NRK has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that Norway will be participating in Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Valletta, Malta.
Norway will be competing in Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Malta. NRK the Norwegian national broadcaster confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they will be participating in next years contest. Norway is now one of five countries to have confirmed their participation in next years contest, a minimum of 10 countries are required for the event to take place.
Norway debuted in Eurovision Young Dancers at the first contest in 1985, they were one of eleven countries to take part in the first contest. At the first contest Norway finished 2nd represented by Arne Fagerholt. It wasn’t until Norway hosted the contest in 2011 that the country achieved their first and only victory to date, when Daniel Sarr beat Petra Zupancic from Slovenia.
To date five countries have confirmed that they will be participating in next years contest. They are:
- Czech Republic
- Malta (Host Nation)
Malta will be hosting Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 on 9th June. The venue for the contest has not been confirmed but PBS has stated that they wish to hold the contest in the open air. This will be the first time that Malta has hosted the contest having only started participating in the contest in 2015.
The last edition of Eurovision Young Dancers was held in 2015, the venue for the contest was the New Theatre in Pilsen. A total of 10 countries competed with debuts from Albania and Malta. The contest was won by Viktoria Nowak from Poland.
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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.