This year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is a pioneering one, and if you haven’t been following the contest so far, you’ve got a lot to catch up on.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest of 2016 will be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta on Sunday the 20th of November. Seventeen nations will fight for the red spiral trophy and the title; winner of the 14th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Despite having taken part last year, Montenegro, San Marino and Slovenia have all withdrawn from the contest in 2016 – taking their places in returning to the contest, however, are Cyprus, Israel and Poland. Cyprus last participated in 2014, while Israel has only previously competed on the on occasion in 2012 and Poland for the first time since 2004, over a decade ago. Australia also returns to the contest for the second time.
The Running Order
- Ireland – Zena Donnelly – Bríce ar Bhríce
- Armenia – Anahit & Mary – Taber
- Albania – Klesta Qehaja – Besoj
- Russia – Water of Life Project – Water of Life
- Malta – Christina Magrin – Parachute
- Bulgaria – Lidia Ganeva – Magical Day
- F.Y.R. Macedonia – Martija Stanojković – Love Will Lead Our Way (Ljubovta ne vodi)
- Poland – Olivia Wieczorek – Nie zapomnij
- Belarus – Alexander Minyonok – Musyka moikh pobed
- Ukraine – Sofia Rol – Planet Craves For Love
- Italy – Fiamma Boccia – Cara Mamma – Dear Mom
- Serbia – Dunja Jeličić – U la la la
- Israel – Shir & Tim – Follow My Heart
- Australia – Alexa Curtis – We Are
- The Netherlands – Kisses – Kisses and Dancin
- Cyprus – George Michaelides – Dance Floor
- Georgia – Mariam Mamadashvili – Mzeo
Voting Changes in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Adult juries from all seventeen participating nations will individually give their points from one to eight, ten and twelve – presented by spokespersons from each country on stage. The professional juries voted yesterday during a dress rehearsal. A total of 58 points will be awarded by each nation, that’s 986 points in all with a maximum of 204 per country. Once announced and shared across the seventeen competing nations, the expert panel will announce their points. This year’s panel is made up of two-time Irish Eurovision entrants Jedward, Melodifestivalen’s Christer Bjorkman from Sweden and Universal Music’s Mads Grimstad from Denmark.
Like the adult juries, each expert panel member will announce their one to eight, ten and twelve points – commenting on the artist’s performances as they go. With the three panel members, another 174 points become available with a maximum of 39 points for any one country. Finally, the kid’s jury will be revealed in a similar way to the televoting at this year’s main Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, with last year’s winning performer Destiny revealing how many points each country received as lump sums. These figures were collated in an identical way to those of the adult jury but presented in a way that keeps the winner unknown until the very end of the show. Another 986 points will become available, meaning the winning entry can receive up to 444 points in all.
Following the announcement of the kid’s jury result, the winner will be known and is set to perform the winning song of the 14th Junior Eurovision Song Contest once again.
— Eurovoix (@Eurovoix) November 20, 2016
The Competing Artists
Russia, FYR. Macedonia, Poland and Italy are the front-runners in this year’s contest; all in with a good chance of taking the trophy home. Not far behind are Georgia, Bulgaria and Malta in with a reasonable chance of receiving a top five result.
The full list of the spokespersons at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was announced yesterday. The list includes the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Gaia Cauchi, she brought the contest to Malta for the first time in 2014 thanks to her song “The Start”. Also appearing tomorrow are four participants from last year’ss contest who represented Armenia, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Unlike in previous year’s the spokespersons will only be announcing the results of the kid’s jury and not that of the adult jury.
- Albania – Juna Dizdari
- Armenia – Mika (Represented Armenia at Junior Eurovision 2015)
- Italy – Jade Scicluna (From Malta aged 14)
- Ireland – Andrea Leddy (Aged 15)
- Cyprus – Loucas Demetriou (Aged 11)
- The Netherlands – Anneloes (Aged 10)
- Israel – Itay Limor (Aged 15)
- Macedonia – Antonija Dimitrievska (Aged 14)
- Malta – Gaia Cauchi (Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013)
- Poland – Nicoletta Wlodarczyk (Aged 10)
- Russia – Misha Smirov (Represented Russia at Junior Eurovision 2015)
- Ukraine – Anna Trincher (Represented Ukraine at Junior Eurovision 2015)
- Belarus – Ruslan Aslanov (Represented Belarus at Junior Eurovision 2015)
- Bulgaria – Milen Pavlov (From Malta aged 11)
- Georgia – Elene Sturua (Aged 12)
- Serbia – Tomislav Radojevic (Aged 11)
- Australia – Sebastian Hill (Aged 11)
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The Interval Acts
Destiny Chukunyere, Jedward and Poli Genova will be performing as part of the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta later this month. Destiny Chukunyere won last years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia, Bulgaria with her song “Not My Soul”, bring the contest back to Malta this year.
Jedward, who will also be Expert Judges in the contest, will be performing “Hologram”, which was released just over one month ago by the energetic duo. The song charted at number 27 in Ireland, number 5 in Sweden and Number 3 in Finland, it marks their first single to chart outside of Ireland since “Free Spirit” in 2014.
Poli Genova hosted last years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Bulgaria and became a firm fan favourite with her hosting style and performances during the show. The singer went on to be selected to represent Bulgaria for a second time at the Eurovision Song Contest. She represented Bulgaria with “If Love Was A Crime” in Stockholm where she finished 4th.