Australia have confirmed their participation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Australia will be competing in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest on November 28th, and for the first time in the history of their participation, the show will be broadcasted on ABC ME, as opposed to SBS. Discussions between ABC, SBS and the EBU lead to the decision that ABC ME would broadcast the event, as they are a child and family audience focused channel with an average weekly reach of 1.7 million people. ABC ME host Grace Koh will be joined by Pip Rasmussen and Tim Mathews during the ABC ME broadcast on Monday 27th November at 7:30pm, a day after the contest will take place.
The ABC Director of Television, David Anderson, said:
“We are delighted to be with be working with SBS, the European Broadcasting Union and production partner Blink TV on such an incredible event. By utilising all of ABC ME’s internal productions (News to Me, BTN, Spawn Point) and online and social platforms, the channel is able to maximise the reach of the extraordinary contest, while introducing our audience to incredible performers and cultures from across Europe, as well as encouraging them to get behind our Australian contestant.”
The Australian artist will be announced at a later date, but will most likely be internally selected following the selection of Bella Paige in 2015, and Alexa Curtis in 2016.
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. We are yet to hear from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Israel and Poland, who all took part in last year’s contest.
Source: Blink TV
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Australia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, the same year as their Eurovision Song Contest debut. The country is yet to win the contest, and their best result was in 2016, when Alexa Curtis performed her song “We Are” and received 5th place with 202 points. Australia’s worst result comes from their debut in 2015, when Bella Paige and her song “My Girls” finished in 8th place with 64 points. Australia have been present at every contest since their debut.