The Sound Of Europe 12 was the 12th edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia, following Australia's victory in the 11th edition with Delta Goodrem and her song "Wings". This was the first time that Australia hosted the contest. The 12th edition consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 12 February 2017, and a final, held on 17 February 2017. The shows were presented by Faustina Agolley and Sonia Kruger while Delta Goodrem was hosting the green room. Forty-seven countries participated in the 12th edition.
Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Estonia won the contest, with Kerli's song "Feral Hearts".
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The edition will be consisted of two semi-finals and a final. The eleven countries with the highest scores in both semi-finals qualified to the final.
Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry. Each member of a respective nation's jury was required to rank every song, except that of their own country. The voting results from each member of a particular nation's jury were combined to produce an overall ranking from first to last place. Likewise, the televoting results were also interpreted as a full ranking, taking into account the full televoting result rather than just the top ten. The combination of the jury's full ranking and the televote's full ranking produced an overall ranking of all competing entries. The song which scored the highest overall rank received 12 points, while the tenth-best ranked song received 1 point.
Running order Edit
The final running order of the competing performances at the semi-finals and the final were decided by the producer of the show and approved by the Executive Producer, the Executive Supervisor, the CBU and the Reference Group.
On 22 January 2017, SBS announced that Faustina Agolley and Sonia Kruger were the hosts of the 11th edition. Delta Goodrem, last edition's winner, was also chosen as host of the green room.
National host broadcaster Edit
During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster SBS and CBU (Contest Broadcasting Union), the representatives of the core organising team were selected. Merfi Amadeus was announced as the executive producer and Kostas Bouris as the executive supervisor.
Big 5 Edit
|United Kingdom||Louisa Johnson||So Good||English|
|France||Kendji Girac ft Soprano||No Me Mirès Màs||French, Spanish|
|Sweden||Icona Pop||All Night||English|
|Norway||Astrid S||Hurts So Good||English|
Returning artists Edit
Astrid S is back for Norway after the 2nd edition with the song "2AM". Gigi Radics returns for Hungary after the 4th edition with the song "A Sziv Dala" with Wolf Kati and Oroszlan Sonja and the 5th edition with the song "Over You", the country's victory. Sylwia Grzeszczak is back for Poland after the 2nd edition with the song "Kiedy Tylko Spojrzę". Christopher returns for Denmark after the 7th edition with the song "Tulips". Kendji Girac is back in the contest, for France. He represented Monaco once in the past with the song "Color Gitano". Kristina returns for Slovakia after the 7th edition with her song "Life Is A Game". Franka Batelic returns for Croatia, after the 11th edition with her song "Ruza U Kamenu". Nicoleta Nuca returns for Moldova after the 7th edition with her song "Nu Sunt". Anna Rossinelli returns for Switzerland after the 5th edition with her song "Shine In The Light". Kerli returns for Estonia after the 6th edition with her song "Army Of Love".
Semi-final 1 Edit
21 countries will take part in the first semi-final. The eleven songs in places 1 to 11 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Australia, United Kingdom and Sweden will vote from the Big 5.
|02||Germany||Maite Kelly||Sieben Leben Für Dich||14||57|
|04||Belarus||Litesound ft Jacopo Massa||Solo Per Te||18||46|
|06||Slovakia||Kristína||Si Pre Mňa Best||16||52|
|07||Belgium||Marble Sounds||Leave A Light On||17||50|
|14||Lithuania||Colours Of Bubbles||The Edge Of The World||15||55|
|15||Romania||Andra ft David Bisbal||Without You||6||78|
|17||Bulgaria||Gery-Nikol||I'm The Queen||3||100|
|18||Croatia||Eric Destler ft Franka||On Fire||19||38|
|19||Czech Republic||David Deyl||Akorát||13||59|
|20||Greece||Plegma||Gia Sena Allaksa Theo||5||90|
|21||San Marino||Ada Reina||Sono Io||20||35|
21 countries will take part in the first semi-final. The eleven songs in places 1 to 11 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Norway and France will vote from the Big 5.
|01||Poland||Sylwia Grzeszczak||Male Rzeczy||7||75|
|05||Italy||Marco Rotelli||Ti Proteggerò||5||87|
|06||Andorra||La Oreja de Van Gogh||Verano||11||61|
|07||Slovenia||Klemen Slakonja||Putin, Putout||10||67|
|09||Iceland||Kaleo||All The Pretty Girls||16||44|
|10||Finland||Isac Elliot||What About Me||20||32|
|11||Israel||Nathan Goshen||Thinking About It||3||97|
|14||Latvia||Musiqq||Dari Ka Es||14||51|
|18||Denmark||Christopher ft Brandon Beal||CPH Girls||2||99|
|19||FYR Macedonia||Toše Proeski ft Gianna Nannini||Aria||21||29|
|03||Italy||Marco Rotelli||Ti Proteggerò||4||160|
|04||Greece||Plegma||Gia Sena Allaksa Theo||3||162|
|07||United Kingdom||Louisa Johnson||So Good||20||75|
|08||Romania||Andra ft David Bisbal||Without You||9||117|
|09||France||Kendji Girac ft Soprano||No Me Mirès Màs||23||67|
|10||Israel||Nathan Goshen||Thinking About It||8||133|
|12||Norway||Astrid S||Hurts So Good||2||165|
|13||Sweden||Icona Pop||All Night||24||58|
|15||Slovenia||Klemen Slakonja||Putin, Putout||11||105|
|20||Bulgaria||Gery-Nikol||I'm The Queen||5||142|
|23||Denmark||Christopher ft Brandon Beal||CPH Girls||18||80|
|25||Poland||Sylwia Grzeszczak||Male Rzeczy||13||99|
|26||Andorra||La Oreja de Van Gogh||Verano||27||42|
Other countries Edit
- Bosnia-Herzegovina - The Bosnian national broadcaster Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) announced that they would not be taking part in the 12th edition due to their inability to secure stable funding and sponsorship for participation. The broadcaster was also suffering from financial difficulties due to a lack of legislation that would ensure the continued operation of BHRT. Earlier, the CBU had threatened to withdraw BHRT from all member services due to non-payment of debts totalling 6 million Swiss francs (€5.4 million). Recent news sources have revealed that the CBU have now begun to impose sanctions on the Bosnian broadcaster as a result of their outstanding debt.