Junior Eurovision – May the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011 have been the last of its sort? It seems more and more likely that the 2012 edition will not be able to be held as more and more countries announce their disinterest in the format.The crisis may well end in the cancellation of Junior Eurovision 2012. The contest is supposed to be held this December in Amsterdam.
According to esckaz.com Latvia and Lithuania join the long list of EBU members who will not participate this year. The head of the Lithuanian delegation said that due to the royalties for the broadcast of Euro 2012 and the Olymic Games from London, LRT’s budget does not allow a Lithuanian participation in the contest.
Latvia did not give specific reasons for the decision but it is no secret, that the Latvian national broadcaster also faces severe financial problems at the moment. To date only 8 countries have announced their participation. Macedonia and Moldova are still elaborating a possible participation. The deadline for participation is this Friday. For the contest to be held in the current format, at least 11 countries have to participate as otherwise there would not be enough countries to give the traditional 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10 and 12 points to.
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