It’s taken a while. But just in time for the contest’s 18th edition, Germany has confirmed that it will make its debut at Junior Eurovision 2020 in Warsaw.
Germany to debut at Junior Eurovision 2020
The official press release outlines that the participation will be a joint venture between three public broadcasters — KiKA, NDR and ZDF. The live show on 29 November will be shown on KiKA.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have succeeded in getting Germany involved in this wonderful European Song Contest, and to be broadcasting it on KiKA. Together with NDR and ZDF, we found a wonderful approach to creative collaboration which plays to all of our respective strengths. It will be a major event for our KiKA audience and for the whole family”, says KiKA’s Director of Programming Dr. Astrid Plenk.
As per JESC rules, performers must be between the ages of nine and 14.
The German representative will be selected with the help of an existing format. Dein Song (Your Song) is a ZDF produced talent show airing on KiKA. “ZDF are pleased to have secured Levent Geiger, a finalist in last year’s ‘Your Song’, to compose the German entry. He will also be involved in the casting, and will accompany the young performer on every step along the way to the big night in Warsaw. We’ll accompany them on this thrilling journey in a two-part documentary”, says Michael Stumpf, director of children’s and youth content at ZDF.
“Since 1996, the NDR has been the leading broadcaster for German involvement in the ESC. It’s fantastic that we’ll be delivering the junior contest for the first time together with KiKA and ZDF. This year’s slogan, ‘Move the World’, is highly symbolic, encouraging children to take an active part in shaping their world. That’s why it will also play a role in the music video we are producing”, says Ole Kampowski, director of children’s and youth content at NDR.
More information about Germany’s JESC 2020 participation will be available soon at the KiKA Press Lounge at kika-presse.de.
Junior Eurovision 2020
The German announcement brings the number of confirmed countries for Junior Eurovision 2020 to eleven.
While Eurovision 2020 may have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all stakeholders are committed to making Junior Eurovision happen.
It remains to be seen what implications coronavirus will have on the contest.
Organisers may follow the lead of the Dutch national selection. Junior Songfestival 2020 will be held in Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena with an audience limited to only family members of the competing acts.
Broadcaster AVROTROS says it would be “irresponsible to have so many children from all over the Netherlands come together singing, dancing and screaming”.
The pandemic may also have an impact on the number of participating countries. For instance, Australia has yet to RSVP. As of July, the country has very strict quarantine rules regarding international travel. These may prove too burdensome for a young act and delegation should they still be in place later in the year.
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