KAN will broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 live to audiences in Israel, despite not taking part in this year’s contest.
This is not the first time that the contest will be broadcast in Israel when not participating. The 2008 contest was broadcast by the former Israeli national broadcaster, IBA.
Israel have also taken part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions. On their debut in 2012, Kids.il came eighth with “Let the Music Win”. Israel then withdrew from the 2013 contest and did not return until 2016. On their return, the country was represented by Shir & Tim with “Follow My Heart”. The duo finished in fifteenth place.
Israel’s national broadcaster, IBA, was shut down earlier this year and was replaced by IPBC. The broadcaster is currently not a member of the EBU and would normally not be allowed to compete in EBU events, such as the Eurovision Song Contest. However, an agreement was reached between the IPBC and the EBU, which allowed Israel to take part in EBU events. Despite this, Israel decided not to participate in this year’s contest.
Israel is not the only non-participating country that will be broadcasting this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Channel 31 will broadcast the contest live to viewers in Kazakhstan. The channel will also send a delegation to perform at the Euroclub and have stated their hopes to debut in next year’s 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 in 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