If you’re an aspiring pop star aged between 10 and 15 in Iceland, this story might make you lose your happy.
Officials at Iceland’s state broadcaster have told Eurovision fan site Eurovoix that they will not be singing at Junior Eurovision.
Since Malta’s Gaia Cauchi won JESC last November, we’ve all had our fingers crossed that more Western countries would express interest in joining Junior Eurovision. As you’ll know, Western withdrawls mean that only 12 countries competed in both 2013 and 2012. It’s hard to throw a party when no one shows up! After Greece announced that it will return, rumours quickly circulated that Reykjavik was in too.
Now the broadcaster is saying, “Oops. Our bad.” Apparently the rumour was the national broadcaster’s fault: The person responsible for replying to journlists’ enquiries mixed up Junior Eurovision with Eurovision, and responded that they would most likely be there.
The rumour mill keeps turning in Italy that the national broadcaster RAI has been in negotiations with the EBU to enter this year’s competition. Word has it that the Czech Republic hasn’t yet ruled out the participation.