The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will take place in Malta. Valetta will host the contest in the Mediterranean Conference Centre
The final is scheduled for Sunday 20 November at 4:00pm (16:00) CET.
For 2016, the show will no longer use televoting. The scoring will be decided with a 50/50 split between a professional jury and kids juries.
The contest’s age limit has been adjusted lower, to include singers between the ages of 9 and 14.
Which countries are doing Junior Eurovision 2016?
The EBU has confirmed that 17 countries will participate in Junior Eurovision 2016.
Returning to the competition will be Cyprus, Israel and Poland, while withdrawing from JESC will be Montenegro, San Marino and Slovenia.
Klesta Qehaja won Albania’s national final Festivali i Këngës për Fëmijë, and will represent her country with “Besoj” (“I believe”). In November it underwent a major revamp, which resulted in a super glossy music video.
Armenia – Anahit & Mary “Tarber”
Armenia will be represented by Anahit Adamyan and Mary Vardanyan, both aged 13. The two were selected internally. They will sing “Tarber”, which means “Differences”.
Belarus’ boy is Alexander Minenok, who will sing “Muzyka moikh pobed” (“Music of my victories”). He earned the ticket to Malta by winning the national final in August.
2015 host Bulgaria will be represented by Lidia Ganeva, after she won the national final Detsata na Bulgariya sa Super. Lidia will sing “Valsheben den” (“Magical day”) in Malta.
Returning country Cyprus will be represented by George Michaelides with his song “Dance Floor”. George was selected by a five-member jury.
Israel – Shir & Tim “Follow My Heart”
Israel is returning to Junior Eurovision after last competing in 2012. They will be represented by the girl-boy duo Shir & Tim. Their song “Follow My Heart” features guitar, strings and drums, and is the only boy-girl duet in the contest.
The 2014 winners will again compete in Junior Eurovision. They will send Fiamma Boccia, who will sing “Cara Mamma – Dear Mom”.
FYR Macedonia will send 12-year-old Martija Stanojkovic with her song “Love Will Lead Our Way”. Martija was chosen by internal selection. Earlier this year she placed second on the kids talent show Pinkove Zvezde.
The host country will send 13-year-old Christina Magrin, who won the national final, Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest . She will sing “Parachute”.
Netherlands – Kisses “Kisses and Dancin'”
Switching from their traditional national final selection, the Netherlands have internally selected three-piece girl group Kisses, made up of Kymora, Stefania and Sterre. They will be singing “Kisses and Dancin'”.
After a 12-year absence, Poland is returning to Junior Eurovision. They will send Olivia Wieczorek, the winner of national final Krajowe eliminacje Konkursu Piosenki Eurowizji Junior 2016. She will sing “Nie zapomnij”
Serbia – Dunja Jelicic “U la la la”
Which countries aren’t doing Junior Eurovision 2016?
- Montenegro – after two years of competing, Montenegro will not return for a third year.
- San Marino – after competing in the contest for three years, which included future Eurovision singers Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini, San Marino have chosen to withdraw.
- Slovenia – after competing in the two years prior, Slovenia announced they would not return for a third year as they were not happy with the new JESC timeslot.
As well as those three countries, these previous JESC participants have again chosen not to compete: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.