Hungary will not make their debut at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, held in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Hungarian broadcaster MTVA has confirmed that they will not be debuting in Junior Eurovision this year. In the past, Hungary have been watching the contest from afar, uncertain on whether they were to participate or not. This year, they hadn’t completely ruled out a debut, but they have now said no to participating this year.
Hungary isn’t the only country to rule out a debut this year. Austria, Finland, Estonia and Iceland have also confirmed they will not be debuting. Past Junior Eurovision countries have also said they won’t be returning in 2017, including Denmark, who hosted the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest 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.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2017:
So far Armenia, Malta, and Russia have chosen their representatives of Misha, Gianluca Cilia, and Polina Bogusevich respectively. Belarus are the next country to choose their entrant, with their selection show coming up at the end of August. In September Albania and The Netherlands will choose their entries.
There are some countries that took part in last year’s contest that have yet to confirm their participation this year. These are: