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Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Sun, 2017-May-14 01:23 UTC
Length - 2:48
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With 428,210 views on Saturday, 13 May 2017 our article of the day is Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, following Ukraine's victory at the 2016 contest in Stockholm with the song "1944", written and performed by Jamala. This was the second time the contest took place in Kiev, after 2005, as well as the fourth Eurovision event, after the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2013. The contest consists of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017, with all three live shows to be hosted by Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko.
Forty-two countries participated in the contest. Portugal and Romania returned to the contest after a year's absence, while Bosnia and Herzegovina have withdrawn on financial grounds. Russia had originally planned to participate, but announced their withdrawal on 13 April 2017, after their representative, Yulia Samoylova, was banned from entering Ukraine by virtue of having travelled directly from Russia to Crimea in 2015, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014, to give a performance, which is illegal under Ukrainian law.
The winner was singer Salvador Sobral for Portugal with "Amar Pelos Dois". This marks Portugal's first win after its 53-year participation, the longest in Eurovision history.
This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 01:23 UTC on Sunday, 14 May 2017.
For the full current version of the article, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_Song_Contest_2017.
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