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Own Eurovision Song Contest 46
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 14 January 2017
Semi-final 2 date 21 January 2017
Final date 12 February 2017
Host
Venue Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex
Cairo, Egypt
Presenter(s) Mohamed Ragabi
Nelly Karim
Broadcaster ERTU
Participants
Entries 47
Debuting None
Returning Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary
Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Withdrawing Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands
Flag of Greece.svg Greece
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland
Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania
Macedonia.png Macedonia
Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Voting
System Each country awardes 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Winner Flag of Russia.svg Russia
"Hungry"
Own Eurovision Song Contest
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Own Eurovision Song Contest 46, often referred to as OESC #46, was the 46th edition of Own Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Cairo, Egypt, at the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, following Egypt's victory at the 45th Contest with "Black Birds", performed by Nathalie Saba.

Forty-seven countries confirmed their participation in the 46th edition. The contest saw the return of Armenia, Hungary, Morocco, Slovenia and Sweden. Unfortunately, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova and Portugal decided to withdraw. Despite originally confirming, Lithuania and Montenegro were forced to withdraw due to not submitting an entry before the deadline.

The 46th edition consisted of three shows: two semifinals alongside the grand final. The semifinals took place on 14 January 2016 and 21 January 2016 respectively. The Grand Final took place on 12 February, 2016.

After a tense voting process, Russia won the contest for the first time, with i-La's song "Hungry". Russia received a total amount of 185 points, winning by a margin of 32 points. The runner-up of the 46th edition was Sweden's "Time by Sabina Ddumba.

The third place went to Lorenzo Fragola's "Luce che entra" from Italy, fourth place went to "Silence the Sirens" from Estonia, being their best place in the competition, while the fifth place went to Lenny from the Czech Republic and the sixth place went to "Why Do You Care" from the Netherlands.

From the countries that were automatically qualified in the Grand Final only Italy and the United Kingdom finished in the top 10, receiving third and ninth place respectively. France finished in the 13th place, the host country, Egypt, on the 20th place, Denmark finished on the 24th place, while Bulgaria finished last out of 26 countries that were in the Grand Final.

Location

For more details on the host country, see Egypt.

Venue

Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex consists of 4 Olympic-standard, multi-use indoor sporting arenas located near the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt. The capacity of the Main Hall is 20,000 spectators. It is used for several events, like handball, volleyball, international conferences, parties and fairs. It was built in time for the 1991 All-Africa Games.

Bidding Phase

Own Eurovision Song Contest 46 is located in Egypt
Cairo
Alexandria
Giza
Port Said
Locations of the candidate cities.

ERTU (Egyptian Radio and Television Union) announced the conditions under which cities and venues had announced their interest in hosting the 46th contest:

  • The host city must be able to provide a certain number of hotels and hotel rooms to be found in the vicinity of the stadium.
  • The arena must able to offer lodges adjacent to the stadium.
  • A press centre must be available at the stadium that will have a specific size.
  • ERTU must have access to the host venue at least 4–6 weeks before the broadcasts, in order to build the stage, rigging lights and all the technology.
  • The host city must be close to a major airport.

The following cities are interested in hosting the 46th contest

City Venue Capacity
Alexandria Haras El Hodoud Stadium 22,000
Cairo Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex 20,000
Giza Mit Okba Stadium 15,000
Port Said Port Said Hall 5,000

Host City

Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt. The city's metropolitan area is the largest in the Middle East and the Arab world, and 15th-largest in the world, and is associated with ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza pyramid complex and the ancient city of Memphis are located in its geographical area. Located near the Nile Delta, modern Cairo was founded in 969 CE by Jawhar al-Siqilli ("the Sicilian") of the Fatimid dynasty, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of ancient national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo has long been a center of the region's political and cultural life, and is nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture.

With a population of 6.76 million spread over 453 square kilometers (175 sq mi), Cairo is by far the largest city in Egypt. An additional 10 million inhabitants live in close proximity to the city. Cairo, like many other mega-cities, suffers from high levels of pollution and traffic. Cairo's metro, one of only two in Africa (the other is in Algiers, Algeria), ranks among the fifteen busiest in the world, with over 1 billion annual passenger rides. The economy of Cairo was ranked first in the Middle East in 2005, and 43rd globally on Foreign Policy's 2010 Global Cities Index.

Format

Semi-final Allocation Draw

The semifinal allocation draw took place on January 2, 2017.

The participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (host Egypt and the Big Five) will be split into six pots, based on voting patterns from the previous ten editions. The pots were calculated and are as follows:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

From these pots, 21 countries were allocated to compete in the first semifinal and 20 in the second semifinal. The host country, Egypt voted in the second semi-final. The countries from the big five voted as follows: Bulgaria with Italy and United Kingdom in the first semifinal, while Denmark and France in the second semifinal.

Participants

Forty-seven countries confirmed their participation in the 46th edition. The contest saw the return of Armenia, Hungary, Morocco, Slovenia and Sweden.

Unfortunately, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova and Portugal decided to withdraw. Despite originally confirming, Lithuania and Montenegro were forced to withdraw due to not submitting an entry before deadline.

Results

Semi-final 1

Twenty-one countries participated in the first semi-final. Bulgaria, Italy and United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia Elysa "Silence the Sirens" 5 98
02 Flag of Malta.svg Malta Hazyl "Hush Now" 16 41
03 Flag of Romania.svg Romania G Girls "Call the Police" 15 44
04 Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia Salio "Wayside" 8 79
05 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg Soldier's Heart "Ears & Eyes" 14 53
06 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Sara McLoud "Where to Go" 21 16
07 Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia Seka Aleksić "Crnooka" 19 26
08 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Gigi Radics "Itt egy boldog lány" 20 23
09 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia Alya "Srce za srce" 10 69
10 Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Lili Poe "Écho" 2 139
11 Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra David Bisbal "Antes que no" 12 57
12 Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Ada Reina "Lei Balla" 11 66
13 Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus Byanka "Mysli v notah" 18 29
14 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Franziska Wiese "Ich bin frei" 6 96
15 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan Vugarixx & Tomris "Payız Gəldi" 9 71
16 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Matilda "Ghost" 1 153
17 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Walking On Cars "Don't Mind Me" 13 53
18 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco Najoua Belyzel "Luna" 4 98
19 Flag of Poland.svg Poland Kasia Popowska "Dryfy" 17 41
20 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Jana Kramer "Circles" 3 105
21 Flag of Israel.svg Israel Roby Fayer feat. Almog Segal "Long Distance Romance" 7 93

Semi-final 2

Twenty countries participated in the second semi-final. Denmark, Egypt and France voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Lenny "Lover" 10 66
02 Flag of Austria.svg Austria James Hersey "Miss You" 19 36
03 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Malú "Cenizas" 20 13
04 Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Olga Vasilyuk "Bol'she ne budet" 13 58
05 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria Kenza Farah "Pardonnez-moi" 14 47
06 Flag of Albania.svg Albania Rozana Radi "Ma thuaj ti" 15 47
07 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Sabina Ddumba "Time" 4 107
08 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Markus Riva "Ty vlyublena" 9 69
09 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Emma Bale "Worth It" 3 108
10 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Ayumi "Sen emes pe?" 17 41
11 Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia Olga Ayvazyan "Merci" 16 44
12 Flag of Finland.svg Finland Jannika B "Niagara" 6 82
13 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia Mária Čírová "Unikát" 7 81
14 Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon Najwa Karam "Yekhreb Baytak" 18 37
15 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Emrah Karaduman feat. Aleyna Tilki "Cevapsız Çınlama" 2 116
16 Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Liechtenstein Miblu "Shooting Stars" 12 62
17 Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Sertari "Keep On Dreaming" 11 62
18 Flag of Russia.svg Russia i-La "Hungry" 1 141
19 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Rondé "Why Do You Care" 8 80
20 Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Edea Demaliaj "Ne" 5 95

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia Alya "Srce za srce" 25 43
02 Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia Salio "Wayside" 12 115
03 Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia Elysa "Silence the Sirens" 4 133
04 Flag of Monaco.svg Monaco Lili Poe "Écho" 19 100
05 Flag of Netherlands.svg Netherlands Rondé "Why Do You Care" 6 129
06 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan Vugarixx & Tomris "Payız Gəldi" 22 78
07 Flag of Finland.svg Finland Jannika B "Niagara" 18 101
08 Flag of Israel.svg Israel Roby Fayer feat. Almog Segal "Long Distance Romance" 8 124
09 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Emrah Karaduman feat. Aleyna Tilki "Cevapsız Çınlama" 7 128
10 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco Najoua Belyzel "Luna" 14 112
11 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Franziska Wiese "Ich bin frei" 21 80
12 Flag of Norway.svg Norway Matilda "Ghost" 11 121
13 Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt Carmen Soliman "Habibi Mosh Habibi" 20 88
14 Flag of Russia.svg Russia i-La "Hungry" 1 185
15 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Sabina Ddumba "Time" 2 153
16 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Page Four "17 år" 24 49
17 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria Mihaela Fileva "Edno naum" 26 26
18 Flag of Italy.svg Italy Lorenzo Fragola "Luce che entra" 3 146
19 Flag of United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Ellie Goulding "Still Falling for You" 9 124
20 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia Mária Čírová "Unikát" 16 103
21 Flag of Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Lenny "Lover" 5 129
22 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Jana Kramer "Circles" 15 112
23 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Markus Riva "Ty vlyublena" 23 66
24 Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo Edea Demaliaj "Ne" 17 102
25 Flag of France.svg France Tal "Le temps qu'il faut" 13 114
26 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Emma Bale "Worth It" 10 123

Scoreboards

Semi-final 1

Voting results Semi-Final 1
Estonia.png Malta.png Romania.png Georgia.png Luxembourg.png Switzerland.png Serbia.png Hungary.png Slovenia.png Monaco.png Andorra.png San Marino.png Belarus.png Germany.png Azerbaijan.png Norway.png Ireland.png Morocco.png Poland.png Croatia.png Israel.png Bulgaria.png Italy.png United Kingdom.png Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Estonia 8 12 4 10 6 5 8 10 5 7 8 5 10 98 5
Malta 1 3 6 5 5 2 7 1 6 4 1 41 16
Romania 8 8 10 6 8 4 44 15
Georgia 1 4 12 5 12 8 6 10 10 1 4 1 5 79 8
Luxembourg 2 2 3 8 1 10 3 12 12 53 14
Switzerland 2 4 7 2 1 16 21
Serbia 5 3 2 10 1 5 26 19
Hungary 2 1 4 4 5 3 4 23 20
Slovenia 10 7 8 2 5 7 5 4 8 7 6 69 10
Monaco 12 5 8 10 1 1 12 10 12 5 5 12 12 5 3 4 6 10 6 139 2
Andorra 3 7 10 5 4 1 6 3 5 1 4 5 3 57 12
San Marino 3 5 10 2 10 12 7 10 7 66 11
Belarus 4 1 3 10 8 3 29 18
Germany 5 12 3 1 1 12 7 12 12 7 10 6 6 2 96 6
Azerbaijan 4 3 7 3 2 8 3 8 6 8 12 6 1 71 9
Norway 12 10 12 3 5 8 12 4 8 10 4 4 5 1 12 12 7 8 8 8 153 1
Ireland 7 1 10 2 2 1 2 7 7 5 7 2 53 13
Morocco 6 6 1 8 7 6 2 5 3 6 12 2 6 3 7 4 12 2 98 4
Poland 10 7 4 1 8 2 4 2 3 41 17
Croatia 6 7 7 4 4 4 7 4 3 6 6 2 3 8 2 10 12 10 105 3
Israel 8 8 2 6 6 1 6 6 7 10 2 3 3 7 1 2 3 12 93 7

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Monaco Ireland, Malta, Norway, San Marino, Slovenia
Norway Estonia, Israel, Poland, Romania, Serbia
4 Germany Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Switzerland
2 Georgia Luxembourg, Monaco
Luxembourg Bulgaria, Morocco
Morocco Germany, Italy
1 Azerbaijan Croatia
Croatia United Kingdom
Estonia Georgia
Israel Rest of the World
San Marino Hungary

Semi-final 2

Voting results Semi-Final 2
Czech Republic.png Austria.png Spain.png Ukraine.png Algeria.png Albania.png Sweden.png Latvia.png Belgium.png Kazakhstan.png Armenia.png Finland.png Slovakia.png Lebanon.png Turkey.png Liechtenstein.png Cyprus.png Russia.png Netherlands.png Kosovo.png Denmark.png Egypt.png France.png Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Czech Republic 7 2 6 7 7 10 2 5 8 2 10 66 10
Austria 12 7 1 6 1 5 4 36 19
Spain 1 1 5 1 4 1 13 20
Ukraine 1 2 8 6 3 8 4 7 5 2 1 6 5 58 13
Algeria 7 3 6 7 4 1 12 2 5 47 14
Albania 7 2 8 12 10 2 6 47 15
Sweden 5 8 2 5 8 8 6 2 7 3 5 12 12 10 6 8 107 4
Latvia 6 5 2 10 1 4 7 8 8 7 10 1 69 9
Belgium 4 10 1 6 1 2 3 5 8 6 6 8 6 8 2 1 7 12 12 108 3
Kazakhstan 4 3 1 4 3 12 4 10 41 17
Armenia 1 1 7 3 5 4 3 5 2 5 1 7 44 16
Finland 8 6 7 7 5 2 3 6 10 6 3 4 5 3 7 82 6
Slovakia 12 10 5 2 12 5 5 3 8 7 1 4 4 3 81 7
Lebanon 8 4 6 2 12 5 37 18
Turkey 3 3 12 8 10 8 3 12 10 6 10 3 8 12 2 6 116 2
Liechtenstein 5 6 4 2 7 3 7 12 12 4 62 12
Cyprus 2 4 3 4 5 1 4 6 10 6 1 3 6 7 62 11
Russia 10 12 10 12 12 10 12 10 10 12 8 10 8 5 141 1
Netherlands 6 10 3 12 12 12 3 2 7 8 3 2 80 8
Kosovo 8 2 4 8 10 10 4 7 1 5 4 10 2 4 7 1 3 1 4 95 5

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Russia Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden
3 Netherlands Belgium, Finland, Latvia
Turkey Denmark, Kazakhstan, Ukraine
2 Belgium France, Rest of the World
Liechtenstein Egypt, Kosovo
Slovakia Albania, Czech Republic
Sweden Cyprus, Russia
1 Albania Slovakia
Algeria Lebanon
Austria Spain
Kazakhstan Turkey
Lebanon Liechtenstein

Final

Voting results Grand Final
Slovenia.png Georgia.png Estonia.png Monaco.png Netherlands.png Azerbaijan.png Finland.png Israel.png Turkey.png Morocco.png Germany.png Norway.png Egypt.png Russia.png Sweden.png Denmark.png Bulgaria.png Italy.png United Kingdom.png Slovakia.png Czech Republic.png Croatia.png Latvia.png Kosovo.png France.png Belgium.png Malta.png Romania.png Luxembourg.png Switzerland.png Serbia.png Hungary.png Andorra.png San Marino.png Belarus.png Ireland.png Poland.png Austria.png Spain.png Ukraine.png Algeria.png Albania.png Kazakhstan.png Armenia.png Lebanon.png Liechtenstein.png Cyprus.png Flag of Earth.png Points Place
Contestants Slovenia 8 6 2 5 2 2 2 5 1 2 5 3 43 25
Georgia 12 7 5 8 7 6 8 2 6 10 3 10 12 6 1 7 5 115 12
Estonia 10 7 3 6 5 7 4 1 5 12 2 2 5 7 12 8 5 10 6 8 8 133 4
Monaco 7 5 2 2 4 7 1 6 5 7 1 6 12 6 8 6 8 7 100 19
Netherlands 12 6 10 5 1 7 12 6 3 8 5 4 12 4 6 2 4 6 6 10 129 6
Azerbaijan 1 3 10 12 1 2 1 4 8 5 12 3 7 1 8 78 22
Finland 1 2 7 4 8 3 3 4 6 2 5 4 4 10 5 1 4 4 8 3 5 7 1 101 18
Israel 3 1 12 6 12 3 7 7 5 7 10 8 2 7 10 2 3 3 5 2 5 4 124 8
Turkey 6 3 6 7 1 2 7 10 12 7 1 3 3 2 1 3 4 1 7 3 12 10 10 7 128 7
Morocco 10 2 8 4 8 4 8 12 6 6 4 2 4 1 4 5 2 8 4 7 3 112 14
Germany 5 10 3 7 5 10 10 3 12 8 4 1 2 80 21
Norway 2 4 8 6 10 3 10 3 3 3 7 10 6 12 6 1 1 4 7 2 3 10 121 11
Egypt 2 12 6 1 12 8 10 4 2 4 3 12 12 88 20
Russia 10 5 3 7 12 6 12 8 3 8 3 10 12 3 5 12 8 10 6 10 3 10 12 6 1 185 1
Sweden 12 6 4 10 8 6 12 1 4 7 8 1 7 8 2 12 2 4 10 1 4 6 6 12 153 2
Denmark 4 2 8 3 6 1 5 7 8 2 1 2 49 24
Bulgaria 4 10 4 8 26 26
Italy 5 10 8 7 8 12 5 1 2 4 8 3 12 5 10 8 3 8 4 5 6 5 3 4 146 3
United Kingdom 8 12 4 12 12 4 8 5 10 10 7 12 7 7 6 124 9
Slovakia 2 4 7 5 12 4 6 3 10 7 10 8 6 2 8 4 5 103 16
Czech Republic 6 1 10 12 8 5 12 8 3 1 2 5 7 7 3 1 1 6 12 6 1 12 129 5
Croatia 5 4 5 2 3 3 10 10 8 10 2 6 5 6 10 5 6 2 10 112 15
Latvia 1 1 2 10 2 2 3 10 5 12 1 5 3 2 7 66 23
Kosovo 4 12 7 1 6 7 1 8 1 2 1 2 8 2 3 7 5 10 12 3 102 17
France 8 3 2 12 6 5 3 10 1 4 12 8 4 4 12 6 8 2 4 114 13
Belgium 4 10 5 5 5 1 6 1 1 7 7 7 3 4 12 6 8 1 5 7 1 7 10 123 10
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals.

12 points

No. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Russia Armenia, Belarus, Italy, Luxembourg, Slovakia
4 Czech Republic Egypt, Israel, Poland, Rest of the World
Egypt Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Sweden
Sweden Cyprus, Russia, San Marino, Slovenia
United Kingdom Austria, Croatia, France, Turkey
3 France Algeria, Norway, Serbia
Netherlands Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland
2 Azerbaijan Kosovo, Morocco
Estonia Latvia, Ukraine
Georgia Monaco, Switzerland
Italy Andorra, Denmark
Israel Estonia, Netherlands
Kosovo Albania, Georgia
Turkey Kazakhstan, United Kingdom
1 Belgium Ireland
Germany Spain
Latvia Hungary
Monaco Malta
Morocco Czech Republic
Norway Romania
Slovakia Germany

International broadcast and voting

Voting and spokespersons

  1. Malaysia.png Jess Lee
  2. Ukraine.png Igor Kolomiyets
  3. Finland.png Opera Skaala
  4. San Marino.png Costantino Vitagliano
  5. Egypt.png Lara Scandar
  6. Algeria.png Ysa Ferrer
  7. Luxembourg.png Alice on the Roof
  8. Bulgaria.png Darina Yotova
  9. Denmark.png Christopher Nissen
  10. Croatia.png Josipa Kusić
  11. Ireland.png Michael Fassbender
  12. Cyprus.png Christiana Louizu
  13. Romania.png Sore Mihalache
  14. Israel.png Ania Bukstein
  15. Serbia.png Nataša Bekvalac
  16. Russia.png Irina Shayk
  17. Czech Republic.png Markéta Irglová
  18. Italy.png Mariano Di Vaio
  19. Georgia.png Tako Gachechiladze
  20. Germany.png Alvaro Soler
  21. Azerbaijan.png Aygün Kazımova
  22. Morocco.png Dounia Batma
  23. Latvia.png Māris Kučinskis
  24. Belgium.png Olga Leyers
  25. Austria.png Zoë Straub
  26. France.png Amir Haddad
  27. United Kingdom.png Jamie Dornan
  28. Poland.png Radosław Mróz
  29. Lebanon.png Nelly Makdessy
  30. Slovenia.png Gašper Rifelj
  31. Norway.png Dagny
  32. Armenia.png Iveta Mukuchyan
  33. Turkey.png Kerem Bürsin
  34. Liechtenstein.png Claudia Schanza
  35. Belarus.png Uzari
  36. Andorra.png Adam Jezierski
  37. Hungary.png Freddie
  38. Albania.png Eneda Tarifa
  39. Sweden.png Petra Mede
  40. Kosovo.png Kallashi
  41. Malta.png Ira Losco
  42. Estonia.png Jüri Pootsmann
  43. Spain.png David Solans
  44. Kazakhstan.png Aiboo Karasheva
  45. Monaco.png Alizée
  46. Netherlands.png Tom Escily
  47. Switzerland.png Bastian Baker
  48. Slovakia.png Dominika Mirgová

Other countries

Eligibility for potential participation in the Own Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active OEBU membership that would be able to broadcast the 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.

  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina: Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) announced on 17 September 2016 that the country will withdraw.
  • Flag of Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands: On 13 December 2016, it was announced that Faroe Islands would be withdrawing from the contest.
  • Flag of Greece.svg Greece: Hellenic Broadcasting Company (ERT) confirmed that Greece will not compete in the 46th edition.
  • Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland: On 3 November 2016, RÚV announced that Iceland would not take part in the forty-sixth edition. Hovewer a return next edition is higly expected.
  • Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania: On 11 August 2016, LRT confirmed their participation and that a national selection would be an option. Therefore on 13 December 2016 Lithuania was forced to withdraw for not having an entry.
  • Macedonia.png Macedonia: MKRTV announced, on 13 December 2016 that Macedonia would not participate in the contest.
  • Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova: Moldova decided to withdraw due to low interest from the broadcaster. A comeback for 47th edition was not ruled out.
  • Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegro: Although RTCG was among the first broadcaster to announced their participation, the country was forced to withdraw due to not submitting an entry within deadline.
  • Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal: RTP didn't show interest in participating therefore they will be missing this edition.

See also

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