Helen Kalandadze and Lizi Japaridze will host this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.
It has been announced that Helen Kalandadze and Lizi Japaridze will be hosting the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Georgian capital Tbilisi. Helen is no stranger to Eurovision, as she participated in the adult Eurovision Song Contest in 2010, where she was a backing singer for Sofia Nizharadze. She has also participated in TV shows such as Star Academy, and Your Face Sounds Familiar, in which she won the entire competition.
Lizi Japaridze, also known as Lizi Pop, represented Georgia at Junior Eurovision 2014 in Malta, with her song “Happy Day”. Her Junior Eurovision song is the most popular video on the official Junior Eurovision YouTube channel to date. At just 13 years old, Lizi will be one of the youngest Junior Eurovision hosts. In 2006, Iona Ivan co-hosted the contest at a young age as well.
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:
- Armenia – Misha
- Australia – Isabella Clarke
- Belarus – Helena Meraai
- Cyprus – Nicole Nicolaou
- FYR Macedonia – Mina Blazev
- Georgia – Grigol Kipshidze
- Malta – Gianluca Cilia
- Poland – Alicja Rega
- Russia – Polina Bogusevich
- Serbia – Irina Brodic & Jana Paunovic
- The Netherlands – Fource
- Ukraine – Anastasiya Baginska
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%.