The final of Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 takes place this evening in Prague, find out more about what to expect from the show.
Eurovision Young Dancers was 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. This years competition in the Czech Republic is the fifteenth time that the contest has been held and marks the second time that the country has hosted the contest.
Who can take part in the contest?
Each of the participating countries is represented by a young dancer aged between 16 and 21 years old. The dancers cannot be professionally employed as dancers, but must have been trained in classical/contemporary ballet skills at a recognised institution.
Of note is that a country is not allowed to be represented by a duo of dancers. Only solo dancers are allowed to take part in the competition. The last time that a duo of dancers was allowed to take part was in 2005.
How will the show work tonight?
Tonight’s show will see each of the eight participating dancers perform a solo piece which lasts up to 2 minutes. The performance can be in any style.
The dancers will then perform a group dance, the dancers have been split into two groups of four dancers. As part of the group dance, each dancer will be able to showcase their skills to the judges. The group dance has been choreographed for the competition.
How is the winner chosen?
The jury, consisting of Daria Klimentová, Ambra Succi and Itzik Galili, will select two dancers to progress to the final round. They will assess the dancers based on;
- Faithfulness to the choreography
- Quality of the dance and artistic expression
- Flexibility of the dancer to adapt to new styles of dance
In the final round there will be a 90 second dance off, with the two competing dancers given 45 seconds to wow the judges. After this occurs, the judges will reveal who they want to win the title of Eurovision Young Dancer 2017.
Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest there is no public voting. Neither Eurovision Young Dancers or Eurovision Young Musicians has ever used televoting or online voting to help decide the winner. In 2003 young members of the audience voted to decide who would win the “Youth Jury’s Award”.
The show will be hosted by Libor Bouček and Angeé Klára Svobodová live from the Prague Congress Centre in the Czech Capital. This is the second contest in a row that has been hosted by the Czech Republic.
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
The show will be broadcast live from 20:00 CET, find out more about where to watch the show here.
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.