Newsletter: Class of 2017 makes Amsterdam in Concert a record breaker Written by on April 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

It’s been a big week for record breakers in Eurovision land, with the Amsterdam Preview Concert hitting new heights and Italy’s Youtube figures approaching 100 million. John Lucas breaks it all down in the latest Eurovision Newsletter.

37 of the 43 participants for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest showcased their entries at this weekend’s Amsterdam preview concert, making it the biggest ‘Eurovision In Concert’ to date.

Performing in front of a packed crowd of 1,500 fans at the Melkweg Concert Hall allowed the entrants to give the best impression yet of how they might handle the pressure of the live Eurovision show, with seasoned performers like Italy’s Francesco Gabbani and Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson cementing their status as pre-contest favourites with predictably assured performances.

The absentees from this year’s lineup were Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Portugal and Russia. Of these, Australia, Croatia and Russia have yet to give televised live performances of their songs, while Estonia, Iceland and Portugal have yet to be seen outside their national finals.

Iceland didn’t go completely unrepresented though. Two-time participant Selma Björnsdóttir co-hosted the event with longtime Dutch commentator Cornald Maas, delivering energetic performances of her 1999 and 2005 entries for the crowd.

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About The Author: John Lucas

A writer and content marketing professional with a passion for getting lost in strange cities and a strange fascination with micro states, John has been with ESC Insight since 2015 and has also had his writing featured in publications including The Guardian, Popjustice and So So Gay. Tweetable @JLucas86.

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  1. Marc says:

    I think 37 acts is just too many for one show, especially if they do more than their own entry. I went to the London party in 2014 where there were 17 acts. It required quite a feat of endurance to stand for that long (six hours) while guarding my spot near the stage. A great show, but never again.

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