The City of Lights is poised to become the city of Junior Eurovision 2021. And on Tuesday France Télévisions shared renderings of the JESC 2021 stage design where all the magic will unfold.

The images show a large performance area at the centre of the stage, which is flanked by two bridges.

They’re instantly reminiscent of the iconic Pont Alexandre III bridge that spans the Seine in the French capital near the Invalides. The Beaux-Arts beauty comes through in the instantly recognisable gilt-bronze statues of Fames, which honour the arts, sciences, industry and commerce. The kids are never too young to appreciate some culture!

Paris is known for its rich cultural offer. Out of the great variety of venues, the organisation decided that La Seine Musicale would be the home of Junior Eurovision 2021.

The venue, which resembles a ship, was built in 2017 and has quickly established itself as part of the beating cultural heart of the city.

The stage design honours its iconic setting while showing the ambition of the host broadcaster. It also plays well to the season, as the show will take place a week before Christmas. As @esc_news writes in our Instagram comments section: “Amazing combination between Christmas and Paris vibes.”

The slogan for Junior Eurovision 2021 is “Imagine”. Organisers feel that it’s simple and effective.

“First of all, for the echoes of Valentina’s song that won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Warsaw last year. A nod to Valentina and her beautiful and energetic song. But ‘imagine’ is more than that. It is also the ground of creation, an incitement to dream. It is the playground of the mind to build a better world, a new world. The power to imagine is infinite, especially for children. And it is something we need more than ever today”. They say “So let’s imagine together!”

19 countries will participate in the contest . That’s a huge jump after only 12 countries participated at the last edition in Poland.

 

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Junior Eurovision 2021: 19 Participating countries

🇦🇱 Albania (RTSH)

🇦🇲 Armenia (AMPTV)

🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (Ictimai)

🇧🇬 Bulgaria (BNT)

🇫🇷 France (France TV)

🇩🇪 Germany (NDR/KiKa)

🇬🇪 Georgia (GPB)

🇮🇪 Ireland (TG4)

🇮🇹 Italy (Rai)

🇰🇿 Kazakhstan (Khabar Agency)

🇲🇹 Malta (PBS)

🇳🇱 Netherlands (AVROTROS)

🇲🇰 North Macedonia (MKRTV)

🇵🇱 Poland (TVP)

🇵🇹 Portugal (RTP)

🇷🇺 Russia (RTR)

🇷🇸 Serbia (RTS)

🇪🇸 Spain (TVE)

🇺🇦 Ukraine (UA:PBC)

Are you loving the stage design? Do you think it’s got some secret features that aren’t yet obvious? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Kinga
Kinga
1 month ago

Cute and very French. I like it!

Yudhistira Mahasena
1 month ago

This is simplicity at its best, yet very French. Or, as we like to call it in our language, “Singkat, padat, dan jelas”.

All that’s left to know is who the MC trio is.

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
1 month ago

cliche. hate me but idc lol

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Bird Lover

As a cliche yourself you are happy then, it’s cool.

Rifki
Rifki
1 month ago

what a great design after all, a great combo of Christmas, Paris (with the Eiffel tower) and winter. but it would be somehow better if the venue was in Accor Arena aka Bercy Arena (which should be their choice if they someday win their grown-up counterpart, although they can also pick Paris La Défense Arena if they want to do what I call as “Düsseldorf mode”).

Last edited 1 month ago by Rifki
McLovin
McLovin
1 month ago

Love it. Reminds me of taking a stroll on Christmas night in Paris.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

it looks dreamy and expensive. French TV ain;t playing, they want to host Eurovision too and they will do it sooner or later.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
1 month ago

It ‘s amazing !! I can ‘t wait for the whole show in december

Gav
Gav
1 month ago

it looks very disney – but as its a kids contest i guess thats ok, i hope the audience becomes a flowing river of blue. I likethe lights almost forming part of the bridge and that tower will be an icon reminder of where we are. im thinking 7.5 out of 10 with a view to more when its in action.

Apollo
Apollo
1 month ago

So they simply replicated the Pont Alexandre III bridge and placed it on either side of the stage? It looks like a prop from a movie set, I’m disappointed.

I wish they took the bridge idea and modernized it instead.

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
1 month ago

As the years pass, I like JESC stages more then the ESC stages.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

It’s different, I like it.
Hopefully Rai would make a similar choice, giving us something more unique…

Last edited 1 month ago by Mark
sam
sam
1 month ago

the eiffel tower in the middle had a huge chance of looking really cheesy and cheap, but i actually love what they did with the stage design

Grftn
Grftn
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

It’s just on the screen …. It won’t be there all the time

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

It’s a part of the LED

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

you mean like alma’s staging and bilals staging lOL

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

I love this! A lot of Eurovision venues feel like they could be anywhere, but this feels like a stage that will always remind you we’re in LA FRANCE, BÉBÉ!

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Lights! Camera! Paris! PLAYBACK!

Aeria
Aeria
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

You’re STILL salty about that??

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Aeria

I’m so salty I became Manizha.

BlackAndWhite
BlackAndWhite
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Manizha is awesome, please don’t drag her into this.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Aeria

There are also folks who think vaccines don’t work

BlackAndWhite
BlackAndWhite
1 month ago
Reply to  Aeria

It’s been less than a year, I don’t think it’s out of line to still be upset about it. I really wish I could feel more hyped about France’s JESC hosting, since they’ve done a terrific job so far. But there are a few lines that should never be crossed in Eurovision in my opinion, and one of them is using pre-recorded vocals instead of singing live. It feels disheartening that the EBU just denied it and said nothing more. Oh, and absolutely no shade at all on Valentina, none of this were her fault obviously. The adults around her… Read more »

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  BlackAndWhite

You mean the adults far from her, in the host country last year for example…

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Imagine being stupid at this point…..

mamaaa oooh
mamaaa oooh
1 month ago

if this is how much effort they put in for junior eurovision, “imagine” what they would do if france ever won the adult contest…

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

Looks good and atmosphery. It gets that winter feel because of the darkness combined with the little lights.

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Or because the Eifel tower in the middle looks more like a Christmas tree..

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

It’s about time we had another article about Junior Eurovision on this site. The stage design looks beautiful and incredible. It really feels like the Parisian cityscape is brought to the stage. I Can’t wait to see it In action.

voix
voix
1 month ago

Exceptional. This is what you get when you stop giving the job to someone who just puts a led screen and a catwalk. Bravo la France

Leo
Leo
1 month ago

I wouldn’t be mad if Rai does the same thing and do a stage design like this

TJCat
TJCat
1 month ago

I really like this, it reminds me of eurovision stages from the 90’s which relied more on structures rather than lighting and screens and therefore required more imagination by the stage designers, it also made each year feel very distinctive.
somehow this feels very French. looking forward to seeing it in reality.

Sale
Sale
1 month ago

It’s Amazing, no doubt France would do a superb job hosting the main event if they win soon.