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English to become more prominent in Junior Eurovision entries as artists will ‘Shine Bright’ in Tbilisi!

As the excitement for the grand final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was reaching fever pitch on Friday, GPB and the EBU released some new details ahead of the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place later this year. The headline of this announcement was the reveal of the slogan: Shine Bright. In addition, you can see the official theme art below.

Celebrating artistic potential and creative drive

According to the official press release, the vision behind this year’s theme is as follows.

Shine Bright is the central message for this year’s event and is complimented by a creative logo design based around a segmented sun, bursting with colours and expression. The brand new slogan and artwork for the event gives an insight into Georgian culture and celebrates the artistic potential and creative drive of the young JESC participants who will be announced later in the year.”

Symbolising diversity and joy

The press release continues:

“The colourful flare of the logo symbolises the diversity and joy associated with the power of music. Concept and Art Director of Saatchi&Saatchi, Luka Ivanidze said “We created this symbol from sunny Georgia, hoping that it will strengthen each participant of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and inspire them to shine.””

English language to become more prominent

Prior to this year’s contest, up to 25% of Junior Eurovision songs were allowed to be performed in a language that isn’t one of the country’s official languages. Now, this percentage is being increased to 40%.

According to Gert Kark, the project manager of the Junior Eurovision song Contest, a number of delegations had wished to have a verse, rather than just a chorus as was the case for most entries, in English. Now, countries will be able to perform a verse and a chorus of their song (or similar combination) in a non-national language of their choice.

More pre-recorded backing vocals

In another minor rule change, backing tracks may now contain the recording of six backing vocalists onto the track. This is an increase on the five that were allowed in previous years. Nevertheless, as always, the lead vocalist must perform live on stage.

So far, 7 countries have announced their intention to participate in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. These are Belarus, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Malta, The Netherlands and Russia. Furthermore, Malta and Russia have both revealed their selection processes which will take place this summer. The contest will take place on November 26th in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.

What do you think of this year’s Junior Eurovision slogan? Furthermore, what do you make of the new rule changes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and via our social media channels @ESCXTRA.

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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