• Alyce Collett

Junior Eurovision 2021 - What we know so far



As we head towards the start of the 2021 Junior Eurovision National Final season, let’s catch up on where things sit in terms of what we know about the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.


Firstly, what’s happening with Australia?

Unfortunately once again Australia will not be participating at Junior Eurovision this year. For more info click here.


Details about the actual contest

After winning the competition last year, France will host the competition in their capital Paris. It will be held at La Seine Musicale, which is a concert hall in Paris. The event will be held on Sunday 19th December, which is significantly later than its usual last Sunday in November date. It’s unclear as to why they’ve changed the date at this stage.


The slogan of the contest will be ‘Imagine’. A simple and effective slogan, chosen for several reasons. First of all, for the echoes of Valentina's song that won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Warsaw last year. 'J'imagine' was co-written by this year’s French Eurovision entrant Barbara Pravi.


The logo for this year’s contest has also been revealed.



It has also been announced that there will be three possible scenarios for how the contest will run this year.


Scenario A is a contest that runs as normal like it did pre pandemic.


Scenario B is similar to what we saw at the adult contest this year, with restrictions on things such as the delegations and the size of the live audience. Every participant would have to record a “Live On Tape” in case someone in their delegation caught COVID while they were in Paris.


Scenario C is similar to B, except that travel restrictions would be in effect for certain delegations, and they’d find themselves in the scenario Australia was in at the adult contest this year.


Countries that have confirmed they won’t be participating in 2021

  • Austria

  • Australia

  • Belarus

  • Belgium

  • Bulgaria

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Greece

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Latvia

  • Lithuania

  • Moldova

  • Norway

  • Romania

  • San Marino

  • Scotland

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Switzerland

  • Wales

Countries that competed in 2020 that have not confirmed their participation

Kazakhstan


Countries that have confirmed their participation for the 2021 contest

Albania

Albania are back after not competing at last year’s competition. No word on their artist yet, but they used a National Final last time they competed.


Azerbaijan

Not only did Azerbaijan announce they’ll be returning to Junior Eurovision, but they’ve also announced who their representative will be! Sona Azizova finished runner-up on ‘The Voice Kids Azerbaijan’ earlier this year, and her song will be revealed at a later date.


France

No surprises here, the hosts have of course confirmed their participation, and will be participating in their fifth Junior Eurovision. No word on their participant, but their winning entrant Valentina was internally selected last year.


Georgia

The Junior Eurovision powerhouse is back for their 15th Junior Eurovision. No word on who their entrant will be yet, but last year Sandra Gadelia won their national final ‘Ranina’ to secure the Georgian ticket to Junior Eurovision.


Germany

Last year’s debutants are back for a second attempt, and they will once again be using a National Final to select their entry. The show will take play on 10th September, which is 11th September at 3:30am AEST


Ireland

The Emerald Isle is back after a one year absence. They will once again be using their national final ‘Junior Eurovision Eire’ to select their entry, and filming for the show has already begun in Dublin.


Italy

Despite initially saying they weren't going to return this year, Italy are back after a one year absence. Their artist will be announced in November


Malta

The Junior Eurovision powerhouse is back for another attempt to add to their already impressive record. They will once again be using a National Final to select their entry, which will air on 9th October European time.


Netherlands

The Netherlands announced their participation in the 2021 contest in the hours after their 2020 National Final ended. They are once again using their National Final to select their artist this year, and have already released the competing songs. The show will take play on 25th September, which is 26th September at 3:25am AEST


North Macedonia

Yes North Macedonia is back after withdrawing in 2020. No word on their artist selection process yet, but they used internal selection in 2019.


Poland

The two time champions are back once again. They will be using the national final ‘Szansa Na Sukces Eurowizja Junior’ to select their entry, and the 1st semi final is airing on 5th September


Portugal

Not only have Portugal announced they’re returning to the contest after a one year absence, but they’ve already picked their representative! Simão Oliveira is 14 years old and recently won ‘The Voice Kids’ in Portugal. His song has not been released yet.


Russia

The two time champions are once again competing, but they haven’t announced any details about their entrant for this year yet.


Serbia

The Junior Eurovision regulars are once again competing at Junior Eurovision, and although they haven’t announced any details about their song or artist, they have used internal selection in the past.


Spain

Spain are back for their seventh attempt, and although they haven’t announced any information on their entry for this year, last year they used an internal selection to select Soleá.


Ukraine

Ukraine is returning again this year, and will be using a live National Final to select their artist this year. Last year they did use a National Final, but it was an online National Final and not a live to air one.


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