Malta’s national public broadcaster, Public Broadcasting Services, has launched a call for artists and songs for the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The 18th edition of the contest is scheduled to take place on November 29th in Poland.
This year marks the sixteenth time that Malta has taken part in the contest. The island has also hosted the contest twice within the last decade, after both Gaia Cauchi and Destiny Chukunyere emerged as winners in the 2013 and 2015 editions of the show.
PBS intend to organise a national selection of twelve finalists, which will be recorded and broadcast on TVM in September. This year they are also searching for original songs, specifically those which reflect youth and are fun for artists aged 9 – 14 to perform. This makes a change from last year’s selection process, where the national selection contained only two original songs, with the eventual song for the international contest being chosen internally.
As per usual Eurovision rules, applicants can submit songs of up to 3 minutes in duration. Each act that takes part can consist of up to six people, with a song that is in English, Maltese or a mix of both.
The winner of the selection process will go on to represent Malta at the international final in Poland. Televoting will be used in combination with a professional jury to choose the winner; in the case of a tie, the jury will have the deciding vote. Those who are interested in taking part can view the full rules and regulations for the competition at the TVM website here. Applications can be made online until August 23rd.
Last year, Malta was represented at the contest by Eliana Gomez Blanco, who performed the song “We Are More”. She placed 19th in the contest, which was eventually won by Poland for a second year in a row.