Today, the United Kingdom surprised British Junior Eurovision Fans, as the BBC announced that they will be participating in the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which is due to take place in Yerevan. The news comes after it has been revealed that the country will be hosting Eurovision 2023.
“Beyond excited to bring the Junior Eurovision Song Contest o the BBC for the first time”
For their participation between 2003-2005, ITV was in charge of its participation. For its participation in 2022, the BBC will be taking over from ITV. Before the UK’s return to the competition, the country was in the competition via Wales (S4C) which participated in the competition in 2018 and 2019.
Patricia Hidalgo, the Director BBC Children’s and Education had the following to say:
‘We are beyond excited to bring the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to the BBC for the first time, and to showcase the diverse young musical talent from across Europe for children and their families to discover and enjoy together. This junior version of Eurovision will undoubtedly encapsulate the same spirit of unity that the adult contest brings, reflecting the heart of what CBBC is all about, an inclusive channel that celebrates the diversity and creativity in all children. I can’t wait to unveil our own musical talent who will proudly represent the UK.’
With the announcement, it has been confirmed that the competition will air on BBC One, CBBC and BBC iPlayer. The search for UK’s Junior Eurovision 2022 representative is on the way, and is being led by CBBC, alongside BBC Studios Entertainment and Music. The UK’s artist & entry, along with the commentators will be revealed in due course.
United Kingdom’s Junior Eurovision Journey
In 2003, the UK was one of the countries that participated in the inaugural edition of the competition with Tom Morley representing them with the song “My Song for the World”, which placed 3rd with 118 points. The UK was close to winning the year after, when Cory Spedding represented them with “The Best is Yet to Come” which placed 2nd.
The UK’s recent participation was in 2005 when Joni Fuller represented them with “How Does It Feel?” where the UK placed 14th with 28 points.
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News Source: BBC
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