The head of the Lithuanian delegation, Audrius Giržadas, confirmed to Eurofestivales that Lithuania won’t be returning at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
For the reason of that decision Giržadas stated that the costs of participation at the children edition of the contest are quite high for the LRT while the number of audience watching the show is low.
Lithuania made their debut at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with “Kai miestas snaudžia” by Lina Jurevičiute, the year after they managed to achieve their best result at the contest when “Laiminga Diena” Egle Jurgaitytė ended on 3rd place you can check the performance of it below. In 2009 they withdrew because of the financial problems they also took part at Junior Eurovision 2010 and 2011. Their final withdrawal from the show came in 2012 because LRT didn’t have the budget to broadcast all the events which were organised that year.
The countries which confirmed their participation at Junior Eurovision 2021 so far are Ukraine, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Russia, Ireland ,Georgia. Poland and Portugal who has also selected their entrant for the contest.Albania is expected to make their decision by the end of this month while broadcasters from San Marino, Slovakia, Moldova, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, Iceland, Bulgaria, Norway, Finland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales, Czech Republic as well as Belgian broadcasters VRT and RTBF confirmed they won’t be taking part at the show. The contest will take place on 19th of December in Paris .
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