The official list of countries participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 has been released today by the European Broadcasting Union.
A total of 17 countries are set to compete in the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this November in Malta. Returning to the contest this year are Cyprus, Israel and Poland. Cyprus last competed in 2014, while Israel made their only appearance to date in 2012, Poland is returning to the contest after 12 years away.
However a number of countries have opted to withdraw from this years contest. Montenegro, San Marino and Slovenia have all decided not to compete in this years contest. Slovenia finished 3rd at last years contest in Bulgaria, while San Marino had their first top.10 finish in Eurovision history at the 2013 contest in Kyiv.
The full list of competing countries is as follows:
The final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 takes place on November 20 at the Mediterranean Conference Center in Valletta, Malta. This years contest is open to singers aged between 9 and 14 years old. Furthermore the winner is decided by an adult jury and a kids jury from all of the competing countries, no televote will be used to decide the winner.