RSI the Italian language Swiss broadcaster has ruled out a return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Switzerland participated once in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 when the contest was held in Lillehammar, Norway. On their one appearance at the contest, Switzerland was represented by Demis Mirarchi with the song “Birichino”. Demis finished 16th out of 18 countries scoring a total of 4 points all of which came from Malta. Of note is that Demis’ song was released in 2002 and received special permission from the EBU to compete in the contest.
RSI had intended to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 using Mara & Meo as their selection process. However, the Italian language broadcaster was forced to withdraw from the contest due to the lack of support from the French and German language broadcasters leading to financial pressure on RSI.
To date the following countries have confirmed that they will not be participating:
- Latvia (2003-2005, 2010-2011)
- Slovenia (2014-2015)
- Switzerland (2004)
The 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest later this year in Tbilisi, Georgia. The contest is to be held at the Tbilisi Sports Palace on November 26. It is the first time that the three-time winners of the contest have hosted Junior Eurovision.
Changes have been made to the rules of this years contest. The amount of a song that can be performed in English has been increased to 40% of the lyrics. While the number of voices on the backing track has been increased from five to six singers.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017:
- Georgia – Host nation
- The Netherlands
The following countries participated in the 2016 contest but are yet to publicly confirm participation:
- FYR Macedonia