Konrad Smuga, the Creative Director for Junior Eurovision 2020, has confirmed that the Tauron Arena in Krakow was due to host the contest.
Speaking to Eurowizja Junior Konrad Smuga has confirmed that Tauron Arena was due to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Mr Smuga told the site that:
We confirm, absolutely. There were four scenarios – scenario A, B, C and D. We did scenario C for obvious reasons. But yes, in the first ideas, the “unior Eurovision 2020 competition was to be held in Krakow, in Tauron Arena. That’s the truth.
It was reported back at the start of this year that Krakow was the front runner to host the 2021 contest. In April the city backed out of hosting following a disagreement with TVP and questions as to whether it would be financially viable to host a contest during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light it was announced that Warsaw would host the contest, with TVP going on to host the show in its TV studio with a limited audience. All performances were pre-recorded ahead of the competition.
Valentina won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 for France with the song “J’Imagine”. The singer scored a total of 200 points topping both the jury and public vote, the first act to do so since the 2015 contest in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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