Grab your calendar and get ready to book your tickets, y’all! Today BNT, Bulgaria’s state broadcaster, has confirmed that Sofia’s Arena Armeec will host Junior Eurovision 2015 on November 21, 2015. Officials will brand the show as “Bulgaria 2015” rather than “Sofia 2015” in a bid to involve the entrie country. We approve!

The show is provisionally scheduled to start at 19:30 CET (20:30 local time).

Junior Eurovision 2015: Arena Armeec named Host Venue

The Junior Eurovision 2015 host venue can seat up 15,000 spectators. It has previously hosted events including the 2012 Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships and Cirque du Soleil, so it can more than handle Europe’s aspiring young pop stars.

Bulgaria 2015

BNT Director General Vyara Ankova takes great pride in hosting the event and showcasing the country.

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 success is possible. We also loved participating in the 2014 event put on by PBS Malta and were very impressed by the renewed energy, commitment and enormous talents of the children. We believe that Bulgaria, as the host country, will be a new platform to young talent from all over Europe while enlightening them to the beauty and traditions of our country.

And Junior Eurovision’s Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev got all fatherly, promising to make sure all the kiddies have a good time.

We are greatly looking forward to helping BNT Bulgaria in their preparations to host this year’s event. EBU and the Junior Eurovision Steering Group will do our utmost to ensure that all the children and broadcasters who participate will be part of a positive and fun event that gives them time in the spotlight and opportunities for creativity and friendship.

Bulgaria at Junior Eurovision 2014

Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim brought Bulgaria back to Eurovision with a bang. Despite finishing second overall, she actually won the televote by a huge margin. Our in-house jury fell in love with their act. “Dreamy, age-appropriate and carrying a melody that speaks to my senses,” one juror wrote. “This mini trio is bursting with talent, and Krisia their starlet, simply shines.” Another added: “Krisia sings about a Planet of the Children, and she takes us to another world. This is dreamy, moving, and shows off her pitch-perfect vocals. A true talent accompanied by an adorable set of twins.”

After JESC, our readers also awarded them two Wiwi Junior Awards: Most Likely to Succeed Commercially and Best Dressed.

Follow all of our Junior Eurovision news here.

 

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Chris
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Chris

Hmm, a weird situation. The country which is hosting the Junior Eurovision will not be present at the adult Eurovison. They have funds for the first one (as the host!) and they don’t have for the second one (as the participant). I don’t get it. If they were able to almost win in Malta, they could have also succeeded in Vienna. Austria and Finland are the proves that even “not-winning” countries can win eventually.

Noah
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Noah

@Nanda – Italy had their chance to say “yes” to hosting, but they refused, so “leaving” Vincenzo to only give the award to someone else at the end of the show (I assume that would be the case) is the best way! In any other JESC which wasn’t hosted by the previous year winner – the situation was the same.

Anyhow, good luck Bulgaria! Make it excellent!

Nanda
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Nanda

Lets just hope they remember that Italy won. As soon as they made the announcment today they posted a facebook heading with Krisia’s photo and that was sorta disrespectful with Vincenzo.

Nott
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Nott

Can we expect Bulgaria to return to the adult Eurovision next year? I really hope so.

Giorgos
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Giorgos

Great news!! Let’s hope Krisia will perform “planet of the children” !!! 😀

Huh
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Huh

I hope they make a splendid and memorable stage and hosting. Bulgaria must feel lucky for having the chance to host this year’s JESC so they better show what they have in stores for the European (and world) audience.

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

Good to see a country that never hosted a Eurovision-related contest get the opportunity to host a contest. Would have loved to have had Italy host it as the winners but oh well. Best of luck and hopefully more countries confirm its participation after increasing to 16 in Malta.

William
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William

this would be a perfect venue if Bulgaria were to win the adult contest one day!????

beccaboo1212
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Yippee!!! 😀
…except, um, there’s one catch.
BNT will have to cut the capacity down to about 9,000 :/

oooops
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oooops

Where are the 2 last junior awards, I have been waiting for around 5 months.

2015!
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2015!

Jesc sucks. Eurovision great.
Bad songs, ”over excited children”, bad staging and so boring.
I’ve watched a vid of the results (points giving) how can anyone take junior eurovision serieus… i hope my country will withdraw from the contest as soon as possible. Shame contest…

Evan
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Evan

@Mario, the heart only appears in the adult Eurovision, the JESC logos have never featured a heart in them. This logo revamp just brought the fonts to be in line with the new Adult Eurovision logo.

Daniel
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Daniel

I am crying tears of joy.

Mario My Gay Diamond Vision of Gay Love!
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Mario My Gay Diamond Vision of Gay Love!

Oh i noticed that there is no heart anymore as the *V* in the loggo of Euro Vision..!
So possibly will the whole logo of EuroVision change 4 next year and a whole different brand new one will make its great appearance 4 the 61st Vision..??

Darren
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Darren

Shame last years winner declined to host, It would have been nice to see Italy host a Eurovision event in one of their beautiful cities. However, I am sure Bulgaria and Sofia in general, will pull off an amazing show 🙂
Also looking forward to Ireland’s debut 🙂 singing in As Gaelige!!! 😛 Im pretty sure Ireland will stand a massive chance of winning as not a lot of countries usually participate 🙂 Should be good

Marco Antonio
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Marco Antonio

WOW! This year we will have in JESC an arena with the same capacity than ESC xD

day one
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day one

Maybe now they will want to return to Eurovision 🙂

It’s not that BNT couldn’t afford it its just they didn’t really want to spend money on a contest they never did well in.

AquaWarrior13
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AquaWarrior13

Finally, a bigger arena! Can’t wait for the contest…

Ewan
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Ewan

Perfect venue! A great size for JESC, i think Bulgaria will really pull this off well.