Gordon Bonello will be directing the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Gordon Bonello has returned to direct the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Bonello is no stranger to Junior Eurovision, as he was the Creative Director of last year’s Junior Eurovision show in Malta, his home country, as well as taking on the same role in Sofia in 2015, and a similar role in the 2014 contest.
It has also been reported that the hosts for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be announced within the next few days.
Sixteen countries will take part in the 15th edition of 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
It’s worth noting that more countries could be added to this list, as it was reported that these are the confirmed countries to date.
There has been a change in the voting rules again 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%.
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.
Source: Eurovision Georgia