RTVSLO has confirmed that they will still be holding the country’s selection for Eurovision Young Dancers 2017, despite lack of host country for the contest.
The Slovenian national broadcaster will still be holding their selection process for Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 on February 10, despite the lack of a host country for this years contest. Unlike Germany who has suspended their search for a participant in this years contest, Slovenia will still hold their selection for Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in just over a weeks time. The dancers competing in the Slovenian selection will be marked according to the following criteria:
- Technical readiness
- Correctness of performance
- Style and artistic impression
- Dance performance
- Quality of artistic expression
- Flexibility to perform a new dance style
The jury will mark all of the dancers from 1 to 10, the judges points will be added up and then divided by the number of jurors to create the overall score. In the event that there is a tie a a secret ballot will be held among the jurors to select Slovenia’s participant.
Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 currently has no host country following Malta’s withdrawal just over a week ago. PBS the Maltese broadcaster for unknown reasons withdrew from hosting the contest and the European Broadcasting Union is now looking for a new host country. The likelihood of the contest taking place this year is very slim, with the contest originally scheduled to be held on June 7. In the event a new host broadcaster cannot be found the contest will not be held until 2019.
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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.