17 countries will battle it out to win the 13th Junior Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday. Two countries, Ireland and Australia, are making their respective debuts bringing the total number of participants this year to 17, the highest number since 2007.
Australia, which finished in 5th place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, has broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since it began in 2003. Ireland, which has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record-breaking 7 times, have entered a song in Irish. Ireland last participated in the Eurovision Song Contest with an Irish language entry in 1972.
The theme for the contest this year is #Discover and the participants will perform a theme song of the same title during the show on Saturday night. Fans of the Eurovision Song Contest will undoubtedly be watching out for this year's host, Poli Genova who represented Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with her song Na inat.