Valletta Calling: Malta to host Junior Eurovision 2016

Almost five months after Destiny Chukunyere’s record victory, it’s been officially confirmed that Malta will host Junior Eurovision 2016. The 14th edition of the annual spectacular will take place on 20 November in Valletta. The island last hosted the contest in 2014 to much acclaim, so today’s news is unsurprising. However, change is afoot.

Junior Eurovision format changes

Eurovision’s little sister has undergone a lot of upheaval in recent months, including the departure of a number of high profile personnel. The change is set to continue with the event moving from its traditional Saturday night slot to Sunday afternoon. This is as a result of negotians between the EBU, the contest’s steering group and the host broadcaster PBS. The contest’s exectutive supervisor Jon Ola Sand explains:

“Within the Steering Group we have been discussing how to improve and further the JESC format. Many members, including some not taking part, felt that the timeslot was not suited to children and family viewing, so we have tried to bring the competition to a time more fitting for this type of event.”

The EBU press release also states that the 2016 event will be held across several locations around Valletta, with further details to follow. The EBU and PBS will hold a joint press conference at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

Fan Reaction

Here’s a selection of the online reaction to today’s announcement.

What do you think of the Junior Eurovision changes? Will they strengthen the contest or is it all downhill from here? Let us know below.


Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)