Eurovision Young Dancers 2019 was the third edition of Eurovision Young Dancers to be cancelled due to a lack of broadcaster interest.
What is Eurovision Young Dancers?
Eurovision Young Dancers was first held on the 16th of June, 1985 in Reggio Emilia, Italy the inaugural contest saw 11 countries compete with Spain winning. The contest from its inception had been a contest for traditional dance styles, however interest in the contest in 2003 and 2005 had seen the contest decline. For the 2009 contest it was decided that the contest would focus on Modern Dance, non-professional dancers between the ages of 15 and 21 would be eligible to compete in the contest.
What happened to the 2019 edition?
The 2019 edition of Eurovision Young Dancers was formally cancelled by the European Broadcasting Union in December 2018. The cancellation came as a result of a lack of a broadcaster willing to host the competition. The cancellation came after the 2017 contest was delayed from June to December after Maltese broadcaster PBS withdrew from hosting, Ceska Televize stepped in and hosted the contest in Prague.
A date for the 2019 contest was never set and only two countries had announced their intention to compete. The two broadcasters were:
- Poland – TVP
- Malta – PBS