Just two weeks after the first National Final of the season came the first preview event of the year. Ben Robertson was in Riga to report for ESC Insight on the show, the spectacle, and the benefit of preview events for the acts involved.
With the announcement of Yuliya Samoylova as the Russian singer, and Ukraine's subsequent travel ban on the singer, the countries have visibly dragged politics into this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Ewan Spence discusses the potential political driving forces behind the very public disagreements.
There have long been rumours of multiple simcards, friendly call centres and dodgy backroom jury arrangements. But in an increasingly corruptible world, how can we be sure that our winner is genuinely the continent’s favourite song? Roy Delaney explores the possible new futures for Eurovision voting.
In the battle to accommodate popular trends and artistic power, the National Finals (and Eurovision itself) balances the televote with a jury component. What happens when these disagree? John Egan looks back through the 2017 National Finals to find out.
It seems a large question mark still hangs over many of the arrangements for Eurovision in Ukraine. Sharleen Wright caught up with Ukraines’ national tourism minister Anton Tarenenko in Berlins’ ITB – the worlds largest travel conference - seeking answers to some of the most important and eagerly awaited news about Kyiv 2017.