Executive supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev has stated that the contest started to decline after 2006 when they failed to keep several countries in and says that his focus for 2014 will be to keep the 2013 competitors in and hopefully introduce some new countries. Possible entrants could be Germany and Hungary who sent people to Kiev last year, Poland who has returned to both ESC and Young Dancers, as well as much talked about Spain and Italy. Spanish fans especially have been clamouring for Eurojunior to return for years.
The steering group has recently met in Malta to discuss the planning of the event. The steering group is comprised of:
• Ekaterina Orlova (Chairwoman)
• Vladislav Yakovlev (EBU Executive Supervisor)
• Viktoria Romanova (NTU, as organiser in 2013)
• Anja Zegwaard (AVROTROS, as organiser in 2012)
• Tine Matulessy (SVT)
• Olga Salamakha (BTRC)
• Anton Attard (PBS, as organiser in 2014)
So far we have heard these rules:
The running order will be determined by a random draw held at the Opening Ceremony as in 2013. The kids will pick their positions in the show out of a hat. In a slight change, there will be no wildcards or host country preference – so all countries will be drawing their starting positions at random.
2013 was also the first time that trophies were awarded for the artists finishing in second and third place. This will continue in 2014, although it won’t be part of the ‘on-screen’ television show. The participants finishing second and third will be awarded their trophies in the press conference after the show.
Songs eligible for the competition may be between 2:45 and 3:00 minutes in length, and may only be released from 1 May 2014.