Two countries have confirmed that this year is not the year they debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurofestivales reached out to the Finnish and Czech broadcasters, YLE and ČT, who both confirmed that they will not make their debut in the contest. Neither country has previously participated in the competition.
Finland has broadcast the competition in the past has aired the first edition of the contest in 2003 on Yle TV2 but has since not shown interest in participating. The Czech Republic has only participated in the Eurovision Song Contest and the cultural contests Young Dancers and Young Musicians.
Two countries are currently considering either debuting or returning to the contest this November. Slovakia is considering their debut, as they “have not closed the door” to this year’s contest, and Portugal is considering a return.
To date, the following countries have confirmed their participation in the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in France:
Ireland returns to the contest this year after one year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Eurofestivales | Image source: EBU / Stijn Smulders