December 15th is the deadline for countries interested in hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 to submit their bids.

With Georgia in discussions as to whether they will host next years contest, other countries interested in hosting have until December 15th to submit their bids. Georgia won the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta on Sunday, they have thus been given first refusal as to whether they will be hosting next years contest.

Countries wishing to host the contest must meeting criteria set out by the European Broadcasting Union, this includes, at least 100 hotel rooms, a week of social activities and the host countries Government must guarantee freedom of expression.

An announcement regarding whether Georgia will host next years contest is not expected for a minimum of one month. The earliest a host country has been announced under the current system was in 2013 when Malta confirmed they would host the 2014 contest just three weeks after their victory in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Winning countries have previously opted not to host the following years contest. In 2015 Italy declined to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 after winning the 2014 contest in Malta. Instead Bulgaria was announced as the host nation at the end of January 2015.

The results of Junior Eurovision 2016 were as follows:

  1. Georgia – Mariam Mamadashvili – Mzeo – 239 points
  2. Armenia – Anahit & Mary – Taber – 232 points
  3. Italy –  Fiamma Boccia – Cara Mamma – Dear Mom – 209 points
  4. Russia – Water of Life Project – Water of Life – 202 points
  5. Australia – Alexa Curtis – We Are – 202 points
  6. Malta – Christina Magrin – Parachute – 191 points
  7. Belarus – Alexander Minyonok – Musyka moikh pobed – 177 points
  8. The Netherlands – Kisses – Kisses and Dancin – 174 points
  9. Bulgaria – Lidia Ganeva – Magical Day – 161 points
  10. Ireland – Zena Donnelly – Bríce ar Bhríce – 122 points
  11. Poland – Olivia Wieczorek – Nie zapomnij – 60 points
  12. F.Y.R. Macedonia – Martija Stanojković – Love Will Lead Our Way (Ljubovta ne vodi) – 41 points
  13. Albania – Klesta Qehaja – Besoj – 38 points
  14. Ukraine – Sofia Rol – Planet Craves For Love – 30 points
  15. Israel – Shir & Tim – Folllow My Heart – 27 points
  16. Cyprus – George Michaelides – Dance Floor – 27 points
  17. Serbia – Dunja Jeličić – U la la la – 14 points

Source: EBU