It has been confirmed today that 19 countries will be competing in the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Paris, France.
This list sees an increase from last year when 12 countries were hosted by Warsaw, Poland remotely.
Among the list of participating nations are Albania, Armenia, Ireland, Italy, North Macedonia and Portugal, all of whom withdrew for one year in 2020 due to the pandemic. Azerbaijan are also making a return for the first time since 2018 while Bulgaria are back for the first time since 2016.
This matches 2019’s number of participants, beaten only by 2018 when 20 countries participated in Minsk, Belarus.
The full list of participating countries is as follows:
- Albania (return)
- Armenia (return)
- Azerbaijan (return)
- Bulgaria (return)
- France (host)
- Ireland (return)
- Italy (return)
- The Netherlands
- North Macedonia (return)
- Portugal (return)
Belarus who alongside The Netherlands had participated in every single edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, have unfortunately withdrawn for the first time after their broadcaster BTRC was expelled from the European Broadcasting Union.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place at La Seine Musicale in Paris, France on the 19th of December following Valentina’s 2020 win with the song “J’imagine”. This is the first time France have hosted the contest and the first Eurovision event in the country since Eurovision Young Dancers 1999 in Lyon.
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