Austria will not be debuting in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.
ORF have revealed to eurovoix.com that Austria will not be debuting in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and that participation isn’t intended for the next few years. Austria first took part in the adult Eurovision Song Contest in 1957, and has taken part a total of 50 times to date. They have won the contest twice to date, and hosted the contest the year after their victories in the capital city Vienna. Their victories occurred in 1966 with Udo Jurgens and his song “Merci Chérie”, and most recently in 2014 with Conchita Wurst and her song “Rise Like A Phoenix”. The next Eurovision show that Austria will be participating in this year is Eurovision Choir of The Year, which takes place in Riga, Latvia on 22nd July 2017.
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
Some countries have also stated that they won’t be returning to this year’s contest. This includes Denmark, Latvia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.