RTCG the national broadcaster of Montenegro has confirmed this afternoon that they will not be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Montenegro has become the third country to withdraw from this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Valletta, Malta. Montenegro debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest two years ago when the contest was last in Malta. They were represented by Maša Vujadinović and Lejla Vulić with the song “Budi dijete na jedan dan”, they finished 14th in the final scoring a total of 24 points.
The country again participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest last year in Sofia, Bulgaria. RTCG once again opted for an internal selection, picking Jana Mirković with the song “Oluja”. In the final she finished in 13th place scoring a total of 36 points, with eight points coming from both Serbia and Macedonia.
Montenegro has not given a reason as to why they have withdrawn from the contest, however it is likely to be due to issues securing funding to compete in the contest. Montenegro joins San Marino and Slovenia in withdrawing from this years contest which will be held on November 20.
To date 14 countries have confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, with both Poland and Cyprus returning to the contest. Australia and Serbia are the only countries who competed last year, yet to make any public announcements about participation.
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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.