Malta has confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, launching their call for singers this afternoon.

TVM has today launched the rules of their selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Singers aged between 9 and 14 years old are invited to submit their application to represent Malta in Georgia on April 21.

10 finalists will be announced on May 20th to go through to the final on June 10th to perform in front  a jury of music professionals. Unlike 2016 there will be no public audience or public voting to decide who the Maltese entrant will be. The Maltese entrant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will then be revealed on June 12th. The song that they will sing in Tbilisi shall be selected by the Maltese broadcaster.

The 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on November 26 at the Tbilisi Sports Palace. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is travelling to Georgia for the first time, following the victory of Mariam Mamadashvili in Malta last November.

To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017:

  • Belarus
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia –  Host nation
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia

To date the following countries who participated in 2016 are yet to confirm their participation in Georgia:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Bulgaria
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine

Source: TVM

Malta debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 and has gone on to win the contest twice. In 2013 on their return to the competition in Kyiv, Gaia Cauchi won the competition with “The Start”, she was the first winner of a Eurovision event for Malta. In 2015 Destiny Chukunyere took victory in Sofia, Bulgaria with the song “Not My Soul”. Malta finished last at the 2005 contest in Belgium with the song “Make It Right” performed by Thea & Friends.