It has been confirmed today that RAI of Italy will not be hosting the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. However it has been announced that two countries have both submitted their interest to the EBU about hosting the contest.
Vladislav Yakovlev the Executive Supervisor said that:
Over the past couple of months, we have had detailed discussions with RAI of Italy about the possibility for them to host this year’s contest. Unfortunately they are not in a position to hold the competition in Italy, but we thank them immensely for looking into the possibility of hosting. That an organisation such as RAI would explore all possibilities to host Junior Eurovision, despite only having taken part once, shows that Junior Eurovision is heading in the right direction.
The two countries that have expressed their interest are expected to be Bulgaria and Malta. Bulgaria has been very vocal in their interest in having the contest and bringing Eurovision to the country for the first time ever. While Malta have previously said that they would host the contest again.
It is expected that a decision will be taken by the end of the month.