Malta to host Junior Eurovision 2014!
It’s official: Malta will get to host its first-ever Eurovision, when the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will air live from the Mediterranean island next year! This was confirmed by the EBU.
The junior edition has not shared the tradition of passing the hosting honor to the winning country with its adult counterpart, but after last year’s winning country Ukraine got to host this year, the EBU again invited the winning country to host the contest. PBS, the national broadcaster of Malta, has accepted the invitation. This follows Malta’s first ever Eurovision win, secured by Gaia Cauchi, in Kyiv.
“We’re proud of our local girl, Gaia Cauchi winning Junior Eurovision in Kyiv in December and want to continue to showcase our talents here,” said PBS CEO, Anton Attard, to junioreurovision.tv.
The announcement was made by the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Vladislav Yakolev, “We’re really happy that Malta has signed the paperwork so quickly to host in 2014, and it now means that we can move with full steam ahead to next year’s competition! I have been very impressed by PBS’ enthusiasm for the contest, and look forward to working with them as the host broadcaster. It’s a bit of a cliché, but, the hard work starts now!”
The venue will be decided at a later date in 2014, but already Malta has a Eurovision first; there will be no host city! Instead, the contest will be hosted by all of Malta and will read “Malta 2014.”