One month ago, the EBU confirmed that while Junior Eurovision 2020 would be hosted in Warsaw, the competing performances would be recorded remotely in the competitors’ home country. Now specifications have been revealed of the standard stage design that each delegation will use.
The details were shared by Spanish broadcaster RTVE, who released the documentation as part of a call for tenders from companies who could supply the LED technology for the set.
Junior Eurovision 2020 stage specifications
The specifications include a diagram which shows the layout of the performance space. It involves an overall space measuring 18m by 20m. Inside that is a circular area with a diameter of 14m. Curved around the back of the circle is an LED wall measuring 4.5m tall and 13.64m across.
RTVE is looking for a supplier who can rent them three components: the large curved LED screen, a floor LED screen and a spherical LED screen.
The Spanish broadcaster’s documents only detail the LED equipment, but it is expected that the full specifications for Junior Eurovision 2020 will include other requirements such as lighting and cameras.
RTVE plans to record their Junior Eurovision performance later in the month in their Madrid studios. The technical set-up will be done on 19 October, rehearsals and filming on 20 October and deconstruction of the stage 21 October. RTVE is looking to spend around €16,700 on the staging.
It is not known whether other Junior Eurovision broadcasters will have to stick to the same timetable or budget.
The uniform stage design and technical set-up has been designed to ensure that there will be a level playing-field for all 13 competing countries. While broadcasters will all record their Junior Eurovision performances in their own studio, the performance spaces will ensure all delegations are working with the same resources.
The situation is similar to what Eurovision 2021 delegations may face if the Rotterdam show uses Scenario C (some countries perform remotely) or Scenario D (all countries perform remotely).
Who is participating at Junior Eurovision 2020?
Thirteen countries have been confirmed for Junior Eurovision 2020: Armenia, Belarus, France, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Spain. Of those, nine countries have already selected the artist and song that they will enter into the contest this year.
Concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic have meant that seven broadcasters who regularly enter are taking 2020 off. The EBU has said that they will consider late entries from any broadcasters who might have a change of heart. However, to date, no additional countries have joined the 2020 lineup.
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