Junior Eurovision 2016 is really starting to take shape with Poland finally confirming its long-awaited return to the contest (Earlier reports were speculation, rather than official confirmation). After three successful qualifications since their return to the adult show in 2014, Polish broadcaster TVP has opened submissions for their comeback to Junior Eurovision. However, their return coincides with the unfortunate news that Montenegro will be pulling out of the competition.
Poland returns to Junior Eurovision
TVP updated its Eurovision Facebook page earlier today with a call for submissions. Acts will have until the 20th of September to send in their entries. TVP will stage a national selection on October 15.
Poland’s past history at Junior Eurovision isn’t great reading.
They entered the first two contests and finished last both times — and with exactly three points for each effort. Katarzyna Zurawik performed “Cos mnie nosi” in 2003, while the group KWADro performed “Lap Zycie” in 2004.
The good news for whoever represents Poland this year is that, with the automatic 12 points now put in place, they’ll achieve a record points total for their country!
Of course, TVP will no doubt be hoping for more than that on their return in Malta.
Recently reports have circulated that Montenegro would be withdrawing from this year’s JESC. Today wiwibloggs has confirmed the news with the Montenegrin delegation.
This brings to an end two years of participation at Junior Eurovision for Montenegro. In that time, the country has failed to make it out of the bottom half of the scoreboard, perhaps signalling why they’re not returning.
In 2014, Masa & Lejla charmed us with “Budi dijete na jedan dan”, while Jana Mirkovic gave us “Oluja” in 2015.
Are you excited to see Poland back at Junior Eurovision and “embracing” the contest again? Which was your favourite Montenegrin JESC entry? Let us know in the comments section!