Serbian broadcaster RTS (Radio-televizija Srbije) has finally confirmed the long-standing rumours that Serbia would be present in Valletta in November for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

At the same time, Duška Vučinić (head of press at RTS) has quashed rumours that it will be 14-year-old Mateja Vukašinović who will have the honour of becoming Serbia’s eighth representative at the contest. Speaking to Serbian website Kurir, Duška explains that RTS has “not yet defined the way [they will] elect the representatives for this year’s competition”.

Serbia have been largely successful at Junior Eurovision with top 3 finishes in both 2007 and 2010 and only one failure to finish outside the top 10 back in 2008. Serbia took a break from the contest between 2011 and 2013, but announced their comeback in 2014 with the internal selection of Emilija Djonin. RTS continued their use of internal selections with the choice of Lena Stamenković last year, who finished a very respectable 7th place in Sofia with Lenina pesma.

This announcement, in addition to Australia’s confirmation of participation announced earlier this week, means a total of sixteen countries have confirmed their intention to participate in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Do you think any more countries will confirm participation for Junior Eurovision 2016, and do you have any wishes as to who should represent Serbia? Let us know in the comments below!

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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