BNT has this evening rescinded their earlier confirmation of participation in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The official Twitter account for Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest has announced that they have withdrawn their earlier confirmation of participation in Junior Eurovision 2017. The decision comes due to the election of a new Director-General at BNT as well as a new Board at the broadcaster in August. Once the new Director General and Board have been elected all plans will be presented again, with a final decision on participation being made.
Bulgaria’s withdrawal of their confirmation brings the number of countries confirmed in this years competition to seven, confirmed so far are:
While the following countries will not be participating:
- United Kingdom
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.
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Bulgaria debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. The country has never won the contest, and their best entry comes from 2014, when Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim and their song “Planet of the Children” placed 2nd with 147 points. Bulgaria then went on to host the 2015 contest, in the capital Sofia. Their worst result was in 2008, when Krestiana Kresteva and her song “Edna Mechta” placed 15th with 15 points. Bulgaria have withdrawn multiple times from the contest, and were absent from 2009-2010, and 2012-2013.