Radiotelevizija Slovenija has confirmed to Eurovoix that they will not be broadcasting the final of Junior Eurovision 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
RTVSLO confirmed to Eurovoix that they will not be broadcasting the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is being held in Tbilisi, Georgia. RTVSLO competed in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 and 2015, before withdrawing from the contest due to rule changes made by the European Broadcasting Union.
Despite withdrawing from the contest in 2016, RTVSLO proceeded to broadcast the competition live on RTVSLO 2. The overall audience in Slovenia fell 105,300 viewers compared to the 134,100 who watched the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 live. Slovenia was the only non-participating country to broadcast the competition live on television.
A number of countries have broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest live to viewers despite not participating in the contest. These countries include:
- Andorra – RTVA (2006)
- Bosnia & Herzegovina – BHRT (2006-2009)
- Estonia – ETV (2003)
- Finland – YLE (2003)
- Germany – KI.KA (2003)
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 at 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
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.
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Slovenia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 in Malta and finished 3rd in last years contest in Sofia, Bulgaria where Lina Kuduzović performed “Prva ljubezen”. The country is one of three countries who participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 but withdrew from the competition in 2016. The other two countries were San Marino and Montenegro.