The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will have a budget of over 2.2 million euros.
In a press conference held this morning by Georgian broadcaster GPB, it has been revealed that the broadcaster has allocated more than €2.2 million (7 million lari) for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Attending the conference today was Executive Producer Sergi Gvarjaladze, Director of Georgian television Tinatin Berdzenishvili, Head of National Tourism Administration Giorgi Chogovadze, Director of Junior Eurovision Gordon Bonello, and the two hosts for this year Lizi Japaridze and Helen Kalandadze.
Tbilisi have been busy preparing for the contest, as the city is decorated with lots of colourful flags and balloon-shaped advertisement stands.
More details regarding the contest were also revealed at the press conference. The Opening Ceremony is to take place on Monday 20th November and will feature a red carpet walk. The running order draw will also take place during the ceremony, which will decipher who will perform in the first position and last position, as well as first half or second half of the show. Rehearsals for the contest will start on Tuesday 21st November.
Also announced at the conference is that the winner’s trophy design will stay the same for the next editions of the contest, as seen at the adult Eurovision Song Contest.
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
Read about voting in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest here.