Back to back and three times out of four. That’s the stellar track record of wins that France has written at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. After Zoé Clauzure took the trophy from her predecessor Lissandro on Sunday, JESC fans are now asking one big question: Will France host Junior Eurovision 2024?

With its two previous victories, the French delegation was quick to express its interest in hosting the contest in France. But this time France Télévisions made it known through its director of programs, Stephane Sitbon-Gomez, that it’s giving itself time to reflect before deciding whether to accept or decline the opportunity to organize JESC 2024.

 
 
 
 
 
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“As far as Junior Eurovision is concerned, we will first celebrate the victory,” he said. “Then we will discuss, as we have done every time, with the EBU to find out where it would be best. There are many countries that want to host it and we don’t want there to be a French monopoly on Junior Eurovision.”

As a reminder, Poland hosted the contest twice in a row in 2018 and 2019 after two consecutive victories. However, unlike Eurovision, Junior Eurovision rules do not require the winner to host the contest the following year. 

A possible setback with the Olympic Games

In 2024, France will host another major event, the Olympic Games. Public broadcaster France Télévisions is the main partner of this event, mobilizing most of its departments for the task. Also, many French cities are already focused on organizing the sporting event, which could make it difficult to meet the various deadlines required to hold the contest at the end of the year.

 
 
 
 
 
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As things stand, France Télévisions stresses that it has not yet made a final decision:

“We take time to discuss and think together. Today, we are especially happy and proud of what we have been able to experience.”

Who will organize Junior Eurovision if France declines?

If France were to decline to host the next JESC, it wouldn’t be unprecedented.

You’ll remember that Italy’s broadcaster declined the opportunity to host the contest in 2015, after Vincenzo Cantiello’s victory in 2014. The EBU then opened the bidding process to any country wishing to host. In the end, Bulgaria won the bid. Their act finished second to Italy at the previous contest. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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So a number of countries could show their interest in hosting JESC next year, not least those from the Big 5, who, for the first time, all competed in the same time in Nice. Spain, who came second on the podium, could be a potential host, as could the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, who were all among the favourites. Armenia, too, has recently hosted the competition in 2022, making it an experienced organizer.

Finally, when Zoé was asked which city she would like to see the competition held in, the young winner replied without hesitation: New York!

What an original proposal!

Source : 20 minutes 

Would you like to see France host the competition for a third time? If not, where would you like to see the competition held?

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Sparkle
Sparkle
2 months ago

I would love Spain to host it, they’ve always done so well in ESC and JESC. Valencia has wanted to host for years now. Valencia or Madrid 2024.

The dude
The dude
2 months ago
Reply to  Sparkle

Yes, i have to agree with that. Spain did so well.

Matthew
Matthew
2 months ago

Glasgow here we come I think it’ll be in the UK

vetrina
vetrina
2 months ago

It seems that the interest for the contest is more focused on/by the West. So, I see Spain or UK as potential hosts for 2024

Irene Cajera
Irene Cajera
2 months ago

You need to change the time of this event if you don’t want it to die.

More audience = more interest = more countries = more publicity = more money for the stage and event

Win-win ,)

yoo
yoo
2 months ago

I always liked jesc in Belarus, but next year they will not organise xD
Pretty sure that Netherlands will be host, but maybe Bulgaria again, or UK, or someone who have a lot of money like Denmark, Norway

Irene Cajera
Irene Cajera
2 months ago
Reply to  yoo

I think it is gonna be The Nethelands, UK or Germany.

Germany would be a great opportunity to gain more audience in a country of 80,000,000

Matthew
Matthew
2 months ago

This is the same guy who was going to be the doctor That’s what the sun said

Luke A
Luke A
2 months ago

Monaco to Debut and host next year on the harbour each country performs on a different yacht

Pauly
Pauly
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke A

they actually have a small venue to host JESC, JESC doesn’t need a big venue, the demand is low.

Loviu
Loviu
2 months ago

I would like to see the runner up country to host the Junior Eurovision 2024.
Barcelona or Madrid 2024.

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago

If Germany were to host Junior Eurovision 2024, I’m placing my bets on either the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Lanxess Arena in Cologne, the SAP Garden Arena in Munich, or the Barclays Arena in Hamburg. If Italy hosts Junior Eurovision 2024, my guesses would be either the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Unipol Arena in Bologna, Pala Alpitour in Turin, Genoa’s Sports Palace, or PalaLottomatica in Rome. Should the Netherlands host Junior Eurovision 2024 on behalf of France, my bets are either Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena or RTM Stage, Thialf Hall in Heerenveen, or either AFAS Live Black Box, Europahal RAI, or… Read more »

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
2 months ago

I think Azerbaijan is goint to take advantage of this to promete internationally the land of fire.

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

And with this strategy they let Armenia at home… So i’m sure they are gonna try to host it.

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
2 months ago

No money for more party. It was clear after 3 years hosting… And they have to prepare the Olympic Games… They are broke.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

You seem to know better than themselves, lol, are you France TV banker?

Irene Cajera
Irene Cajera
2 months ago

Well that is not difficult to guess, they didn’t acept it inmediately

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

What do you mean “monopoly”? It’s not like you didn’t know that winning the whole thing was almost a certainty if not a certainty period full stop with that very much excellent song and performance. And it’s not like you didn’t know where the OG take place next year.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago

Ibiza 😀

Rifki
Rifki
2 months ago

many people say that Spain will only host Junior Eurovision if they are the winning country of the previous edition, so that means it is unlikely for Spain. if we only take the top eight as options, maybe the most likely will be the UK, as they are the “expert” of step-ins. they have done it in the adult contest for the most times than any other EBU/EBA country. Ukraine? no, due to the situation. Poland? still unlikely, but less than for Ukraine and about the same as for Spain; the gap between 2019 (the last time they hosted normally)/2020… Read more »

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
2 months ago
Reply to  Rifki

Think in countries that need international attention

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Rifki

Spain was my personal winner, but I hate the tongo bandwagon. They attack entrants from other countries rather than supporting entrants in the red-and-yellow Iberian nation.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
2 months ago

EBU should just go the logo route and select a permanent host. It’s just Junior Eurovision.

XOOOOD
XOOOOD
2 months ago

NO!!!!

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago

The EBU would never select a permanent host country.

Nikky
Nikky
1 month ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

That would be horrible fast food music lover.!!!

Tino
Tino
2 months ago

Oh :'( I was so ready to see French public money completely spent on Olympic games and JESC. I know French people are quite angry with all the decisions that are being made by their president and all the fools working with him. I could totally understand why France wouldn’t want to host JESC once again because I’m 100% sure that the event is a complete loss of money (sadly) and I’m not sure they’re in a good position to accept that.

French people, I’m expecting you to make a massive strike in Paris next summer!

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2 months ago
Reply to  Tino

Once again!? A loss of money? Massive strike? 100% sure! You live in your own world my dear, the reality is another thing clearly. Don’t speak for french ty. And take care a bit of your country no?

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
2 months ago

And you live in the world were audience in TV doesn’t matter. But it counts, a lot. Unfortunately, JESC
– right now, is only successful in Poland.

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2 months ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

Ask to the city of Nice if it wasn’t lucrative for them and 1.2 million on a Sunday afternoon is more than the usual average on France2 usually. It remains a kid family show just in the middle of the afternoon not a big national event neither. If it was on prime time it would be another story I think. If France TV wanted this time to host again in 2023 after 2021 which was during the pandemic moreover, it means it has never been a big loss of money for them but quite the contrary I think. Yes the… Read more »

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NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

1.860 million for Poland however so not so far from France

grft
grft
2 months ago

Of course JESC is not lucrative for the host country, just like ESC barely is (sometimes it is not at all).
A TV show which costs 5M€ to organize VS 1M local audience is not lucrative. It’s good for diplomacy. But after organizing it two times in such a short time … It would be no interest at all for France to do it again. Except for satisfying some fans.
If France organizes it again, it’s because no other country wants to. It won’t be because they are happy to do it again.

Tino
Tino
2 months ago

JESC is a loss of money, yes. I don’t think the same about adult contest test that can bring a lot of tourists in the host city but JESC is just not the same thing… audiences are not enough.
And yeah, I’d like to see French people doing a strike for the Olympic Games. Don’t act like you’re blind, you know how much oeganizing these OG costs and tou know what money they’re using.
And I don’t have to worry for my country. I wouldn’t say everything is perfect here but it works quite well.

Riv5n
Riv5n
2 months ago

I don’t think it’s very wise, there are plenty of people in France whose dream is to be able to go to Eurovision for years and are probably hoping that one day it will be held close to their city. And now that you won you’re gonna tell them that you won’t make it ? I don’t think it’s fair for them.

Erik
Erik
2 months ago
Reply to  Riv5n

They won twice, and those people had the chance to see. How about people in other countries that haven’t won for years

Riv5n
Riv5n
2 months ago
Reply to  Erik

Firstly how do you expect people from the north of France to come to Nice ? For some people it’s expensive.

Secondly if other people in other countries want to see the show then they can earn it by winning

When Poland won twice in a row nobody was saying “Oh give it to someone else”.

Dan
Dan
2 months ago
Reply to  Riv5n

Bc Poland hadn’t won three times in 4 years and the second hosting wasn’t rlly hosted

Mina Matteo
Mina Matteo
2 months ago
Reply to  Riv5n

As a french, I’m not really sure that “plenty of people” here are waiting to see the contest. Maybe some french youtuber (not a lot as you know), and maybe Olivier Minne who would love to see his crush one mor time.
Spain, it’s all yours !

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2 months ago
Reply to  Mina Matteo

French eurofans are really more than people think, they are more discreet and less active than others but they exist you know.

Mina Matteo
Mina Matteo
2 months ago

Of course, but a lot of frenchfans begging for having the show in France ? Big doubts. But I may be wrong.

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2 months ago
Reply to  Mina Matteo

Personally now Zoé has won on her homesoil, it can’t be better for her and France has now lived the best experience ever you can have in the jesc and the best emotion, to organize and to win, so it’s time now for another country to have the possibility to try to live the same things I think. Now if France want to host and organize it again I wouldn’t be against neither as they proved they could make a really great show in my BIASED opinion. But a co-hosting in another country would be the best compromise imo, and… Read more »

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
2 months ago
Reply to  Mina Matteo

No, you are not wrong. Just watch the audience in France, even hosting. JUST 10% and 400,000 viewers less than hosting in Paris.

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NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

2021 pandemic lockdowns more people at home, everything closed. All the TV audiences in France at that time were all better of course.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago

New York 2025! Lol at least it would be neutral. But manifesting Tahiti 2025! No olympics over there. Now it would be for Spain or the Uk if France refuse and if these 2 broadcasters ask for it of course. Maybe these 2 countries want to win absolutely before hosting which would be normal too…then who? I can see The Netherlands or Germany too The Netherlands is really dedicated to this contest, every single year they have participated, with the JuniorSongFestival and everything around they do such a great job for the kids and they are not awarded enough results… Read more »

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago

I mean New York 2024, and Tahiti 2024 of course…

grft
grft
2 months ago

The surf competition of the 2024 Olympics takes place in Tahiti 🙂

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2 months ago
Reply to  grft

Arrf really?! La Réunion 2024 let’s go!

Slaymane
Slaymane
2 months ago

What is funny is that Tahiti will actually host a part of the Olympics too : the surfing !

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2 months ago
Reply to  Slaymane

Fort de France 2024!

Aksel Kankaanranta's ex boyfriend
Aksel Kankaanranta's ex boyfriend
2 months ago

The one time I can afford jesc living in spain and France does not want to host it… why the hell do they try to win then? xd

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

France should pass. The Olympics are a good excuse, even though they will be long over by next November. Of the 21 junior contests, only 10 have been hosted by the previous winner. It should never have become a tradition, and it was not at the start.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

P.S. For the adult contest, I don’t think it is “required” by the rules for the winner to host. The just get first refusal.

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It is not actual requiered. As we saw this year with BBC who did not win last year.
But requiered to host is not an official rule. You just be the first broadcaster asked to host, thats it

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2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Ok Jonas so if France pass then what would be your choice for next year if you could choose?

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
2 months ago

Reikiavik 2024!!

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

That means Iceland would have to debut.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

In the aftermath of this competition, I would like to congratulate Georgia, Ireland and The Netherlands for their decent Junior Eurovision songs and their well executed performances. All three countries brought MUCH better and in a good way more mature entries to Junior Eurovision than adult Eurovision this year. Entries like these make me think the competition has some merit regardless of the terrible voting.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

It’s almost comical to me to compare the three juniors to the three adults of those three countries this year. The Georgian juniors sang in two languages that actually exist, the Irish juniors were like a million times more dignified than the much older so-called Wild Youth and the Dutch junior duo was WAAAAY more competent than the Dutch adult duo. Strange times.