With just one month to go until the eighteenth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, we take a look at what we know so far.
Where will it be held?
The 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Warsaw, Poland, following the country’s victory at the 2019 contest on home soil. This is the first time that the contest will be held in the same country for two consecutive years.
Because of the travel restrictions around the Coronavirus pandemic, it is expected that the majority of the participating countries will record their performances in their home countries. Currently, we know that the broadcasters of both Spain and Kazakhstan have filmed their performances. All broadcasters need to film their performances by the end of this month and send the footage back to TVP for the contest on November 29.
The opening sequence, interval acts, and voting will all take place live in Warsaw.
Who will host?
Hosting the contest this year will be Ida Nowakowska-Herndon, Rafał Brzozowski, and Małgorzata Tomaszewska.
Ida co-hosted last year’s contest in Gliwice, making her the first person to host consecutive contests.
Rafał took part in the Polish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest with “Sky Over Europe” and hosted the Polish national final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest later that year. Last year, he was a member of the Polish jury for Eurovision 2019.
Małgorzata currently hosts The Voice of Poland and has co-hosted Pytanie na śniadanie.
What will the stage look like?
The design of the stage was revealed earlier this week by Polish broadcaster TVP, with the Creative Director Konrad Smuga stating that it will Creative Director for Junior Eurovision 2020, Konrad Smuga, has said that the design will “create a spectacle that will appeal to the European audience, just like last year”.
The theme for the contest is #MoveTheWorld. This was revealed by Junior Eurovision 2019 winner Viki Gabor during the broadcast of Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light earlier this year.
Who will take part?
Twelve countries will participate this year, with Germany making their debut. All countries have revealed their songs so far apart from Georgia. They will reveal their entrant in the final of Ranina, which will take place on November 13th. As the national final is pre-recorded, they have already selected their entry and will have plenty of time to prepare for the contest.
Armenia was due to participate this year but unfortunately had to withdraw.
The participating countries are:
- Belarus – Arina Pehtereva – “Aliens”
- France – Valentina – “J’imagine”
- Germany – Susan – “Stronger With You”
- Kazakhstan – Karakat Bashanova – “Forever”
- Malta – Chanel Monseigneur – “Chasing Sunsets”
- Netherlands – Unity – “Best Friends”
- Poland – Alicja Tracz – “I’ll Be Standing”
- Russia – Sofia Feskova – “Moy novy den”
- Serbia – Petar Aničić – “Heartbeat”
- Spain – Soleá – “Palante”
- Ukraine – Oleksandr Balabanov – “Vidkryvai”
How will the voting work?
Voting will remain 50% online voting and 50% jury voting for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. As seen since 2017 there will be two chances to vote for your favourites, one from November 27 to 1 minute before the live broadcast on November 29. A small change has been made to the online vote, you can now select only 3 countries to vote during the contest, this compared to between 3 to 5 countries at previous contests.
It has already been confirmed that spokespersons will be presenting their nation’s jury results from their home country. This is the first time since 2012 that a live link back to each country will be used at Junior Eurovision.
Take a look at the songs selected for the contest so far: