“We won’t participate in Junior Eurovision this year. What’s the reason? We live in poverty and didn’t save money up. It’s difficult to say if we’ll return in 2013. For example, we also make weekly TV-programme for children. With the money which are necessary to spend for participating in the Junior Eurovision we can produce it for one year – with 4 actors, scenario writer’s service and fairy-tale as performance. It’s very large expenses for only one annual live broadcast.
It’s difficult to find sponsors for children. If we live better, we will participate. Lack of money is only reason. We haven’t any another stumbling blocks. Estonians made a decision not to participate in Junior Eurovision straight away. As for us, we aren’t up to scratch with adults’ Song Contest financially. If you need to make a choice between Junior and grown-ups’ Eurovision, of course, you will choose adults’ because of bigger ratings and larger interest of auditorium.
In 2011 San-Marino gave up at the last moment. Because when EBU told them how much money participant had to spend…” Gruzite said.
Last year Latvia was represented in Yerevan by Amanda Bashmakova who came last.