Malta gears up for Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion 2016

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Malta is get­ting ready to host the 2016 Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test.

Host Broad­caster PBS has moved into the Mediter­ranean Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Val­letta, the venue for the 2016 con­test. Fi­nal prepa­ra­tions are un­der­way and this week­end stand-in re­hearsals will take place ahead of the ar­rival of the del­e­ga­tions. This is the sec­ond time in three years that Malta will host the Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test.

Del­e­ga­tions from around Europe and be­yond are due to ar­rive in Malta this week­end to be­gin a week of re­hearsals for the 2016 Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test. In a change of for­mat, the 14th edi­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion will take place on a Sun­day for the first time. The af­ter­noon slot was cho­sen as it is con­sid­ered to be fam­ily prime time view­ing.

This year, each en­try will be judged by one pro­fes­sional mu­sic in­dus­try jury and one youth jury made up of chil­dren from ev­ery par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­try. These will com­bine 50/50 to form that coun­try’s vote. In a for­mat change brand new for 2016, the ex­pert panel will also vote live dur­ing the show. Panel members will award 1-8 points, then 10 and 12 to their favourite acts. These votes will then be added to the scoreboard, cre­at­ing the par­tic­i­pant’s fi­nal score. The coun­try with the most points will be de­clared the win­ner.

The first ever ex­pert judges panel will com­prise of Jed­ward, who par­tic­i­pated in the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test twice, Mads Grim­stad of Univer­sal Mu­sic, and ex­pert show pro­ducer, Chris­ter Bjork­man. In 1992 Chris­ter rep­re­sented Swe­den in the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test and is the man be­hind the Swedish se­lec­tion for the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test, Melod­ifes­ti­valen. He was also the show pro­ducer for the 2016 Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test in Stockholm.

Poli Gen­ova, who rep­re­sented Bul­garia in the 2016 Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test will also per­form live dur­ing the show. The 2016 Ju­nior Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test takes place at 4pm CET on Sun­day 20th Novem­ber.

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