Ceska Televize has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they will be hosting Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 later this year.
Ceska Televize will host the competition in the latter half of this year, the host city and venue for the contest have not yet been revealed. The Czech Republic takes over as the host country for this years contest after Malta withdrew from hosting at the start of this year. Currently only Poland has confirmed that they will be participating in this years contest.
At the end of January the EBU announced in a statement that,
PBS, who agreed to host the event in 2015, has due to circumstances beyond their control been forced to cancel their staging of the competition in June 2017.
Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest, where Members agree to host if they win the event, there’s no obligation for participating broadcasters to host the Eurovision Young Dancers competition. The EBU therefore relies on its Members to volunteer to take on the responsibilities and partial costs of host broadcaster.
At the time the Czech Republic, Germany, Malta, Norway, Poland and Slovenia had confirmed that they would be participating in the competition. The Czech Republic had 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 weren’t due to select their entry until April 10th despite opening applications.
The Czech Republic hosted the last edition of Eurovision Young Dancers in 2015. The contest was held in Pilsen with 10 countries taking part in the contest. Albania and Malta made their debut in the competition, while Slovakia returned for the first time since 1997. Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine all withdrew from the event.
Source: Ceska Televize
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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.