WDR, the broadcaster in charge of German participation in Eurovision Young Dancers, appears to have abandoned their selection process.
In a search for information regarding the 15th edition of Eurovision Young Dancers this June, it appears that WDR is no longer searching for a participant in the contest. All official documentation regarding the 2017 contest on the German broadcaster’s website is no longer listed, instead showing an error saying the page no longer exists. WDR had formally launched the German selection process in December.
Information regarding this year’s competition has been virtually non-existent since November when the Director General of PBS, Joe Bundy, stated that the contest would be held at the Grand Harbour in the Maltese Capital. Also of note is the lack of information regarding the Maltese selection itself. A call for participants was made at the end of November, with auditions to be held during December. However, these auditions appear not to have been held, with no mention of the competition on social media during the entire month.
To date, six countries have confirmed that they will be participating in this year’s 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.
Eurovoix.com has contacted WDR for further information regarding the German selection process but has yet to receive a reply. TVM has also been contacted regarding the auditions that were due to be held in December, but also no reply has yet been received.