Although Eurovision may have been cancelled for 2020, Junior Eurovision is still scheduled to take place.
It is due to be held in November in Poland, after Viki Gabor won the 2019 title with her song ‘Superhero’. Poland was confirmed as the host country in March, but no host city has been confirmed yet.
Although a lot can happen between now and November, let's still take a look at where each of the countries who competed in the 2019 edition of the contest sit in terms of preparation for the 2020 contest.
While many countries have yet to provide an update, there is news from the following nations:
Georgia Georgia have confirmed that they will once again participate, and will use the children’s TV show 'Ranina' as their selection method for the third year in a row. The 2020 edition of the show started in late March, and there are 10 competitors in this year’s edition.
Ireland Ireland will be competing again, and will once again select their artist through their national final. Heats for the show took place in March, with the shows to be broadcast on TG4 (Ireland’s Gaelic language TV channel) in the Irish autumn.
Italy Italy have confirmed they will participate in 2020, but have not announced their artist or what their selection process will be. They have however used internal selection since 2016, so may go down that path once again.
Netherlands The Netherlands were very quick to confirm their 2020 participation, confirming only four days after the 2019 Contest took place. They will once again be running their national final, 'Junior Songfestival', with applications having closed in December but it’s unclear when the show will actually air.
Poland The reigning champions and this years hosts are obviously back to defend their title, and will once again use 'Szansa na Sukces – Eurowizja Junior' as their national selection. The show will be held in September and will follow the same formula as last year.
Russia Russia will be participating again this year, and will once again be running a national final. Submission for the selection are open now until 25th August, and the show will be broadcast on 19th September.
Spain and Ukraine Both countries have express interest in competing in 2020, but there has been no official confirmation of participation from either country.
Wales The Welsh broadcaster has said they haven’t made a decision on whether or not they will participate yet due to the current global pandemic.
There has been no word from other competitors from the 2019 contest - Albania, Armenia, Australia, Belarus, France, Kazakhstan, Malta, North Macedonia, Portugal and Serbia.
While some previous competitors have confirmed they will not be back for 2020: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark and Sweden.
At Aussievision we will keep you updated on any news on the Junior Eurovision contest.