Israeli choreographer and dancer Itzik Galili has been revealed as the final jury member for Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Prague.
Itzik Galili has been revealed as the third and final member of the jury at Eurovision Young Dancers 2017. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel Mr Galili has worked as both a dancer and a choreographer during the course of his career. Mr Galili began his career in Israel working as a dancer for a number of companies before in 1991 moving to the Netherlands and starting his own company.
Since moving to the Netherlands Itzik Galili has received a number of awards for his contribution to Dutch culture. In 1994 he received the Selection Culture Award for his contribution to culture and dance in the Netherlands. While in 2006 he was Knighted in the Netherlands on the royal order of the House of Orange-Nassau.
Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 will be held on 16 December at the Congress Centre in Prague. A total of eight countries will take part in this years contest, with Portugal returning to the contest after a six-year break from the competition.
To date the following countries have selected their participant:
- Czech Republic – Michal Vach
- Malta – Denise Buttigieg
- Poland – Paulina Bidzińska
- Slovenia – Patricija Crnkovič
- Sweden – Christoffer Collins
Germany, Norway and Portugal are yet to announce their participants for the competition. Germany which held an open call for dancers, has shortlisted two possible dancers for the competition, with Petr Zuska the choreographer of the contest selecting the dancer who will represent Germany in Prague.
What is Eurovision Young Dancers?
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.