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