 dancers.

4) No preliminary dates for 2018 yet, but they will be announced by the end of the week.

5) One minute before the 1st semi show there was broken led element in the floor of the stage, it was replaced with 2 seconds to spare. There were issues with 2 minute loss of connection for Australian commentary.

Norma John talks in the press centre after semi-final one

Norma John in the press centre after semi one

Finland not making it to the final has been a big surprise - if not shock - for many, including quite a few of the team of ESCKAZ didn't see this coming and/or hoped otherwise.

Onto semi two, but first....

Congratulations to the delegations that made it to the final, but more important heartfelt commiserations to all the singers that did not make it to the final. You were all winners and all did an amazing job in front of the crowd and to those watching on television - you can all be very proud of yourselves today.

We hope that you will now all take the time to relax a little and enjoy Kyiv and remember that this is not the end but just the start...

A short message from the Maltese Team....

Irish Reception in Kyiv

Dear All,

Claudia Faniello, would like to thank you for taking the time to come to her Press Conference, Meet and Greet and interview her.

She is very grateful for all the support you showed to her so far and hope that you will continue to support her through Semi final 2.

VOTE for MALTA......Song Number 4...... Breathlessly

Rodianne Caligari
HEAD OF PRESS for MALTA

Representative of Ireland, Brendan Murray enjoys Kyiv...

Ireland City Tour

The Irish singer, Brendan Murray took some time out form his hectic schedule to enjoy a city tour of Kyiv. This very beautiful city is a perfect backdrop for Eurovision and it seemed that Brendan liked the look of the place

Ireland City Tour

Ireland perform in Semi Final Two on Thursday and for all the articles we have prepared so far for this delegation please click the tag at the top of this page "Ireland" or "Brendan Murray"

Thanks to team Ireland, RTE and Rayna Connery for the photos

A Day with O.Torvald (Ukraine)

Today, representatives of Ukrainian and largest international press have been invited for a tour with O.Torvald band, which included visit to the "Barman Dictat", Arena City complex and Gulliver mall roof.

"Barman Dictat" (formerly 44 art club) is the location where O.Torvald gave their first ever performance in Kyiv, and still remains favourite stage of the band. Zhenya Galich and his team (who were sadly missing bass guitarist, who was sick) gave rendition of 3 songs including their most recent hit #nashilyudyvsyudy and shared with press members a few drinks.

Special guests were Bandura Style project (Yaroslav Jus and Maryna Krut) who after releasing their cover of Time yesterday were noticed by Zhenya this morning and immediately invited to Kyiv.

After a short walk we have reached location of 2005 Euroclub Arena City where band met with their fans, who, despite just a one hour notice, gathered in masses to meet their idols. Artists spoke with fans and made numerous signatures and selfies.

To finish the day, band and press members have climbed to the 34th floor of Gulliver mall - the 2nd highest building of Kyiv and got a great view on the city from there.

A Day with O.Torvald

The draw for 1st/2nd half for the 1st semi qualifiers

1st
Moldova
Azerbaijan
Portugal
Poland
Armenia

2nd
Greece
Sweden
Australia
Cyprus
Belgium

10 qualifiers from the first semifinal are

Moldova
Azerbaijan
Greece
Sweden
Portugal
Poland
Armenia
Australia
Cyprus
Belgium

Just a few hours left...

Just under three hours left now until the first semi-final really kicks off, and 2,5 hours later we should know who we will see again on Saturday and who will fly home sooner (or stay anyway and just relax here!).

It's getting busy and exciting in the press area already, it's filling up as people are getting ready to go to the hall. I'll be there as well - of course - and can't wait to see how it will all work out.

Yet there's always *some* kind of mixed feelings for me involved, as by the end of this evening every song will have the definite stamp of 'qualifier' or 'non-qualifier', despite each of them working for months for these three minutes. Until now all songs are still possible qualifiers for me - as certain a few countries seem to be in (or out) - shocks happen almost every year.

Good luck to all participants tonight and let Eurovision 2017 begin!

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