Christmas has come early for Malta as they are revealed as the hosts of Junior Eurovision 2014. The EBU and PBS had been in discussions over the contest since the day after the 2013 contest. Yesterday it emerged that Vladislav Yakolev the Executive Supervisor for Junior Eurovision was in Malta, photos on the Junior Eurovision Facebook page showed him at the headquarters of PBS and also the the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre.
Anton Attard the CEO of PBS said in response to the news this afternoon that:
We’re proud of our local girl, Gaia Cauchi winning Junior Eurovision in Kyiv in December and want to continue to showcase our talents here.
Vladislav Yakovlev, Junior Eurovision Executive Supervisor went on to say that:
We’re really happy that Malta has signed the paperwork so quickly to host in 2014, and it now means that we can move with full steam ahead to next year’s competition! I have been very impressed by PBS’ enthusiasm for the contest, and look forward to working with them as the host broadcaster. It’s a bit of a cliché, but, the hard work starts now!
The JESC is a competition, but it is also a celebration of youth achievement.As a public service broadcaster and also a small island, our vision is to unite Europe in a musical feast.
This will be the first time that Malta has ever hosted a Eurovision contest, however it is widely known that Malta is Eurovision mad, so we expect the island to get fully behind the contest next year. The venue for the contest has not been announced, nor have the dates, however these will be confirmed in 2014.
You can watch a video below in which the Chairman of PBS talks about Malta’s aims for the 2014 contest:
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