RTBF will not be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year, having last participated in 2005.
The Director-General of the content at RTBF Sandrine Roustan has stated the TV station will not be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year due to it being “too expensive“. The confirmation of RTBF’s non-participation alongside that of VRT means Belgium will not be competing in Paris.
Belgium took part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest from 2003 to 2012. From 2006 onwards, VRT was in charge of selecting their entries, due to a lack of interest from Wallonia and RTBF. The country hosted the 2005 contest in the city of Hasselt, hosted by Maureen Louys and Marcel Vanthilt at the Ethias Arena.
Their best entry came from Laura Omloop and her song “Zo verliefd (Yodelo)”, which finished in 4th position at the 2009 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Paris will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 on December 19 in La Seine Musicale. The following countries have confirmed their participation so far:
- Portugal – Simão Oliveira
Source: Eurofestivales | Image: EBU / Stijn Smulders