Portugal Junior Eurovision 2019 Joana Almeida

Ever since Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light in May, the official line from the EBU has been that Junior Eurovision 2020 will go ahead, come what may. That’s remained the case even as four regular participants withdrew due to COVID-19 related issues.

Ironically, this stance is now looking a little shakier following Portugal’s confirmation that it will compete in the November contest.

Portugal’s confirmation raises doubts about Junior Eurovision 2020

In a short statement to ESC Portugalthe Portuguese delegation confirmed that “if there is a competition, RTP will be present”.

The confirmation is notable for more than just its brevity. “If there is a competition” implies that Junior Eurovision 2020 is not 100% guaranteed to happen.

Now, some might argue that this is just a case of a small broadcaster playing it safe in these uncertain times. However, RTP’s Carla Bugalho holds a highly-coveted seat on the Eurovision Reference Group. And while that committee’s purpose is to look after the main contest in May, one would assume that its members are well clued in as to what is happening with the entire family of Eurovision live events.

A year of pandemic withdrawals

Portugal’s “confirmation” leaves 13 countries that have provisionally confirmed their intention to participate in the contest. This includes Germany, which will be making its debut. Fans are still waiting on the 2019 participants Albania, Armenia and Italy to confirm their participation for 2020.

With four countries — Ireland, North Macedonia, Australia and Wales — withdrawing from Junior Eurovision 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns, the question remains whether countries will have to make the same decision regarding their participation in Eurovision 2021.

It is important to note that the four withdrawing nations have only confirmed their non-participation at Junior Eurovision 2020, not total withdrawal from all future editions of the contest.

Junior Eurovision 2020 is scheduled to take place in Warsaw, Poland on 29 November. If it does go ahead as intended, we can expect a show unlike any that’s gone before. It should also act as a testing ground for both the EBU and participating broadcasters on how to best organise Eurovision itself in 2021.

What do you make of Portugal’s statement? Should JESC fans be worried? Let us know below.

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Alain Muriel
Alain Muriel
2 months ago

Wasnt there a rumour UK may return to JESC this year?

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago

“Four withdrawing nations have only confirmed their non-participation at Junior Eurovision 2020, not total withdrawal from all future editions of the contest.”

Good thing it’s only a one-year break. Permanent withdrawal is a nightmare.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

If there is a competition I hope Portugal will be present with a song that actually sounds relevant to what kids are listening to these days. Portugal could actually utilize their kids contestant to use more radio friendly producers instead of leaning into the usual indie musicians that most teenagers and kids don’t even relate to. Take a chance Portugal and do something different with the kids contest.

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago

It’s up to the following countries to save the day:

• Albania
• Armenia
• Italy

DJddog5
DJddog5
1 month ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

fingers crossed that Armenia will return, really concerned that we haven’t heard anything yet.

Last edited 1 month ago by DJddog5
That doggie in the window
That doggie in the window
2 months ago

I know this is early, but with second waves hitting many countries right now, I hope arrangements are being made for the possibility that there will be no live ESC contest/venue next year. There’s been plenty of time for the producers to come up with something should COVID prevent next year’s contest from going ahead – so I hope they work something out via satellite/internet somehow and don’t take a second year off. American Idol and The Voice has done it well where performances are well produced at home.

esc2021rotterdam
esc2021rotterdam
2 months ago

Eurovision won’t go remote. Things are getting better even though there are some european countries having a second wave (and in fact in most of them it hasn’t peaked (yet) the first one) and there are great chances that we will have a vaccine in December and also Israel and India are developing a way to find if a person has covid19 by a few minutes or even seconds so hopefully everything will go well with these things. Also, if eurovision 2021 goes remotely it will be very unfair for the netherlands as they lose their chance to host a… Read more »

Una
Una
2 months ago

Robyn has already explained that the rules for 2020 did not allow for a remote contest. Notwithstanding the fact that broadcasters are not made equal – even if the rules had allowed for a remote contest, broadcasters would have not had the same technical resources/capabilities. Just think of how the Belarus and the Moldova selections looked vs. Sweden and Norway. Broadcasters and artist must enjoy the same standard otherwise the contest would not be fair for everyone. On the other hand: some teams sports in the US had the teams living “bubbles” where they were tested all over again to… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

In life, very little is 100% guaranteed. I wouldn’t read too much into the statement, it seems a very logical one – “if it goes ahead, we will be there”. 3 months before ESC, could we have predicted the contest would have been cancelled? Who can 100% guarantee what the situation will be in 3 months? If you can, please get it contact, I need your guidance with this week’s lottery.

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

I hope the contest won’t happen. If ESC doesn’t, why should JESC, why should the kids be in danger if the virus and the adults no ??

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I’m sorry, but the EBU still has Junior Eurovision on the calendar.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Nobody wants kids to be in danger. It’s sad enough we didn’t have ESC this year, if they manage to organize JESC safely, good for them. It’s at a much smaller scale and they will definitely take as many precautions as possible.

Joseph Mendy
Joseph Mendy
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Plus it might be a chance to see what Eurovision 2021 could look like with the guidelines in place. JESC 2020 is being held in a TV studio facility in Warsaw, I’m sure you all know, but we don’t know what it will look like just yet.

beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Joseph Mendy

It’s up to the following countries to save Junior Eurovision.

* Albania
* Armenia
* Italy

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

I hope the contest won’t be cancelled. William posted on his Instagram that Eurovision could be outside, I don’t see a problem with it, except for the weather. I’m nearly sure both Poland and Netherlands will take this as an option..

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

JESC can’t be cancelled forever! 😉 Should 2020 be off the calendar, one year hiatus is enough.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago

Also we can notice that The Netherlands and Ukraine are very advanced on their selection process too.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

The Netherlands being the host country of the Esc, they must be aware of what they do too, and must be very close of the reference group and of the Ebu as for Poland. The moves of these countries are reassuring for the eurofans.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago

Poland has already recorded the first semi final of their national selection, they seem motivated…..and as they are the hosting country they know what they do probably. It means the Jesc 2020 will certainly happen with all the precautions needed in this time of pandemic so certainly without a large audience and more others changes and adaptations… since march the EBU had enough time, this time, to reflect about all scenarios and how contests like that could work even with this virus. In some ways Jesc 2020 would be a sort of test for the Esc 2021.

Last edited 2 months ago by Esc addict
Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Considering a bunch of countries are in the thick of their selections, I’d be surprised if it was canceled outright.