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Bulgaria: Junior Eurovision 2017 Participation Confirmed

BNT has this evening confirmed that they will be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

BNT the Bulgarian national broadcaster has confirmed this evening that they will be participating in the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia. Bulgaria’s confirmation this evening brings the number of countries who have confirmed their participation in this years competition to eight.

The broadcaster announced on Twitter that more details about their participation in this years contest will be released later this week. At last years contest in Malta, Bulgaria was represented by Lidia Ganeva with the song “Magical Day” she finished 9th with a total of 161 points. She was selected represent Bulgaria using a televised selection process, while the song was internally selected for the competition.


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:

  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • 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
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine

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Bulgaria debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. The country has never won the contest, and their best entry comes from 2014, when Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim and their song “Planet of the Children” placed 2nd with 147 points. Bulgaria then went on to host the 2015 contest, in the capital Sofia. Their worst result was in 2008, when Krestiana Kresteva and her song “Edna Mechta” placed 15th with 15 points. Bulgaria have withdrawn multiple times from the contest, and were absent from 2009-2010, and 2012-2013.
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