Slovenia withdraws from Junior Eurovision 2016 over EBU changes

Lina Kuduzovic sang of first love, but it wasn’t love at first sight for Slovenia when the EBU revealed its planned changes for Junior Eurovision 2016. These included a new age limit, a Sunday afternoon broadcast slot and a 50:50 combination of the professional and kids’ jury votes, eliminating televoting completely.

As a result, broadcaster RTV Slovenija has confirmed Slovenia’s withdrawal from the contest. They broke the news on the official EMA Facebook page earlier today. Later that day, a statement on the RTVSLO website has stated the new broadcast slot and a lack of information prior to this year’s contest was the main reason they have made this decision.

Slovenia withdraws from Junior Eurovision 2016 – Statement

The statement reads:

Dear friends, it’s true that Ula Ložar and Lina Kuduzovic are staying our only two representatives at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This year Slovenia will not participate in Junior Evrovision Song Contest because the project was not in the plan RTV Slovenia made for the year 2016.

Slovenia made their Junior Eurovision debut in 2014. Ula Ložar was internally selected with her entry “Nisi sam (Your Light)”. She eventually finished 12th. Last year, Lina Kuduzovic represented the country after winning Mini EMA, the country’s only junior national final to date. She delivered Slovenia’s best ever result, finishing third with “Prva ljubezen”.

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Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)