Australian broadcaster SBS has announced that they will not be sending an entry for the 2021 Junior Eurovision Contest which will be held in Paris, France. This follows the news that fellow Australian broadcaster ABC would not participate either.
A spokesperson for SBS issued a statement via Aussievision, stating the following:
“Due to the current travel restrictions, Australia will not be competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021”SBS on Junior Eurovision, via Aussievision
SBS was the broadcaster responsible for Australia’s participation in the Junior contest in 2015 and 2016, after which ABC took over this role. ABC confirmed earlier this week through Eurofestivales that they would not be sending an entry for the 2021 edition. This means that Australia will not be competing in the Junior Eurovision Contest for a second year in a row.
This news comes despite the EBU announcing that it has plans to include live-on-tape performances for the participants that are unable to travel to France.
What we currently know about the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Junior Eurovision 2021 will take place in Paris, France following Valentina’s victory in JESC 2020 with “J’imagine”. The contest will be held in La Seine Musicale on December 19th.
Currently, 15 countries have confirmed that they will participate:
- France (Host)
- North Macedonia
You can keep up with our JESC 2021 coverage here.
Australia’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Australia debuted in the JESC in 2015, finishing 8th with the song “My Girls” performed by Bella Paige. They have finished in the top 10 every time they competed. Australia’s best result so far has been 3rd place, which they managed in 2017 with Isabella Clarke’s “Speak Up” and in 2018 with Jael Wena’s “Champion.” They last competed in 2019, with Jordan Anthony singing the song “We Will Rise,” finishing 8th.
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News source: Aussievision
Photo source: EBU/ABC