Welcome to the first of our monthly updates surrounding this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia in November. As things stand, we currently don’t have any dates for the contest and as soon as we know this we will let you all know.
We will have an April update for you in and around the first week of the month, followed by one in May after the Junior Eurovision Song Contest press conference in Kyiv – probably the second week. In June, we will start providing fortnightly updates as news will be more regular by then.
So far, there are six provisional participating countries for this year’s contest in November. These are:
- BELARUS announced in December their intentions of participating in Tbilisi.
- CYPRUS announced in September, before the 2016 edition had even taken place their intentions of participating in Tbilisi.
- GEORGIA was announced as Host Broadcaster back at the start of February.
- IRELAND announced in January their intentions of participating in Tbilisi.
- The NETHERLANDS announced in January their intentions of participating in Tbilisi.
- RUSSIA announced in December their intentions of participating in Tbilisi.
As long as their announcements stay set in stone, Belarus and the Netherlands will continue to be the only two countries to have participated in every Junior Eurovision Song Contest since 2003.
The other participating countries from last year have not yet announced any plans of participating or withdrawing as of yet. Australia would still be invited as a guest so this is yet to be seen if they are invited back or not.
Well in truth, apart from the fact we know that Tbilisi is the Host City, we know absolutely nothing else yet. The venue, dates, presenters, slogan and much, much more are still to be revealed by the EBU and GPB.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland, Eurovoix, ESC+Plus