For Eurovision 2014, Denmark renovated two derelict ship factories. Now, for Junior Eurovision 2014, Malta will renovate three enormous shipping sheds.

Yes, the industrial chic theme from Copenhagen will continue in Valletta, or, more specifically, in Marsa, a port city just ten minutes from the Maltese capital. When architects and welders are done, one shed will house prop storage and dressing rooms; another will house toilets, and merchandise and food stalls; and the third will house up to 4,500 spectators. Eight hundred people will be able to stand in front of the stage.

Junioreurovision.tv highlights the fact that there are plenty of steel supports in the roof, from which will to hang light rigs. Let’s just hope they’re strong enough to withstand the power of Gaia Cauchi’s voice!

What do you think about Malta’s plans? Are you excited? Or wary of rust? What do you think of the photos below?

Junior Eurovision 2014 Arena: The Shipbuilding

Photo: EBU/PBS

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Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

Hi Darren

Yeah. Don’t believe people when they say that Ireland will never win Eurovision ever again. You and I know better than that. If Austria can win it, well then so can Ireland. 😀 😛

Darren
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Darren

Im surprised the BAI didnt fund this as it would attract a large number of viewers, but thats Ireland for you haha we never really do the right thing 😛
Ireland could walk JESC regardless of what people like Dhani think, its just facts.

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

Hi Darren

I know. However, TG4 are looking at other ways to fund Junior Eurovision. Otherwise, it’s another year on the sidelines. The BAI failed to provide the funds for us to take part. They should have. We could have had a JESC winner on our hands. 🙁

Darren
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Darren

@deven

yeah man, Dublin would have to host.
But the thing is TG4 cannot get funding and RTE aren’t interested.
If Ireland did debut, Im sure it would be successful as our song would have to be sung in a national language…which of course is english here and would be a great advantage. Especially as the UK dont take part.

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

Hi Darren

So, what you are trying to say is that if we debut this year and win it Dublin will have to host JESC 2015.

Darren
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Darren

Actually @dhani
A new rule introduced about 2 years ago in JESC states that the winning country has to host from now on.
Man, you really need to get with the whole Eurovision program, its like you dont know anything about Eurovision, yet spam this site all the time.

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

OK. So an Irish entry could be 75% English/Irish and 25% French.

Xepher
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Xepher

Deven: The language rule is it has to be the official language of the country, but a minimum of 25% of the song can be in a foreign language. Nebo was all in Ukrainian except the last part of the song which was English

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

If there is a language rule in place, Why was Ukraine’s winning song in English?

Kath Lockett
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Kath Lockett

OF COURSE! I will tackle David’s comment though: “Though JESC is not even half the work it takes to host ESC” oh really….???

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

@Dhani So are all of the countries. Even Russia and Sweden.

Dhani
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but the chances that ireland will win next year are 1 out of 37 to 43. so stop blabbering about it in every comment section !!!!!!!!!!

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

Oh, and Dhani No offence but you are extremely annoying on this website. Like, Have you even watched Eurovision in your life? Ireland has qualified every year since 2004 with the exception of 2005, 2008,2009 and this year. That is better than all of the non Scandinavian western countries who have failed nearly every year. Austria have failed to qualify every year bar 2004 and 2011 prior to winning this year. We all thought that they would never win again. Same with the Netherlands who came in a close 2nd. I think you need to go back and study the… Read more »

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

Hopefully TG4 find a way to fund taking part in Junior Eurovision after the BAI failed to provide the funds needed. I can actually picture Junior Eurovision in Dublin in 2015 if we win/come in top 3.

dhani
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darren the winning junior esc country will not nessecersly host the contest the next year!!

and ireland will never win anything in the eurovision ever again, sorry but its true everybody knows it…..!!!!! you cant even qualify for the final LOLOLOL!!!!
my country ahs qualified for the final every year since 2007 yes

Darren
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Darren

Hopefully Ireland makes its debut at Junior Eurovision soon.
1. we could win so easily with an english language song
2. RTE or another Irish broadcaster could actually afford to host it

gavin
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gavin

seems extravagant… i didn’t realise junior ESC was so big

dhani
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why will they do so much for a 2 hours’ show, its over before you know it !!!

beccaboo1212
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Cool beans!!!!!

David
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David

Though JESC is not even half the work it takes to host ESC I guess it will be a good experience for Malta.