Maltese broadcaster PBS has confirmed that Malta will be competing in the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. PBS have also published the full rules and regulations for MJESC, Malta’s National Final for Junior Eurovision.
What we know about MJESC 2022
The Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest, or MJESC, has been held since 2015. The application window for MJESC 2022 is open until August 15. After the window closes, PBS will select a total of 16 finalists and announce them on September 1. Besides the general Junior Eurovision song, age, and language restrictions, PBS has some further rules and regulations. Singers need to be Maltese nationals, and PBS may request any and all changes to the song. The broadcaster also recommends that the singing children participate in writing and composing the song, .
MJESC will be held October 2. The 16 acts will perform the songs live, with the winner decided through 75% jury voting and 25% televote. In case of a tie, the act with the highest jury score will be selected. After the selection, only the scores of the top 3 songs will be made public.
Who is due to participate in the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest
At the time of writing, 10 countries have confirmed that they will be participating, and how they will be selecting their representative for this year’s contest.
- Armenia (Host Country)
- North Macedonia
In addition to the above, Khabar Agency has confirmed its intention to participate. Whether this will come to fruition will be based on whether they will be invited by the EBU.
What we know about the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Shortly after winning the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU and ARMTV have revealed that Armenia will be hosting the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Since then, it was revealed in April 2022, that Yerevan will be hosting the 20th edition of the competition, which will take place on December 11, 2022, at the Karen Demirchyan Complex, which can accommodate up to 8,000 spectators. This will be the second time the venue will host the competition, with the first being in 2011.
Malta’s Junior Eurovision Journey
In 2003, Malta was one of the countries to participate in the inaugural edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Sarah Harrison and the song “Like A Star”, which placed 7th. The Mediterranean nation participated until 2010, where it took a break and returned in 2013 with Gaia Cauchi and “The Start”, which was their first win in the competition. It wasn’t long until they achieved their second win in 2015, where Destiny Chukunyere won with her song “Not My Soul”. Destiny went on to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 with “Je Me Casse”, where she placed seventh.
Malta’s most recent participation was in 2021, where they were represented by Ike and Kaya performing “My Home”. In Paris they scored a total 97 points, finishing 12th.
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News Source: PBS
Photo Source: Andres Putting / EBU