Junior Eurovision

Destiny destined JESC for Malta again?

Following Malta’s second victory in the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest there was some discussion about which country will host it next year. Malta hosted the contest last year and the tiny island was capable to raise the bar in terms of production and organisation.
BNT did an excellent job this year. The Bulgarian broadcaster kind of followed the same framework set by PBS, which hosted the junior event after a period where there was a lot of questioning about the future of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
It is no secret that Maltese brains were also behind the scenes to provide support and enable Bulgaria to further raise the bar of the Junior Eurovision production.
PBS officials such as CEO Anton Attard and Gordon Bonello were hired to help BNT produce last Saturday’s show. Gordon Bonello, who was last year’s show producer in Malta kept his position in Bulgaria.
The question now is if Malta is ready to host it yet again. Naturally in the winner’s press conference, PBS CEO Anton Attard was cautious to give a definite answer but the island which really has Eurovision at heart is ready to re-host it again.
Yesterday, Malta’s Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat asked his Finance Minister to find the necessary funds as Malta is keen to welcome again the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Last year the country spent €1.4 million to organise the event.
However, the real question is where the contest will take place? Last year’s venue, a former shipyard in Marsa is turning into a Maritime hub and therefore PBS will have to find other alternatives.
The journey towards the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest may be in it’s initial stages and the ball is yet in Malta’s court, Stay tuned!

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