Bulgaria 2015

For all the news about the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia.

Destiny Chukunyere to Sofia

Destiny Chukunyere to Sofia

In their artist selection show tonight, Malta have selected Destiny Chukunyere to represent them in the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Last year’s hosts will pick Destiny’s song at a later date. Destiny sang Think in tonight’s show and managed to see off the other competitors, including the hyped Veronica Rotin. Rotin was last year’s Junior Eurovision interval act and now finished in second. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, later this year. Destiny Chukunyere (watch commentators pronounce that one) will be hoping to keep Malta’s good run in the contest going. For now, you can watch Destiny’s performance from tonight below:
Ukraine confirmed for Junior Eurovision

Ukraine confirmed for Junior Eurovision

Earlier today, the 12th participating country for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest was revealed, and it’s Ukraine. Ukraine pulled out of the adult competition this year, so there was understandably some doubt within the fan community about whether or not they would be on board for its junior counterpart, but they have now confirmed they will be participating for the tenth year in a row, and have released details about the national selection process. NTU, the national broadcaster, has opened applications to all singers aged between 10 and 15, who have until Friday 24 July to apply. Then a semi-final will be held on Saturday 25 July in front of a jury who will select the national finalists. The exact date for the national final has not yet been announced. Ukraine has participated at Junior Eurovision 9 times, hosted twice (2009 and 2013) and won once in 2012 when Anastasiya Petryk performed ‘Nebo.’ Click here to read up on all the other developments that have taken place in the Junior Eurovision world so far this year, and stay tuned for those that have yet to come!
Junior Eurovision 2015 – The Story So Far…

Junior Eurovision 2015 – The Story So Far…

Sitting almost exactly halfway between the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna and the 2016 Contest in Stockholm (in terms of time of course, not geography) comes the 13th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It seems quite far away, and the contest may not have even registered on your radar in the past, but it keeps growing, with last year’s event being praised for both production values and quality of songs. Maybe your post-Eurovision depression is pretty bad this year and you want something to tide you over, maybe you’ve heard about how good last year’s contest was and feel like jumping on board this year, or maybe you’ve been so wrapped up in the dissecting the voting from Vienna and speculating where the Swedish Eurovision will be hosted that you’ve not been abreast of all the developments so far. Whichever of these is true, we’ve put together this handy guide with all the essential details that we already know about this year’s contest. Where is it? Although the winning country is not obliged to host the following year’s contest, the last two winners, Ukraine and Malta, accepted the opportunities and hosted successful contests, so when Italy’s Vincenzo Cantiello won last …
No Swedish JESC participation; Cyprus in danger?

No Swedish JESC participation; Cyprus in danger?

News from the land of Junior Eurovision, but it’s not good news… Swedish broadcaster SVT will not participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Also CyBC, the Cypriot broadcaster, may see their participation in danger… SVT has a new Director at their children’s channel and they are currently undergoing a restructure there, meaning that the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest simply does not fit into their 2015 plans. There is no word on how the restructure will influence participation in upcoming years. Cyprus, like Sweden, don’t have a problem with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest putting their participation in danger. As announced on Twitter, the broadcaster simply didn’t plan any budget for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, but a solution is still being looked at. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will take place later this year in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Junior Eurovision theme and logo presented

Junior Eurovision theme and logo presented

The theme and logo for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been revealed. The concept was presented by BNT yesterday and approved by the EBU Steering Group. Viara Ankova of the Bulgarian National Television described the theme, saying that creativity makes us all curious and inquisitive, therefore we start to #discover the world around us. The idea of a dandelion being blown is inspired by Bulgaria’s beautiful nature” explains Viara. Junior Eurovision will be held in Armeec Arena in Sofia, Bulgaria on 13 November 2015.
Sofia confirmed as JESC 2015 host city

Sofia confirmed as JESC 2015 host city

Sofia’s Armeec Arena will be the venue for Bulgaria’s first hosting of a Eurovision event, when the Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place later this year. The adapted logo for 2015 presents the event as ‘Bulgaria 2015’, rather than specifically Sofia, as the intention is to consider it a nationwide event. Runners-up at Junior Eurovision 2014, Bulgaria’s BNT have taken on the mantle of hosting in 2015 following Italy declining the opportunity. The event will be held on 21 November, provisionally at 19:30cet. The Armeec Arena was opened in 2011 and has a maximum seating capacity of 15,000, although this shall need to be reduced in order to fit the stage and technical equipment necessary for the staging and broadcasting of the event. BNT Director General, Vyara Ankova stated with great enthusiasm the opportunity they have been granted, thanks to the runner-up successes of Krisia, Hassan and Ibrahim in Malta. “This is a unique chance for BNT and Bulgaria to host one of the most prestigious music competitions in Europe. We loved participating in the 2014 event put on by PBS Malta and were very impressed by the renewed energy, commitment and enormous talents of the children.  We believe that …
TG4 to début in Junior Eurovision

TG4 to début in Junior Eurovision

It has just been revealed that Ireland will début during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Irish-language broadcaster TG4 has agreed to participating in the contest. Rumours about the Irish participation had been going around for years. It is of interest to note that as TG4 is an Irish-language broadcaster, they have announced that their Junior Eurovision entry will be in Irish as well. That’ll be the first time since 1972 for Irish to grace the Eurovision stage. The submission for children aged 10 to 15 is now open in Ireland, so if you’re in that range of age, can sing in Irish and, obviously, are from Ireland: Apply HERE!
Two countries interested in hosting Junior Eurovision 2015

Two countries interested in hosting Junior Eurovision 2015

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was won by Italy, but RAI will not host the contest in 2015. Two other countries have however expressed interest in hosting the 2015 edition. After Vincenzo Cantiello won the contest for Italy in November, RAI had the first option of hosting Junior Eurovision 2015. After a few months of talks and meetings, RAI have now decided they can not host the competition. JESC Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev said: 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. However, two other countries are interested in hosting the 2015 competition. It has not been announced which two countries are now bidding to let the competition take place in their respective countries, but a decision is expected to be announced at the end of this …
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