JUNIOR EUROVISION 2016 – Following the announcement that Slovenia withdraws from the contest with Norway, Latvia and Greece not returning we gathered the latest information from the – so far – participating countries.
Russia will stage the national final for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Crimea, which was annexed from Ukraine two years ago. The national final will take place at the ICC Artek in Gurzuf. Broadcaster RTR will accept applications for the show from May 30 until June 15, while the final itself will take place on August 15. A professional jury will shortlist the finalists and for the first time the public will be able to vote for their favourite on the Internet from the moment the participants are announced until ten minutes before the end of the show. The winner will be determined through a 50 – 50 jury and online vote.
Kymora (11), Stefania (13) & Sterre (13) will be the representatives of The Netherlands in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The three girls selected among 29 candidates which were narrowed into 8. They will form a pop band and the song will be internally selected from composition which will take place this summer.
Festivali 52 i Këngës për Femije will be the selection method for Albania who is also participating to the contest again this year. The show will take place on June 1st at the Theater of Opera and Ballet in Tirana with 14 songs participating for the ticket to Malta. Mishela Rapo (last year’s JESC representative of Albania) will be in the line up of guest stars.