Ever since France won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the French national broadcaster expressed their interest in hosting the event, the first Eurovision event since 1978. The EBU and France Televisions have now confirmed that the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is indeed going to be taking place in France next year.
President of France Televisions and EBU President-elect, Delphine Ernotte Cunci, stated the following:
I am very happy that France Télévisions is organizing the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in France in 2021. Valentina represented our country brilliantly by winning the 2020 edition. Consequently, it was obvious to host the next event in France. This is a strong new initiative for us, which underscores the importance France Télévisions attaches to Eurovision, the EBU and Europe. Let us all hope that Junior Eurovision 2021 can take place under normal conditions in France and it will be a time of great celebrations for many Europeans.
The Head of Entertainment at France Televisions, Alexandra Redde-Amiel added:
29 November 2020 will always be engraved in our memories thanks to Valentina’s magnificent victory at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This incredible adventure isn’t over! It truly is an achievement and an honour for the entire France Télévisions entertainment team to organize one of the biggest shows in the world in France. We can’t wait to welcome the EBU teams, all the participants and the European delegations next year and offer them a special show.
The exact dates and the city where the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is going to be held are yet to be announced. The Executive Supervisor of Eurovision Events at the EBU, Mr. Martin Osterdahl said:
We know how excited the whole team in France are to be staging the 19th edition of the Contest and we’re looking forward to working with them on growing the competition and producing a great show in 2021.
Give another listen to the winner of Junior Eurovision 2020 – Valentina and “J’imagine”: