WDR has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that Germany will be participating in Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Malta.
Westdeutscher Rundfunk has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they will be participating in the 15th edition of Eurovision Young Dancers in Malta. Germany has become the sixth country to confirm their participation in next years contest. WDR also confirmed that they planned to broadcast the contest on a delay of around one week.
Germany debuted in Eurovision Young Dancers in 1985 and competed annually until 2001, they returned to the contest in 2011 and has competed every year since. To date Germany has won the contest once, Katja Wünsche and Stegli Yohan beat off competition from 15 other countries at the 1999 contest in Lyon, France.
To date six 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.