The countries of the Top 7 are France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and USA.
Ranking in the TOP 7 is established on the basis on the results of the 3 preceding editions, except for the nations that have won the contest during this period. For such countries the ranking is established according to their 3 last participations. They are automatically qualified for 2017.
However, they are nevertheless required to organize a National Selection event.
Italy won the 2015 edition and will therefore not take part in 2015, according to the regulations of the competition.