IBA the Israel national broadcaster has stated that they may participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Valletta, Malta.
Israel may be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest having last participated in the contest in 2012. To date a total of 14 countries have confirmed their participation in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest, still four countries short of the host broadcaster, PBS’ aim of 18 countries.
Interest in the Eurovision Song Contest and its associated events had grown significantly in the past two years thanks to an improvement in the countries results. In 2015 Nadav Guedj took Israel to their first Eurovision final since 2010, while this year Hovi Star once again made the final where he finished in 14th place with 135 points.
Israel to date has only participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on one occasion. In 2012 Israel debuted in the contest alongside Azerbaijan and Albania. IBA internally selected the group Kids.il with the song “Let The Music Win”, they finished 8th with a total of 68 points. Before participating in 2012 Israel had twice shown an interest in participating in 2004 and 2008.
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The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was first held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2003 with the contest being won by Croatia who were represented by Dino Jelušić and “Ti si moja prva ljubav”. The contest is open to singers aged between 10 and 15, singers must also perform at least 75% of their song in the language of their country. Since the first contest singers from Italy, Belarus and the Netherlands to name just a handful have won the contest. This years contest is being held on November 20 in the Maltese Capital.