Welcome 2017! The ESCToday team would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! May 2017 enter your lives bringing you all the best of health, wealth, prosperity, love and happiness. May all your resolutions and wishes come true in 2017. One more year has gone by, one more Eurovision season is over thus making way to the 2017 season.
All in all, 2016 has been an exciting year specially as esctoday.com celebrated its 16th anniversary, founded in 2000 by Sietse Bakker, and now under the baton of Michalis Vranis.
The ESCToday family of team members has grown immensely since its early days with editors from all over Europe. It has indeed been a pleasure for the whole team to cover the Eurovision Song Contest throughout all these years, and bring you the latest news and developments. We are very grateful and thankful to all our readers.
Thank you SVT, Stockholm and Sweden!
The highlight of the year was Sweden hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. SVT, the national Sweden broadcaster excelled in organizing an extraordinary Eurovision with an impressive stage and a magnificent show that mesmerised European viewers. A total of 42 countries competed for the grand prix in Stockholm.
2016 saw some new changes in the Eurovision Song Contest voting system: the jury vote and televote results were showcased separately thus building up suspense and excitement till the very last minute. Boy! The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest had a nail biting finale!!!
The Swedes hosted the contest for the 6th time and Stockholm welcomed the event for the 3rd time in ESC history. SVT received a number of awards for showcasing a high quality, modern and entertaining show. Both the Swedish broadcaster and the City of Stockholm worked earnestly and round the clock to showcase an extraordinary show and event.
Eurovision fans and visitors to Stockholm were mesmerised with the way the city lived and embraced the contest. You could feel Eurovision everywhere in Stockholm!
Congratulations Jamala, NTU and Ukraine! Hello Kyiv!
Jamala took Europe by storm with her song 1944, thus giving Ukraine its 2nd Eurovision victory.
2017 will be taking us back to the land of Ruslana, the Klitschko Brothers, Andriy Schevchenko, Vyshyvankas, Varenyky, Borsh, Chicken Kyiv, Roshen, Mariinskyi Park, Dnipro River, St. Sophia’s Cathedral, St. Michael’s Monastery, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, amazing landscapes and lush forrests ……Yes, we are talking about none other than Ukraine. Kyiv will play host to 2017 the Eurovision Song Contest, where 43 countries are scheduled to compete at the International Exhibition Centre in the magnificent Ukrainian capital on 9, 11 and 13 May!
Come to Kyiv for Eurovision 2017! The city will entice and charm you with its hospitality!
Surprises in 2017
2017 will also bring about many pleasant changes to our beloved website. Many surprises and changes are in store for our readers in the coming year.
The 2017 Eurovision season has already kicked off, we already know the names of the representatives from The Netherlands, Armenia, Ireland, Belgium, Albania, Montenegro, Austria, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and FYR Macedonia. National finals for the 2017 Eurovision season kicked off in 2016 and more national finals and special presentation shows are scheduled to be held all over Europe in January, February and March. We will miss Bosnia & Herzegovina at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the country has opted to be absent from the event next year. Monaco, Luxembourg, Andorra, Slovakia and Turkey confirmed to ESCToday.com that they had no intention to return to the contest next year.
The entire ESCToday.com team would like to wish each and everyone of you, all over the world a Happy New Year and a Happy Eurovision 2017 season! We wish you the best of health, happiness, peace, prosperity and love for the coming year! Thank you! See you in Kyiv!