Victoria Romanova (NTU), Roman Keryk (NTU) and Vladislav Yakovlev (EBU) held a press conference this afternoon to give their thoughts on this year’s Junior Eurovision, and future editions.
Victoria Romanova, Deputy Director of NTU, thanked all the delegations, press and fans for being in Kiev and gave an overview of the schedule to date and in the coming days. She talked about the unity and friendship as core values of the contest and the responsibility of the host broadcaster NTU since it is the second time that Ukraine hosts the Junior Eurovision in 4 years. Becoming only the second country to host the contest twice.
Roman Keryk, Executive Producer of the Contest, talked about the technical details of the stage and put emphasis on the fact that the highest standards of safety and technology have been implemented in the venue. He went on to praise the technical crew, who have made the contest possible.
Finally Vladislav Yakovlev, Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, thanked both the press and the fans for being in Kiev and promoting this contest and said he was “impressed” by the creativity of the Ukranian host, and went on to promise “surprises” in the coming days.
He went on to announce that although there is no decision about the host broadcaster for the 2014 Junior Eurovision, some delegations from countries that have never taken part in the contest will be present in Kiev during the show, and that the EBU keeps on working to have as many countries as possible in Junior Eurovision. We understand that a total of 2 countries are in Kiev looking at possibly taking part next year.
The press also brought up a number of subjects such as complaints about the difficulties to book tickets from outside Ukraine and the short notice to get them before the show as well as what can both the Eurovision Song Contest and the Junior Eurovision learn fom each other, like for example the draw.
The EBU and the NTU took notice of the issues raised about the tickets and have said they will work on it to avoid the same issues in next years contest. We know of a number of fans who tried to book tickets but were left confused by the lack of English speaking people on the end of the booking line.
It is unclear whether the details about the lack of payment to the production company by NTU were brought up or not. We do however understand that the EBU are aware of the situation.