Over the last few months, the preparations for Junior Eurovision really amped up, and now we’ve arrived at our destination. It’s Valletta, the capital of Malta, and this year, it’s hosting 17 nations all fighting it out to be the next Junior Eurovision star!
If you’re Australian, and wondering how to watch the contest, or wondering if you can get involved, here’s all the information you need!
Our Australian broadcaster SBS will be broadcasting the contest live. Here are the times:
VIC/TAS/NSW/ACT: 02:00am – Monday, November 21st
SA: 01:30am – Monday, November 21st
QLD: 01:00am – Monday, November 21st
NT: 12:30am – Monday, November 21st
WA: 11:00pm – Sunday, November 20th
*EDIT* – We’ve been informed that SBS may NOT be broadcasting Junior Eurovision live in all regions. Just to make sure, if you are interested, we would advise you either check your TV guide, or go online to SBS and check their broadcasting schedule. We are sorry for the inconvenience and potentially wrong information, however SBS has not yet given much information about their plan, hence the confusion.
What are the advantages of watching the event live?
Well, this year, and unlike in Eurovision, there will be no televote. This means that the public will not be able to vote for the songs. This means that unless you would like to see the contest as it happens, there’s not too many strong advantages of watching the contest live (although, of course, we would recommend to watch live if it’s a possibility!).
If you cannot watch the contest live, don’t worry, you’ll be able to watch the repeat at a more reasonable time. The show will be shown again on the 26th of November, the following weekend, at 3:30pm.
Wondering what to expect from this years’ contest?
This year, the 17 acts competing are diverse, modern and stronger than ever before. Don’t be fooled by the smaller participants, because they certainly don’t lack in talent. This year, the voting will be a bit different, with 100% jury vote, and the inclusion of an expert jury. This is something new, and as such, the results are somewhat unpredictable – all adding to the fun!
Overall, we encourage and recommend to tune in to Junior Eurovision, especially if you love the fanfare that Eurovision has to offer!
If you’re interested in our reviews of the 2016 JESC songs, click here.
If you would like to vote for your favourite song, click here to vote in our poll!