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Mariam Mamadashvili the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 is attending Eurovision 2017 as a special guest.

GPB has confirmed that Mariam Mamadashvili the winner of last years Junior Eurovision Song Contest is attending the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It has not been confirmed whether Mariam will be performing in part of the Grand Final as has been seen at the contest since 2014.

Later today the European Broadcasting Union and GPB are holding their press conference about this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on November 26 at the Tbilisi Sports Palace.

To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017:

  • Belarus
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia –  Host nation
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia

The following countries participated in the 2016 contest but are yet to publicly confirm participation:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Bulgaria
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine

Source: GPB

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Georgia have won the contest on three occasions, making them the country with the most victories throughout the history of the contest. Georgia debuted in JESC in 2007 with Mariam Romelashvili and her song “Odelia Ranuni”, where she placed 4th with 116 points. Their first win was just a year later in 2008, with the trio Bzikebi and their song “Bzz”. Their second win was in 2011 with the group Candy and their song “Candy Music”. Most recently in 2016 eleven year old Mariam Mamadashvili performed her song Mzeo in JESC 2016 host city Malta, and took the victory with 239 points. This will be the first time that Georgia will host any Eurovision event.
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