JESC 2017: EBU participants list is “final at the moment” while three broadcasters had no idea!
GEORGIA – There seems to be a mess in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest organising team, the European Broadcasting Union and the national broadcasters as the announcement of the 16 participating countries caught by surprise the broadcasters of Bulgaria, Croatia and Israel.
Bulgarian national broadcaster was clearly not aware of the announcement of the participating countries list and responded to fan reactions on Twitter that when the new Director General is elected and if they are allowed to take part they will decide and they will do it fast.
More aggressive was the Croatian broadcaster reaction which expressed its frustration to fan site Eurofestivales. HRT was not aware of the final deadline of the announcement and they still haven’t decide if they will participate or not.
Israel is also in wondering line as they still negotiate with the EBU their new national broadcaster participation to Eurovision family events such as senior and Junior Eurovision Song Contests and they haven’t ruled out participation in Tbilisi.
The mess with Junior Eurovision continues after Finland, Iceland and Hungary said once again no to Junior Eurovision Song Contest which marks this year its 15th anniversary.
Spanish national broadcaster, in which EBU has invested a lot of time negotiating their return, expressed their sentiment about the format of the project calling it without any potential to succeed especially when Nordic and BIG 5 countries are not participating.
In the meantime EBU states to fan sites that the list of participating countries announced is “final at the moment” which definitely doesn’t make any sense!