It’s that time of year. The European Broadcasting Union have confirmed that a total of 17 countries will take part in the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Valletta, Malta, on the afternoon of November 20.
With the withdrawal of Montenegro, San Marino and Slovenia confirmed, fans of the junior contest were shaking with fear over the thought of a smaller line-up. However, Cyprus, Israel and Poland came along to save the day to keep participation numbers equal to what we saw in Bulgaria last year.
After the success of Destiny Chukunyere last year in Sofia with her boppy track “Not My Soul”, the sunny island nation of Malta, responsible for pastizzi and Ira Losco, will play host to the show for the second time in three years.
The 17 countries taking part include 14 countries returning from last year: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Malta, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.
Also turning up and turning out will be Cyprus, after a one year absence; Poland, who we haven’t seen at the junior competition in over ten years; and Israel, who we last saw in 2012. You can read more about their return here.
The contest will take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta on the afternoon of Sunday, November 20th. The time at which the contest will air has yet to be announced.
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