A total of eight dancers are in the running to represent Germany at Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Prague, this December.
Head of Delegation for Germany at Eurovision Young Dancers, Viktoria Schulte, confirmed to Eurovoix that a total of eight eligible submissions were received by WDR to represent Germany at this years contest. WDR is currently in the process of selecting two young dancers for the competition. The two dancers that WDR select as possible participants, will be whittled down to one dancer by the producers of this years contest in the Czech Republic. Germany’s participant in the competition will be revealed at the start of November.
WDR held an open call for young dancers aged between 16 and 21 years old over the summer. The final deadline for applications passed on September 24.
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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.