JUNIOREUROVISION.TV REPORTS / FRANCE – The 11-year-old Valentina took the trophy home for France after collecting a combined score of 200 points! The French singer, who comes from a place near Rennes in France, won Junior Eurovision 2020 with her song J’imagine. It was the first victory for France who has only entered the Contest on 4 occasions so far. Now, France Télévisions is gearing up to host the event in 2021.
Delphine Ernotte Cunci, president of France Télévisions and EBU President-elect said: “I am very happy that France Télévisions is organizing the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in France in 2021. Valentina represented our country brilliantly by winning the 2020 edition. Consequently, it was obvious to host the next event in France.”
She went on to say: “This is a strong new initiative for us, which underscores the importance France Télévisions attaches to Eurovision, the EBU and Europe. Let us all hope that Junior Eurovision 2021 can take place under normal conditions in France and it will be a time of great celebrations for many Europeans.”
Alexandra Redde-Amiel who is Head of Variety and Entertainment at France Télévisions and Head of the French delegation for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has good memories of that wonderful evening. “29 November 2020 will always be engraved in our memories thanks to Valentina’s magnificent victory at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This incredible adventure isn’t over! It truly is an achievement and an honour for the entire France Télévisions entertainment team to organize one of the biggest shows in the world in France. We can’t wait to welcome the EBU teams, all the participants and the European delegations next year and offer them a special show,” she said.
Martin Österdahl, the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and his team are delighted that France Télévisions will host the Contest for the first time. “We know how excited the whole team in France are to be staging the 19th edition of the Contest and we’re looking forward to working with them on growing the competition and producing a great show in 2021.”
The host city and venue for next year’s contest will be decided at a later date.