Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016

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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Embrace
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 logo.png
Dates
Final20 November 2016
Host
VenueMediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta
Presenter(s)
  • Ben Camille
  • Valerie Vella
Directed byGordon Bonello
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Executive producerCharles Dalli[1]
Host broadcasterPublic Broadcasting Services (PBS)
Interval act
Participants
Number of entries17
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Vote
Voting systemEach country's adult & kid juries, as well as three expert jurors, award 12, 10, 8–1 points to their top 10 songs.
Winning song Georgia
"Mzeo"

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was the fourteenth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which took place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, in Valletta, Malta. This was the second time that Malta have hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, their first being in 2014. Jon Ola Sand was appointed as the Executive Supervisor for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, following the dismissal of the former supervisor, Vladislav Yakovlev.

Seventeen countries participated in the contest with Montenegro and Slovenia both withdrawing from the competition after two contests, and San Marino withdrawing after three, whilst Cyprus returned after a one-year break, Israel returned after a three-year break and Poland returned to the contest after a record eleven-year break. For the first time since the inauguration of the contest the voting procedure did not include a public televote. The overall results were determined by combination of professional and young jurors.

The winner of the contest was Mariam Mamadashvili, who represented Georgia with the song "Mzeo", marking the third time Georgia has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (following 2008 and 2011 respectively), making Georgia the first country to win the competition three times. Armenia and Italy finished in second and third place, respectively.

Location[edit]

The Mediterranean Conference Centre, venue for 2016.

During a press conference interview on 21 November 2015, a representative from the EBU stated that they had already begun approaching several broadcasters in regards to being the host country for the 2016 contest. On 13 April 2016, it was confirmed that Malta would host the contest. This was the second time that the country hosted the contest, having previously done so in 2014.[2]

The contest took place in the Republic Hall of the Mediterranean Conference Centre, in the Maltese capital, Valletta. The Republic Hall is typically capable of seating 1,400 people.[3]

Format[edit]

Executive supervisor dismissal[edit]

An announcement was made in December 2015, regarding the contract termination of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev. Yakovlev was fired without any clear reasons after three contests, and was replaced by Jon Ola Sand who has been Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest since 2011.[4]

Graphic design[edit]

Stage design of the contest during Bulgarian performance

During a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden on 13 May 2016, the logo and slogan of the contest were released, intending to represent the contest's values: connectivity, diversity, creativity and respect.[5][6][7] The slogan for the contest was "Embrace". On 10 September 2016, it was revealed that each of the postcards preceding the participants' performances would showcase Malta.[8] Filming took place in various locations, including Hastings Gardens and City Gate.[9]

On 8 October 2016, PBS released details regarding the proposed stage design for the contest.[10] The design included a circular stage with an LED backdrop and a spiral structure.[11]

Hosts[edit]

Vella and Camille during a rehearsal

On 28 October 2016, it was announced that Valerie Vella and Ben Camille would host the 2016 contest.[12] Vella is known in Malta as a television presenter, having hosted the Maltese national final for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002, 2009 and 2011.[13][14][15] She presented the Maltese votes at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000 and 2005[16] and commented on the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2010,[17][18] as well as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest from 2004 to 2009.[19] Camille is also known both as a television presenter and an actor in Malta, notable for having acted in Maltese television show Strada Stretta.[20] He hosted Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016 and presented the Maltese votes in the Eurovision Song Contest that year.[21]

Voting[edit]

During the press conference for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, held in Stockholm, the steering group announced several changes to the voting format for the 2016 contest. Previously, points had been awarded based on a combination of 50% national juries and 50% televoting, from each country with one more set of points also given out by a 'Kids' Jury'. The new voting system would be an adaptation of the new system used in the adult festival, but instead of the televoting, which was removed, a children's jury would be used by each country. In 2016, 1-8, 10, and 12 points were awarded based on a 50/50 combination of each country’s Adult and Kids' Jury, announced by a spokesperson. This brought an end to the use of televoting for the first time.[22] For the first time, an expert panel from the professional music industry provided feedback on each of the artists performances.[23] The members of the panel were: Christer Björkman, Mads Grimstad, and the 2011 and 2012, participants at the adult version Jedward.[24] Also for the first time since 2005 the starting 12 points were dropped. In 2005 these were added to make sure nobody would receive no points.

Interval acts[edit]

Jedward performed "Hologram" during the interval

It was announced on 3 November 2016 that last year's Junior Eurovision winner, Destiny Chukunyere, would be part of the interval act during the show. Poli Genova who represented Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 and 2016 and also hosted the last´s year contest, would also be a part of the interval acts, performing the song "If Love Was a Crime".[25][26] On 16 November 2016, along the experts juries, it was announced that Jedward would join the interval act by performing a new song entitled "Hologram".[27]

During the final, the participants of the contest performed the song "We Are", not to be confused with the Australian entry with the same name.[28]

Participating countries[edit]

On 28 September 2016, it was confirmed that seventeen countries would take part in the contest. Cyprus, Israel, and Poland all returned after a one-year, three-year and eleven-year breaks respectively. Montenegro and Slovenia both withdrew from the competition after two contests, and San Marino withdrew after competing in the past three editions.[29] TVM, the Maltese television network operated by the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS), initially expected that a total of eighteen countries would participate in the 2016 contest.[30][31]

Results[edit]

Draw[32] Country[33] Artist[33] Song[33] Language(s) Place[34] Points[34]
01  Ireland Zena Donnelly "Brice ar Bhricé" Irish, English 10 122
02  Armenia Anahit & Mary "Tarber" Armenian, English 2 232
03  Albania Klesta Qehaja "Besoj" Albanian, English 13 38
04  Russia The Water of Life Project "Water of Life" Russian, English 4 202
05  Malta Christina Magrin "Parachute" English 6 191
06  Bulgaria Lidia Ganeva "Magical Day (Valsheben den)" Bulgarian, English 9 161
07  Macedonia Martija Stanojković "Love Will Lead Our Way (Ljubovta ne vodi)" Macedonian, English 12 41
08  Poland Olivia Wieczorek "Nie zapomnij" Polish, English 11 60
09  Belarus Alexander Minyonok "Musyka moikh pobed (Music is My Only Way)" Russian, English 7 177
10  Ukraine Sofia Rol "Planet Craves for Love" Ukrainian, English 14 30
11  Italy Fiamma Boccia "Cara Mamma - Dear Mom" Italian, English 3 209
12  Serbia Dunja Jeličić "U la la la" Serbian 17 14
13  Israel Shir & Tim "Follow My Heart" Hebrew, English 15 27
14  Australia Alexa Curtis "We Are" English 5 202
15  Netherlands Kisses "Kisses and Dancin'" Dutch, English 8 174
16  Cyprus George Michaelides "Dance Floor" Greek, English 16 27
17  Georgia Mariam Mamadashvili "Mzeo" Georgian 1 239

Scoreboard[edit]

The votes of the adults' juries and the kids' juries were cast after the second dress rehearsal, whereas the votes of the expert juries were cast after the performances at the final.[35] Mariam Mamadashvili who represented Georgia with the song "Mzeo", was declared the winner after all the votes had been announced from all of the seventeen participating countries and the expert juries.[36] Below is a full breakdown of how the votes were cast.[34][37]

Voting results (Adult Jury)
Total score
Kids Jury score
Ireland
Armenia
Albania
Russia
Malta
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Poland
Belarus
Ukraine
Italy
Serbia
Israel
Australia
Netherlands
Cyprus
Georgia
X1 X2 X3
Contestants
Ireland 122 57 1 1 12 3 10 12 6 8 3 4 5
Armenia 232 110 4 7 10 8 10 10 2 12 10 4 7 7 8 8 5 10
Albania 38 13 2 4 2 5 7 1 2 2
Russia 202 105 7 6 4 1 8 7 7 4 2 5 5 2 3 4 3 7 10 12
Malta 191 105 1 4 7 3 5 6 1 8 5 10 1 12 10 7 2 4
Bulgaria 161 68 3 8 6 6 7 12 5 3 7 1 7 6 1 6 6 8 1
Macedonia 41 24 2 2 1 3 2 5 2
Poland 60 36 2 4 1 2 1 6 4 1 3
Belarus 177 65 8 7 12 5 10 3 5 12 10 10 8 2 12 6 2
Ukraine 30 12 3 2 4 3 1 5
Italy 209 103 10 1 8 5 6 12 6 4 6 2 7 8 5 4 10 12
Serbia 14 9 5
Israel 27 20 3 2 1 1
Australia 202 99 5 5 10 6 8 4 1 10 6 7 8 4 12 3 7 7
Netherlands 174 65 6 10 5 8 7 7 4 3 3 8 4 4 6 3 6 10 4 3 8
Cyprus 27 12 2 8 5
Georgia 239 83 12 12 12 10 3 12 8 12 12 3 10 8 6 12 12 5 1 6
  • Expert 1 - Christer Björkman
  • Expert 2 - Mads Grimstad
  • Expert 3 - Jedward

Other countries[edit]

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).[38] It is unknown whether the EBU issue invitations of participation to all 56 active members like they do for the Eurovision Song Contest.[38] At a press conference held during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, the former contest Executive Supervisor, Vladislav Yakovlev, announced that broadcasters in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania had expressed interest in participation.[39] Additionally, during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest press conference held in Stockholm during the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Jon Ola Sand confirmed that the EBU was in contact with a number of broadcasters regarding participation including Belgium, France, Germany and Spain.[40]

The EBU Active Members, listed below, had made the following announcements in regards to their decisions:

Active EBU Members[edit]

  •  Denmark – Right after the 2015 edition, Denmark's national broadcaster DR announced that they would "no longer" participate in further editions of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Jan Lagermand Lundme, the Entertainment President of DR, stated that the reason behind this decision was because the competition had become too much of a copy of the main Eurovision Song Contest and that the contest had strayed from its core idea—"the joy, the humor and the play".[41]
  •  France – On 18 November 2015, it was reported that the French broadcaster France Télévisions was interested in returning to the contest.[42] Edoardo Grassi, the Head of Delegation for France in the Eurovision Song Contest, was one of the jury members at the Maltese national selection for the 2016 Junior Eurovision, and was introduced by the hosts of the show as being the Head of Delegation for France in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.[43] The broadcaster was ultimately not among the participants for the 2016 edition.
  •  Slovenia – On 24 May 2016, the Slovenian broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTVSLO) announced that they would withdraw from the contest for the first time since their debut in the 2014 edition of the contest. The broadcaster explained that the decision was made based on changes to the contest rules by the EBU, although not specifying which rule changes influenced their decision to withdraw from the competition.[44]
  •   SwitzerlandRadiotelevisione svizzera (RSI) confirmed on 5 July 2016 that they would not return to the contest in 2016 due to the cost of the participation.[45]

The following broadcasters publicly declined to participate in the contest without providing any further explanations:

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

The first votes to be announced were those of the professional music industry jury, announced in the order of performance. The expert juries then announced their votes which had been cast live at the contest. Finally, the points awarded by the Kids' Jury were announced as a total in order of the fewest to the greatest number of points received by each country.[57] The spokespersons are shown below alongside each participating country.

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

  1.  Ireland – Andrea Leddy[58]
  2.  Armenia – Mika (Armenian representative and the runner-up of the JESC 2015)[59]
  3.  Albania – Juna Dizdari[58]
  4.  Russia – Mikhail Smirnov (Russian representative at JESC 2015)[60]
  5.  Malta – Gaia Cauchi (Maltese representative and the winner of the JESC 2013)[61]
  6.  Bulgaria – Milen Pavlov[58]
  7.  Macedonia – Antonija Dimitrijevska[58]
  8.  Poland – Nicoletta Włodarczyk[58]
  9.  Belarus – Ruslan Aslanov (Belarusian representative at JESC 2015)[62]
  10.  Ukraine – Anna Trincher (Ukrainian representative at JESC 2015)[63]
  11.  Italy – Jade Scicluna[64]
  12.  Serbia – Tomislav Radojević[58]
  13.  Israel – Itay Limor[65]
  14.  Australia – Sebastian Hill[58]
  15.  Netherlands – Anneloes[58]
  16.  Cyprus – Loucas Demetriou[58]
  17.  Georgia – Elene Sturua[66]

Commentators[edit]

Participating countries[edit]

Non-participating countries[edit]

  •  Germany – Thomas Mohr (NDR website)[77]
  •  New Zealand – Ewan Spence, Lisa-Jayne Lewis, Sharleen Wright and Ben Robertson (World FM 88.2)[78]
  •  Singapore – Ewan Spence, Lisa-Jayne Lewis, Sharleen Wright and Ben Robertson (247 Disco Heaven)[78]
  •  Slovenia – Andrej Hofer (TV SLO 2)[79]
  •  United Kingdom – Ewan Spence, Lisa-Jayne Lewis, Sharleen Wright and Ben Robertson (Radio Six International, Fun Kids and 103 The Eye)[78][80]
  •  United States – Ewan Spence, Lisa-Jayne Lewis, Sharleen Wright and Ben Robertson (KCGW 107.1, WCGD 90.5, KLZY 99.3 and KMJY 88.1)[78]

Official album[edit]

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Valletta
Compilation album by
Released11 November 2016
GenrePop
Length57:37
LabelUniversal
Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015: Bulgaria
(2015)
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Valletta
(2016)
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017: Tbilisi
(2017)

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016: Valletta, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on 11 November 2016. The album features all the songs from the 2016 contest, as well as two new songs by 2015 winner Destiny Chukunyere: "Embrace" and "Fast Life".[81]

CD 1
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Embrace"Destiny Chukunyere3:31
2."Besoj"Klesta Qehaja (Albania)3:05
3."Tarber"Anahit & Mary (Armenia)2:50
4."We Are"Alexa Curtis (Australia)2:59
5."Magical Day (Valsheben den)"Lidia Ganeva (Bulgaria)3:00
6."Musyka moih pobed (Music is My Only Way)"Alexander Minyonok (Belarus)2:52
7."Dance Floor"George Michaelides (Cyprus)3:00
8."Mzeo"Mariam Mamadashvili (Georgia)3:01
9."Bríce ar Bhríce"Zena Donnelly (Ireland)2:59
10."Follow My Heart"Shir & Tim (Israel)2:59
11."Cara Mamma - Dear Mom"Fiamma Boccia (Italy)3:02
12."Love Will Lead Our Way (Ljubovta ne vodi)"Martija Stanojković (Macedonia)3:03
13."Parachute"Christina Magrin (Malta)2:52
14."Kisses and Dancin'"Kisses (Netherlands)2:58
15."Nie zapomnij"Olivia Wieczorek (Poland)3:00
16."U la la la"Dunja Jeličić (Serbia)2:45
17."Water of Life"The Water of Life Project (Russia)3:11
18."Planet Craves for Love"Sofia Rol (Ukraine)3:02
19."Fast Life"Destiny Chukunyere3:28
Total length:57:37

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