TVM has revealed today that 16 schools across Malta will be involved in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest. From each of the 16 schools, 14 on Malta and 2 on Gozo, 50 students will be selected to take part in activities in the run up to the contest., for taking part they will get to attend the contest for free.
Anton Attard, Chief Executive Officer at PBS and Executive Producer of the show told TVM that:
PBS is working together with the Ministry of Education to prepare a number cross cultural and educational events to take place between local and foreign youth during the Junior Eurovision week
Furthermore each of the 16 schools will be assigned to a different participating country. So far only 10 countries have confirmed that they will be taking part in this years contest. If each school is to be assigned a different participating contest that would mean that if Azerbaijan, FYR Macedonia, Moldova and San Marino continue to take part another two countries will either be debuting or returning to the contest this year. 16 countries would make this years contest the largest since 2007 when a total of 17 countries performed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.