Now it’s official: the United Kingdom returns to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) this year. This is the first time since 2005 that Great Britain participates united. The event is scheduled for December 11 in Yerevan (Armenia).
The confirmation came this Thursday in a statement published on the Contest’s website. This will be the first time that the BBC will be in charge, as between 2003 and 2005 was the ITV organizing the British participation.
The act and the song will be selected through an ongoing process, led by CBBC and BBC Studios Entertainment and Music. The selected entry, just as the commentators, will be announced in the due course.
Patricia Hidalgo, Director BBC Children’s and Education, stated: “We are beyond excited to bring the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to the BBC for the first time, and to showcase the diverse young musical talent from across Europe for children and their families to discover and enjoy together. This junior version of Eurovision will undoubtedly encapsulate the same spirit of unity that the adult contest brings, reflecting the heart of what CBBC is all about, an inclusive channel that celebrates the diversity and creativity in all children. I can’t wait to unveil our own musical talent who will proudly represent the UK”.
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