GEORGIA – Although the team of oikotimes.com is not intending to cover the event closely this year, we have prepared for you a recap of what we know so far for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, an event which will be marking its 15th edition this year in Tbsilisi, the capital of Georgia. The show will take place on November 26th and it will be themed as “Shine Bright”.
As of 29 July 2017, twelve countries have announced their provisional participation in the contest. Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, The Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine.
Despite winning the contest three times it’s the first time Georgia is hosting the event. Host city and venue announced on February 26th and March 16th respectively: Tbilisi Sports Palace will welcome the kids on late November. Georgia was the first country asked to host the event as rightful winner of the 2016 Junior Eurovision edition, a feature introduced since 2013.
On 12 May 2017, the host broadcaster Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirmed the contest slogan as “Shine Bright” for the 2017 edition, during a press conference held at the International Exhibition Centre, in Kiev, Ukraine – hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Details of the visual design and logo were also released during the conference.
Despite not covering as closely as the previous years the event, we plan to have a series of posts informing you about participations and preparations and of course our annual Junior Europrediction poll which will kick off during the rehearsals week.
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER COUNTRIES
- Austria – The Austrian national broadcaster, ORF, announced on 31 May 2017 that they would not be debuting in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, with no intention to participate for the next few years.
- Belgium – The Belgian national broadcaster, Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT), announced on 30 May 2017 that they would not be making a return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
- Bulgaria – On 23 May 2017, Bulgarian national broadcaster, Bulgarian National Television (BNT), confirmed participation in the 2017 contest. However, on 7 June 2017, it was revealed that due to the election of the company’s new Director-General, that the broadcaster had withdrawn its application. Once the Director-General has been elected, BNT will then decide whether or not they shall participate in the 2017 contest.
- Croatia – The Croatian national broadcaster, Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT), has confirmed that the broadcaster is looking at the possibility of returning to Junior Eurovision this year. The broadcaster has yet to make a final decision on participation, with the deadline for countries to sign up for this years competition expected to be in September.
- Cyprus – On 27 September 2016, Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBc) became the first broadcaster to announce their intention to participate in the 2017 edition. However, on 8 June 2017, CyBC revealed that they had not yet decided whether or not they would participate.
- Denmark – On 2 June 2017, it was revealed that both Danish member broadcasters of the EBU, DR and TV 2, had declined to take part in the 2017 edition.
- Estonia – On 25 June 2017, it was revealed that the Estonian national broadcaster, Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR), would not be making their debut at the contest.
- Finland – On 26 May 2017, it was revealed that the Finnish broadcaster, Yle, would not make their debut in the 2017 edition.
- Hungary – On 13 July 2017, Hungarian national broadcaster Médiaszolgáltatás-támogató és Vagyonkezelő Alap (MTVA) seems that they would not rule out a debut at the 2017 contest, but they may take a decision in the later days. On 17 July 2017, MTVA announced that they will decide whether or not Hungary will participate in the 2017 contest by the end of July. On 25 July 2017, MTVA announced that they will not be making their debut in the 2017 edition.
- Iceland – On 27 June 2017, Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV announced that they would not be making their debut at the 2017 contest.
- Latvia – On 19 May 2017, the national broadcaster Latvijas Televizija (LTV), announced that they would not return in the 2017 edition.
- Lithuania – On 12 July 2017, the national broadcaster Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT), announced that they would not return in the 2017 contest.
- Poland – Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP), have expressed their interest in the 2017 contest, but has yet to publicly confirm their participation.
- Slovenia – On 18 May 2017, the national broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO), announced that they would not return in the 2017 edition.
- Spain – On 3 July 2017, the national broadcaster Radiotelevisión Española (TVE), announced that they would not return in the 2017 edition.
- Sweden – On 24 May 2017, the Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), announced that they would not return in the 2017 edition.
- Switzerland – On 22 May 2017, the Italian language broadcaster Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI), announced that they would not return in the 2017 edition. However, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF), Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), and Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR); which are broadcasters of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR) have not announced their plans on participation.
- United Kingdom – ITV) ruled out a return to the contest on 25 May 2017, despite previous rumours of a return due to the network’s production of The Voice Kids UK. However, the remaining British broadcasters, the BBC, Channel 4, and Wales’ S4C, which are eligible to take over the responsibility of the UK’s participation, have not released any statements regarding a return to the contest.
- Australia – Australian broadcaster announced that ABC ME will take over the Junior Eurovision 2017 and confirmed their participation to Tbilisi on July 31st They will broadcast the show on Monday evening.
- Israel – The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) shut down on 9 May 2017. The new broadcasting networks Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation and “KAN” are not members of the EBU which is a requirement to take place in the contest Although the IPBC is expected to apply for EBU membership, they lack a news division which is a requirement for an EBU membership. It was revealed on 6 July 2017 that an agreement had been signed between the EBU and IPBC, allowing the broadcaster to participate in EBU contests such as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, despite not having full membership.