The Director General of PBS has stated that the country plans to host Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in the open air.
Mr Bundy stated at the press conference with the EBU and PBS at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 that the broadcaster is still discussing their plans for next years contest. He confirmed that the proposal currently outlined by the broadcaster is to host the contest in the open air due to contest being held in June.
Mr Jon Ola Sand the Executive Supervisor of Eurovision Young Dancers also added that the Steering Group for the contest will be in Malta for the weekend. They will be meeting with PBS to see the broadcasters preferred venue for the contest. Mr Sand went on to add that:
I think that it is impressive that a small broadcaster in a small environment really flexes their muscles when it comes to events like this. These are public service events that we the EBU are really happy and proud of.
Eurovision Young Dancers was first held in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 1985. The 2017 contest will be the 15th time that Eurovision Young Dancers has been held. Malta were announced as the host nation of Eurovision Young Dancers in July of 2015. Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest where the winner automatically hosts the next edition of the contest, the hosting of Eurovision Young Dancers is a bidding process from perspective host broadcasters.
To date three countries have confirmed that they will be participating in next years contest. They are:
- Malta (Host Nation)
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First held in 1985 a total of 37 countries have competed at least once in the contest, including Canada in 1987. The competition is open to young dancers who are aged between 16 and 21 years old. Each country is represented by either a solo dancer or a couple, who perform a routine of their choosing for the jury. The jury will select two acts to go through to the final round which is a 90 second dance off. Each dancer is given 45 seconds to perform and impress the judges, at the end of the performances the judges select the winner.