Yesterday the official list of participants for this year’s Junior Eurovision took everyone by surprise. Not only the announcement surprised all fans and media, but it also did so to the broadcasters which were still pending to decide their near future in the competition.
One of the pending broadcasters is Bulgaria’s BNT which have stated they are waiting for the election of a new Director General and team in order to make a final decision about their participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
A new DG of BNT is set to be elected on August, 23rd. The new policy of the broadcaster regarding ESC/JESC will be announced afterwards. 1/2
— BNT Eurovision BG (@bg_eurovision) August 9, 2017
Apart from the 16 already confirmed countries, around 4 broadcasters are interested in taking part at this year’s Junior Eurovision, which could increase the list to the maximum number of participants, 18.
The last few years, the deadline for countries to submit their participation form was in September. However, this year, EBU hasn’t revealed anything about this deadline releasing the official list without explanation. So, we will have to wait and see if the list of participating countries fro Junior Eurovision 2017 increases or remains as it is.
16 countries make up the line-up for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 :
- Albania (RTSH)
- Armenia (AMPTV)
- Australia (ABC)
- Belarus (BRTC)
- Cyprus (CyBC)
- FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
- Georgia (GPB)
- Ireland (TG4)
- Italy (RAI)
- Malta (PBS)
- Poland (TVP)
- Portugal (RTP)
- Russia (RTR)
- Serbia (RTS)
- The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
- Ukraine (UA:PBC)
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is set to take place on November 26 I’m Tbilisi (Georgia).
What do you think? Should the European Broadcasting Union let more countries join this year’s competition later?