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.