Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 appears to have been cancelled, this comes after reports of countries abandoning their selection processes.
The 15th edition of Eurovision Young Dancers appears to have been cancelled, however no information has been released so far by the EBU. According to information from the German broadcaster, WDR Eurovision Young Dancers which was due to be held in June in Malta has been “suspended”. A total of six countries had confirmed to Eurovoix.com or officially announced that they would be taking part in this year’s contest.
According to the representative of WDR there is a chance that the contest may take place in the Autumn, if this were to occur the broadcaster would relaunch their sleection. The announcement of the contest’s cancellation comes as a number of countries had already launched their selection process for Eurovision Young Dancers 2017.
The Czech Republic have already made a public call for dancers to compete, the selection was due to be held on February 12th. Equally, Germany had made a call for dancers, the deadline for which was February 10th – meanwhile in Slovenia on the 10th, the selection was due to take place. Malta, this year’s hosts, weren’t due to select their entry until April 10th despite opening applications.
Malta was selected to host Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in July 2015, with the broadcaster stating at the time that the show would be hosted at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. In November while Malta was hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the Director General of PBS stated that Malta planned to host the contest in the open air. The Steering Group for the contest was also reported to be in Malta to assess preparations for the contest. Since November there had been no official reports on the contest.
Today’s announcement means that possible for a second time Eurovision Young Dancers has been cancelled. The first cancellation of the contest came in 2007 when the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and the European Broadcasting Union agreed not to hold the contest in Lausanne. The contest was to return in 2009 but was again cancelled due to a lack of interest. The Young Dancers format was revived in 2011 when Vladislav Yakovlev took over as Executive Supervisor for the competition, a role he held until his firing from the EBU in 2015.
The European Broadcasting Union has been contacted for comment on the contest and its preparations.