RTP has revealed to ESC Portugal why the broadcaster opted not to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Having previously stated that they would compete should the contest be held, Portugal was one of a number of countries to withdraw from competing in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Speaking to ESC Portugal, RTP explained that the reason behind the broadcaster’s withdrawal was that:
The conditions for Portugal’s participation in this year’s event are not met. This fact is due to multiple conditions caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The thirteen countries taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Warsaw are:
- Germany – debuting nation
- Poland – host nation
The performances of the thirteen acts in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest will all be pre-recorded in studios in their home countries. To ensure continuity and the fairness of the competition, all 13 participating broadcasters have agreed to use a similar stage layout and technical set up to capture the performance of their artist(s).
The show will still be presented live from a TV studio in Warsaw, with live interval act performances from Poland also confirmed.
Image Source: Thomas Hanses / Source: ESC Portugal
Portugal debuted at the 2006 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Budapest, Romania. The country placed second-last that year and the year later, before withdrawing in 2008. They were not to return until 2017 where they were represented by Mariana Venancio, who placed 14th with her song “YouTuber”.