The 42 delegations from Europe and beyond have started arriving in Kyiv for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Tomorrow the first nine countries will begin their rehearsals and we will be there to bring you the latest backstage action.
After Jamala's win for Ukraine in Stockholm last year, the Eurovision Song Contest has travelled to Kyiv. It is the second time that Ukraine is hosting the competition in the capital. Over the next two weeks we will provide exclusive access to the artists, interviews with the production team and the latest news from the heart of the Eurovision bubble.
Videos from the rehearsals and behind the scenes will be available starting tomorrow. Throughout the week you will be able to follow the journey of each of the artists participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Tomorrow the first rehearsals begin in the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv. The nine first entries from the First Semi-Final will take to the stage. During the three following days, the rehearsals will continue with the remaining countries from the Semi-Finals. On Friday afternoon the Big Five (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) will rehearse for the first time alongside host country Ukraine.
Throughout the rehearsals we will be bringing you interviews with the artists, as well as coverage of their respective rehearsals on YouTube including the latest photographs. Don't forget to check out the official Eurovision Song Contest accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
You can find a full schedule of the rehearsals on the press section of Eurovision.tv.
Celebrate Diversity is the central message for this year’s event and is complimented by a creative logo design based around a traditional Ukrainian bead necklace known as Namysto. More than just a piece of jewellery, Namysto is a protective amulet and a symbol of beauty and health. It is made up of many different beads, each with its own design and celebrates both diversity and individuality.
Many of the participating artists have embraced the theme, including Israel's Imri who launched a challenge on his social media channels. Check out the video below.
The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 9th, 11th, and 13th May in Kyiv, Ukraine.