With 16 competing entries, Junior Eurovision 2014 in Malta was the biggest edition of Junior Eurovision since 2007. It featured three debuts (Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia), four returning countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Serbia), and one very sunny island. We packed our sun tan lotion and enjoyed jam after jam.
We hoped that this year’s contest, held in Sofia, Bulgaria, would be even bigger. So far, not so good. Today it emerged that Iceland has turned down the chance to debut at the contest, and Lithuania has said it has no plans to return. We can picture the behind-the-scenes negotiations.
“Iceland, would you like to participate in Junior Eurovision 2015?”
And what if Michele Perniola asked really nicely?
Right. Lithuania joins fellow Baltic country Latvia in abstaining from a return, having last participated in 2011. They once placed third, in 2008, but haven’t done all that well in the contest otherwise.
Iceland was heavily rumored to debut in last year’s contest. They stayed away and, despite seeing the success of the show in Malta, still aren’t convinced by JESC.
Andorra, Austria, and the Czech Republic have also ruled out a debut this year, and the United Kingdom has ruled out a return. However, Ireland confirmed its debut earlier this year, and several countries, such as Germany and Hungary, are still looking to potentially participate.
What countries are you excited to see in this year’s Junior Eurovision?