Tiny Malta is going to be extra crowded this November. Following last week’s news that Cyprus will participate in Junior Eurovision 2014, we’re pleased to share the news that Italy has confirmed it will make its debut. Ciao bello!

Vladislav Yakovlev, the Executive Supervisor of the competition, who was tasked with expanding the number of participating countries this year, is stoked. Here’s what he told junioreurovision.tv.

It’s wonderful to be able to welcome RAI Gulp to the Junior Eurovision family. Italy and Malta have a special musical friendship – with both Gaia and Federica having taken part in ‘Ti lascio una canzone’, and Gaia also having been in in San Remo Junior – so it seems only natural that Italy should choose to make its Junior Eurovision debut in Malta this November.

As all y’all diehard fans know, Italy’s first contestant won’t be the first Italian to sing at JESC. Last year San Marino— population 30,000—borrowed Italian singer Michele Perniola to sing at the contest. He finished 10th, and seriously rocked his Michael Jackson jacket.

http://youtu.be/3Z3kEwbwYOc

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Giorgos
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They surely have from now on 36 points! (12 points by EBU who gives to all Countries, 12 by San Marino and another 12 points by Malta)

Jak
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Yay!
Italy is getting an Eurovision country day after day and they got the some potential with Swedes!
I hope they will win in both of JESC and ESC soon!
Forza Italia!

beccaboo1212
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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vlatko Horvat
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Vlatko Horvat

Croatia and Serbia return; Slovenia, Bosnia, Austria and Montenegro debut so that it will be cheap for me to attend 2015. At the moment I’m relying on Italy to win so I can attend easily in 2015

Patrick
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Portugal already debuted in 2006, Darren!

Jericho
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Jericho

Oikotimes is not to be trusted

Darren
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Darren

Nice to see a western European country back at Junior Eurovision.
Hopefully there is more countries on the way and that this contest continues to expand and be as great as the normal Eurovision.
I really hope Greece, Norway, United Kingdom and Spain come back and Ireland, Hungary, Germany and Portugal debut, either in 2014 or 2015.

Patrick
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Great! And it looks like Norway is also close to participation (Oikotimes says it)

davve
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davve

nice news