The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is just one week away and the stage is set at the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi.
The stage for the contest is complete and ready to welcome delegations from 16 countries from Europe and beyond. Host broadcaster GPB released pictures of the stage which matches the theme for this years contest, Shine Bright.
The participants are due to begin rehearsals on Tuesday (21st November) but stand-in rehearsals for the technical crew are already underway with one video of the stand-in for Cyprus emerging on Facebook.
On Monday 20th November, all of the participants will walk the red carpet during the opening ceremony which can be followed live on the official Junior Eurovision YouTube channel. Each act will have their first rehearsal on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Friday, online voting will begin and clips of the rehearsals will be published from the live-feed.
Some of the singers have already arrived in Tbilisi, including Mariana Venâncio from Portugal and Fource from the Netherlands who travelled on the same flight to Tbilisi from Amsterdam, as documented by Portuguese broadcaster RTP on social media.
At a press conference on Friday 17th November, the head of the National Tourism Administration of Georgia said that Junior Eurovision will help Georgia tell the world that it is an interesting and safe country to visit. The contest will integrate mini videos or “postcards” about Georgia which are designed to promote the country to potential visitors.
Junior Eurovision 2017 will be broadcast in 20 countries with an expected audience of around 20 million people. One of the countries which is not participating but will broadcast the show is Kazakhstan, which hopes to debut in the contest in 2018.
Junior Eurovision 2017 will take place 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.