Following Martin Österdahl’s COMMENTS regarding bringing Northern Europe countries back to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2023, one Scandinavian country has already decided against a return.
DR, the Danish national broadcaster, has once again revealed that they will not return to the Contest, but also highlighted that some of their concerns have already been worked on. Marlene Boel, DR Head of Children’s Programming, had the following to say:
“I am aware that Junior Eurovision has developed over the years and has also addressed some of the criticism that DR had of the show when we withdrew in 2006. But right now, Junior Eurovision is neither a priority for us or something we are interested in participating in.
For us, MGP is something we organise, and for us all the participants are winners. We do not believe that participating in a competition such as Junior Eurovision will improve the children’s offer at home. We direct our focus on the tasks that we think are relevant for the children. So a no to Junior Eurovision must also be seen as an underlining that the MGP is super important to us, and that we therefore choose to focus our efforts to lift that programme.”
Author: Richard Taylor