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Portugal: RTP2 To Organise Eurovision Young Dancers Participation

RTP2 will be the broadcaster in charge of Portugal’s participation in Eurovision Young Dancers, as the broadcaster returns to the competition.

ESC Portugal reports that RTP2 will be in charge of Portugal’s participation in Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in the Czech Republic. They state that the broadcaster will be tasked with selecting the young dancer who will represent Portugal on their return to the competition. More details about the selection process will be announced after the summer. RTP2 has a focus on cultural and educational content.

Portugal will be making their fourth appearance in Eurovision Young Dancers in Prague this December. The country debuted in the competition in 1989 represented by Ana Lacerda, Portugal however failed to make it through to the final. They would once again fail to qualify at the next contest in 1991. Portugal returned to the competition for their third appearance when Eurovision Young Dancers returned to screens in 2011. In Oslo they were represented by Ricardo Macedo but failed to make it through to the final duel.

The 15th edition of Eurovision Young Dancers is set to take place on Saturday 16 December at the Forum Hall of Prague Congress Centre. To date eight countries have confirmed that they will be attending this years competition, with interested broadcasters invited to submit relevant paperwork by July 15.

Confirmed as participating are:

  • Ceska Televize (Host Broadcaster)
  • WDR (Germany)
  • PBS (Malta)
  • NRK (Norway)
  • TVP (Poland)
  • RTP (Portugal) – Returning Country
  • RTV (Slovenia)
  • SVT (Sweden)

Source: ESC Portugal

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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.
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