RÚV has ruled out a debut appearance in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi in November.
Iceland’s national broadcaster RÚV has ruled out participating in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is being held in Tbilisi, Georgia. Iceland has never participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it is one of twenty countries to have a European Broadcasting Union member that has never participated in the contest. The list of countries who have never competed in the contest includes Germany, Finland and Hungary.
Of note is that Iceland is one of just a small number of countries in the European Broadcasting Union to have only ever participated in the Eurovision Song Contest. Despite being a member of the EBU since 1956, RÚV has not participated in other EBU productions such as Eurovision Young Dancer of the Eurovision Magic Circus Show.
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.