Germany will not be competing in the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta this November.
In an email Eurovision.de the official website for Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest, confirms that no German broadcaster will be participating this year. The email states that it is now too late for Germany to select an artist to participate in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta.
Eurovision.de stated that a decision was still being made as to whether the contest will be broadcast in Germany. Last year for the first time the contest was broadcast live on Eurovision.de with German commentary.
Jon Ola Sand the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest stated a press conference in May that Germany was one a number of countries they were talking to about participating. Last year Germany showed a strong interest in participating, with NDR looking closely at participating, however the country decided against participating.
To date a total of 16 countries have confirmed their participation in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Both Cyprus and Poland are returning to the contest having both not competed in last years contest in Bulgaria. While Montenegro, San Marino and Slovenia have opted not to compete in this years contest in Malta. TVM this years host broadcaster had stated that a total of 18 countries would compete in this years contest. Israel is the only country to publicly state that they may return this year.
Source: Eurovision.de, Thomas Mayer