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International Music Festival 38
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 27 May 2017
Semi-final 2 date 3 June 2017
Final date 17 June 2017
Host
Venue Palais 12, Brussels, Belgium
Presenter(s) Laura Tesoro
Jonas Van Geel
Virginie Efira
Broadcaster VRT/RTBF
Opening act Semi-final 1: Emma Bale - "Worth It"
Semi-final 2: Natalia - "Boom"
Grand Final: Flag ceremony
Interval act Semi-final 1: Brussels flashmob
Semi-final 2: Lost Frequencies ft. Janieck Devy - "Reality"
Grand Final: Blanche - "City Lights"
Lorde - "Green Light"
Participants
Entries 46
Debuting None
Returning Flag of Andorra Andorra
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Flag of Greece Greece
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Withdrawing Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Flag of Belarus Belarus
Flag of Estonia Estonia
Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
Flag of Morocco Morocco
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 Armenia "Amena"
International Music Festival
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International Music Festival 38, often referred to as IMF 38, was the thirty-eighth edition of the International Music Festival. The contest is set to be held in Belgium after winning the previous edition.

Location Edit

Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels which is the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the region of Flanders (in which it forms an enclave) or Wallonia. The region has a population of 1.2 million and a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.8 million, the largest agglomeration in Belgium. Brussels is also part of a large conurbation which extends between Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven and Walloon Brabant and is home to over 5 million people.

Brussels grew from a small rural settlement on the river Senne to become an important city-region in Europe. Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a major centre for international politics and has become the home of numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions (the other administrative centres are Luxembourg and Strasbourg). The secretariat of the Benelux and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are also located in Brussels. Today, it is considered an Alpha global city.

Historically a Dutch-speaking city, Brussels has seen a language shift to French from the late 19th century onwards. Today, the majority language is French, and the Brussels-Capital Region is an officially bilingual enclave within the Flemish Region. All road signs, street names, and many advertisements and services are shown in both languages. Brussels is increasingly becoming multilingual with increasing numbers of migrants, expatriates and minority groups speaking their own languages.


VenueEdit

Palais 12 / Paleis 12 is an indoor arena in Brussels used for concerts and spectacles. With a capacity of roughly 15,000 it is one of the largest indoor venues in Belgium. Located in the Heysel Exhibition Park, it was originally built in 1989 but was redesigned and reopened in its current form in 2013.

Palais 12 forms the foundation stone for the NEO project, which aims to refurbish the Heysel Plateau into a new, modern, multipurpose neighbourhood in northern Brussels.

Situated on the Heysel Plateau, Palais 12 hosts major events, such as big concerts, conferences, shows and major sporting events for a maximum capacity of 15,000 people.

Palais 12

As the many large events organised at Brussels Expo demonstrate and thanks to its central position and accessibility, Palais 12 is the only venue in Belgium capable of welcoming spectators from all across the country, the equivalent of an attractiveness potential of more than 11 million people. This is a huge asset for Palais 12, Belgium's only venue to boast such a high prospect of spectators.

FormatEdit

Semi-final allocation drawEdit

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 1 May 2017 at the Brussels City Hall in Brussels. The big 6 countries were first drawn to determine in which semi-final each would country vote. The rest of the TBA countries were divided into six pots, based on their geographical place. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.

The six pots were the following:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Participating countriesEdit

File:IMF 38 Semi-Finals.png

48 countries have confirmed to take part in the edition. Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovakia returned to the competition. Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lebanon and Morocco did not take part in the contest.

Returning artists Edit

Celeste Buckingham previously represented Slovakia in the 22nd, 27th, and 29th editions. Lenny represented the Czech Republic in the 37th edition. Era Istrefi represented Kosovo in the 30th edition. Dara took part for Bulgaria in the 36th edition. Thea previously represented FYR Macedonia in the 28th and 30th editions. Nek represented Italy in the 24th edition.

ResultsEdit

Semi-final 1Edit

The first semi-final took place on May 19, 2017. Belgium, the Czech Republic and Sweden also voted in this semi-final. The ten songs highlighted in bold qualified to the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Dara "Rodena Takava" 17 87
02 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Eliane "Together Forever" 9 140
03 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kamshat Zholdybaeva "Padisha" 15 98
04 Flag of Portugal Portugal The Gift ft. Brian Eno "Love Without Violins" 10 125
05 Flag of Denmark Denmark Kongsted "Say My Name" 7 161
06 Flag of Serbia Serbia Luke Black "Walpurgis Night" 20 65
07 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Anna Känzig "Lion's Heart" 2 220
08 Flag of Ireland Ireland Leah McFall "Wolf Den" 14 115
09 Flag of Georgia Georgia Lisa May "I Remember" 13 116
10 Flag of Armenia Armenia Iveta Mukuchyan "Amena" 1 247
11 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia July Jones "Running" 8 151
12 Flag of Iceland Iceland Aron Hannes & Siris "Tonight" 4 209
13 Flag of Poland Poland K Bleax "Bitchunt" 19 72
14 Flag of San Marino San Marino Violetta Zironi "Dimmi Che Non Passa" 18 72
15 Flag of Andorra Andorra David Bisbal "Duele Demasiado" 11 119
16 Flag of Russia Russia Dima Bilan "V Tvoei Golove" 12 118
17 Flag of Monaco Monaco Jenifer "Paradis Secret" 16 96
18 Flag of Italy Italy Nek ft. J-Ax "Freud" 6 161
19 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Tayanna "Osen" 3 213
20 Flag of Croatia Croatia Luminize "Twilight" 5 196

Semi-final 2Edit

The first semi-final took place on May 26,2017. Australia, Lithuania and the United Kingdom also voted in this semi-final. Ten ten songs highlighted in bold qualified to the final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Greece Greece Vegas "Pio Dynata" 7 146
02 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Gaëtan Streel "The Meaning" 20 66
03 Flag of Algeria Algeria Zaho "Tant De Choses" 9 138
04 Flag of Norway Norway Röyksopp ft. Susanne Sundfør "Never Ever" 2 216
05 Flag of France France Léa Castel "Amazone" 16 107
06 Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands Konni Kass "Surrender" 18 101
07 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo Era Istrefi ft. Felix Snow "Redrum" 14 124
08 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Milena Vučić "Zovi Svoje Drugove" 15 112
09 Flag of Romania Romania Cosby ft. Elena Borbel "Parte Din Tine" 19 100
10 Flag of Albania Albania Besa "Tatuazh Ne Zemer" 1 232
11 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Laura Jansen "Queen Of Elba" 3 178
12 Flag of Spain Spain Jia Miles "Get Me" 6 160
13 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Amel Ćurić ft. Emina Jahović "Kost" 13 127
14 Flag of Turkey Turkey Özge Doğru "Mutlu Son" 10 135
15 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Celeste Buckingham "My Last Song" 12 128
16 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Thea ft. Pancho DNK "Rushevini" 11 134
17 Flag of Austria Austria ZOË "Dangerous Affair" 5 166
18 Flag of Moldova Moldova Iana ft. Alessandra "Aja Mara" 8 142
19 Flag of Israel Israel Lina "Dance Sucker" 17 103
20 Flag of Germany Germany Alice Merton "No Roots" 4 173

Grand Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Denmark Denmark Kongsted "Say My Name" 20 141
02 Flag of Australia1 Australia Amy Shark "Adore" 26 56
03 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 69 Danguje "Gilyn" 15 168
04 Flag of Norway Norway Röyksopp ft. Susanne Sundfør "Never Ever" 8 257
05 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Tayanna "Osen" 11 206
06 Flag of Greece Greece Vegas "Pio Dynata" 25 65
07 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Laura Jansen "Queen Of Elba" 9 248
08 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Anne-Marie "Ciao Adios" 5 308
09 Flag of Spain Spain Jia Miles "Get Me" 21 132
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Mustii "Feed Me" 4 329
11 Flag of Turkey Turkey Özge Doğru "Mutlu Son" 24 75
12 Flag of Portugal Portugal The Gift ft. Brian Eno "Love Without Violins" 16 156
13 Flag of Armenia Armenia Iveta Mukuchyan "Amena" 1 389
14 Flag of Italy Italy Nek ft. J-ax "Freud" 14 172
15 Flag of Croatia Croatia Luminize "Twilight" 7 267
16 Flag of Iceland Iceland Aron Hannes & Siris "Tonight" 19 153
17 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia July Jones "Running" 17 155
18 Flag of Albania Albania Besa "Tatuazh Ne Zemer" 6 300
19 Flag of Algeria Algeria Zaho "Tant De Choses" 23 117
20 Flag of Sweden Sweden Mariette "A Million Years" 2 383
21 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Lenny "Ghosts" 13 199
22 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Anna Känzig "Lion's Heart" 10 244
23 Flag of Austria Austria ZOË "Dangerous Affair" 12 200
24 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Eliane "Together Forever" 18 154
25 Flag of Germany Germany Alice Merton "No Roots" 3 337
26 Flag of Moldova Moldova Iana ft. Alessandra "Aja Mara" 22 125

Voting grids Edit

IncidentsEdit

Azerbaijani withdrawalEdit

Following the submission deadline on May 10, AZRTV was forced to withdraw by the International Broadcasting Union due to no entry submitted in time.

French entry changeEdit

France 2 originally chose Amir with his song "Au Coeur De Moi" to represent the country in Brussels. However, on April 29, it was announced that the artist decided to withdraw from the competition. Léa Castel was chosen to now represent France with her song "Amazone".

Latvian withdrawalEdit

On May 10, 2017, the Latvian broadcaster announced their withdrawal of the edition. A return to the next edition is likely.

Moldovan entry changeEdit

The initial representer of Moldova who was officially selected on March 2017 was Kaya, with the song "Burn" but, later, the broadcaster TRM decided not to send her as she is involved in many other projects, including a bigger musical competition. Then, on 17th April 2017, Alessandra & Iana were internally chosen by TRM to represent Moldova with the song "Aja Mara". After the announcement, the HoDs of Moldova, Olesea and Elena Croitor overreacted and they are in conflicts with the national television of Moldova, TRM. It is unsure what will happen next.

Moroccan withdrawalEdit

Following the submission deadline on May 10, the Moroccan broadcaster was forced to withdraw by the International Broadcasting Union due to no entry submitted in time.

San Marinese participationEdit

On April 20, 2017, SMRTV formally announced the nation's withdrawal from the 38th edition. On May 10, 2017, SMRTV was invited back to the competition and joined the first semi-final.

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 Estonia Estonia: On April 26, 2017, ERR announced that Estonia would not be competing at the contest. However, a return for the following edition is likely.
  • Flag of San Marino San Marino: On April 20, 2017, SMRTV formally announced the nation's withdrawal from the 38th edition. A future return is possible. On May 10, 2017, SMRTV was invited back to the competition and joined the first semi-final.

Other awardsEdit

OGAI Edit

Organisation Générale des Amateurs du féstival de la musique internationale (more commonly known as OGAI) is an international organisation that was founded in 2016. The organisation consists of a network of over 40 IMF fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit company. In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll runs prior to the main International Music Festival allowing members from over 40 clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the 2016 contest. The 38 OGAI Poll began on May 10, 2017 and finished on May 14, 2017. The table below shows the top 5 results.

Country Performer(s) Song OGAI result
Flag of Germany Germany Alice Merton "No Roots" 255
Flag of Sweden Sweden Mariette "A Million Years" 243
Flag of Albania Albania Besa "Tatuazh Ne Zemer" 173
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Anne-Marie "Ciao Adios" 172
Flag of Armenia Armenia Iveta Mukuchyan "Amena" 128

*Table reflects the final voting result from the 46 OGAI member clubs, with 7 clubs (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lebanon, Morocco) abstaining from voting in this 38 poll.

International broadcasts and votingEdit

  1. Flag of Belgium Loïc Nottet
  2. Flag of Spain Sara Carbonero
  3. Flag of Moldova Olesea & Elena Croitoru
  4. Flag of Czech Republic Gabriela Gunčíková
  5. Flag of Macedonia Magdalena Cvetkoska Ena
  6. Flag of Switzerland Vava Voom
  7. Flag of Serbia Sanja Vucic & Marija Kilibarda
  8. Flag of Ukraine Galena Bezruk
  9. Flag of Portugal Katia Aveiro
  10. Flag of Croatia Severina Kojic
  11. Flag of United Kingdom Sharon Osbourne
  12. Flag of Kazakhstan Zhanar Dugalova
  13. Flag of Albania Ronela Hajati
  14. Flag of Faroe Islands Greta Svabo Bech
  15. Flag of Australia Lee Lin Chin
  16. Flag of Netherlands Arjen Lubach

  1. Flag of Liechtenstein Al Walser
  2. Flag of Andorra Vanessa Lorenzo
  3. Flag of Algeria Kenza Farah
  4. Flag of San Marino Giulia Valentina
  5. Flag of Georgia Nina Sublatti
  6. Flag of Slovenia Maja Keuc
  7. Flag of Austria Sedonia
  8. Flag of Russia T-Killah
  9. Flag of Montenegro Goga Sekulić
  10. Flag of France Eva Green
  11. Flag of Sweden Carola
  12. Flag of Monaco Marianne James
  13. Flag of Iceland Svala
  14. Flag of Italy Francesco Gabbani
  15. Flag of Lithuania Aistė Pilvelytė

  1. Flag of Slovakia Radoslav Vanko
  2. Flag of Turkey Irem Derici
  3. Flag of Poland Martin Fitch
  4. Flag of Ireland Nicky Byrne
  5. Flag of Greece Helena Paparizou
  6. Flag of Israel Imri
  7. Flag of Luxembourg Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
  8. Flag of Romania Antonia Iacobescu
  9. Flag of Bulgaria Kristian Kostov
  10. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Natalija Havralenko
  11. Flag of Norway Marcus & Martinus
  12. Flag of Kosovo Dhurata Dora
  13. Flag of Germany Barbara Schöneberger
  14. Flag of Armenia Artsvik
  15. Flag of Denmark Ulla Essendrop

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