In two days the final of Melodifestivalen 2017 will be held in Friends Arenan in Stockholm. Since 2011 the Swedish juries have been replaced completely by foreign juries, who vary every year, along to what SVT whose input is highly needed that year.
This year there are quite some familiar faces as spokespersons to (probably) be recognised by Eurovision fans!
The countries present this year, along with their spokespersons are:
Armenia || Iveta Mukuchyan
Australia || Stephanie Werret
United Kingdom || Simon Proctor
France || Edoardo Grassi
Israel || Tali Eshkoli
Italy || Nicola Caligiore
Malta || Gordon Bonello
Norway || Anette Lauenborg Waaler
Poland || Mateusz Grzesinski
Czech Republic || Jan Bors
Ukraine || Victoria Romanova
Iveta Mukuchyan has represented Armenia last year in Stockholm, coming 7th with ‘LoveWave’. Tali has been a spokesperson for the Israeli Melodifestivalen a few times already. She is a producer and produced the Israeli preselection Kdam and was behind the collaboration that broadcaster IBA and the Keshet Media Group have that led to Rising Star serving as the selection for the Israeli Eurovision representative.
Edoardo Grassi, Nicola Caligiore, Mateusz Grzesinski and Jan Bors are Head of Delegation for France, Italy, Poland and Czech Republic respectively and Victoria Romanova has been the Ukrainian Head of Delegation for years and was involved involved in organising this year’s contest before she stepped down earlier this month.
The Swedish representative will be chosen partly by these juries. The Melodifestivalen final starts this Saturday at 20:00 CET. In the meanwhile, let us know which one of the 12 finalists is your personal favorite by voting in our poll here: