PBS CEO John Bundy said that while the venue at the Mediterranean Conference Centre may be small, the delivery of the show will be big.
“Small venue, Big performance” – John Bundy
Addressing a joint EBU-PBS Press conference, the EBU executive supervisor Mr Jon Ola Sand said that this is the 14th edition of the junior Eurovision Song Contest As such, it was time for the EBU to take stock of the situation and make any changes deemed necessary to keep the show relevant to the programming and to the aspirations of the countries.
“”It is very important to change and take stock, particularly in a media scenario which, over the past decade has evolved considerably” – Jon Ola Sand
“It is very important to change and take stock, particularly in a media scenario which, over the past decade has evolved considerably” said Mr Sand. He said that one major change was that the timing of the show went to an earlier time band. This was done, after consultation with national broadcasters, who felt that a late evening show, while suitable for an adult audience, was not really suited for a children’s show. This issue was exacerbated by the fact that the different time zones o the broadcasting companies threw the timings of the show into TV time slots which were very late. Mr Sand also said that this is the first time that televoting will be omitted and an expert panel will be introduced instead.
The Executive producer of this year’s show for PBS, Mr Charles Dalli said that PBS built on the experience and lessons which were learnt from the previous experience. “Each show, however, has its own story” said Mr Dalli “This time round we are showcasing Valletta as the capital of Malta with it’s beautiful architecture and culture” Mr Dalli said that the concept of the Green Room this year was being changed to introduce the idea of performers interacting with the audience.
” Showcasing Valletta’s beauty” – Charles Dalli
Mr Sand stressed that the Junior Eurovision Song Contest could not and should not be a mini-version of the Eurovision song contest. He said that this contest for young adults had its own narrative and style and the EBU was doing its best to show non-participating countries what they were missing. “They will be sorry, when they see this year’s show” smiled Mr Bundy in conclusion.