Just a few weeks ago France won Junior Eurovision for the first time ever. And now the European Broadcasting Union and France Télévisions have confirmed that the nation will follow up its first JESC win by hosting Junior Eurovision 2021.
France’s Head of Delegation Alexandra Redde-Amiel is still full of beans — and ready to make even more magic.
“29 November 2020 will always be engraved in our memories thanks to Valentina’s magnificent victory at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest,” she said in the official press release. “This incredible adventure isn’t over! It truly is an achievement and an honour for the entire France Télévisions entertainment team to organize one of the biggest shows in the world in France. We can’t wait to welcome the EBU teams, all the participants and the European delegations next year and offer them a special show.”
She’s got support at the highest level of the French broadcaster.
Delphine Ernotte Cunci, president of France Télévisions and EBU President-elect said: “I am very happy that France Télévisions is organizing the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in France in 2021. Valentina represented our country brilliantly by winning the 2020 edition. Consequently, it was obvious to host the next event in France.”
“This is a strong new initiative for us, which underscores the importance France Télévisions attaches to Eurovision, the EBU and Europe. Let us all hope that Junior Eurovision 2021 can take place under normal conditions in France and it will be a time of great celebrations for many Europeans.”
The host city and venue for next year’s Contest will be decided at a later date.
There’s good reason for France to feel extra motivated. According to the EBU: “The winning country recorded its best audience ever. An average of 1.2 million viewers watched on France 2, up by 23% on 2019’s audience.”
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