Poland has won Eurovision Young Dancers 2017, with Paulina Bidzińska bringing the country their second consecutive victory in the contest.
Tonight, the fifteenth edition of Eurovision Young Dancers took place in Prague, Czech Republic. Eight countries took part in the contest, including Portugal, who took part for the first time since 2011. Paulina Bidzińska won the competition, giving Poland its second consecutive and third overall victory in the contest.
The show will be hosted by Libor Bouček and Angeé Klára Svobodová live from the Congress Centre in Prague. This was the second contest in a row that has been hosted by the Czech Republic.
The eight participants were as follows:
- Norway – Anna Louise Amundsen
- Germany – Danila Kapustin
- Malta – Denise Buttigieg
- Portugal – Raquel Fidalgo
- Poland – Paulina Bidzińska
- Slovenia – Patricija Crnkovič
- Sweden – Christoffer Collins
- Czech Republic – Michal Vach
Each of the participants performed a two-minute solo and a group dance. The jury, consisting of Daria Klimentová, Ambra Succi and Itzik Galili assessed the dancers based on faithfulness to the choreography, quality of the dance and artistic expression and the flexibility of the dancer to adapt to new styles of dance. They then selected two dancers to progress to the final round.
Paulina Bidzińska from Poland and Patricija Crnkovič from Slovenia progressed to the final duel, in which each dancer had 45 seconds to impress the jury. This was a repeat of the 2015 final. After the duel concluded, the jury selected Paulina Bidzińska as the winner of Eurovision Young Dancers 2017.
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.