Eurovision Ireland reports that Armenia is the only nation to be considering to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
According to sources that have spoken to Eurovision Ireland, only Armenia is currently considering bidding to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. Eurovision Ireland reports that no other nation has submitted a bid to host the competition next year.
Armenia’s hosting of the 2019 contest is reportedly dependent on changes to the rules of the competition. In addition the broadcaster is wishing to see changes to the format of the competition should they host. Armenia had been critical of the move to online voting after the platform crashed during the final of the 2017 contest.
The reporting that only one country is wanting to host the 2019 contest comes in contrast to comments made earlier today by Jon Ola Sand the Head of Live Events at the EBU. At a press conference Jon Ola Sand stated;
Regarding the country that will host Junior Eurovision 2019, the decision has not yet been made. But we will consider the possibility that the winner of this year will hold the competition in their own country. However, it should be noted that many countries want to host this competition, they see what is happening in Belarus, and would like to arrange a competition of the same scale.
According to Jon Ola Sand the host country for Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be decided after this years competition. The winner of the 2018 contest will be offered the right to host. If they turn down the right to host then the Steering Group will select the hosts from the bids submitted to the EBU.
Source: Eurovision Ireland