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.