Eurovision 2017 By The Numbers

Every year, the Eurovision Song Contest serves up a treasure trove of musical delights, but it’s also a feast for trivia buffs, as well. Like clockwork, I’ve taken my annual trawl through this year’s cavalcade of Eurovision acts to crunch some numbers. How did these artists get to the international stage? What’s the gender split? How many are singing in their native languages? How many are familiar faces, and how many are newcomers to our fabulous musical family? This year is no exception.

It’s my pleasure to serve up this year’s crop of easily consumable statistics, perfect for use at your Viewing Parties, Pub Quizzes, or simply to delight and amuse your friends. No editorialising, no predictions, just the facts!

The Artists

Who’ll be performing (42 nations, equalling last year’s total):

Artists under the age of 20:

Artists over the age of 40: 

Who wasn’t born in the country they’ll be representing?

The Selections

How they were chosen:

The Songs

Songs changed/significantly modified from original winner/announcement/release

What language will the song be performed in?

How many songs this year were written (at least partially) by the performer?

How many of this year’s entries include a songwriter who had previously taken part at Eurovision as a singer (including returning artists)?

  • Georgia – Co-written by Georgia’s 2012 entrant Anri Jokhadze.
  • Moldova – Written by returning act SunStroke Project.
  • Slovenia – Written by returning artist Omar Naber.
  • Sweden – Co-written by Sweden’s 2013 entrant Robin Stjernberg.
  • United Kingdom – Co-written by Denmark’s 2013 Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest.

How many songs this year include at least one Swedish songwriter on their roster?

  • Azerbaijan
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Ireland
  • Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Sweden

The History

How many have previous involvement with Eurovision?

How many have previous involvement with Junior Eurovision?

How many of this year’s entrants have family connections to past Eurovisions, or to their song?

How many had previously performed in a National Final (not counting their 2017 victory)?

How many had taken part in non-Eurovision-affiliated TV talent shows?

How many of this year’s artists have released at least one full-length studio album?

* After Yulia Samoylova was selected to perform for Russia with “Flame Is Burning”, let’s just say that ‘things happened’ and Russia will not be appearing on the Eurovision stage this year.