RTS have extended the deadline for artists to submit their songs for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Today it has been announced by Serbian broadcaster RTS that the deadline for song submissions for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been extended to September 1st. Potential composers and artists have until then to send in the correct papers. After their internal selection last year and years previous, the broadcaster has stated they will be having an open selection, and said:
“The objective of an open selection procedure for Junior Eurovision 2017 is to develop and promote the musical creativity among our youngsters”
The full set of rules can be found here (In Serbian).
According to RTS, the winner will be the one with the most points from a jury panel, so it is likely to be chosen after internal live auditions which won’t be broadcast on TV. The last Serbian Junior Eurovision entrant to be chosen by an open selection was Sonja Škorić in 2010, who came third with “Čarobna noć”.
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, and Israel, who all took part in last year’s contest.