Television Malta (TVM) today announced Malta’s intention to enter Junior Eurovision 2019, the 14th country to do so.

TVM posted an application for entries on their Eurovision Song Malta page on Facebook, with an explanation of the Maltese selection process.

The application calls for the submission of a two-and-a-half to three minute song by June 30, 2019. The entrant must be a Maltese national, and there is an explicit rule stating that Malta’s 2018 Junior Eurovision participant Ela Mangion, who came in 5th with “Marchin’ On,” cannot enter.

The number of entrants will be whittled down to twelve by an as yet unnamed professional jury, and twelve finalists will be announced to the public on July 7, 2019. The twelve artists will then record their songs in front of a live studio audience on July 20, 2019.

On August 1, 2019, the performances will be released to the public on both television and social media, with the public being able to vote until August 13, 2019. The winner will be announced on August 20, 2019, with the vote being 50% from the professional jury and 50% from the public.

Malta are historically one of the stronger nations at Junior Eurovision, having won twice: Gaia Cauchi won with “The Start” in 2013, and Destiny Chukunyere blew everyone away with her Kid Aretha ballad “Not My Soul,” winning the 2015 contest. Chukunyere herself has found fame in the United Kingdom as a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent, and appeared this year as a backup singer for Michela Pace on her Eurovision 2019 entry “Chameleon.”

Malta are the 14th country to announce their participation at Junior Eurovision 2019 in Gliwice, Poland, on November 24, 2019. They join hosts Poland, Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Ireland, The Netherlands, North Macedonia, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, and Wales.

To date  Georgia’s Giorgi Rostiashvili is the only named artist, having won TV-1’s Ranina.

As June winds down, expect a few more entrants to be announced from the likely group of Kazakhstan, Belarus, Serbia, Israel, Armenia, and Italy, though 2018 gave us two surprise debutants, so fingers crossed we get a new country or a returnee.

Who are #YOU hoping to see as a Junior Eurovision entrant this year? Let us know in the comments below, on social media, or in our forum.

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