DR of Denmark have informed Eurovoix.com that they have no plans to return to Junior Eurovision. This comes in the same week that NRK of Norway and Ketnet in Belgium have also said that they are not planning to return to the contest for the 2014 contest.
In a statement to Eurovoix.com the Entertainment Direct at DR, Rasmus Ladefoged said that:
DR has no current plans to return to JESC. We decided to leave the contest as the format does not match what we wish to do with our local competition.
There is a slim chance that interest may rise after they host Eurovision 2014, in which Gaia Cauchi the winner of Junior Eurovision 2013 will have a role.
DR were behind the contest that created Junior Eurovision back in 2003. In 2000 DR held a song contest for children which continued in 2001, by 2002 this had grown into MGP Nordic which saw Denmark, Norway and Sweden competing in the contest. In 2003 when Junior Eurovision was launched DR hosted the first contest in Copenhagen in which 16 countries competed. Denmark withdrew from the contest in 2006 despite never finishing lower than 5th in the three contests they participated in. When Denmark withdrew from the contest with Norway and Sweden, allegations spread that the Nordic nations were trying to limit the influence of Eastern Countries in the contest. At the time the Chairman of the Junior Eurovision Reference Group, Steve De Coninck said that:
They wanted to have a bigger power on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and to have a 12-country limitation. In that way, they tried to stop the Eastern European invasion. That proposal was unacceptable, because they run counter to EBU’s philosophy.
DR continues to have it’s own domestic childrens competition called Dansk Melodi Grand Prix Junior, which takes place around the same time as the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix for Eurovision.
TV2 in Denmark are yet to respond to our enquiries.