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Information Update 11/08/2008

Avatar The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) issues an Information Update on the 2008 edition of the Eurovision Dance Contest (EDC) to clarify matters regarding the changes it made to the competition format.

The EDC is an entertainment event focusing on a dance competition in which a certain level of skill is expected. Under the rules of the EDC, all couples in the 2008 EDC must consist of one professional and one non-professional dancer, appointed by each broadcaster as it deems suitable, as long as the selection adheres to the competition rules. For determining the quality of the professional dancers, the rules make reference to the International DanceSport Federation Guidelines. According to these guidelines, the professional dancer must be a dancer who is accredited by the IDSF for the EDC. A professional dancer is the member of the couple whose full-time activity is devoted to dancing and activities directly associated with dancing (teaching, choreography, exhibitions, competitions, etc). Once the IDSF has accredited the professional dancer, the non-professional is automatically accredited to compete in the EDC.

In no instance do the rules expressly require that non-professional competitors should have no experience whatsoever in the field of dance. Unlike other televised dance competitions, the EDC is not a dance learning platform. In addition, the rules do not call for non-professionals to be celebrities, but rather, to be known in a field other than dance. Although the use of a celebrity as the non-professional is frequent and encouraged, to increase interest in the show, it is in no way obligatory.

The 15 participating broadcasters have now selected their dance couples. IDSF is currently in the process of finalising their accreditation. 12 out of the 15 are already listed on the EDC website: click here!