FRANCE – The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be the 19th edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, organised by France Télévisions and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
The contest will be held on 19 December 2021 at the La Seine Musicale in Paris, France, following the country’s victory at the 2020 contest with the song “J’imagine”, performed by Valentina. This will be the first time the contest is held in France, as well as the first Eurovision event to be held in the country since Eurovision Young Dancers 1999 in Lyon and the first to be held in Paris since Eurovision Young Dancers 1989.
Tickets for Junior Eurovision are available to buy from the official La Seine Musicale website from Wednesday 3 November at 11:00 CET. Entry subject to La Seine Musicale’s COVID-19 protocol. E-tickets only.
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.
On 9 December 2020, it was announced that the contest is set to take place in France in 2021. It will be hosted in Paris at the La Seine Musicale, a 6,000-seat concert hall located on Île Seguin. The contest will be held on 19 December, which is the latest date for the contest ever. The last time it was held in December was in 2012.
On 24 August 2021, the EBU confirmed that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they are considering three scenarios in which the contest could be held. The three scenarios include:
- The event is held as it was in 2019 (scenario A).
- The event is held with social distancing measures in place (scenario B). The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 was held in this scenario.
- The option is provided for acts to compete with their music video if they are unable to travel to Paris (scenario C, which was the option used by Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021) or to compete with a recording of the rehearsals if they are unable to compete in the televised final (this was the option used by Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021).
- Regarding the audience, the plans are to reach full capacity as of 27 October 2021.
- On 2 December 2021, France Télévisions and the EBU announced that the jury show, which will take place on 18 December, will take place without an audience.
- On 8 December 2021, France Télévisions and the EBU announced that the opening ceremony, which will take place on 13 December, will be held without delegations attending.
For the second year in a row, voters in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be limited to voting for a maximum of three nations. The official video on how to vote online in this year’s competition has been posted. According to the Albanian and Russian voting versions, citizens will be restricted to voting for a maximum of three nations. The limit of three nations contradicts prior remarks made during a news conference held by France Televisions, which indicated that viewers may vote for up to five countries. Due to the restricted number of participating nations, the number of countries for which people may vote was reduced from five to three for the 2020 tournament.
The first voting session begins on December 17 at 20:00 CET and ends on December 19 at 15:59 CET.
Voting will be re-opened for 15 minutes during the live performance. As is customary, the results of the online vote will be converted into points based on the total percentage of votes received by each nation.
JUNIOR EUROVISION 2021 🇫🇷 PARTICIPANTS INFO
Denislava & Martin
Maiú Levi Lawlor
Alinur Khamzin & Beknur Zhanibekuly
Ike & Kaya
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands|
|🇲🇰 North Macedonia|
Jovana & Dunja