Arild Erikstad has been revealed as the Norwegian commentator for the final of Eurovision Young Dancers 2017.
Arild Erikstad, presenter and journalist at NRK Kultur, will be the commentator for Norway at the final of Eurovision Young Dancers 2017. Mr Erikstad will be returning to the commentary booth for a second time having previously commentated at Eurovision Young Musicians 2016, when the contest was held in Cologne, Germany.
Mr Erikstad is heavily involved in the cultural Eurovision contests due to his current role as the Vice Chair of the TV Music and Dance Experts committee at the European Broadcasting Union. In this role Mr Erikstad sits on the Steering Group for both Eurovision Young Dancers and Young Musicians. In 2000 Arild was the presenter of Eurovision Young Musicians, while in 2011 he was the Executive Producer of Eurovision Young Dancers.
The fifteenth edition of Eurovision Young Dancers will see dancers from eight participating countries compete for the crown. This year, the event will take place in the Czech capital Prague on Saturday 16th December.
The eight participants are as follows:
- Czech Republic – Michal Vach
- Germany – Danila Kapustin
- Malta – Denise Buttigieg
- Norway – Anna Louise Amundsen
- Poland – Paulina Bidzinska
- Portugal – Raquel Fidalgo
- Slovenia – Patricija Crnkovič
- Sweden – Christoffer Collins
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.