We reported not long ago that this year, an expert panel will feature as part of the Junior Eurovision voting system. This year, the acts will be judged by two juries, a kid’s jury and a jury made up of music industry professionals. These jury votes will be 50/50 split, but in addition to that, there is an expert panel to essentially act as an extra country adding to the vote.
The expert jury will consist of former Eurovision participants, Jedward (who also featured on the panel to decide the Irish Junior Eurovision act this year), Mads Grimstad from Universal Music, and also Christer Bjorkman, who is the man behind Melodifestivalen in Sweden. Jedward, although comprising of two people, will only have one vote between them.
Who are Jedward?
John and Edward (known as Jedward) found fame on the 2009 series of the X Factor. In 2011, they first participated in Eurovision with the song Lipstick, which finished in 8th place in the final. The song reached success, it reached chart success in Ireland and across Europe. In the following year, Jedward returned to Eurovision with the song Waterline, which also made it to the final.
John Bundy, the CEO of PBS Malta has said, ‘We as PBS are very pleased that they have accepted our invitation and we are sure that they will be giving a spectacular show together with Poli Genova and the other participants.’
Of course, he is referencing former Eurovision star Poli Genova, who also hosted Junior Eurovision last year in Sofia, Bulgaria. This year, she will be part of the interval act, alongside last years’ winner Destiny Chukunyere.