With just about 125 days to go, we will be heading to Paris, France for the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will be the nineteenth edition of the competition. This will also mark the first time that France will be hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
France’s hosting of the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, comes after they achieved their first win in the contest, with Valentina and the song “J’Imagine”, with her entry topping both the Jury and the Online Vote, where she received 200 Points overall.
When and where is it taking place?
Shortly after winning the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU and France Télévisions have revealed that France will be hosting the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Since then, it was revealed in May 2021, that “Paris” will be hosting the 19th edition of the competition, which will take place on December 19, 2021, at La Seine Musicale, which can accommodate up to 6,000 spectators. The slogan for the competition is “Imagine”, an ode to last year’s winner Valentina who won with the song “J’Imagine”.
Who is due to participate?
At the time of writing, 14 countries have confirmed that they will be participating, and how they will be selecting their representative for this year’s contest.
- Azerbaijan – Returning after a two-year break, it was revealed that Sona Azizova will be representing them in Paris.
- France (Host Country)
- Georgia – At the time of writing, it is yet to be revealed how Georgia will selecttheir fifteenth Junior Eurovision representative.
- Germany – Three young singers will be competing to be Germany’s second Junior Eurovision representative, which will take place on the 10th September.
- Ireland – Earlier this year, Ireland opened submissions in search of their Junior Eurovision 2021 representative. It is yet to be revealed how they will be selecting their sixth Junior Eurovision representative.
- Malta – MJESC will once again be used to select Malta’s seventeenth Junior Eurovision representative, which will take place on the 9th October.
- The Netherlands – Jr Songfestival will once agian be used to select The Netherlands’ nineteenth Junior Eurovision representative, which will take place on the 25th September.
- North Macedonia – The Balkan nation will be returning after taking a break in 2020. It is yet to be revealed how they will be selecting their sixteenth Junior eurovision representative.
- Poland – After its continued success, Poland has once again opted to use Szansa na Sukces to select its eighth Junior Eurovision representative, which will take place on the 26th September.
- Portugal – Returning after taking a break in 2020, Portugal will be returning to the competition, and was even the first country to reveal that Simão Oliveira will be representing them in Paris.
- Russia – Russia is due to select their seventeenth Junior Eurovision representative with a National Final in September.
- Serbia – RTS has opened submissions for interested young artists, and will be open until September 20.
- Spain – RTVE is set to reveal more about their participation in September.
- Ukraine – It is yet to be revealed that UA:Kultura will be organising a National Final in order to select their Junior Eurovision representative.
Who will we not see in Paris?
At the time of writing, the following nations have revealed that they will not be participating at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
In addition to the above, this will be the first year Belarus will not be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest when the EBU suspended its membership in May 2021. Kazakhstan is also yet to reveal if they will be participating in this year.
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News Source: Various Sources
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