Kyiv calling! Junior Eurovision season is well underway, with Ukraine’s National Television Company — NTU — officially confirming their participation in JESC 2016 earlier today. Now we’ll have bite our perfectly manicured hands (pink polish, obviously) as we wait to hear who will sing for Ukraine this November.

Ukraine is the ninth country to join the list of confirmed countries, joining Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Ireland, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands and Russia.

In a press release sent to wiwibloggs earlier today, NTU explained the application process. Young Ukrainian singers aged between nine and 14 are welcomed to submit their songs and proposals to NTU, following these guidelines. A semifinal will take place on August 13 in the NTU Studio, during which a professional jury will choose the finalists who will sing-it-out in a national selection, details of which will later be confirmed by the broadcaster on the NTU website: The semifinal will be streamed live on Channel 1’s YouTube Channel.

Ukraine last won #junioreurovision in 2012. And it's hungry for another win this year! Today state broadcaster NTU has confirmed its #jesc participation and details of its selection method in the following press release: "The National Television Company of Ukraine has officially confirmed the participation in the 14th Junior Eurovision Song Contest and announced the start of the National Selection for JESC-2016. Starting from 8th of July till 10th of August 2016 the young Ukrainian singers aged between 9-14 who would like to compete for the right to represent their country on the international level are welcomed to submit their applications for participating in the national selection. The guidelines of the national selection are The semifinal will take place on August 13th in NTU studio. The best entries for the national Final will be selected by the jury and the final is scheduled to September. The date and the details of the national Final for JESC-2016 will be announced later on the NTU web-site Ukraine has participated in JESC since 2006. The winner of the JESC-2012 in Amsterdam has become 10-year old Anastasiya Petryk, who brought victory to the country for the first time. Last year Anna Trincher with the song “Pochny z sebe” (Start with yourself) represented Ukraine in Sofia. Ukraine hosted JESC twice in 2009 and 2013."

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Ukraine has never missed an edition of Junior Eurovision since they debuted in 2006 with Nazar Slyusarchuk’s Khlopchyk Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Their best result came at JESC 2012 when the 10-year old Anastasiya Petryk served other-worldly realness — and a massive voice — to win with “Nebo”.

Ukraine’s Anna Trincher sang “Pochny z sebe” (Start with yourself) last year in Sofia, placing 11th with 38 points. She was a favourite of the Wiwi Jury, who adored her mature sound and killer staging. 

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(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
7 years ago

@Sarah Boucher

Are you asking?

Sarah Boucher
7 years ago

beccaboo1212, will Finland debut in Junior Eurovision with MTV3 as broadcaster.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
7 years ago

Armenia, Serbia and Montenegro still have to confirm participation. I hope the list will be:

– Malta
– Bulgaria
– Albania
– Ukraine
– Armenia
– The Netherlands
– Belarus
– Sweden (returning)
– Ireland
– Serbia
– Montenegro
– Italy
– Russia
– Estonia (debut)
– Poland (returning)
– Germany (debut)
– Georgia (wich has already confirmed participation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
– San Marino


– Slovenia
– F.Y.R. Macedonia
– Australia

7 years ago

Man, I hope is at Junior Eurovision’s 2013 venue! Who knows? Whatever entry is chosen could lead to Kiev 2017, hopefully at the 2009 venue, which could make Ukraine the first country to host two (2) Eurovision related events with one year. Let’s find out.

7 years ago

Still only 9 countries confirmed so far, slightly worrying. I think JESC is on the way out. I think my country, Ireland should go the bi-lingual route this year, rather just 100% Ás Gaelige. They have the selection process right, now they should focus on the song.
Hopefully the rumours are true and we will see Spain, France, Germany, Poland and Sweden confirm participation. I will cross my fingers.

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
7 years ago

Last year they were really underrated, I hope this won’t happen again.

Best of luck to the Eurovision 2016 winner, Ukraine 🙂