German broadcasters NDR, ZDF and KiKA have announced that they have joined forces for a debut at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Warsaw. Germany will be the 40th and final Big Five country to participate in the Contest.
Dr. Astrid Plenk, the Director of Programming at KiKA, had the following to say:
“I’m absolutely delighted to have succeeded in getting Germany involved in this wonderful European Song Contest, and to be broadcasting it on (dedicated kids channel) KiKA. Together with NDR and ZDF, we found a wonderful approach to creative collaboration which plays to all of our respective strengths. It will be a major event for our KiKA audience and for the whole family.”
Micheal Stumpf, the Director of Children’s and Youth Content at ZDF, had the following to say:
“ZDF are pleased to have secured Levent Geiger, a finalist in last year’s ‘Your Song’, to compose the German entry. He will also be involved in the casting, and will accompany the young performer on every step along the way to the big night in Warsaw.”
Ole Kampowski, the Director of Children’s and Youth Content at NDR, had the following to say:
“Since 1996, the NDR has been the leading broadcaster for German involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s fantastic that we’ll be delivering the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time together with KiKA and ZDF. This year’s slogan, ‘Move the World’, is highly symbolic, encouraging children to take an active part in shaping their world. That’s why it will also play a role in the music video we are producing.”
Germany were on the list of participating countries for the inaugural Contest back in 2003, however later withdrew. KiKA however did broadcast the Contest in 2003. NDR broadcast the Contest online in 2015 and 2016.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: NDR & junioreurovision.tv