POLAND – The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be the 18th edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, organised by Telewizja Polska (TVP) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The contest will take place on 29 November 2020, and will be held in Warsaw, Poland, following the country’s victory at the 2019 contest. This will be the first time the contest is held in the same country for two consecutive years. Thirteen countries will participate in the contest, having the smallest number of participants since the 2013 contest, with Germany participating for the first time.
The theme for the contest, #MoveTheWorld!, was revealed on 16 May 2020, during the airing of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light by Junior Eurovision 2019 winner Viki Gabor.
“The creative concept behind the slogan is that, as children, we mistakenly believe all important things are done by renowned people: scientists, astronauts, athletes and actors. We want to become them because, in our eyes, they are the ones moving the world. But this is not the case: every day, millions of people around the world perform their day-to-day duties with capability and care. Together, they are the ones really moving the world. This year’s slogan honours the collective power we hold together.”
New executive supervisor
In January 2020, the EBU announced that Martin Österdahl would become the new executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest after the 2020 edition, succeeding Jon Ola Sand. Prior to the appointment, Österdahl had been an executive producer for the 2013 and 2016 adult contests and had been a member of the Eurovision Song Contest reference group between 2012 and 2018.
This will be the first time that the contest will be held remotely, with each artist performing from a television studio in their country of origin. To give smoothness and confidence to the competition, the 13 participating broadcasters committed themselves to give equal conditions to each of the participants, using a similar scenario and the same technical resources. The opening protocol, interval acts and voting will be broadcast live from Warsaw.
Due to the security measures, for the first time since the 2012 contest, the spokespersons will give out the points from each of the participating countries, and not from the venue.
In July 2020, eight months after her victory in Gliwice, Viki Gabor announced her interest in hosting the 2020 contest.