The German broadcasters NDR and KIKA have revealed further details on the country’s selection process regarding their Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 participation.
Astrid Plenk, CEO of KIKA explained that they wanted to offer “a very special international music event for children in Germany”, and this is why they made a quick decision regarding their participation at the contest in 2021.
Frank Beckmann, the TV-programme director of NDR confirmed that the entry will be chosen by a jury, combined with an online voting. During the course of summer they will be looking for new talents in the form of live-casting shows, where a jury will screen the acts. Out of the selected entries, viewers can vote for their favourite song online, on the website of KIKA.
Last year it was the componist of the German entry Levant Geiger who selected Susan in cooperation with a jury.
Germany finished last on their Junior Eurovision debut. Germany was represented by Susan with the song “Stronger with You” scoring 66 points. Germany was last in the jury vote receiving 27 points, the highest of which was 6 points from France. They also ended last in the online vote with 39 points.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in France on November 28. Beside Germany, four other countries have already confirmed their participation: Georgia, Spain, Russia and The Netherlands.
Source: Eurovision.de / Image source: NDR / Benjamin Hüllenkremer
Germany in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Germany was due to participate in both the 2003 and 2004 contest but later withdrew. Despite this, a German delegation was sent to observe the contest on multiple occasions, including 2013, 2014 and and 2019. NDR also broadcast the 2015 and 2016 contests online. Germany is the last of the Big 5 nations to compete in the contest. Of note as well is that Viki Gabor, winner of Junior Eurovision 2019, was born in Germany.