Back in March, the EBU and GPB confirmed that the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest would take place on 26th November. Therefore, this meant the contest would be broadcast on a Sunday for the second consecutive year. However, it was yet to be officially confirmed whether the contest would continue to be broadcast in the late afternoon at 4pm CET… until now!
Keep your afternoon free!
Earlier today, the official Junior Eurovision Facebook page unveiled a brand new cover photo. This photo gave us the official confirmation that the show will be held at 4pm CET on November 26th. Therefore, the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the same day of the week at the same time as it did last year in Valletta.
Check your time zones
While Georgia is currently two hours ahead of Central European Summer Time (CEST), Georgia has not observed daylight saving time since 2004. Therefore, in November, Georgia will be three hours ahead of Central Europe and four hours ahead of GMT. Indeed, the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place at the following times in this year’s participating nations:
3pm: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
4pm: Central European Time (CET)
- F.Y.R. Macedonia
- The Netherlands
5pm: Eastern European Time (EET)
6pm: Further-eastern European Time (FET)
- Russia (Moscow)
7pm: Armenia Time (AMT) / Georgia Time (GET)
- Georgia (Host country)
2am: Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDST)
- Australia (Sydney)
A blessing in disguise?
Indeed, this timeslot is somewhat of a blessing in disguise this year. With the 4pm CET starting time, this results in a 7pm start in the host city of Tbilisi. In 2015, prior to the timeslot change last year, the contest begun at 7.30pm CET and finished just before 10pm. If this was still the case this year, the contest would begin at 10.30pm in Georgia and would finish at 1am in the morning – far from ideal for the young participants!
Will you be tuning in for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest? Furthermore, do you think it was the correct decision to keep it in its late afternoon timeslot? Let us know in the comments below!
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