Last month, the EBU confirmed that while Junior Eurovision 2020 would be hosted in Poland, the competing broadcasters would record their performance in their home country. But now it’s been revealed that some acts will be travelling to Warsaw to record theirs with the Polish broadcaster
The news was confirmed by Konrad Smuga, the Director and Artistic Director of Junior Eurovision 2020. He made the announcement at a press conference held by TVP launching production of the 2020 edition of the junior song contest.
Smuga revealed that originally all the delegations were invited to come to Poland to record their performances. However, due to safety concerns around the pandemic, many competitors decided to stay home and will record their clip locally.
A budget-friendly option
But recording at TVP’s studio is appealing to some broadcasters — sharing facilities will help keep costs down. Broadcasters who choose to film locally are required to build a set to TVP’s specifications. While there is no estimated cost for this, recently Spain’s broadcaster revealed they were looking to spend €16,700 for hiring the LED screens alone.
TVP are also ensuring that all participating broadcasters will be performing on a level playing field, with a similar technical set-up. Countries will have to use the same stage design and same number of cameras and crew. Spain’s RTVE also revealed the basic stage design that delegations are required to use.
Smuga said that the team was aiming for JESC 2020 to feel like a joyful, escapist event. “We want it to be a very modern spectacle, joyful. We want to use modern technologies, we will try to make viewers feel this situation as little as possible and forget about what is happening for these two hours.”
As well as recording their competitive performances, the acts will also participate in the recording of the group song, “Move the World”.
The Netherlands will be paying attention
Smuga also said that Dutch broadcasters will be keeping an eye on how things play out at in Warsaw. The format of Junior Eurovision 2020 closely matches the potential Scenario D of Eurovision 2021. In this scenario, the participating countries will stay home and submit a pre-recorded live performance on their song. These will be incorporated into the show hosted at Ahoy Arena — but with no live audience.
It also shares a bit in common with Scenario C. This situation would assume most countries are able to compete in-person in Rotterdam, but would allow for a home country performance from any delegations who are unable to travel.
The Junior Eurovision situation of delegations flying to the host country to record their performances would solve the issue of how a country can give a large-scale Eurovision-quality performance when their own resources may be limited.
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