The Head of Rai Ragazzi has revealed to Eurofestival News the reasons behind why Italy will not be participating in Junior Eurovision 2021.
Luca Milano the Director of Rai Ragazzi has spoken to Eurofestival News regarding why Italy will not be participating in Junior Eurovision 2021 in Paris, France. Mr Milano explained:
This year we have adopted a very cautious policy on the presence of minors in television programs (also with regard to our study programs which have only recently reopened, with very strict procedures, their doors to children).
Participation in an international event such as the JESC requires a long planning and preparation phase, which has started since spring and we have not started.
Collaboration with other European public services and with the EBU remains very important to us. We preferred to focus this year on other projects, such as the cycle of short documentaries EBU Kids Portraits or the European initiative “Say Hi” on friendship to be held in November, naturally awaiting the “Italian” edition of Eurovision. 2022 to which the whole company is already devoting great attention.
This is the first time since 2016 that the country which won the previous Eurovision Song Contest has not gone on to compete in the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Italy withdrew from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The broadcaster had competed in the contest since 2014 and was the first Big Five country to compete in the contest since 2007.
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Italy debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014. Their first and only win to date was on their debut, when Vincenzo Cantiello came in 1st place with 159 points with his song “Tu Primo Grande Amore”. Their worst result was in 2015 when twins Chiara & Martina came 16th with 34 points with their song “Viva”. Since their debut, Italy have participated in every contest.