On Saturday night during “Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light”, Warsaw was announced as the host city of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest – however the Polish bid submitted to the Eurovision Broadcasting Union had Krakow as the host city.
The President of Krakow has fallen out with TVP over the funding of this year’s Contest. The city of Krakow was unlikely to make any money through tourism due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Increased funding would’ve been required with the possible removal of the audience (something highly likely with the Warsaw TV studio set-up) at the Tauron Arena or the need for audience temperature checks before entrance to the arena. The President of Krakow deemed this as unnecessary spending:
“If someone accuses me of spending money senselessly, for completely unnecessary things, and then tells me to give PLN 1.5million for the organisation of Junior Eurovision, then I see a certain contradiction. I wrote that I can’t “throw money”. Now Eurovision will be in Warsaw.”
Author: Richard Taylor