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Macedonia: MKRTV Yet To Decide on Junior Eurovision Participation

MKRTV the national broadcaster of Macedonia has yet to decide whether they will participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

The Macedonian national broadcaster has confirmed to that discussions are still underway as to whether they will take part in Junior Eurovision 2017. Macedonia was one of the original 16 countries to take part in the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. Since 2011 the broadcaster has participated in the competition every two years, missing the contests in 2012 and 2014.

In 2016 however they broke with tradition and participated in the competition in Malta represented by Martija Stanojkovic and the song “Love Will Lead Our Way”. At the contest she became the first singer to perform in English at the contest for Macedonia, she finished 12th with a total of 41 points. Macedonia scored 17 points from the Adult Jury placing 14th, but came 12th with the Kids Jury receiving 24 points. Macedonia’s highest points came in the form of 8 points from the Dutch Kids Jury.

To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2017:

  • Albania
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Russia
  • Serbia

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.

Source: MKRTV

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