Junior Eurovision 2023 is only a week away. Many of the 16 participating countries’ delegations have already flown off to Nice. Lithuania, of course, is not among these 16 countries. For more than a decade Lithuanian fans have had to live with a sad truth: there’s no one waving the Lithuanian flag, as we’ve been absent from the competition since 2011.

But could change be in the air?

With Estonia is making its debut, this will be the first Junior Eurovision with at least one Baltic nation in a decade. And we can see that it has attracted the attention of at least one neighboring national broadcaster. Lithuania’s LRT has announced it will broadcast Junior Eurovision 2023 live. It’s the first time the Lithuanian audience will be able to enjoy the show on LRT since 2011 — the year they last attempted to take the trophy back to Vilnius with Paulina’s ‘Debesys’. The song finished 10th out of 13 entries at the contest held in Yerevan, Armenia.

Lithuania achieved its best result in any Eurovision — adult or children’s — back in the 2008 contest in Limassol, Cyprus. The joyful Eglė Jurgaitytė — with the song ‘Laiminga Diena’ (Happy Day) — finished third with 103 points and received the country’s first-ever set of 12 points, with Serbian viewers crowning her their winner. Lithuania has taken part in the contest four times in total, debuting in 2007. It holds the best overall and average placing for the Baltic countries at Junior Eurovision. 

Now fans are questioning the reasoning behind the LRT decision to broadcast this year’s show. Regardless of their motives, the occasion provides the perfect reason to celebrate the broadcaster’s choice. So OGAE Lithuania and Eurodiena.lt have together organized a viewing for fans at ‘Action by Apollo’. Lithuania’s Eurovision fans will be able to watch and see if Estonia can top Eglė’s 3rd place result at the ‘Ozas’ shopping center in Vilnius.

Could LRT’s decision to broadcast the contest mean that the channel is testing the opportunity to return to the song competition next year? Do you think Lithuania could win Junior Eurovision 2024? Would you like to hear the Lithuanian language in the Junior version of Eurovision? Let us know in the comments!

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ECD534
ECD534
7 months ago

Lithuania received its first set of 12 points in 2008? What about Ireland giving 12 to Lithuania in 2006?

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago

Will the fans attending be children? Only adults would be a little weird, with all due respect.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
7 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

You’re commenting in every JESC-related article, you seem to be quite obsessed with it for a seasoned adult!

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago

I read these articles out of morbid interest, and to monitor what’s happening. I see myself as a superhero working in the actual interests of children. I also like checking to see how far the Eurovision “brand” has descended. I am a public servant. You’re welcome.

Polegend Godnova
Polegend Godnova
7 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

is “public servant” a new term to say jobless

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago

Is that supposed to be an insult? Think what you like Polegend, I will still hold my head high and proud.

Nikita Zhukov
Nikita Zhukov
7 months ago

That’s nice, I’m always hoping for JESC to feature as many countries as possible, it’s kinda sad that there was only one occasion when there were 20 participants in one year
Hopefully we’ll see more countries in 2024

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
7 months ago

Very nice idea whatever the two very particular eurofans below say.

Whisker
Whisker
7 months ago

DANGER! STAY AWAY! The f-european banana union is looking for more broadcasters to join.

Devito
7 months ago

What’s the purpose of JESC, though? I find it hardly any different than any Beauty Peagant contest for youngsters to brainwash. I’m against the idea that our broadcaster should consider re-joining the JESC. The music industry should be for adults, as it is mostly dirty work and not the lights and shows we see on the screens.

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago
Reply to  Devito

I understood the purpose once. To nurture young talent. When the contest first started, all songwriters needed to be children. No adults allowed. Some fun viewing in the afternoon to a young audience. Over the years, the EBU has turned into a giant spectacle, hyped to the max… but still with a tiny audience. If it was a for-profit production company making this show, it would long be dead. As it is now, only hardcore Eurovision stans pay any attention to it. I don’t mean to be disrespectful to the fanbase by saying that, but it just happens to be… Read more »

Marcelo
Marcelo
7 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Netherlands, Poland, Germany and the United Kingdom (and up until a few years ago, both Italy and Russia) broadcast Junior Eurovision in their children’s channels. You can’t really be saying that only adults watch the show. There are so many ways that it can be improved but let’s not trashtalk a children’s contest, please.

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago
Reply to  Marcelo

I’m not trashtalking. Any criticism I ever have is never aimed at the children. Only the adults who run this thing. Just because children take part does not make it immune from criticism or harsh words. In fact, that children are involved only means that closer scrutiny is needed.

Bejba
Bejba
7 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Arent You Also The Guy Who Says That The JESC Should Feature Homosexual Acts ??? But Now You Care About The Kids . Yeah Right . Your The Only One Who Beliefs This

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

You are very ignorant.

ECD534
ECD534
7 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

I don’t know but it seems like you have something against LGBTQ.

Bejba
Bejba
7 months ago
Reply to  ECD534

Maybe I Do But Can We Agree This Kids Cant Be Exposed To Sin Like That

ECD534
ECD534
7 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Sin? What do you call a sin?