It has been revealed that a total of sixteen countries will participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
junioreurovision.tv have revealed the sixteen countries that will take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year, including returning country Portugal, who haven’t participated since 2007. The contest will take place in the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday 26th November 2017 at 16:00 – 18:00 CET. This is the first time Georgia has hosted any Eurovision event. The sixteen countries taking part are:
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
Bulgaria and Israel, who participated last year, will not be seen at the contest this year. The venue for the contest has also been announced as being the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, which has a 4,000 seat capacity in the heart of Georgia. The Sports Palace was originally announced as the venue, but organisers decided that the Olympic Palace was more suitable for the delegations, media and fans.
There has also been a change to the voting system for this year. The audience will be able to vote online, which opens on Friday 24th November, and will close on Sunday 26th November. Viewers will have to watch the recap of all the songs before they place their vote on the JESC website. The first round of voting will close at 15:59 CET on Sunday 26th November. Then, during the live show, the online voting will open again once the last performance has taken place, and will be open for 15 minutes. The final audience result will be a combination of both the pre-show and live voting results. This will then make up 50% of the final vote, with the jury voting being the other 50%.
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of JESC, said:
“We are thrilled to be celebrating 15 editions of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Throughout the Contest’s history we have seen some incredibly talented children perform, some of whom are now successful artists in their own right. The new voting system is an exciting new addition that will allow millions of viewers to take part in the show once again.”
Other 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.
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.