Kids Jury in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
|Last appearance||2015 (last independent appearance)|
The use of a Kids' Jury in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was first introduced at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, as part of a new voting system for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following discussions between the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), KidsRights Foundation, and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 host broadcaster Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO). Three of the four spokespersons who announced the jury points at each annual contest were former winners of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. As of 2016, the results of each country's Kids' Jury have been integrated with the adult jury to give out two sets of 1-8, 10, and 12 points per country.
On 15 October 2012, it was announced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), that for the first time in the contest's history a new "Kids' Jury" was being introduced into the voting system. The jury would consist of members aged between 10 and 15, and representing each of the participating countries competing in a contest. A spokesperson from the jury would then announce the points 1-8, 10 and the maximum 12 as decided upon by the jury members.
Sietse Bakker who was the Junior Eurovision Executive Supervisor at the time, in conjunction with members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), KidsRights Foundation, and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 host broadcaster Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO), held a press conference on 30 November 2012, in which further details were released in regards to the newly implemented "Kids' Jury". The spokesperson from the jury was the first to reveal the votes during the interval act of the live show. This gave a new dimension to the voting procedure, since the contest first began in 2003.
From 2016 onwards, each country will be represented by an adult jury and its Kids' Jury. These results will be combined to form the scores from each country. This means the Kids' Jury will no longer be an extra voting jury.
The table below lists each of the spokespersons who announced the Kids' Jury points at each annual contest.
|2012||Amsterdam||Ralf Mackenbach||Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009 for Netherlands.|
|2013||Kiev||Anastasiya Petryk||Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 for Ukraine.|
|2014||Malta1||Gaia Cauchi||Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 for Malta.|
|2015||Sofia||Krisia Todorova||Runner-up at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 for Bulgaria.|
- 1.^ Although the venue itself is located in Marsa, Malta, the Junior Eurovision Executive Supervisor, Vladislav Yakovlev stated on 18 December 2013 that there would be "no host city - but a host island".
As the Kids' Jury are a non-competing entity, the table below only shows the top-five rankings of points they have given to participating countries up until its last appearance in 2015:
|Most points given|
- Voting in the Eurovision Song Contest – Information on the voting systems used throughout the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
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Junior Eurovision 2014 will be unique in that there will not be a designated ‘host city’ for the event. Instead, it has been decided that the entire island of Malta will the host of Junior Eurovision 2014!