SVT have revealed that they will not be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
Swedish broadcaster SVT have decided that Sweden will not be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2017. Sweden withdrew from the contest in 2015, stating that they were having a one year break. They didn’t return for the 2016 contest, and have no plans to return this year. Sweden last participated in the 2014 contest in Malta, where Julia Kedhammar sang “Du är inte ensam” which placed 13th with 28 points. This isn’t the first time the nation have withdrawn from the contest, as they were absent from the 2008 contest. Sweden’s highest placing was in 2006, where Molly Sandén came 3rd with her song “Det finaste någon kan få”.
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
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Sweden debuted at the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. Their best result comes from Molly Sandén in 2006, who came 3rd with her song “Det finaste någon kan få”. This is the only time that the country placed in the top 5. Sweden’s worst result is 15th place, which they received three times in the history of their participation in the contest. These were in their debut in 2003, then in 2004 and 2005.