News so far...
* The Ukraine won the Eurovision of 2016 and is set to host the 2017 event.
* As yet, there is no host city. It will be Kyiv, the capital. or Odessa, a city on the Black Sea.
* Song cannot be released prior to September 1, thus the song can technically be older than the host cities tenure.
* There is discussion of the song contest moving elsewhere, but that is a herring that is red.
* The three nations of Andorra, Monaco, Luxembourg have withdrawn from Eurovision 2017. Problem with this statement is you need to be in the contest to then remove yourself.
* Portugal was the first country to declare they will be attending Eurovision 2017. It was announced on April 21st, three weeks prior to the finals of Eurovision 2016. Technically it could have been held in hell and the Portuguese would send a performer. It also highlights the problem What does Portugal have against Sweden?
* Still on Portugal, there is a wild rumour that Canadian songstress, Nelly Furtado would be representing them. From history, Portugal would not do anything that sensational seeing how the national final ‘Festival do cancao’ operates.
* Russia has not stated if they will be in the Ukraine for Eurovision. Expect another song about love and peace from them if they do turn up.
* The EBU has also decided to have the Russian delegation drug tested for anabolic steroids and such to ensure that everyone is singing on a level playing field. (I made the last point up.)
* Ira Losco has a baby. Meh.
* Turkey is said to still be in the stink with Eurovision and will continue with Turkivision instead.
* Armenia has formed a committee to select a representative for next years show. The team of six people includes the 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015 (the French part) and 2016. My obvious question is they didn’t win with their original participations; what do they know?
* Wiwibloggs are stating that Belgium will be represented by either Pierre Lizée or Olivier Kaye.
* Ruth Lorenzo has stated she’d like to represent Spain next year and not with a ballad.
* Elena Paparizou wants to return to Eurovision too. She won the last time it was held in the Ukraine. The rumour is that Emmy will be representing Greece, but they haven’t confirmed participation yet.
* According to ESCToday, the countries that have accepted the invite to the 2017 show are: Ukraine (host), Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Cyprus, Portugal, Armenia, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Finland.