Tonight the final of Liet International 2017 takes place in Norway, as the “Eurovision Song Contest of Minority Languages” gets underway.
The final of Liet International 2017 takes place tonight from 19:00 CET in Kaoutenkio, Norway with eight soloists and groups competing for victory. Liet International was launched in 2002 as a song contest for minority languages across Europe and was held annually until 2014. This years contest will mark the 11th time that the contest has been held.
The contest is being supported by the organisers of Liet International as well as Samisk musikkfestival who are the organisers of the Sami Grand Prix. Furthermore the Sami Parliament are contributing financially to the hosting of the contest.
The winner of the contest is decided by 100% jury voting. Each of the eight competing minority languages is represented by a jury, they will vote for all of the songs except their own.
The artists and their songs are as follows:
- Sámi – Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen – Luoddaearru (Crossroad – Sámi)
- Friesland – Aafke Zuidersma – Minsk fan wearde (Man of Value – Frisian)
- Bashkortostan – Zaman – hыутма (Don’t be cold – Bashkir)
- Scotland – Màiri Anna NicUalraig – Grioglachan (Constellation – Scottish Gaelic)
- Netherlands – Ruben Semmoh & Romeo Sumter – Saka Na Pin (Heal The Pain – Sranan Tongo)
- Udmurtia – Pavel Aleksandrov & Dmitry Yakimov – Ваньмыз ортче (Everything Will Pass – Udmurt)
- Brittany – Ukan – Den ebet all (No one else – Breton)
- France – La Schlapp Sauvage – Blanne Käpitan (Blind Captain – Lëtzebuergesch)
A wide array of languages will be performed at this years competition in Norway. Ruben Semmoh and Romeo Sumter will be performing in Srnan Tong. The language which originates in Suriname in South America, is spoken by the Surinamese community in the Netherlands. While Nikita Ilyin will be performing in Udmurt, a language spoken by around 340,000 people and hear once before at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.
Watch the show live online via NRK here.