It’s one of only two countries who have participated at every prior Junior Eurovision. But there’s silence from Belarus‘ broadcaster BTRC regarding its participation in the upcoming 2020 edition of the junior song contest.

Earlier in the year, the broadcaster promised that “no later than 24 August”, an internal jury would select up to 15 acts to compete in the national final to select Belarus’ representative for Junior Eurovision 2020. However, that deadline has come and gone with no news from the broadcaster.

The lack of progress on Junior Eurovision comes amid substantial at BTRC. After the recent troubled presidential election, a large number of staff at the broadcaster went on strike. Since then, many staff — including popular TV hosts — have quit working for the broadcaster.

Since the strike, the only original material the broadcaster has produced is news broadcasts, which are made with the help of Russian media workers.

BTRC’s older statement on its Junior Eurovision participation also sounded some uncertainty regarding the pandemic and its impact on the world. The broadcaster said it would confirm the format for choosing its act for Junior Eurovision — and indeed its final decision on participation in the contest — no later than 7 September.

Belarus’ history at Junior Eurovision

While Belarus doesn’t have the strongest track record at the Eurovision Song Contest, its history at Junior Eurovision is much more impressive.

Belarus made its Junior Eurovision debut in 2003 — the inaugural edition of the contest. Since then it has participated in every subsequent edition, a record only matched by the Netherlands. Belarus has even competed at Junior Eurovision one more time than it has competed at Eurovision.

The Eastern European country has also won Junior Eurovision twice, in 2005 and 2007. It’s also grabbed podium finished with second place in 2006 and third-place finished in 2011 and 2013.

Belarus has also hosted Junior Eurovision twice — once in 2010 and another time in 2018. Unlike Eurovision, the Junior Eurovision hosting rights do not automatically go to the previous year’s winner.

Junior Eurovision participation is a big deal for Belarus, so non-participation would be a huge decision for the broadcaster.

A year of pandemic withdrawals

It hasn’t been smooth sailing in the lead-up to Junior Eurovision 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.

Earlier in August, a spokesperson from the Portuguese delegation told Eurovision media, “if there is a competition, RTP will be present”. The working of the statement implied that in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, Junior Eurovision 2020 still isn’t a done deal.

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.

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.

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GIOLO
GIOLO
21 days ago

Unpopular opinion: Albania won’t participate in JESC 2020 unfortunately

beccaboo1212
22 days ago

Then it’s up to the following countries to save the day.

• Albania
• Armenia
• Italy

There’s no lockdowns in the countries I mentioned. However, Italy is closing numerous nightclubs.

Joe
Joe
22 days ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

Again, you’re a bit of a broken record.

beccaboo1212
22 days ago
Reply to  Joe

For your information, Armenia and Italy ruled out new lockdowns despite COVID-19. They’re gonna make sure their participants are safe while flying to Warsaw. Both are powerhouse countries. Armenia NEVER crashes out of the Top 10, and Italy NEVER ended up last place. Albania’s gonna prove Efi Gjika wrong. 😉

jason
jason
22 days ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

The EBU will soon publish the full participants list so you don’t really have to repeat the same thing in every JESC related page as it’s basically the same 3 countries you’re “reporting” on. I understand that you want us keep us informed but, no offence, it’s starting to get annoying now.

beccaboo1212
20 days ago
Reply to  jason

As long as the countries I mentioned are on there. In fact, there’s no lockdowns in Armenia, but Italy is closing numerous nightclubs.

Una
Una
23 days ago

I wish people in general made the difference between 1. artist and 2. broadcaster and 3. state pOliytics and 4. people as in people of the country. Artists (through the broadcaster) represent the country. All countries have good people. All people deserve to be represented in one of the best things that ever happened to Europe. That is Eurovision – JESC included.

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
23 days ago

With everything going around, Covid and protests, I’m not surprised. I hope things work out for them so that they can participate!

beccaboo1212
22 days ago

And these countries will participate as well:

• Albania despite Efi Gjika’s prediction
• Armenia because there’s no new lockdown
• Italy which also ruled out a lockdown despite closing nightclubs

beccaboo1212
20 days ago

That was my PREDICTION!!!

IHPIESC
IHPIESC
23 days ago

That will be the biggest hit for me, when it will non return in 2020. But I understand the situation :/

Hrvatska
Hrvatska
23 days ago

It is logical that hardly anyone thinks about participating in JESC when the revolution is in the country and the army and the militia can attack people at any time

Last edited 23 days ago by Hrvatska
Joe
Joe
22 days ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

I mean, at the very least, Ukraine still did JESC the same year political tensions made them pull out of adult ESC.

Joseph Mendy
Joseph Mendy
23 days ago

I’m now pretty much on edge right now with what Belarus are gonna do with their participation.

Esc addict
Esc addict
23 days ago

It’s a very very difficult situation because no matter the artists who would be choosen if they participate, this artist would be associated with the broadcaster then would be inevitably associated with the actual governement….. in these times in Belarus it must be hard to find an artist who would accept that, cause it would mean to represent and support too a Belarussian system whose people want to get rid of. I can’t see Belarus participate this year in these conditions unfortunately.

Last edited 23 days ago by Esc addict
Alex
Alex
23 days ago

Ukraine withdrew from ESC 2015 because of protests. I believe the protests will force Belarus to withdraw from JESC 2020.

Last edited 23 days ago by Alex
beccaboo1212
22 days ago
Reply to  Alex

But the following countries are here to stay:

• Albania
• Armenia
• Italy

No lockdowns in the countries I mentioned

Plus, JESC 2021 will prove the contest to make a permanent return

Ashton
Ashton
22 days ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

Sorry to be blunt, but please stop. Nobody knows yet if they are participating. They have not confirmed they are ‘here to stay’. Please just be like the rest of us and wait patiently instead of spamming every JESC comment section.