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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 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.

Source: IBA

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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.

17 thoughts on “Israel: May Participate in Junior Eurovision 2016”

  1. That’s great. However, I’m still waiting for Australia, Montenegro, and/or Serbia to participate. Israel COULD make a surprise return, but France is also rumored to do so. We’ll have to find out! 🙂

    1. I think that Serbia will participate if Montenegro participates. Montenegro debuted in 2014. when Serbia returned. Both of them participated last year, but this year they didn’t give any information about participating. I am sure that Australia will confirm, they were 17th to confirm last year. With Israel it would be 18, amazing! The record could be 19, if Sweden returns. It will be very good if France, Germany, Spain and UK participate, but it is almost impossible

  2. I hope but I think next year is more likely than this year
    maybe they heard that last year many israelis was at the armecc

    1. I know, couldn’t Israel, Poland and everyome postpone this some years, when the rules are changed back.

    2. @Schultzebulle &fishdish: Could you please stop your negative remarks?! Nobody is forcing you to watch JESC but please leave others to enjoy it. Even though I am also not 100 % happy with all of the changes (the new time slot in the afternoon is o.k. because of the young audience, however I don’t agree with the age lowering) the more countries the better! And the only thing that could convince the EBU to reintroduce the televoting are more viewers, which could only be achieved by the participation of bigger countries like France, Germany, Spain or Poland!

  3. Well, Israel would be a badder choice, but still Germany, France, Spain and the UK are my possible countries that are still waiting to confirm participation.

  4. The best thing would be that when the final list will be announced more then 18 countries will participate. Hopefully Serbia, Montenegro, Australia, France, Germany, Israel, Sweden en Spain.

  5. It would be great if Israel return to JESC this year, I hope so !! I loved their song in 2012 !! Please Israel come back, you ‘re more than welcome !!

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