As the submission deadline has passed, the EBU has revealed that a total of 13 countries are going to be competing at this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Warsaw.
The 13 competing countries are:
- The Netherlands
This year’s competition is going to have a very unique format. The show is going to be held live in a TV studio in Warsaw, where the TV hosts and all the crew are going to be socially distancing. Due to the travel restrictions, all of the competing songs will be performed in a studio in each participating country. The Executive Supervisor, Mr. Martin Osterdahl, made the following statement:
Travel restrictions and the ongoing issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic mean regrettably we cannot bring all the artists to Poland to compete in person at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year.
We are determined however that the show must go on and that this competition, held annually since 2003, must continue. Despite the changes this year, all the talented youngsters chosen to represent their countries will still have an equal chance to shine, and, as is tradition, families from around the world will be able to vote for their favourite songs online.
To make the competition more fair, each of the participating countries are going to build stages with similar layout and technical set-up in order to film the performances of their selected artist(s). And although the participants are not going to be in Poland during the Contest, the Junior Eurovision digital platforms will provide opportunities for all those taking part in the competition to share their experiences and perform together.
Mr Osterdahl added:
Bringing families together is a core mission of public service media and as we reimagine the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the times we currently live in we are committed to ensuring that everyone taking part this year, from the young singers around Europe to the audience at home, enjoy a positive and unifying experience.
We are grateful to all our colleagues at TVP for rising to the challenge of producing an ambitious live international TV production that will travel the world as well as “Move the World”.
The 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 29th of November, and the show starts at 5pm CET. Poland won last year’s edition of the Contest with “Superhero” by Viki Gabor – give it a listen right here: