Jon Ola Sand is calling for DR to return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, 13 years after withdrawing from the competition.
Jon Ola Sand the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is calling on the Danish national broadcaster to return to the contest. Denmark last participated in the competition in 2005, having first founded the competition in 2003. Mr Sand said;
You have a strong national final with MGP, and I really want Denmark back in the competition.
Olga Salamankha from this years host broadcaster, BTRC of Belarus also echoed the calls for the Executive Supervisor;
We really want to see Denmark back in the competition, and we are looking forward to seeing you later in the year in Minsk.
Jan Lagermand Lundme the head of Entertainment at the Danish Broadcaster, has however played down the likelihood of Denmark returning to the competition stating;
Now, never say never, but as long as the show is, as it is now, I’m definitely not going to compete again.
Denmark withdrew from the competition in 2005 citing the Junior Eurovision Song Contests format developing in the wrong direction. A feeling that Jan Lagermand Lundme echoes;
The values that we put in Denmark in a program for children do not match the values of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest…It seems that the children are on stage and play adults instead of acting as children, and we think that is fundamentally wrong. Children must be children, they should not try to strive to be something they are not.
The Head of Entertainment does regret that DR no longer participates in the competition. He states that previous members of the Danish broadcaster had spoken to the EBU about changes they would like to see to the competition, but to no avail.
It’s super bad for us, because we really wanted to be part of the show. Participating in a concept like Junior Eurovision would be a natural step for us after MGP, but it does not work when we do not feel the show fits the Danish values.
Jon Ola Sand responded to criticism from DR adding;
I think it’s a shame that DR looks at how the show looked 10 years ago, because much has happened since. I would like to invite DR to attend this year’s competition so that they can see how Junior Eurovision looks like today…If DR has any views on how the Junior Eurovision Song Contest should be in the future, then we would like to talk about EBU in the EBU