There is some big news coming out of the Junior Eurovision HQ: It has been officially confirmed that Italy will NOT host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. This comes after weeks of speculation — ever since Italy won the 2014 contest — that they would.
In the statement issued on the Junior Eurovision website, the JESC Executive Supervisor, Vladislav Yakovlev, said that the EBU had been in conversation with RAI over the last two months, but “unfortunately they are not in a position to hold the competition in Italy”. No further reasoning has been given beyond that.
This confirms the news that had originally been broken by Bulgaria’s Telegraph newspaper, which reported that the EBU had been told by RAI that they could not decide where to host the contest and that the broadcaster had financial worries too.
What is different to the Bulgarian report is the fact that the EBU have said they are speaking to two countries about hosting the contest. Whilst Bulgaria is more than likely one of them, it’s not yet clear what the other country is. Could a return to Malta be on the cards after the overwhelming success of the 2014 contest? Or could the contest go to Armenia who have also proven they can host and who finished third this year?
Either way, it’s a shame that we won’t be jetting off to Rome, Milan or anywhere else in Italy come November/December. Though admittedly we’re still not sure if we’ve ever really recovered from the last time the Italians hosted a Eurovision contest…oh, Tuto…
Update at 18:40 GMT: Bulgaria has received an official invitation from the EBU, according to the BNT Eurovision web site. The site quotes the new Director General of BNT Vyara Ankova, who seems very enthusiastic: “This is a unique chance for BNT and Bulgaria to host one of the most prestigious music competitions in Europe. Krisia, Hassan and Ibrahim proved that when we are united, success is possible.”