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Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is one of the world’s highest profile talent events for children between the ages of 9 and 14.

Since its inception, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has allied itself with the Eurovision Song Contest as a training ground for nurturing emerging talent. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest sets the standard for entertainment TV and embodies diversity, creativity and respect. 

Launched in 2003 and first hosted by Denmark, the annual contest promotes outstanding young singers in the field of popular music. Contestants represent their country and compete for first, second and third place trophies. 

JESC 2016

The 2016 edition took place on Sunday 20 November in Valletta, Malta. 10-year-old Mariam Mamadashvili from Georgia has been named the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song  Mzeo (Sun). Anahit and Mary singing for Armenia came in 2nd place (232 points) with Italy's Fiamma Boccia 3rd (209 points). Both were given prizes after the show.

17 countries took part in the 14th edition of the annual singing competition for children between the ages of 9 and 14, hosted by Maltese Member PBS in the Mediterranean Conference Centre. For the first time the event was staged on a Sunday afternoon. 

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast to millions of viewers in the 17 participating countries over the Eurovision satellite and fibre optic network and online on Youtube and on

In changes to the show's format this year, every entry was judged by one professional music industry jury and one youth jury in each participating country. Their votes were presented separately to create an exciting finale. Three expert judges also cast votes for the first time contributing to the rest of the overall score (each judge counted for the equivalent of one additional country). The expert jury was made up of Universal Music’s Mads Grimstad, Eurovision Song Contest 2016 show producer Christer Björkman, and former Eurovision Song Contest participants Jedward.

History of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

The first Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) was held in Copenhagen on 15 November 2003 and was an instant international hit. Since then it has been held in Lillehammer (Norway), Hasselt (Belgium), Bucharest, Rotterdam, Lemesos (Cyprus), Minsk, Yerevan (Armenia), Amsterdam, Kiev, Valletta (Malta) and Sofia (Bulgaria).

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Production status

Live event

120 minutes

Target age
Youth, Family


2017: TBA

Executive Producer
2017: GPB, Georgia

Participating Broadcasters
2016: RTSH, Public Television of Armenia, SBS, BTRC, BNT, CyBC, GPB, TG4, IBA, RAI, PBS, MKRTV, AVROTROS, TVP, RTR, RTS, NTU / 2017: TBA

More Information
Official website

Contact details

Gert Kark
Eurovision TV Project Manager
+41 22 717 2426
Nadja Burkhardt
Senior Project Manager
+41 22 717 2886