Officials behind Junior Eurovision are keen to make the show more kid-friendly in 2016 and they’ve unveiled a series of changes to make that happen.
Earlier this summer the Maltese broadcaster, in conjunction with the EBU, revealed that the show would have an earlier time slot — aka, in the daytime; it lowered the age limit of the participants; and it got rid of the televote as a result of “a significant drop in the number of votes that have been cast” in recent years. Well they were just warming up as they’ve now revealed even more changes.
The jury, which will determine the winner of this year’s contest, will consist of both an adult jury composed of five members and a separate children’s jury, also composed of five members. So rather than talking about the jury-televote split, we’ll be talking about the adult-kiddie split.
During the voting segment, the results of the adult juries will be combined and displayed first. Then each country will reveal the results of their children’s juries with a child spokesperson. This means the children will have the final say. As at recent contests, trophies will be awarded to the winner and two runners-up. They want to spread the love.
Interview: Destiny at the Junior Eurovision 2015 after party
PBS hopes for a “fast-paced” and “relevant” show that will target an audience of 13-16 year olds, which is slightly older than the actual participating age (9 to 14). The EBU has also said that it hopes its changes will attract more male participants.
So far, not so good. Of the three participants that have been selected for Junior Eurovision 2016 so far —Albania’s Klesta Qehaja, Bulgaria’s Lydiya Ganeva and the Netherlands’ group Kisses — there’s not a boy in sight.
JESC 2016 Trailer
The official trailer has also been revealed. The video features scenes from the last two Junior Eurovisions, starting with the 2014 contest, which Malta also hosted. Playing on the pun “One Destiny”, honouring the most recent winner, they introduce us to the upcoming contest and its theme “Embrace”.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will take place in various location in Valletta on Sunday November 20 from 16:00 CET until 18:00 CET. The kids can enjoy the show — and still make it to bed on time.