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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".

Location Edit

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world's largest natural harbour, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west. Residents of Sydney are known as "Sydneysiders". Sydney is the second official seat and second official residence of the Governor-General of Australia and the Prime Minister of Australia and many federal ministries maintain substantial presences in Sydney.

The Sydney area has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for at least 30,000 years. The first British settlers, led by CaptainArthur Phillip, arrived in 1788 to found Sydney as a penal colony, the first European settlement in Australia. Since convict transportation ended in the mid-19th century, the city has transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic centre. As at June 2015 Sydney's estimated population was 4.92 million. In the 2011 census, 34 percent of the population reported having been born overseas,[3] representing many different nationalities and making Sydney one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There are more than 250 different languages spoken in Sydney and about one-third of residents speak a language other than English at home.

Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks Sydney tenth in the world in terms of quality of living, making it one of the most livable cities. It is classified as an Alpha+ World City by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, indicating its influence in the region and throughout the world. Ranked eleventh in the world for economic opportunity, Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance, manufacturing and tourism. Its gross regional product was $337 billion in 2013, the largest in Australia. There is a significant concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations in Sydney and the city is promoted as Asia Pacific's leading financial hub.

In addition to hosting events such as the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney is amongst the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city's landmarks. Its natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, and the Royal Botanic Garden. Man-made attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are also well known to international visitors.

Format Edit

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.

Presenters Edit

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.

Participants Edit

47 countries will participate in the 12th edition. The edition will be consisted of two semi-finals and a final. Bosnia and Herzegovina withdrew from the 12th edition, while Georgia returned.

Big 5 Edit

Country Artist Song Language
Australia Australia Troye Sivan Fools English
United Kingdom United Kingdom Louisa Johnson So Good English
France France Kendji Girac ft Soprano No Me Mirès Màs French, Spanish
Sweden Sweden Icona Pop All Night English
Norway 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".

Results Edit

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.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Rilaya Niyə 9 65
02 Germany Germany Maite Kelly Sieben Leben Für Dich 14 57
03 Armenia Armenia Erik Im Amenalav 21 24
04 Belarus Belarus Litesound ft Jacopo Massa Solo Per Te 18 46
05 Turkey Turkey Murat Boz Vazgeçmem 12 60
06 Slovakia Slovakia Kristína Si Pre Mňa Best 16 52
07 Belgium Belgium Marble Sounds Leave A Light On 17 50
08 Hungary Hungary Gigi Radics Daydream 8 73
09 Estonia Estonia Kerli Feral Hearts 1 118
10 Spain Spain Sweet California Comprende 7 76
11 Ireland Ireland Jessica Smith 50/50 2 103
12 Montenegro Montenegro Vladana Sinner City 10 62
13 Georgia Georgia Rati Durglishvili Crazy 4 91
14 Lithuania Lithuania Colours Of Bubbles The Edge Of The World 15 55
15 Romania Romania Andra ft David Bisbal Without You 6 78
16 Cyprus Cyprus Louis San Horos 11 60
17 Bulgaria Bulgaria Gery-Nikol I'm The Queen 3 100
18 Croatia Croatia Eric Destler ft Franka On Fire 19 38
19 Czech Republic Czech Republic David Deyl Akorát 13 59
20 Greece Greece Plegma Gia Sena Allaksa Theo 5 90
21 San Marino San Marino Ada Reina Sono Io 20 35

Semi-final 2Edit

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.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Poland Poland Sylwia Grzeszczak Male Rzeczy 7 75
02 Austria Austria Ramona Rotstich Mädchenmusik 15 46
03 Moldova Moldova Nicoleta Nuca Amintiri 8 74
04 Ukraine Ukraine Via Gra LML 17 42
05 Italy Italy Marco Rotelli Ti Proteggerò 5 87
06 Andorra Andorra La Oreja de Van Gogh Verano 11 61
07 Slovenia Slovenia Klemen Slakonja Putin, Putout 10 67
08 Albania Albania Kaltrina Selimi Ditelindja 19 38
09 Iceland Iceland Kaleo All The Pretty Girls 16 44
10 Finland Finland Isac Elliot What About Me 20 32
11 Israel Israel Nathan Goshen Thinking About It 3 97
12 Malta Malta Lauren Aquilina Fools 13 56
13 Switzerland Switzerland Anna Rossinelli Speechless 18 42
14 Latvia Latvia Musiqq Dari Ka Es 14 51
15 Russia Russia Sasha Holiday Chameleon 6 76
16 Serbia Serbia Ceca Nevinost 12 58
17 Monaco Monaco Indila Love Story 1 101
18 Denmark Denmark Christopher ft Brandon Beal CPH Girls 2 99
19 FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia Toše Proeski ft Gianna Nannini Aria 21 29
20 Netherlands Netherlands Kensington War 9 67
21 Portugal Portugal Diogo Piçarra Dialeto 4 92

Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Estonia Estonia Kerli Feral Hearts 1 167
02 Netherlands Netherlands Kensington War 26 55
03 Italy Italy Marco Rotelli Ti Proteggerò 4 160
04 Greece Greece Plegma Gia Sena Allaksa Theo 3 162
05 Monaco Monaco Indila Love Story 7 135
06 Ireland Ireland Jessica Smith 50/50 16 85
07 United Kingdom United Kingdom Louisa Johnson So Good 20 75
08 Romania Romania Andra ft David Bisbal Without You 9 117
09 France France Kendji Girac ft Soprano No Me Mirès Màs 23 67
10 Israel Israel Nathan Goshen Thinking About It 8 133
11 Cyprus Cyprus Louis San Horos 21 70
12 Norway Norway Astrid S Hurts So Good 2 165
13 Sweden Sweden Icona Pop All Night 24 58
14 Hungary Hungary Gigi Radics Daydream 22 67
15 Slovenia Slovenia Klemen Slakonja Putin, Putout 11 105
16 Moldova Moldova Nicoleta Nuca Amintiri 19 79
17 Georgia Georgia Rati Durglishvili Crazy 10 105
18 Portugal Portugal Diogo Piçarra Dialeto 6 138
19 Australia Australia Troye Sivan Fools 14 89
20 Bulgaria Bulgaria Gery-Nikol I'm The Queen 5 142
21 Montenegro Montenegro Vladana Sinner City 17 83
22 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Rilaya Niyə 25 57
23 Denmark Denmark Christopher ft Brandon Beal CPH Girls 18 80
24 Russia Russia Sasha Holiday Chameleon 15 88
25 Poland Poland Sylwia Grzeszczak Male Rzeczy 13 99
26 Andorra Andorra La Oreja de Van Gogh Verano 27 42
27 Spain Spain Sweet California Comprende 12 103

Other countries Edit

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina 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.