Both EBU members in Denmark have stated that they have no plans to participate in Junior Song Contest this year in Georgia.
Denmark the host nation of the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 will not be competing in this years competition, with both DR and TV2 declining to take part this year. In a statement DR added that it is unlikely that they will ever take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest again, having last competed in the competition in 2005.
Denmark never finished outside of the top five at the competition. Their best result came in 2005 when Nicolai Kielstrup performed “Shake Shake Shake” at the contest in Belgium. His performance scored a total of 121 points, just 2 points behind third placed Norway. The song scored points from every country including 12 points from Norway and Macedonia.
Denmark withdrew from the contest along with NRK of Norway and SVT of Sweden due to the pressure put on the participants in the contest. DR continues to hold MGP Junior a children’s version of their Eurovision selection, which was the basis for the concept of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
To date the following countries have ruled out a return to the contest:
- Denmark (2003-2005)
- Latvia (2003-2005, 2010-2011)
- Slovenia (2014-2015)
- Sweden (2003-2007, 2009-2014)
- Switzerland (2014)
- United Kingdom (2003-2005)
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.