NTR has informed Eurovoix.com that regardless of whether Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 takes place, they will not be participating.
NTR the Dutch public broadcaster who is in charge of Dutch participation in both Eurovision Young Dancers and Eurovision Young Musicians, has confirmed the Netherlands will not be competing in this years contest. The Netherlands who had participated in eleven editions of Eurovision Young Dancers, is the first country who participated in the 2015 contest to confirm their withdrawal from the competition.
The Netherlands before 2016 one was of the most active participants in Eurovision events, participating in both the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision as well as the competitions for young dancers and musicians. In 2016 the Netherlands withdrew from Eurovision Young Musicians, this was due to significant budget cuts at the broadcaster.
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.