The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place on the 19th December 2021. ESC Plus were told by the EBU that multiple scenarios are being considered so the contest can run smoothly. How the contest goes ahead is dependant on several factors regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The EBU has outlined three scenarios in how Junior Eurovision 2021 could go ahead.
Sceanrio A – Normal Contest
Contest runs as normal, with the full capacity crowd, however this is unlikely judging by how France’s vaccination programme is going. By December 2021 it is expected 80% of the country will be fully vaccinated.
Scenario B – Contest with restrictions
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will run similarly to Eurovision 2021 where delegations will travel to France. There will be strict social distancing in force during the contest. Like with Eurovision 2021, countries would be required to film a Live on tape performance in case anyone tested positive during the rehearsal week. There would be a audience but again like Eurovision 2021 a negative PCR would be needed in order to enter the venue.
Scenario C – Contest with travel restrictions
This is similar to Scenario B however this accounts for travel restrictions to France. This scenario is where some delegations will be required to stay at home however would still be able to take part . The performance would be recorded at home then played live to viewers on the night.
What we know about Junior Eurovision 2021 so far
Junior Eurovision 2021 will take place in Paris, the French capital. The venue which will host the contest is the La Seine Musicale. In the coming weeks the EBU will confirm a full list of competing countries for year’s contest. France won the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song J’imagine sung by Valentina; the song scored 200 points in the final on 29th November 2020. You can listen to Valentina’s winning song here:
Who is competing at this year’s Junior Eurovision
The following countries have so far confirmed their participation at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest:
- France (Host)
- The Netherlands
- North Macedonia
News Source: ESC Plus Espana
Photo Source: Natahlie Guyon