Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017

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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Shine Bright
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 logo.svg
Dates
Final 26 November 2017
Host
Venue Olympic Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia
Presenter(s) Helen Kalandadze
Lizi Japaridze
Directed by Simon Gibney
Gordon Bonello
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Executive producer Sergi Gvarjaladze
Host broadcaster Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB)
Opening act Mariam Mamadashvili with "Mzeo"
All participants with "Shine Bright"
Interval act The Virus with "Atsabatsa"
Lizi Japaridze and Helen Kalandadze
Georgian Dancers
Participants
Number of entries 16
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Portugal
Withdrawing countries  Bulgaria
 Israel
Vote
Voting system Each country's professional jury award 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs. International viewers vote for 3-5 songs, and votes are converted to points by proportional representation.
Winning song  Russia
"Wings"

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the fifteenth annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, organised by the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It took place on 26 November 2017 at the Olympic Palace, in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. This was the fifth time that the contest was hosted by the previous year's winning country. The visual design and contest slogan, "Shine Bright", were revealed in May 2017.

Sixteen countries participated in the contest, which saw the return of Portugal for the first time since 2007 and the withdrawals of Bulgaria and Israel. The winner was Polina Bogusevich, who represented Russia with the song "Wings", marking the second time that Russia has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and the first time since The Tolmachevy Twins in 2006, and the third overall victory for the country in any Eurovision-related events. The last victory in any Eurovision event for Russia was when Dima Bilan won the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade. Georgia and Australia finished in second and third place, respectively.

Location[edit]

Olympic Palace of Tbilisi, venue for the 2017 contest
Olympic Palace's stage

The EBU confirmed in February 2017 that the contest would be hosted by Georgia.[1] This will be the first Eurovision event hosted by the country, despite them winning a record three times. It was confirmed on 26 February 2017 that Tbilisi would host the contest.[2] On 16 March 2017, it was announced that the Tbilisi Sports Palace would be the host venue for the contest.[3]

However, on 9 August 2017, the venue was changed to the 4,000-capacity Olympic Palace in Tbilisi which was considered more suitable for hosting the contest.[4]

Format[edit]

During the Winner's Press Conference of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Jon Ola Sand - Head of Live Events, announced that the EBU would invite broadcasting members to submit applications to host the 2017 contest, which will take place on 26 November 2017.[5][6] Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) announced on 22 November 2016 that they had begun talks with the EBU in connection to hosting the 2017 contest. The first refusal of hosting rights to the winning country of the previous is something that was introduced by the EBU since the 2013 contest.[7]

Visual design[edit]

The theme for the contest, Shine Bright, was unveiled on 12 May 2017 during a press conference prior to the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev. The emblem is a multi-coloured, stylized sun, representing a "burst" of expression; Jon Ola Sand explained that the theme reflected the goal of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to give youth "a moment to shine and an opportunity to showcase their full potential as young artists".[8]

Hosts[edit]

Japaridze and Kalandadze during dress rehearsal

On 3 October 2017, it was announced that Helen Kalandadze and Lizi Japaridze would host the contest. Japaridze is the third person under the age of sixteen to ever host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, after Ioana Ivan in 2006 and Dmytro Borodin in 2009, and also the first former participant to host an edition of the contest. Japaridze previously represented Georgia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, where she placed eleventh with the song "Happy Day". Kalandadze is a television presenter and singer, who previously was a backing singer for Georgia's 2010 Eurovision entry "Shine" by Sofia Nizharadze.[9]

Voting[edit]

The results were determined by national juries and an online audience vote. Every country used a national jury that consisted of three music industry professionals and two kids aged between 10 and 15 who were citizens of the country they represent. The first phase of the online voting started on 24 November 2017 when a recap of all the rehearsal performances were shown on the official website before the viewers could vote. Following this recap, voters had the option to watch longer one-minute clips from each participant’s rehearsal. This first round of voting ended on 26 November at 15:59 CET. The second phase of the online voting took place during the live show and started after the last performance and was open for 15 minutes. International viewers could vote for a minimum of three countries and a maximum of five. For the first time, viewers could also vote for their own country’s song.[10]

The amount of points were determined by the percentage of votes received. The public vote counted for 50% of the final result, while the other 50% came from the professional juries.[11]

Trophy[edit]

The trophy was designed by Kjell Engman of the Swedish glass company Kosta Boda.Engman also designed the adult contest trophy. From this year, the design of the trophy will be unified and awarded to the subsequent winners. The main trophy is a glass microphone with colored lines inside the upper part, which symbolize the flow of sound.[12]

Participating countries[edit]

On 9 August 2017, it was confirmed that sixteen countries would take part in the contest. Portugal marked their first appearance since 2007, while Bulgaria and Israel withdrew.[4]

Draw Country[4] Artist[13] Song[13] Language(s) Place Points
01  Cyprus Nicole Nicolaou "I Wanna Be a Star" Greek, English 16 45
02  Poland Alicja Rega "Mój Dom" Polish 8 138
03  Netherlands FOURCE "Love Me" Dutch, English 4 156
04  Armenia Misha "Boomerang" Armenian, English 6 148
05  Belarus Helena Meraai "I Am the One" Russian 5 149
06  Portugal Mariana Venâncio "Youtuber" Portuguese, English 14 54
07  Ireland Muireann McDonnell "Súile Glasa" Irish 15 54
08  Macedonia Mina Blažev "Dancing Through Life" Macedonian, English 12 69
09  Georgia Grigol Kipshidze "Voice of the Heart" Georgian 2 185
10  Albania Ana Kodra "Don't Touch My Tree" Albanian, English 13 67
11  Ukraine Anastasiya Baginska "Don't Stop" Ukrainian, English 7 147
12  Malta Gianluca Cilia "Dawra Tond" English, Maltese 9 107
13  Russia Polina Bogusevich "Wings" Russian, English 1 188
14  Serbia Irina Brodić & Jana Paunović "Ceo svet je naš" Serbian 10 92
15  Australia Isabella Clarke "Speak Up" English 3 172
16  Italy Maria Iside Fiore "Scelgo (My Choice)" Italian, English 11 86

Scoresheet[edit]

Polina Bogusevich with the trophy
Results
Total Score Online Voting Cyprus Poland Netherlands Armenia Belarus Portugal Ireland Macedonia Georgia Albania Ukraine Malta Russia Serbia Australia Italy
Contestants Cyprus 45 40 2 1 2
Poland 138 61 1 10 6 4 5 12 7 2 8 3 6 5 1 6 1
Netherlands 156 112 5 4 10 6 1 4 4 5 5
Armenia 148 56 12 10 8 8 2 10 10 10 7 10 2 3
Belarus 149 69 6 5 2 7 10 1 5 5 5 2 12 8 4 8
Portugal 54 45 2 4 3
Ireland 54 42 3 3 1 1 4
Macedonia 69 41 1 3 3 1 1 4 6 5 3 1
Georgia 185 42 3 12 7 12 12 7 10 10 12 12 10 12 8 10 6
Albania 67 35 8 7 3 2 4 8
Ukraine 147 67 7 6 5 8 5 4 3 6 8 2 4 3 12 7
Malta 107 81 6 2 1 5 12
Russia 188 66 10 8 8 4 10 12 5 12 12 7 5 8 7 12 2
Serbia 92 44 3 4 2 6 8 3 4 7 2 2 7
Australia 172 79 2 7 12 5 7 6 8 4 7 1 8 3 7 6 10
Italy 86 49 4 1 3 6 6 1 6 10

Jury 12 points[edit]

N. Contestant Voting nation
6 Georgia Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Poland, Russia, Ukraine
4 Russia Australia, Georgia, Macedonia, Portugal
1 Armenia Cyprus
Australia Netherlands
Belarus Malta
Malta Italy
Poland Ireland
Ukraine Serbia

Other countries[edit]

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).[14] It is currently unknown whether the EBU issue invitations of participation to all 56 active members like they do for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Active EBU members[edit]

  •  Austria – The Austrian national broadcaster, ORF, announced on 31 May 2017 that they would not be debuting in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, with no intention to participate for the next few years.[15]
  •  Bulgaria – On 23 May 2017, Bulgarian national broadcaster, Bulgarian National Television (BNT), confirmed participation in the 2017 contest.[16] However, on 7 June 2017, it was revealed that due to the election of the company's new Director-General, that the broadcaster had withdrawn its application. Once the Director-General has been elected, BNT will then decide whether or not they shall participate in the 2017 contest.[17] On 22 September 2017, it has been announced that Bulgaria will not participate in the contest.[18]
  •  Croatia – The Croatian national broadcaster, Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT), had confirmed that the broadcaster is looking at the possibility of returning to Junior Eurovision this year. However, Croatia was not on the final list of participants released by the EBU.[19]
  •  Hungary – On 13 July 2017, Hungarian national broadcaster Médiaszolgáltatás-támogató és Vagyonkezelő Alap (MTVA) seems that they would not rule out a debut at the 2017 contest, but they may take a decision in the later days. On 17 July 2017, MTVA announced that they will decide whether or not Hungary will participate in the 2017 contest by the end of July.[20] On 25 July 2017, MTVA announced that they will not be making their debut in the 2017 edition.[21]
  •  Israel – The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) shut down on 9 May 2017.[22] The new broadcasting network Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC, "KAN") isn't a member of the EBU which is a requirement to take place in the contest[23] Although the IPBC is expected to apply for EBU membership, they lack a news division which is a requirement for an EBU membership.[24] It was revealed on 6 July 2017 that an agreement had been signed between the EBU and IPBC, allowing the broadcaster to participate in EBU contests such as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, despite not having full membership.[25] Israel was not on the final list of participants released by the EBU.
  •  United KingdomIndependent Television (ITV) ruled out a return to the contest on 25 May 2017, despite previous rumours of a return due to the network's production of The Voice Kids UK.[26] However, the remaining British broadcasters, the BBC, Channel 4, and Wales' S4C, which are eligible to take over the responsibility of the UK's participation, have not released any statements regarding a return to the contest.[27]

The following broadcasters publicly declined to participate in the contest without providing any further explanations:

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

  1.  Cyprus – Maria Christophorou[40]
  2.  Poland – Dominika Ptak (Participant of 2016 preselection)
  3.  Netherlands – Thijs Schlimback[41]
  4.  Armenia – Lilit
  5.  Belarus – Saba Karazanashvili[42]
  6.  Portugal – Duarte Valença (Participant of 2017 preselection)
  7.  Ireland – Walter McCabe (Runner up of 2016 preselection and participant of 2017 preselection)
  8.  Macedonia – Kjara Blažev[43]
  9.  Georgia – Lizi Tavberidze (Georgian representative at JESC 2015 as part of Virus)[44]
  10.  Albania – Sabjana Rizvanu[45]
  11.  Ukraine – Sofia Rol (Ukrainian representative at JESC 2016)[46]
  12.  Malta – Mariam Andghuladze[47]
  13.  Russia – Tonya Volodina
  14.  Serbia – Mina Grujić
  15.  Australia – Liam Clarke
  16.  Italy – Sofia Bartoli[48]

Commentators[edit]

Participating countries[edit]

Non-participating countries[edit]

Official album[edit]

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017: Tbilisi
Compilation album by Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Released 10 November 2017
Genre Pop
Length 47:11
Label Universal
Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Valletta
(2016)Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Valletta2016
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017: Tbilisi
(2017)
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018: Minsk
(2018)Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018: Minsk2018

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017: Tbilisi, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on 10 November 2017. The album features all the songs from the 2017 contest.[62]

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Don't Touch My Tree"Ana Kodra (Albania)3:01
2."Boomerang"Misha (Armenia)2:58
3."Speak Up"Isabella Clarke (Australia)2:57
4."I Am the One"Helena Meraai (Belarus)3:01
5."I Wanna Be a Star"Nicole Nicolaou (Cyprus)3:01
6."Voice of the Heart"Grigol Kipshidze (Georgia)3:01
7."Súile glasa"Muireann McDonnell (Ireland)2:57
8."Scelgo (My Choice)"Maria Iside Fiore (Italy)2:54
9."Dancing Through Life"Mina Blažev (Macedonia)3:01
10."Dawra tond"Gianluca Cilia (Malta)2:41
11."Love Me"FOURCE (Netherlands)3:02
12."Mój dom"Alicja Rega (Poland)3:00
13."Youtuber"Mariana Venâncio (Portugal)2:58
14."Ceo svet je naš"Irina Brodić & Jana Paunović (Serbia)2:47
15."Wings"Polina Bogusevich (Russia)2:54
16."Don't Stop"Anastasiya Baginska (Ukraine)2:58
Total length:47:11

See also[edit]

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