The BBC has confirmed the United Kingdom will participate at Junior Eurovision 2022 in Yerevan, Armenia after a 17 year absence from the contest.
This year marks the UK’s fourth participation at Junior Eurovision and the BBC’s first entry. Prior to 2022, the British entry was organised by rival broadcaster ITV.
The show will be broadcast live on CBBC, BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
UK confirms Junior Eurovision 2022 participation
News of the BBC’s participation at the Junior edition of Europe’s favourite TV show follows confirmation the UK will host the Eurovision 2023 on behalf of Ukraine.
A process to select the act is now underway, led by CBBC in collaboration with BBC Studios Entertainment and Music.
Patricia Hidalgo, Director BBC Children’s and Education, said: “We are beyond excited to bring the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to the BBC for the first time, and to showcase the diverse young musical talent from across Europe for children and their families to discover and enjoy together.”
“This junior version of Eurovision will undoubtedly encapsulate the same spirit of unity that the adult contest brings, reflecting the heart of what CBBC is all about, an inclusive channel that celebrates the diversity and creativity in all children. I can’t wait to unveil our own musical talent who will proudly represent the UK.”
The UK last participated in Junior Eurovision in 2005 with Joni Fuller and her song “How Does It Feel?”, placing 14th.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 takes place on Sunday 11 December in Yerevan, Armenia, following the Maléna’s victory at the 2021 contest with “Qami Qami”.
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