The German national broadcaster, WDR, has relaunched their selection to find the German representative for the Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 competition in Prague. WDR was due to select their entrant for the contest in February, however this was postponed after Malta cancelled their staging of the contest, therefore postponing the contest itself.
WDR will not hold a televised selection, but rather select the winner behind closed doors. As with previous years it is expected that two dancers will be shortlisted for the contest, with the Eurovision Young Dancers choreographer having the final say on who will make it to the Czech Republic.
The rules for applicants are as follows:
- Dancers must be in advance, university education or similar.
- Age: 16 to 21 years (as of 09 June 2017)
- Nationality: German or has lived in Germany for at least two years
- A solo piece of choreography must be prepared for the application, the performance may last no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds.
- For the application, the performance must be recorded on video (format: DVD or YouTube link) and submitted together with a short CV.
Those wishing to represent Germany must send in their application before 3 September. Applications can be sent by email to: Viktoria.Schulte@fm.wdr.de or by post to:
Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln
Vierscheibenhaus Raum 666
Germany took part in the inaugural Eurovision Young Dancers contest in 1985 and has taken part in 12 editions so far, only missing the 2001 and 2003 contests. They won the contest on one occasion, in 1999 with Katja Wünsche and Stegli Yohan. They also hosted the 1987 contest, in Schwetzingen in the southwest of Germany. In the last contest in 2015, Germany were represented by Thomas Rohe, who performed “Senses”, which he choreographed himself. Rohe did not qualify for the final duel.