Just under 100,000 viewers watched in Sweden as eight young dancers from across Europe competed in Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 in Prague.
In Sweden 91,000 viewers tuned into SVT2 on Saturday night to watch the live broadcast of Eurovision Young Dancers 2017. Interest in this years contest was down by just under 20,000 viewers compared to the 2015 contest in Pilsen. Despite the fall in viewing figures compared to 2015, Sweden remains one of the largest markets for the contest.
Viewing figures for Eurovision Young Dancers in Sweden:
- 2017 – 91,000 viewers
- 2015 – 110,000 viewers
- 2013 – 83,000 viewers
- 2011 – 115,000 viewers
Christoffer Collins represented Sweden at this year’s Eurovision Young Dancers. Christoffer is eighteen-years-old and made his TV and stage debut at the age of five. Chris has appeared in theatre, opera, TV and music videos, and has a decade of ballet training behind him. By the age of ten, he enrolled in the Royal Swedish Ballet School, and at eleven-years-old, he participated in Sweden’s Got Talent. A year later he was invited to audition for The National Ballet School of Canada, which he did and was accepted into the school, but he chose not to leave his home country.
The eight participants of Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 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
Paulina Bidzińska won Eurovision Young Dancers 2017, becoming the second consecutive Polish winner of the contest. 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.
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.