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JESC’14: EBU In Discussions With Two Of The Big 5

Who Will Be Performing In Malta?
Who Will Be Performing In Malta?

The Junior Eurovision Twitter account has revealed this morning that they are in discussions with two of the Big 5 nations. The Big 5 are the five largest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union, they are France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In the past the United Kingdom, Spain and France have all participated in Junior Eurovision however all have been absent from the contest in recent years. It is thought that these two countries that the EBU are in discussions with are Germany and Italy. Germany had previously informed us that they would not be taking part in this years contest, however it is believed that they will be observing the contest once again in Malta.

Italy looks likely to debut at this years contest in Malta, this is due to San Marino’s successful debut in 2013 with Michele Perniola and with Malta selecting Federica Falzon to represent them on home soil. Federica won the RAI show” Ti Lascio Una Canzone” the same show which Michele Perniola won, it is highly likely that their Junior Eurovision entrant would be one of the participants in the latest series if they do debut at the contest in Malta.

Source: JESC Press

15 thoughts on “JESC’14: EBU In Discussions With Two Of The Big 5”

  1. The two are Spain and Italy. Germany already said That they will not debut. France is highly unlikely and UK will not return. The News of escplus about Spain does not mean they will not participate.

    1. I cannot see Spain taking part, the Head of Delegation for Spain is 100% against taking part in the contest. The only way Spain would take part would be if they get rid of their current HoD.

      1. He Said that f they would take part they will call for songs. TVE needs something like Eurojunior again as their new Production is having very poor viewing figures.

  2. I’m from Italy and I’m hoping that my country will partecipate for the 1st time. Unfortunately I think also that JESC shares stereotypes of young talents and contest of childern deeply different from ours…in the sense that it’s not imaginable (for an Italian) to see a child singing a crappy song like that georgians in these years….Italian audience has a very old and conservative opinions about the use of children in tv…some adults are protesting against shows like Ti Lascio Una Canzone, seen as an exploitment of the image of kids only for share and business. So, the JESC, if Italy will join in the participants, in my opinion, can have some difficulties to be understood and followed. Anyway…FINGERS CROSSED!!

    1. They can still be on the table for discussions, whether they take part is another thing, but if the EBU want Germany in the contest and they can offer a deal NDR can’t refuse then it could happen.

  3. Why not France? Maybe they search for success at JESC (6th place in 2004) after a lack of good places at ESC

      1. France took part once and withdrew because they said “Too much Eurovision kills Eurovision”. The fact that viewing figures for Eurovision have dropped by 1.4 million in the past 2 years is a sign that interest in France is reaching all time lows.

    1. UK would be interesting as it doesn’t mean that it’s the BBC or ITV, it could be S4C?

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