The Estonian national broadcaster has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they will not be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Estonia will remain as the only Baltic nation to have never competed in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, for another year. ERR the national broadcaster has confirmed that they will not be taking part in this years competition in Tbilisi, Georgia. They join their neighbors Latvia in also declining to take part in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Despite not participating in the competition, Estonia has previously broadcast the contest. In 2003 the national broadcaster showed the first edition of the competition alongside broadcasters in nineteen other countries.
Estonia has already confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal, they are currently the only country to have also announced when they will select their singer for the competition.
Despite not taking part in Junior Eurovision this year, they will be one of nine countries taking part in the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year, find out more here.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2017:
No countries have announced their intention to withdraw from this years competition so far. However, Belgium, Denmark, Latvia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have all ruled out returning to the competition, having all previously competed in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since it was first held in 2003.
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.