Jedward, two time Eurovision participants from Ireland have been announced as the final members of the Expert Panel at Junior Eurovision 2016.
Jedward who represented Ireland at Eurovision 2011 and 2012 have been announced as the final members of the Expert Panel at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. The Expert Panel is made up of music experts and music professionals. They will each have a the voting power of one country meaning that overall they will be deciding 15% of the vote in this years contest in Malta.
When asked to comment about whether Jedward are allowed to vote for Ireland in this years contest the a spokesperson for the EBU gave this response:
The EBU takes the integrity of voting in JESC very seriously. All of the expert judges will be carefully supervised, and have made a commitment to the EBU that they will remain fair and impartial, regardless of any previous Eurovision experiences or connections they may have. All judges and juries are briefed to review each performance professionally and on their own merit, taking no account of the country they are performed by. We are satisfied that the voting in this year’s competition is valid.
The Expert Panel was revealed last week as a new addition to the Junior Eurovision format. They bring the number of “countries” voting in this years contest to 20. A panel of music experts and professionals individually voting is new to the contest, however since 2012 the contest had used a Kids Jury to act as one country, this jury was made up of former Junior Eurovision participants and singers from each country.
The judges are:
- Mads Grimstad – Universal Music
- Christer Bjorkman – Head of Delegation for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest, producer of Melodifestivalen and represented Sweden at Eurovision 1992
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.
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.
Source: Junior Eurovision