As we find ourselves progressing further into a new Eurovision year, more and more events are being added to the schedule. Here is a run-down of the important events happening in October 2023 (that we know of):
Junior Eurovision 2023
This month will see more countries stage their national finals to select their entries for Junior Eurovision 2023, including:
🇮🇪 Ireland – Junior Eurovision Éire 2023
Ireland’s Junior Eurovision Éire returns for another season to see who will follow in Sophie Lennon’s footsteps. Hosted by Louise Cantillo and Darragh Ó Caoimh, the first part of the competition consisted of four heats that took place throughout September. The qualifying acts will now compete in a semi-final on 1st October, followed by the final on 8th October. All shows will be broadcast on TG4 and available to watch live online via their website.
🇺🇦 Ukraine – National Selection 2023
Ukraine will once again use a national selection to choose its JESC 2023 entry. The show will take place on Sunday 1st October and feature five artists competing to represent Ukraine in Nice. The winner will be determined by a 50/50 split between a public televote and an expert jury. Additionally, the public have also voted on the jury make-up from a field of ten candidates. The show is set to air on Suspilne Culture in Ukraine and viewers can also stream the shows live online via Suspilne’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
🎶 Junior Eurovision Song Releases
As we get closer to the live final of Junior Eurovision 2023 on 26th November, we can expect most countries to release their entries throughout October. Some broadcasters have already confirmed the reveal dates for their songs. This is includes Spain, who will release Sandra Valero’s “Loviu” on Tuesday 3rd October, and Germany, who will release the full version of Fia’s “Ohne Worte” on Friday 13th October, after selecting her in an online vote last month. For the rest, be sure to keep checking in at That Eurovision Site for the latest breaking news.
While it’s still early days for development in the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, that doesn’t mean that things aren’t moving along behind the scenes. Here are some things that we may hear about next month that we don’t currently have exact dates for.
🗓️A Full Country List Announcement???
Broadcasters have been individually confirming their participation in the 2024 contest all summer, but we will likely know the full list of participating countries later this month. This is because the final deadline for broadcasters to withdraw without incurring a financial penalty is Friday 13th October. Past announcements have also followed closely after this deadline. Will anyone else join Luxembourg in returning to Eurovision? We shall see…
🇲🇹 Malta Eurovision Song Contest Participants to be Revealed
Malta’s national final will return for another year, albeit with some major changes to the format. Following the close of the submission window on 20th September, broadcaster PBS is set to announce the lucky semi-finalists at some point in the month of October. The final stage of the competition is set to take place in January.
Beyond October 2023
As you can see, a lot is happening in October, but things will only heat up further as the year comes to a close. We’re looking forward to celebrating the Junior Eurovision final in November, followed by the start of National Final season this winter! We’ll be back next month to let you know what you should be on the lookout for. In the meantime, check out the TES Calendar to stay up to date!
Which October 2023 events are you most excited about? Do you think we will get a full ESC 2024 country list this month? Let us know in the comments or on social media. Be sure to follow ‘That Eurovision Site’ on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for the latest updates as we head toward JESC 2023 and Eurovision 2024!
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