France promised to take us somewhere other than Paris after their second Junior Eurovision victory in three years in 2022, and they delivered: Nice will host the 2023 Junior Eurovision Song Contest on November 26. Get ready for months of very Nice play-on-words.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of Junior Eurovision. The venue will be Palais Nikaïa, in the outskirts of Nice. It fits up to 9,000 viewers within its main hall, and it has several smaller venues and zones within the building. Évidemment, France has made sure to find a nice enough venue for the contest.
Last time they hosted the contest in 2021, it was in La Seine Musicale, in Paris. It was a slightly smaller venue, but there were still Covid-19 restrictions back then. Now, the French will (hopefully) get to host a Eurovision event to its full extent.
Junior Eurovision 2023 heads to Nice
French Head of Delegation, Alexandra Redde-Amiel, said that “the Junior Eurovision Song Contest shows how much cultural and musical power our new generations have in the world”. We are extremely lucky to be welcomed by the City of Nice, the famous and iconic ‘French Riviera’, with its international aura. We’re incredibly grateful to Mayor Christian Estrosi and his team”.
Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said: “It is an honour for the City of Nice to host a renowned European competition such as Junior Eurovision, which brings together some 20 participating countries and more than 33 million television viewers. Nice is a unique landscape, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which will be an exceptional setting to showcase the Junior Eurovision candidates. But it’s much more than that”.
France earned the honour of hosting Junior Eurovision 2023 following Lissandro’s victory in 2022 with his song “Oh maman”, which topped the jury vote and placed third with the public.
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