ITV has confirmed that they will not be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
ITV has ruled out a return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 12 years on from their last appearance in the competition. The United Kingdom was one of the original 16 nations to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, finishing within the top three in two of their three appearances at the competition. Tom Morley represented the United Kingdom on their debut in 2003 with “My Song for the World”, he finished 3rd with a total of 118 points.
Following three years of poor viewing figures ITV withdrew from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. An official reason for the withdrawal was not given, however it is thought that lower than expected viewing figures influenced the decision. It had been speculated in the run up to this year that ITV may have considered a return to the contest, with the arrival of the Voice Kids format to the broadcaster.
To date the following countries have ruled out a return to the contest:
- Latvia (2003-2005, 2010-2011)
- Slovenia (2014-2015)
- Sweden (2003-2007, 2009-2014)
- Switzerland (2014)
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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The United Kingdom was one of the original 16 nations to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Tom Morley represented the United Kingdom on their debut in 2003 with “My Song for the World”, he finished 3rd with a total of 118 points. The UK withdrew after the 2005 contest following poor viewing figures. The country had been selected to host Junior Eurovision 2004 but withdrew due to scheduling and finance issues.