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Ukraine has today launched their selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with a call for song submissions.

Ukraine is the latest nation to confirm their participation in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia. From today until August 7 singers aged between 9 and 14 years old will be able to submit their entries to compete in the Ukrainian selection process. As ever the normal rules apply regarding song length and the percentage of the song that must be performed in a native language.

The semi-final for Ukraine’s selection process will be held on August 8 with all eligible submissions being invited to perform in front of a jury. Following the semi-final the date of the Ukrainian final will be announced. In the final the public and jury will select the singer and song who will represent Ukraine at the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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

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

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: UA:PBC

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Ukraine debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has competed in the contest ever since. To date Ukraine has only won the competition once. In 2012 Anastasiya Petryk won in Amsterdam with the song “Nebo”, she scored 138 points including eight sets of 12 points. Ukraine has hosted the contest twice, the first time being in 2009 and the second being in 2013 following their victory in Amsterdam.
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