Denmark will not be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year.
Danish broadcaster DR has confirmed to Eurofestivales that they will not return to the contest this year. In 2018, the European Broadcasting Union were eager to see the country’s return to the contest, having founded the competition in 2003. However, the head of Entertainment at DR, Jan Lagermand Lundme, said at the time:
“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.”
Denmark took part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest from 2003 to 2005, and hosted the first edition of the contest in the Danish capital Copenhagen. The country never finished outside of the top five. Their best result comes from their 2005 entry “Shake Shake Shake”, performed by Nicolai Kielstrup. He finished in 4th place with 121 points.
Denmark withdrew from the contest along with NRK of Norway and SVT of Sweden due to the pressure put on the participants in the contest. DR continues to hold MGP Junior a children’s version of their Eurovision selection, which was the basis for the concept of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
To date, the following countries have confirmed participation in the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Poland: