Junior Eurovision: 12 countries to take part in Amsterdam edition

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The European Broadcasting Union have just announced that a total of twelve countries will take part in this years’ Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Amsterdam on December 1st. Unfortunately, four countries have withdrawn from the contest since the last edition in Armenia – however, negotiations by the contest organisers have proved successful with three new countries debuting in the contest.

Despite financial problems still occuring across Europe, Event Supervisor Sietse Bakker remains positive towards the event – which reaches it’s 10th anniversary this year. He said to Eurovision.tv; “At the EBU, we are determined to steer this event through difficult economic times, and the support of these broadcasters is crucial for the contest’s sustainable future.”.

Whilst Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and FYR Macedonia have opted against participating in the contest for 10-15 year olds, Azerbaijan, Albania and Israel will be making their debut in the contest – the latter two announced some time ago. It is also worthy to note that both Azerbaijan and Israel have both intended on participating in the contest in 2008, despite not being involved in the end. Below, you can see the list of countries that will take part in alphabetical order:

• Albania (RTSH)
• Armenia (AMPTV)
• Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)
• Belarus (BTRC)
• Belgium (VRT)
• Georgia (GPB)
• Israel (IBA)
• Moldova (TRM)
• The Netherlands (AVRO)
• Russia (VGTRK)
• Sweden (SVT)
• Ukraine (NTU)

Three countries (Russia, Sweden and Ukraine) have already chosen their songs for the contest, whilst six have already begun their selection process for the contest. Meanwhile, host broadcaster AVRO recently announced that tickets for the concert will be available from September 10th – and are also looking for translators to help during the course of the event; read more here.

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