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Belgium: Ketnet No Longer Interested In Junior Eurovision

Ketnet Don’t Look Set To Return To Junior Eurovision

Ketnet the Children’s TV channel run by VRT in Flanders, has told Eurovoix.com that they are no longer interested in Junior Eurovision. The broadcaster told us that:

It is true that Ketnet since this year is no longer participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest . But Ketnet put it subject to the quest for musical young talent continues .

Ketnet announced that they were withdrawing from Junior Eurovision at the start of 2013 after participating in every contest up to 2012. Ketnet went on to say that:

Ketnet wants to shift the focus from just the winner with a figure who comes to stand for all participants in the spotlight. Not only the winner is an idol for Ketnet viewers, but all participants are. This is the track that Ketnet wants to develop further. In this way children get more opportunities .

Due to the international event separately , we have more space to put the spotlight on all the children and speak . A more diverse range of talent. Furthermore, research has shown that our own national path , Junior Eurosong , the Ketnet viewers watch this in larger numbers than the international show . Ketnet works for a large youthful audience and wants as many children opportunities and put in the spotlight .

From 2003 to 2005 Belgium’s participation in the contest was jointly run by VRT and RTBF, the selection process would rotate each year between VRT and RTBF. RTBF withdrew due to a lack of interest in Wallonia.

12 thoughts on “Belgium: Ketnet No Longer Interested In Junior Eurovision”

    1. RTBF are the other channel that have EBU membership, however they haven’t taken part in the contest since 2005.

  1. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! RTBF OR VRT WILL BE IN 2014!
    LOOK AT KETNET, THEY WITHDREW BECAUSE THEY INSTEAD FOCUSING ON A TALENT SHOW FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS IN BELGIUM. NOW LOOK! BECAUSE OF THAT, BULGARIA, CROATIA, CYPRUS, AND SERBIA WITHDREW FROM 2014 EUROVISION BECAUSE THAT IS INVALID! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO RETURN IN JESC 2014 IN MALTA, FINE! CALL THE BROADCASTERS OF GEORGIA AND RUSSIA TO WITHDRAW! THEN WE WILL PROTEST AGAINST IT! WE WON’T STOP UNTIL BELGIUM WANTS TO RETURN TO JESC! IF NOT, BELGIUM, WITHDRAW FROM EUROVISION 2014!

  2. ahaha lol to the above comment so overdramatic 😀 I dont blame them from not returning and the blame needs to be directed at the executive producers we’ve had running Junior Eurovision since 2003, its their fault countries are loosing interest not the national broadcasters, its them who has a job to maintain viewership and interest, if they saw that interest was slipping sooner rather than now (later) and revamped the format, brought in more changes to keep things interesting JESC would not be in the mess it is in now. It all started after more eastern countries joined in 2006/2007 that is where everything went pear shaped.

  3. Belgium will never return because of the former-ussr block, Sisste Baaker and Svante Stockstelius. Vlad is improving things, but it is a real pity he didn’t take over sooner, to bring the changes he put in this year into the earlier contests. Also Vlad could have done a better job at working sooner and faster with the preparations for JESC 2013, he should have had talks with non-participating broadcasters and worked away around their dislikes of JESC and changed things to make them happy, so they would participate, thats what Svante Stockstellius and EBU did in the Eurovision to get Austria to come back and prevent withdrawals from more western countries after the complaints of block voting in the tele vote.

    1. We’re yet to know what the changes are that are coming in for 2014. It is still December so broadcasters have a full year to be convinced by the EBU that Junior Eurovision is a contest that can bring in viewers.

    2. Scotty, my point is that because of Belgium’s withdrawal from the 2013 JESC due to its focus on a talent show for young musicians in Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Serbia withdrew from 2014 Eurovision because their decision is invalid. If this decision is final that Ketnet will have no interest but focus on that talent show, mark my word. Belgium will withdraw from 2014 Eurovision.

      1. John there is a massive difference between Eurovision that brings in millions of viewers in Belgium every year in which it is shown on the main tv channel. And Junior Eurovision that is shown on a kids tv channel and doesn’t hit the million viewer mark in Belgium.

      2. I suppose Belgium’s case in the junior Eurovision is similar to that of Turkey in the eurovisoin, snubbing the contest to create a nationalistic and individualistic one in their own country. Its also the same case in Denmark and the UK, UK and Denmark have individualistic cultures we keep ourselves to ourselves don’t don’t seem to like sharing our talent with other countries.

  4. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN????? KETNET WAS AN AMAZING CHANNEL!! NOW LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!! KETNET’S NO LONGER INTERESTED! HOW HORRID IS THAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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