FRANCE – Although the EBU has provided no videos from the second round of rehearsals, here are the impressions we gathered from our sources regarding the third day of rehearsals as ten countries carried out their efforts on stage.
In order to understand this review, it’s imperative to realise that if you anticipate seeing an adult style music TV show on Sunday, simply forget it. With Junior Eurovision in Paris, in a magical setting like the one built in La Seine Musicale, you can expect only a fairytale presenting the dream of young children across Europe, through music performance.
From the ten countries conducting their rehearsals on December 16th, it seems that The Netherlands, Italy and somehow Poland, gathered the most positive reactions. It is no secret that Poland and Armenia are the top favourites to win this year according to the press, but we have serious indications that this will not happen as there are highly positive reactions for countries like Italy, Georgia and Ukraine.
Vocally it was impressive, according to our sources, to listen to Malta and Portugal. Ireland and Germany are not making any fuzz among the press and Spain seems to have been trapped in the way they present their entry instead of performing it. Somehow we relive the Miki Nuna thing all over again.
In the meantime, the EBU focuses on the participants with few videos uploaded every day, not really giving much news online. It is the broadcasters that actually provide information and multimedia to the users rather than the official EBU site. But then again, EBu’s Junior Eurovision website was always reluctant on what to post online.
Here’s also an update with the table of commentators and spokespersons for the 2021 edition of Junior Eurovision. This table will be updated as soon as there are information given. The official voting begins this afternoon at 20:00 CET and the show will be online live from Paris on Sunday through YouTube. The polls predict Poland, Armenia and Italy to win the contest (at the time this post was written).
JUNIOR EUROVISION 2021 🇫🇷 COMMENTATORS & SPOKESPERSONS
|🇦🇲 Armenia||TBA||Karina Ignatyan|
|🇫🇷 France||Stéphane Bern & Laurence Boccolini||TBA|
|🇬🇪 Georgia||Nikoloz Lobiladze||Sandra Gadelia|
|🇩🇪 Germany||Constantin Zöller (Consi)||TBA|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||Louise Cantillon||Levi Hackett|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Mario Acampa, Marta Viola, Giorgia Boni||TBA|
|🇳🇱 Netherlands||Buddy Vedder||Matheu Hinzen|
|🇲🇰 North Macedonia||Eli Tanaskovska||*provided|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||Nuno Galopim||TBA|
|🇷🇺 Russia||Anton Zorkin||Liza Gureeva|
|🇷🇸 Serbia||Tijana Lukić||*provided|
|🇪🇸 Serbia||Tony Aguilar and Julia Varela||TBA|
|🇺🇦 Ukraine||Viktor Diachenko||Oleksandr Balabanov|
Nineteen countries will participate in the contest, with Albania, Armenia, Ireland, Italy, North Macedonia and Portugal all returning after their absences from the previous edition, while Azerbaijan and Bulgaria will return after two and four-year absences respectively. Belarus will not participate, as the country’s broadcaster is under a three-year suspension from the EBU.
— Eurovisión RTVE (@eurovision_tve) December 16, 2021
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