The 15th annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, was organised by the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) following Georgia's win in 2016. 14 year-old Polina Bogusevich from Russia won the competition with the song 'Wings'. It took place on 26 November 2017 at the Olympic Palace, in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and was the fifth time that the contest was hosted by the previous year's winning country. The contest's slogan was be "Shine Bright".
It's the second time Russia have won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following their success in 2006. 'Wings' was written by Taras Demchuk.
16 EBU Members participated in the contest with Portugal returning for the first time since the 2007 contest.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast to millions of viewers in the 16 participating countries over the Eurovision satellite and fibre optic network and internationally online on YouTube and at junioreurovision.tv.
This year's competiition saw some important changes to the voting system. Half of the outcome was decided by online voting and the other half was determined by a jury of children and music industry professionals in each competing country. Online voting was split into two rounds, a pre-show round based on preview clips, and a second round that opened after the last live performance, allowing viewers to cast their votes based on what they saw on stage. Nearly 330,000 votes were cast from over 100 countries.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is one of the world’s highest profile talent events for children between the ages of 9 and 14.
Since its inception, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has allied itself with the Eurovision Song Contest as a training ground for nurturing emerging talent. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest sets the standard for entertainment TV and embodies diversity, creativity and respect.
Launched in 2003 and first hosted by Denmark, the annual contest promotes outstanding young singers in the field of popular music. Contestants represent their country and compete for first, second and third place trophies.
The first Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) was held in Copenhagen on 15 November 2003 and was an instant international hit. Since then it has been held in Lillehammer (Norway), Hasselt (Belgium), Bucharest, Rotterdam, Lemesos (Cyprus), Minsk, Yerevan (Armenia), Amsterdam, Kiev, Valletta (Malta), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tbilisi (Georgia).
Official website: www.junioreurovision.tv
2018: TBA, BTRC Belarus
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