Eurovision 2020

#JESC20: How This Year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest Will Work

The 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will look very different from what we are use to. Due to the ongoing travel restrictions, this year’s participating acts will be performing from their home countries, in a TV studio with a similar set-up, to ensure fair play.

The show will be hosted by the Polish presenters in Warsaw, where the Interval Acts will also perform live.

Martin Osterdahl, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor had the following to say:

“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.

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”.”

Jacek Kurski, the President of Polish Television (TVP), had the following to say:

“Every year the Junior Eurovision Song Contest unites young artists, their loved ones and music fans all over the world.

It is an undeniable celebration of the talent of people who are just entering the world of music. That is why it is so important to create space and conditions for them to show their talent despite this year’s difficulties. Just as during the spectacular show last year, TVP will do its best to provide young artists and the great international Eurovision family with a wonderful, unforgettable experience.”

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