Next week will see an organisational meeting held for the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta.
With the contest now less than three months away, representatives of the European Broadcasting Union, host broadcaster TVM and the members of the steering group will be meeting in Malta.On the Steering Group are representatives of the host broadcasters from the past three years, as well as the elected representatives from Armenia, Belarus and the Netherlands.
At the organisational meeting the steering group will be discussing the changes to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest format which have occurred this year. They are:
- Lowering of the participants age range to 9-14
- Removal of televoting
- The introduction of each country being represented by one adult jury and one children’s jury.
- Moving the contest to a Sunday afternoon broadcast at 16:00 CET to 18:00 CET, instead of a Saturday night broadcast.
To date a total of 14 countries have confirmed their participation in the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta, they are:
- Albania – Klesta Qehaja – Besoj
- Armenia – Anahit Adamyan and Mary Vardanyan
- Belarus – Alexander Minyonok – Muzyka moikh pobed
- Bulgaria – Lidia Ganeva
- Cyprus (Return)
- Macedonia – Martija Stanojkovic
- Malta – Christina Magrin
- Netherlands – Kisses – Kisses and Dancin
- Poland (Return)
- Russia – Sofiya Fisenko – Zhivaya Voda
The host broadcaster TVM stated earlier this year that a total of 18 countries will be competing in this years contest. Still to decided on whether they will participate this year, who also participated last year are Australia, Serbia and Montenegro. While both Slovenia and San Marino have withdrawn from this years contest.