Bulgaria to Host Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015Culture | January 27, 2015, Tuesday // 10:11| views
Bulgarian representatives in the 2014 Junior Eurovision Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim, who finished second in last year's competition. Photo: BGNES
Bulgaria will host the 2015 Junior Eurovision after the 2014 winners from Italy withdrew from the organization of the event, officials have confirmed.
In last year's competition, Bulgarian representatives Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim charmed the European audience and came in second place, right behind Vincenzo Cantiello from Italy.
The annual song contest is produced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the winner country is responsible for hosting the next year's event.
As the local organizers must be members of EBU, the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) was chosen as the institution that will be in charge of the Junior Eurovision in November 2015.
BNT's General Director Vyara Ankova said that ''the most important topic for us is the organization of the event and I am glad that we have received a lot of support on that matter''.
The decision was taken on Monday after a meeting of the respective general directors of BNT and the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), Vyara Ankova and Radoslav Yankulov with EBU's Director General Ingrid Deltenre.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva also participated in the meeting.