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Eurovision Young Dancers 2019 Cancelled Due to Lack of Host Broadcaster

Eurovision Young Dancers 2019 has been cancelled due to a lack of a broadcaster wishing to host the competition.

Eurofestivales reports that the European Broadcasting Union has cancelled, the 2019 edition of Eurovision Young Dancers. The EBU informed the site that the contest will not be held in 2019 due to a lack of broadcaster wishing to host the competition. Two nations had expressed their interest in participating in the contest;

  • Malta – PBS
  • Poland – TVP

This is the third time that Eurovision Young Dancers has been cancelled. The competition was cancelled in 2007 after the EBU and Swiss broadcaster SRG SSR, both agreed the competition would not be held and the Prix Laussane would be held instead.

In 2009 the contest was again cancelled. The competition had been due to be held on the 19th of June at the Dance House in Oslo. However a lack of broadcasters interested in participating in the contest lead to the contest being postponed until it returned in 2011.

The 2017 contest which was held in Prague, Czech Republic was also close to being cancelled, after the original host broadcaster pulled out. PBS of Malta had been due to the host the contest, but withdrew as host in early 2017, leading to the contest being postponed.

Ceska Televize who had hosted in 2015 then stepped forward to host the contest for a second time in a row. The 2017 contest saw just eight nations take to the stage, which was the lowest number of participating countries in the competitions history.

Since it was first held in 36 nations have taken part in the competition. The contest saw the only appearances of both Canada and Kosovo at Eurovision events. Poland hosted the contest a record three times, while Spain was its most successful nation with five victories.

Source: Eurofestivales

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