It’s been almost two months since Vincenzo Cantiello won Junior Eurovision for Italy, but we still haven’t heard a thing about Italy hosting. You’d think that winning a pan-continental song contest on the first attempt would gauge at least some interest, but apparently not. RAI looks set to pass the gig on to someone else. We were so looking forward to a winter break in Rome!

But all is not lost! Despite Bulgaria’s continued absence from adult Eurovision, their recent Junior success has led to rumours that they will host the 2015 event. In fact, in an interview with Bulgarian media, the father of Hasan and Ibrahim says that there is a big chance that the country will host. Apparently he was told personally by Vyara Antova, the general director of BNT. Negotiations are still ongoing, but the result is almost clear.

If this is true, then it will be the first time that Bulgaria hosts any kind of Eurovision event.

However, this wouldn’t be the first time that a winning country has turned down the opportunity to host the contest. The Netherlands hosted in place of Georgia, Belgium in place of Spain, and Cyprus in place of Belarus. And y’all surely remember what happened after Croatia’s win: first the UK volunteered, then they changed their minds and Croatia took over, but HRT “forgot” to book the venue, forcing Norwegian broadcaster NRK to step in at the last minute.

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Violina
Violina
7 years ago

Shame! This is so unfair if you let it happen! Bulgaria doesn’t deserve to host this contest and…. what about the winner?! He gaind his victory also for loving truly his beautiful country…. Now Italy kind of betraying Vincenzo, by refusing hosting ..How disgraceful! Bulgaria is bad and poor country, most of people keep on offending Vincenzo because Krisia didn’t win. If he take part in the opening ceremony in Sofia , he mostly possible to be booed, while Krisia will be presented or treated like a winner which would be shame for JESC! Don’t let this happen and don’t… Read more »

PP
PP
7 years ago

All countries of EBU can host Junior Eurovision, not only winner country from last contest or conutres from 2nd, 3rd …. last place from last contest.

Just being honest
Just being honest
7 years ago

Aww…that sucks. For two years straight, it was hosted in the winner’s country. I guess that streak has been broken. Would’ve liked to see the previous winner perform at the opening of the JESC contest again 🙁

Daniel
Daniel
7 years ago

Why not go for it Bulgaria?! I would love that and actually I don’t mind if Italy isn’t going to host because we have waited too long now!

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Valentina’s backyard for JESC 2015!!! 😉

Chiara
Chiara
7 years ago

I really hope this won’t happen 🙁 I mean, if it happens, it’s okay, but since I’m Italian and I’m a huge (J)ESC fan, I really want it in Italy! Plus it would be my only occasion to see something ESC-related live without spending a lot of money…

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

So, Ireland could be debuting in Sofia 2015?? Can’t wait 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

Bulgaria to host Junior Eurovision 2015? Yes please.

Nikos
Nikos
7 years ago

If Bulgaria hosts it would be a good boost for them, I hope they go for it!

LeBron
LeBron
7 years ago

If Bulgaria does host it, the venue would be Arena Armeets in Sofia, which has already hosted much bigger events such as concerts (Tom Jones and coming up in 2015 Roxette), musicals and even Tennis Tournament of Champions. Plovdiv might also get involved and use it to kick-start the recently won title of 2019 European Capital of Culture campaign…a bit too far ahead but still. In all cases, there is a venue that is well tested in such situations. For events of that type, the capacity is usually around 10 000 depending on the staging. As for who would be… Read more »

Leon
Leon
7 years ago

The Italian head of delegation was not too enthusiastic about their hosting prospects during his interview in Malta. With that said, I would much rather see Bulgaria or Armenia host. Both countries had amazing entries and Armenia did an amazing job in 2011 when JESC was very close to being over.

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
7 years ago

Italy should send it to San Marino! lol, won’t happen, but imagine that?! Valentina will host! haha

But Italy should host it, be proud of the 1st win on the 1st attempt. It doesn’t even have to be a big thing like Malta (brilliantly) did.

Erin
Erin
7 years ago

It may be Bulgaria’s only chance to host a Eurovision event, so why not take advantage of the situation? it’s not like it never happened before when the winning country declined to host JESC the following year…and it’s not like Italy will get any penalty for refusing to host.

Britz26
7 years ago

YES! Bulgaria would be AMAZING! 😀

Yudhistira Mahasena
7 years ago

I got a feeling that Bulgaria would not be going to host JESC 2015. Italy, Croatia, or Armenia could be better. But if Bulgaria really hosted this year’s JESC, who would be the hosts and where would be the venue?

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Padraig Muldoon(@padraigjude)
7 years ago

@ Dhani, well spotted and all updated! Such drama back then 😉 Hopefully this year’s decision will be much smoother.

Jak
Jak
7 years ago

I am so confused and of course angry about Italy. Success but there is no interest, as always. Do not have any idea that why they returned to the Eurovision world.

Nott
Nott
7 years ago

If this is true, then it’ll be quite strange to see Bulgaria host the Junior Eurovision while sitting out the adult contest the same year.

Dhani
7 years ago

there is a mistake in the article

after Croatia won in 2003, DR did not step in in last minute. It was supposed to be United kingdom who should host in 2004, but they forgot to book the venue and then Norway stepped in and hosted. DR hosted in 2003 ,not 2004.

Dhani
7 years ago

krisia is so adorable