RTS has confirmed today that they will be taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tblisi, Georgia, bringing the number of confirmed countries in this year’s contest to seven.
RTS will also be reverting to an open selection to choose their entry after several year’s of internal selection. The Serbian broadcaster stated:
“The objective of an open selection procedure for Junior Eurovision 2017 is to develop and promote the musical creativity among our youngsters”
All interested candidates have until August 15th to submit their applications. Some of the rules of the selection are:
- The contestant must be aged 9-14 on the day of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (November 26th) and be a citizen of Serbia.
- A singer, musician or dancer featured in the performance must be the author of the song lyrics and/or music and/or arrangement and can be assisted by music professionals and other experts in creating the lyrics, music and arrangement.
- The mentioned professionals must also be Serbian citizens.
- The performance must feature up to 6 people on stage.
- The song must have a duration of up to 3.00 minutes.
- The song must be written in Serbian or any other official language of the country.
- The song mustn’t have been made public before May 1, 2017.
The full set of rules can be found here (In Serbian).
According to RTS, the winner will be the one with the most points from a jury panel, so it is likely to be chosen after internal live auditions which won’t be broadcast on TV.
The last Serbian Junior Eurovision entrant to be chosen by an open selection was Sonja Škorić in 2010, who came third with “Čarobna noć”.
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Serbia first participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as an independent nation in 2006, one year after taking part as part of Serbia & Montenegro. Their best result is third place, which they achieved in 2007 with “Piši mi” by Nevena Božović and in 2010 with “Čarobna noć” by Sonja Škorić. Their worst result came in 2016 when Dunja Jeličić finished last with “U La La La”.