With Junior Eurovision just over 4 months away, Kiev has begun to get ready for host the 2013 contest. This is the second time that Kiev has hosted the contest, the first time being back in 2009. This years contest is also a critical point for the contest as interest in it has hit a new low, with so far only 8 countries confirmed to be taking part.
Vladislav Yakolev is the new Executive Supervisor for the contest and is pushing hard for change in the contest he said that:
“We have a steering group that is revamping the contest to take it into the next stage of its life. Some new format elements will be included in this year’s event, including second and third prizes for outstanding participants as a way to acknowledge the enormous range of talent that our young performers possess.”
NTU the host broadcaster are also incredibly enthusiastic about having the contest back in Ukraine:
“This is perfect for Junior Eurovision 2013. Creativity is one of the four key values of the event, which allows children the freedom to show off their skills and talents to fans, not only in Europe but in the rest of the world,”
Vladislav went on to say that:
“We want the children to enjoy a positive and fun environment that gives them time in the spotlight and a way to joyfully express themselves,”
Countries wanting to take part in this years contest have until the 16th of August. The countries that are confirmed so far are:
There have been suggestions that Malta may be looking at returning to the contest this year. The minimum number of countries that can take part is 12.