NTU the Ukrainian national broadcaster rules out participating in the 15th edition of Eurovision Young Dancers in Malta next June.
NTU has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they will not be participating in Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Malta. The broadcaster stated that they will not be participating in the contest due to focusing their attention on preparations and the hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv this May. Ukraine joins four other countries in publicly stating they will not be participating in Malta.
Ukraine debuted in Eurovision Young Dancers at the 2001 contest in London, United Kingdom, at the contest Leonid Sarafanov failed to qualify for the final. At the 2003 contest in Amsterdam, Ukraine was one of three countries to win the contest. Jerlin Ndudi won the classical prize for their performance of the dance “Le Corsaire”. Ukraine returned to the contest in 2013 where they were represented by Nikita Vasylenko, however he failed to make it into the final dance off.
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.