Sweden have withdrawn from Eurovision Young Dancers, and will not take part in the 2017 contest.
SVT have revealed to eurovoix.com that Sweden will not participate in Eurovision Young Dancers this year. Sweden was the only country to have participated in every edition since the beginning of the contest in 1985. In their 14 appearances, Sweden failed to qualify 3 times (2011, 2013 and 2015), but had received 1st place once in 2003, 2nd place twice in 1995 and 1999, and 3rd place twice in 1985 and 1997. They also hosted the contest in capital city Stockholm in 1993.
Ceska Televize will host the Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in the latter half of this year, the host city and venue for the contest have not yet been revealed. The Czech Republic takes over as the host country for this years contest after Malta withdrew from hosting at the start of this year. Currently only Poland has confirmed that they will be participating in this years contest.
Poland is the only country so far to have chosen their entrant for Eurovision Young Dancers 2017. Paulina Bidzińska will represent the country after winning their national final selection Młody Tancerz Roku 2017. As they’re hosting the contest, the Czech Republic should be participating but haven’t released an official statement. Germany, Malta, Norway, and Slovenia had confirmed their participation when the contest was announced to be held in Malta, but no official statements have been released after the change of the host country.
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First held in 1985 a total of 37 countries have competed at least once in the contest, including Canada in 1987. The competition is open to young dancers who are aged between 16 and 21 years old. Each country is represented by either a solo dancer or a couple, who perform a routine of their choosing for the jury. The jury will select two acts to go through to the final round which is a 90 second dance off. Each dancer is given 45 seconds to perform and impress the judges, at the end of the performances the judges select the winner.