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The Sound Of Europe 13 was the 13th edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, Estonia, following Estonia's victory in the 12th edition with Kerli and her song "Feral Hearts". This was the first time that Estonia hosted the contest. The 13th edition consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 18 April 2017, and a final, held on 22 February 2017. The shows were presented by Ariadne Pedanik and Getter Jaani while Kerli was hosting the green room. Forty-seven countries participated in the 13th edition.

Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Belgium won the contest, with Loïc Nottet's song "Million Eyes".

Location

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. From the 13th century until 1918 (and briefly during the Nazi occupation of Estonia from 1941 to 1944), the city was known as Reval. Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 443,894. Approximately 32% of Estonia's total population lives in Tallinn.

Tallinn was founded in 1248, but the earliest human settlements date back 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest capital cities of Northern Europe. The initial claim over the land was laid by the Danes in 1219 after a successful raid of Lyndanisse led by Valdemar II of Denmark, followed by a period of alternating Scandinavian and German rule. Due to its strategic location, the city became a major trade hub, especially from the 14th to the 16th century, when it grew in importance as part of the Hanseatic League.

Tallinn's Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tallinn is the major political, financial, cultural and educational center of Estonia. Often dubbed the Silicon Valley of Europe, it has the highest number of startups per person in Europe and is a birthplace of many international companies, including Skype. Providing to the global cybersecurity it is the home to the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland.

Format

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.

Semi-final allocation draw

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.

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

Presenters

On 25 March 2017, ERR announced that Ariadne Pedanik and Getter Jaani were the hosts of the 13th edition. Kerli, last edition's winner, was also chosen as host of the green room.

National host broadcaster

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster ERR 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

47 countries will participate in the 13th edition. The edition will be consisted of two semi-finals and a final. Bosnia-Herzegovina returned in the 13th edition, while FYR Macedonia withdrew.

Big 5

Country Artist Song Language
Estonia Estonia Elina Born Miss Calculation English
United Kingdom United Kingdom Louisa Johnson Best Behaviour English
Italy Italy Emma Non E' L'Inferno Italian
France France Mozart Opera Rock L' Assasymphonie French
Israel Israel Daniella Lugassy Re Hebrew

Returning artists

Louisa Johnson is back for the United Kingdom after the last edition with her song "So Good". Emma returns for Italy after the 5th edition with her song "Arriverà L'Amore" and the 11th edition, in which she sang together with Modà, with the song ''Come In Un Film". Mustafa Ceceli represented Belgium in the 1st edition together with Lara Fabian with the song ''Make Me Yours Tonight". Hari Mata Hari return for Bosnia-Herzegovina after the 1st edition with the song "Da Ti Ko Covjek Oprostim", and the 8th edition, in which they sang with Ivana Banfić the song "Navodno". Elena Risteska represented in the 3rd edition the FYR Macedonia with the song "Dozivotno". Severina returns for Croatia after the 2nd edition, in which she sang with Učitelije, with the song "Generale", and the 4th edition edition with the song "Uno Momento", in which she sang with Ministrake. Nina Pušlar returns for Slovenia, this time in a duet, after the 8th edition with the song "Ta Svet Ne Zna Zivet". Soraya Arnelas represented Andorra in the 10th edition with the song "Mi Mundo Si Ti". David Bisbal represented Romania in the last edition, together with Andra, with the song "Without You". Bianka returns for Belarus after the 2nd edition with the song "Muzika" and the 10th edition, together with Potap & Nastya, with the song "Stil Sobachki".

Results

Semi-final 1

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. Estonia, United Kingdom and France will vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Sweden Sweden Zara Larsson "So Good" 12 61
02 Albania Albania Lindita Halimi "Cold World" 8 74
03 Turkey Turkey Mustafa Ceceli "Emri Olur" 19 24
04 Iceland Iceland Ásgeir "King And Cross" 14 54
05 Denmark Denmark Alex Vargas "Giving Up The Ghost" 9 70
06 Norway Norway Aurora "Running with the wolves" 6 95
07 Netherlands Netherlands Yellow Claw & Yade Lauren "Love & War" 4 102
08 Cyprus Cyprus Christiana Loizou "Phoenix" 2 127
09 Belgium Belgium Loïc Nottet "Million Eyes" 1 137
10 Czech Republic Czech Republic AquaBabes "Neříkej Mi Baby" 18 26
11 Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Hari Mata Hari ft. Elena "Jos Me Plasis" 15 39
12 Croatia Croatia Severina "Dobrodošao U Klub" 16 38
13 Lithuania Lithuania Donny Montell "Screw Me Up" 13 61
14 Slovenia Slovenia Nina Pušlar ft. Zlatko "Svet Je Tvoj" 21 15
15 Georgia Georgia Bera "Untouchable" 3 103
16 Australia Australia Alison Wonderland "I Want U" 7 77
17 Malta Malta Amber Bondin "What They Say" 20 24
18 Germany Germany Billy "Not Over You" 11 62
19 Russia Russia Lena Katina "Who I Am" 5 100
20 Spain Spain Soraya Arnelas ft. Vega "El Huracán" 17 35
21 Armenia Armenia Nersik & Arabo Ispiryan "Pit Pashtpanem" 10 68

Semi-final 2

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. Estonia, Italy and Israel will vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Romania Romania Sandra N ft. Blazon "Tu Esti Norocul" 2 111
02 Poland Poland Agata Dziarmagowska "Incomplete" 10 70
03 Switzerland Switzerland Oesch's die Dritten "Jodel Time" 17 37
04 Austria Austria Conchita Wurst "You Are Unstoppable" 4 95
05 Andorra Andorra David Bisbal "No Amanece" 13 61
06 Ireland Ireland Anúna & Linda Lampenius "Greensleeves" 12 65
07 Greece Greece Dimitris Basis "Ti Ta Theleis" 19 30
08 Monaco Monaco Joyce Jonathan & Vianney "Les Filles D’Aujourd'Hui" 6 85
09 Slovakia Slovakia TWiiNS ft. Kali "Hey Boy" 18 32
10 Latvia Latvia Dons "Pedeja Vēstule" 15 42
11 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Samra Rahimli "O Sevir" 5 94
12 Finland Finland Nightwish "Over the hills and far away" 16 41
13 Montenegro Montenegro Slavko Kalezić "Krivac" 14 43
14 Bulgaria Bulgaria Gloria "Pyasachni Kuli" 11 66
15 Portugal Portugal April Ivy "Be Ok" 1 146
16 Ukraine Ukraine Alekseev "Snov Oskolki" 3 97
17 Moldova Moldova Zdob Si Zdub "Buna Dimineata" 21 9
18 San Marino San Marino Giorgia "Vanità" 9 77
19 Hungary Hungary Adina "Insomnia" 7 82
20 Belarus Belarus Bianka "Zvuk Gavno" 20 28
21 Serbia Serbia Luke Black "Demons" 8 81

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Russia Russia Lena Katina "Who I Am" 4 148
02 Australia Australia Alison Wonderland "I Want U" 8 107
03 Bulgaria Bulgaria Gloria "Pyasachni Kuli" 22 68
04 Norway Norway Aurora "Running with the wolves" 9 105
05 Belgium Belgium Loïc Nottet "Million Eyes" 1 221
06 Monaco Monaco Joyce Jonathan ft Vianney "Les Filles D’Aujourd'Hui" 15 88
07 Israel Israel Daniella Lugassy "Re" 5 112
08 Romania Romania Sandra N ft Blazon "Tu Esti Norocul" 10 101
09 United Kingdom United Kingdom Louisa Johnson "Best Behaviour" 11 100
10 Portugal Portugal April Ivy "Be Ok" 3 151
11 Austria Austria Conchita Wurst "You Are Unstoppable" 7 108
12 Netherlands Netherlands Yellow Claw ft Yade Lauren "Love & War" 24 66
13 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Samra Rahimli "O Sevir" 12 98
14 Estonia Estonia Elina Born "Miss Calculation" 23 67
15 Albania Albania Lindita Halimi "Cold World" 16 87
16 San Marino San Marino Giorgia "Vanità" 25 61
17 Ukraine Ukraine Alekseev "Snov Oskolki" 18 84
18 Poland Poland Agata Dziarmagowska "Incomplete" 27 46
19 Italy Italy Emma "Non E' L'Inferno" 17 86
20 Georgia Georgia Bera "Untouchable" 6 109
21 Hungary Hungary Adina "Insomnia" 26 58
22 France France Mozart Opera Rock "L' Assasymphonie" 13 97
23 Germany Germany Billy "Not Over You" 21 69
24 Serbia Serbia Luke Black "Demons" 19 79
25 Armenia Armenia Nersik & Arabo Ispiryan "Pit Pashtpanem" 14 89
26 Denmark Denmark Alex Vargas "Giving Up The Ghost" 20 71
27 Cyprus Cyprus Christianna Loizou "Phoenix" 2 192

Other countries

  • FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia - Due to financial issues and the high cost of participation, Makedonska radio televizija (MRT) decided that the FYR Macedonia would withdraw from the 13th edition of the Sound Of Europe.
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan - Khabar Agency became an associate member of the CBU, opening up the possibility of a future participation. The heads of delegation of the Khabar Agency stated that the Kazakh participation in the Sound Of Europe would interest them.
  • Lebanon Lebanon - Télé Liban became an associate member of the CBU, opening up the possibility of a future participation.
  • Morocco Morocco - SNRT became an active CBU member, opening up the possibility of a future participation.