The annual Eurovision Song Contest will welcome a record 43 countries when it is held in Kyiv, Ukraine in May 2017.
While Bosnia & Herzegovinia drops out, with the Eurovision organizer citing a restructuring within national broadcaster BHRT, Romania and Portugal both return for 2017 after skipping Eurovision 2016.
That enables the European Broadcasting Union’s yearly special to move up one on 2016’s 42-country tally.
With 43 national broadcasters on board, participation in Eurovision 2017 equals that of Eurovision 2011 in Düsseldorf, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said in a statement released on October 31.
“The Eurovision Song Contest still unites audiences like no other show, reaching over 200 million people in 2016. We’re looking forward to three fantastic shows in Kyiv next May.”
Semi-finals are scheduled for Tuesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 11, and the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 grand final will be broadcast on Saturday, May 13, 2017.