Delphine Ernotte, president of both France Télévisions and the European Broadcasting Union, began the briefing with a video message:
‘We are very proud to host the 19th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest – both Junior and the Eurovision Song Contest are historical brands for France Télévisions. The shows are unique. [Junior Eurovision] constitutes a wonderful occasion to promote cultural exchanges between Europe and Central Asia; [France Télévisions and the delegations] collaborated in a real spirit of public service with the great support and precious advice of the EBU.’
Junior Eurovision Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl was at the press conference in La Seine Musicale, and he was full of praise for the participating talent:
‘During this past week of rehearsals, we have been amazed by the talent that is on display in this year’s contest. From as far away as Kazakhstan and from neighbouring countries like Spain, the young performers have taken the stage in La Seine Musicale with that vibrant energy and special light in their eyes which is unique for kids.’
‘There is no doubt what this means to them. To be on a professional stage, performing to an international audience. To represent their home country while also belonging together with boys and girls from other countries. This is not just another show. It’s a dream come true.’
‘Commenting on the continued success of the Junior brand, he also said that Paris 2021 could possibly turn out to be the most spectacular edition yet.’
Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez, Director of Channels and Programmes, thanked the EBU, saying that it had been a long journey to get to Paris, but France Télévisions has learned a lot and has a show that they are very proud of.
‘I want to thank Valentina, Barbara (Pravi) and the French Delegation for all their hard work in winning the Junior competition. Our boss gave us the mandate of winning Eurovision, and we’re very proud of winning Junior Eurovision… this is the first step, as next we’d like to win the Eurovision Song Contest and see you back in Paris soon.’
Stéphane referred to the Eurovision Song Contest as the “Superbowl of Europe,” implying that every broadcaster wants to be the one to host the event.
Alexandra Redde Amiel, the French Head of Delegation and Executive Producer of Junior Eurovision 2021, is the mastermind behind Sunday’s extravaganza.
‘Spectacular. Amazing. Incredible. Unique. Challenging. I’ve tried to summarize Junior Eurovision in one word, but it’s impossible. ‘Imagine’ is our slogan, and ‘Imagine’ has given us the ability to dream.
If France Télévisions wins for the second year in a row, they will have first refusal to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest’s 20th anniversary edition in 2022.
Martin Österdahl responded when asked if the EBU was planning anything special to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Junior Eurovision next year:
‘You don’t ruin birthday surprises…’ ‘We’ll see.’