It's the week we all look forward to for an entire year: the week of the live shows. As every year, there were two Semi-Finals and of course the Grand Final where 26 of the 42 contestants battled it out for the Eurovision trophy. In the fifth part of Kyiv Calling, we look back at the live shows of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Following Jamala's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, Ukraine was given the right to host the next contest and Kyiv was selected as the destination for 2017. For the first time ever the contest was presented by three men. National broadcaster UA:PBC produced three spectacular shows from Kyiv's International Exhibition Centre.
The show must go on
Sweden kicked off the first Semi-Final with I can’t go on, sung by Robin Bengtsson. He brought four dancers and five treadmills and got the whole venue buzzing with excitement. After a short 90 minutes it was Latvia’s Triana Park who had the honour of closing the first Semi-Final with their song Line. Voting began and soon after we knew which ten artists made it to the Grand Final.
Throwback Thursday to the second Semi-Final
In the second Semi-Final, it was Serbia who opened the show singing the song In Too Deep. Another 90 minutes flew by with the blink of an eye and before we knew it, it was already time for Israel’s Imri to get the crowd dancing one more time with the song I Feel Alive.
During the second Semi-Final some were Running On Air to Verona whilst others were Dancing Alone in the Lights and Shadows. As with the first Semi-Final, only ten countries would make it through to the Grand Final. Estonia was a surprise non-qualifier for many fans in Kyiv whilst Romania's Yodel It! was widely predicted to make it through to the Grand Final.
The winner takes it all
During the Grand Final the so-called Big Five; France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom as well as host country Ukraine, all of which were pre-qualified, performed their songs. Nearly 200 million tuned in to the live shows including 4 million who watched the Grand Final worldwide on YouTube!
However, after 26 performances there could only be one winner and in 2017 that was Salvador Sobral from Portugal. He turned the venue completely quiet with his song Amar Pelos Dois (For The Both Of Us), written by his sister Luísa. He won with a stunning 758 points, leaving Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov behind in second place.