The participants in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will now no longer get 12 points automatically before the voting results are announced.
Following the jury rehearsal this evening it has emerged that the automatic 12 points given to all of the participants has been dropped from this years contest. The automatic giving of 12 points to all of the participants had been in place since the 2005 contest in Belgium. At the 2005 contest it was decided that before the points from all of the participating countries were announced all of the participants would receive 12 points. This measure was introduced to remove some of the anxiety from the voting process for the participants. Up until 2005 the points that countries received was entirely based on the televoting scores from each country. This meant that in 2004 six countries managed to get just 12 points or less, while in 2003 two countries received 12 points or less.
Had the automatic allocation of 12 points not been introduced the 2014 contest in Malta would have seen Croatia end with just 1 point. Last year Macedonia who finished last would have scored just 14 points, 7 points from Albania, 5 from Montenegro and 1 from both Serbia and Bulgaria. The reason for the removal of the automatic 12 points has not been given.
The lowest points total at Junior Eurovision:
- Poland 2004, Poland 2003, Latvia 2004 – 3 points
- Switzerland 2004 – 4 points
- Sweden 2004 – 8 points
- Belarus 2004 – 9 points
- Sweden 2003, Norway 2004 – 12 points
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 is 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 Sunday, November 20 at the Mediterranean Conference Center in Valletta, Malta. This year’s contest is open to singers aged between 9 and 14 years old.
Source: Jury Rehearsal, ESC Pulse