November 21, 2019

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On the 15th November, Malta will be hosting this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and all the information making up the spectacle is being presented during the course of the day at the Heads of Delegation Meeting organised by the European Broadcasting Union and the Public Broadcasting Services. After confirming earlier reports of the 16 participating countries, a spectacular stage has now been presenting, noting that this will not only be used for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, but also for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015, which is being held on the 22nd November.

Designed by Claudio Santucci, of the Milan-based company Gio’Forma, the concept is that of origami, inspired by the triangle found in the logo of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest logo. John McCullagh, the Creative Director states “It’s a very flexible and easy to use shape” adding that “the ancient art of Origami shows us how something simple can be transformed into something much more complex with just a little patience, practiced, and understanding. Our origami set is, therefore, the blank canvas on which the delegations can tell their story”.

At the event,  which will be featuring newcomers; Italy, Montenegro & Slovenia as well as returning countries; Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria & Cyprus, Malta will be represented by Federica Falzon and her entry “Diamonds” co-written by Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca, Federica Falzon and Gillian Attard. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Junior Eurovision Song Contest (Official Website)

Since 2010, Romania has been absent from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, owing to lack of interest and an extremely disappointing last place finish back in 2009 with the track 'Ai Puterea în Mâna Ta' sung by Ioana Bianca Anuta. In a reply to an email sent to Bianca Dinescu of TVR, a representative of the public broadcaster in Romania, the chances of participation have been significantly downplayed.

"As the situation lays, I don’t think there are chances to participate". Bianca believes that there might be better news for 2015 though. Romania was one of the first countries to partake in the international competition, with their seven consecutive participations commencing in 2003 and coming to an end in 2009. During their seven year stint, their best result was a fourth place finish in 2004 with the track 'Îți Mulțumesc' performed by Noni Ene. Further to that though, they managed a top eight result on another two occasions, in 2005 and 2006, respectively. We urge you to stay tuned to even on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVR

In just a couple of months, Malta will be playing host to this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest having been chosen by the European Broadcasting Union following their victory with "The Start" co-written by Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb, Matthew Mercieca and Gaia Cauchi, the latter also responsible for the superb vocals.

With the Steering Committee travelling to Malta twice, first time round to analyse the potential venues and second time round to make some announcements, as well as see what vision the Public Broadcasting Services has for the event, the European Broadcasting Union has officially confirmed the Malta Shipbuilding in Marsa as the host venue. Just ten minutes away from Valletta, and with an estimated 4500 capacity, the Malta Shipbuilding "is a challenge" but will provide a "wonderful setting for Junior Eurovision" according to Anja Zegwaars of AVROTROS in The Netherlands.

The Malta Shipbuilding in Marsa has already played host to an event in recent months with the Music & Steel Festival featuring acts such as; Red Electrick, Tribali, The Rifffs and Airport Impressions amongst others. The acoustics in the venue are astonishing and will provide a fantastic setup for what should prove to be a great show. We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta.