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International Music Festival 37
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 6th March 2017
Semi-final 2 date 13th March 2017
Final date 14th April 2017
Host
Venue Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Presenter(s) Lee Chin Chin
Broadcaster SBS
Opening act Grand Final: Dami Im - "Super Love"
Interval act Grand Final: Hey Violet - "Break My Heart"
Participants
Entries 64
Debuting Flag of Angola Angola
Flag of Bhutan Bhutan
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Flag of Philippines Philippines
Flag of Singapore Singapore
Returning Flag of Argentina Argentina
Flag of Brazil Brazil
Flag of Canada Canada
Flag of China China
Flag of Colombia Colombia
Flag of Japan Japan
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia
Flag of Mexico Mexico
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
Flag of South Korea South Korea
Flag of Taiwan Taiwan
Flag of Thailand Thailand
Flag of the United States United States
Flag of Uzbekistan1 Uzbekistan
Withdrawing Flag of Algeria Algeria
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of Egypt Egypt
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Voting
System Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting
Winner Flag of Belgium "Worth It"
International Music Festival
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International Music Festival 37, often referred to as IMF 37, will be the thirty-seventh edition of the International Music Festival. The contest will be held in Australia, due to Sia's victory in the previous edition. Syndey will be hosting the conest for the first time in history. Belgium managed to become the winner of the contest with the song "Worth It" by Emma Bale. It is the first time that Belgium achieved to win the contest.

Location Edit

Sydney /ˈsɪdni/ is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world's largest natural harbour, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west. Residents of Sydney are known as "Sydneysiders". Sydney is the second official seat and second official residence of the Governor-General of Australia and the Prime Minister of Australia and many federal ministries maintain substantial presences in Sydney.

The Sydney area has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for at least 30,000 years. The first British settlers, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, arrived in 1788 to found Sydney as a penal colony, the first European settlement in Australia. Since convict transportation ended in the mid-19th century, the city has transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic centre. As at June 2015 Sydney's estimated population was 4.92 million. In the 2011 census, 34 percent of the population reported having been born overseas,[3] representing many different nationalities and making Sydney one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There are more than 250 different languages spoken in Sydney and about one-third of residents speak a language other than English at home.

Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks Sydney tenth in the world in terms of quality of living, making it one of the most livable cities. It is classified as an Alpha+ World City by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, indicating its influence in the region and throughout the world. Ranked eleventh in the world for economic opportunity, Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance, manufacturing and tourism. Its gross regional product was $337 billion in 2013, the largest in Australia. There is a significant concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations in Sydney and the city is promoted as Asia Pacific's leading financial hub.

In addition to hosting events such as the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney is amongst the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city's landmarks. Its natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, and the Royal Botanic Garden. Man-made attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are also well known to international visitors.

VenueEdit

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings.

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the building was formally opened on 20 October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon's 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition. The government of New South Wales, led by the premier, Joseph Cahill, authorised work to begin in 1958 with Utzon directing construction. The government's decision to build Utzon's design is often overshadowed by circumstances that followed, including cost and scheduling overruns as well as the architect's ultimate resignation.

The building and its surrounds occupy the whole of Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, and close by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Though its name suggests a single venue, the building comprises multiple performance venues which together are among the busiest performing arts centres – hosting well over 1,500 performances annually, attended by more than 1.2 million people. Performances are presented by numerous performing artists, including four resident companies: Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, more than eight million people visit the site annually, and approximately 350,000 visitors take a guided tour of the building each year. The building is managed by the Sydney Opera House Trust, an agency of the New South Wales State Government.

On 28 June 2007, the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Participating countriesEdit

64 countries have confirmed to take part in the edition. Numerous countries are returning or debuting this edition, following the contest's extension by the International Broadcasting Union. Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand and South Korea, Thailand, the United States and Uzbekistan are set to return the the contest. Moreover, BhutanHong Kong, Philippines and Singapore will make their debut in the edition. Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Hungary,Lebanon, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovakia have announced their withdrawal of the edition.

Returning artists Edit

Anselmo Ralph , who represents Angola, previously took part for Portugal in the eighth edition. GJan represented Lithuania in the eighth and twenty-ninth edition. Brooke Fraser represented New Zealand in the twenty-fourth edition. Former winner Sara Serena represented Spain in the thirty-second edition. Tove Lo represented Sweden in the fourteenth and thirty-fifth editions. Anna Rossinelli took part for Switzerland in the fifth and fourteenth editions. Emeli Sandé already took part for Scotland in the thirty-first edition.

ResultsEdit

Continental finalsEdit

Main article: Continental finals 01

Fifty-nine countries participated in the continental finals. Fourty countries qualified to the two semi-finals.

Semi-final 1Edit

Twenty countries participated in the first semi-final. Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia and Slovenia also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Norway Norway Gabrielle "5 Fine Frøkner" 13 115
02 Flag of San Marino San Marino Tekla "Via" 03 176
03 Flag of Singapore Singapore The Sam Willows "All Time High" 08 154
04 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Emeli Sandé "Hurts" 01 192
05 Flag of France France Aurélie Preston "All We Have" 06 156
06 Flag of Uzbekistan1 Uzbekistan Munisa Rizaeva "Yoringmaney" 12 131
07 Flag of Romania Romania Feli "Timpul" 04 174
08 Flag of Italy Italy Alvaro Soler & Emma Marrone "Libre" 20 64
09 Flag of Latvia Latvia Masha "Mr. Presley" 09 153
10 Flag of Morocco Morocco Bouchra "Yallah" 05 163
11 Flag of Colombia Colombia Sofia Carson "Love is the Name" 15 107
12 Flag of Philippines Philippines Joey Wrong "Small Story" 16 101
13 Flag of China China Momo Wu "Live For Now" 10 153
14 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Kida ft. Xhensila "Uh Baby" 18 92
15 Flag of Bhutan Bhutan Kezang Wangmo "A La La Ngi Sem" 11 152
16 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Lenny "Lover" 02 185
17 Flag of Brazil Brazil Daya "Te Dominar" 19 91
18 Flag of Malaysia Malaysia Che'Nelle "Fierce" 17 94
19 Flag of Ireland Ireland REWS "Miss You In The Dark" 07 154
20 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Eva Simons & Sidney Samon "Escape From Love" 14 111

Semi-final 2Edit

Twenty countries participated in the second semi-final. Armenia, Australia and Moldova also voted in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Malta Malta Brooke Borg "Unstoppable" 11 144
02 Flag of Canada Canada Alessia Cara "How Far I'll Go" 03 191
03 Flag of Turkey Turkey Derya Uluğ "Okyanus" 16 103
04 Flag of Belarus Belarus Meseda "Peresechenie" 12 143
05 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Slavko Kalezić "Krivac" 19 52
06 Flag of Taiwan Taiwan GBOYSWAG "Uh-Huh" 20 50
07 Flag of Albania Albania Rovena Dilo "Gjeje Nje Tjeter" 09 145
08 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Brooke Fraser "Kings & Queens" 17 100
09 Flag of Iceland Iceland Kaleo "Way Down We Go" 08 160
10 Flag of Estonia Estonia Elysa "Silence The Sirens" 14 125
11 Flag of Sweden Sweden Tove Lo "True Disaster" 01 215
12 Flag of Belgium Belgium Emma Bale "Worth It" 05 175
13 Flag of the United States United States Rebecca Black "The Great Divide" 13 131
14 Flag of Israel Israel Roby Fayer "Long Distance Romance" 04 187
15 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Galina Bezruk "Nebo Tebe" 18 63
16 Flag of South Korea South Korea Blackpink "Playing With Fire" 15 112
17 Flag of Finland Finland Emma "Circle Of Light" 07 160
18 Flag of Denmark Denmark Aura "Can't Steal The Music" 06 165
19 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania GJan "Wild" 02 194
20 Flag of Russia Russia Egor Kreed "Malo Tak Malo" 10 145

FinalEdit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of San Marino San Marino Tekla "Via" 15 180
02 Flag of Albania Albania Rovena Dilo "Gjeje Nje Tjeter" 08 229
03 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Elena Milenkovska "Ti Mi Rece Ne" 25 67
04 Flag of Sweden Sweden Tove Lo "True Disaster" 02 264
05 Flag of Latvia Latvia Masha "Mr. Presley" 18 158
06 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Lenny "Lover" 05 255
07 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania GJan "Wild" 04 257
08 Flag of Moldova Moldova Vanotek ftMinelli "My Mind" 26 31
09 Flag of Denmark Denmark Aura "Can't Steal The Music" 07 233
10 Flag of Canada Canada Alessia Cara "How Far I'll Go" 12 212
11 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Emelie Sandé "Hurts" 03 259
12 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Zhana Bergendorff "Dokrai" 16 174
13 Flag of China China Momo Wu "Live For Now" 24 86
14 Flag of Belgium Belgium Emma Bale "Worth It" 01 271
15 Flag of Finland Finland Emma "Circle Of Light" 17 164
16 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Ina Shai "Overload" 22 108
17 Flag of Morocco Morocco Bouchra "Yallah" 21 131
18 Flag of Iceland Iceland Kaleo "Way Down We Go" 19 153
19 Flag of Romania Romania Feli "Timpul" 09 228
20 Flag of Armenia Armenia Srbuk "Yete Karogh Es" 11 214
21 Flag of France France Aurélie Preston "All We Have" 10 227
22 Flag of Ireland Ireland REWS "Miss You In The Dark" 14 182
23 Flag of Russia Russia Egor Kreed "Malo Tak Malo" 23 89
24 Flag of Singapore Singapore The Sam Willows "All Time High" 20 140
25 Flag of Australia1 Australia Dami Im "Fighting For Love" 06 251
26 Flag of Israel Israel Roby Fayer "Long Distance Romance" 13 193

Voting grids Edit

IncidentsEdit

Colombian entry changeEdit

On February 13, RCN Television announce that J Balvin would no long represent the nation in the contest. Sofia Carson was chosen to instead represent Colombia with her song "Love Is The Name".

San Marinese entry changeEdit

On February 4, SMRTV revealed that Tekla would represent their nation with "V I A". Therefor, their original entrant Joan Thiele ("Save Me") has been replaced.

Swiss entry changeEdit

On December 30, SRG/SSR announced that Anna Rossinelli's song would be changed. Her previous, national selection winning entry, was removed for "Speechless".

Other countriesEdit

Further information: List of countries in the International Music Festival

Countries that are active members of the International Broadcasting Union (IBU) are also eligible to participate in the International Music Festival. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members have been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. The following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active IBU membersEdit

  • Flag of Greece Greece: On January 2, ERT revealed that the country is not going to return due to financial difficulties. A return for the thirty-eighth edition is likely.
  • Flag of Latvia Latvia: LTV stated on October 11 that their decision about participating at the next edition would be decided after the semi-final.
  • Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg: RTL announced on January 2 that they will withdraw due to budget issues and problems between the members of the delegation.
  • Flag of South Africa South Africa: SABC originally confirmed the nation's participation at the contest. However, as the broadcaster didn't submit an entry, the IBU removed the nation's confirmation, including charges for not taking part which are yet to be announced.
  • Flag of Slovakia Slovakia: On October 15, RTVS revealed that they're unsure about a participation in the up-coming edition due to disagreements with the decisions of the IBU.

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