Junior Eurovision – The 2012 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is supposed to be held in Amsterdam this fall. Due to extremely low interest, the EBU has now expanded the deadline for broadcasters to confirm their participation. Until June 29, countries interested in participating in the Junior Eurovision can send their proposals to the EBU. So far only Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, the Netherlands and Belgium have confirmed their participation.
The financial crisis affects Europe and, in consequence, their state broadcasters, who find it very expensive to engage in an event of this size. Malta and Cyprus have said no, Italy and San Marino will not (as expected) debut in 2012, Serbia and Romania do not intend to return, Lithuania and Moldova do not have a definitive answer on the subject, yet.
Meanwhile, 2 countries will already chose their song this week: Russia on Sunday and Sweden on Wednesday. Will their choices be made in vain? The future of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest seems to be balanced on a knife-edge.