Christoffer Collins has been revealed as the Swedish participant in Eurovision Young Dancers 2017, this December in the Czech capital, Prague.
18 years old Christoffer Collins will represent Sweden at Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The young dancer has been internally selected by SVT to represent his country, he is currently studying at BASE23 (Stockholm Dance Academy) and the Alhanko Ballet Academy. The dancer is no stranger to television having previously taken part in Talang (Sweden’s Got Talent) in 2011.
BASE23 has been involved in selecting the Swedish dancers for Eurovision Young Dancers since the contests return in 2011. In 2011 Hanna Carlbrand was one of two dancers selected to compete in the contest by SVT, Hanna just missed out with Louise Lind going to Oslo instead. While Emma Kumlien missed out on Eurovision Young Dancers in 2013, losing in the Swedish selection to Stephanie Liekola Isla. In 2015 BASE23 student Agnes Klapp was selected to represent her country in Pilsen.
Sweden is the only country to have participated in every edition since the beginning of the contest in 1985. In their 14 appearances to date, Sweden failed to qualify 3 times (2011, 2013 and 2015), but finished 1st place in 2003, 2nd place twice in 1995 and 1999, and 3rd place twice in 1985 and 1997. They also hosted the contest in capital city Stockholm in 1993.
Source: Svensk Balletskolan
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First held in 1985 a total of 37 countries have competed at least once in the contest, including Canada in 1987. The competition is open to young dancers who are aged between 16 and 21 years old. Each country is represented by either a solo dancer or a couple, who perform a routine of their choosing for the jury. The jury will select two acts to go through to the final round which is a 90 second dance off. Each dancer is given 45 seconds to perform and impress the judges, at the end of the performances the judges select the winner.