Le Parisien reports that Nice and Cannes were both considered as potential host cities before Paris was chosen.
The French newspaper Le Parisien reports that Nice and Cannes in the South of France were both considered as potential host cities for Junior Eurovision 2021. The venues that were considered in the two cities have not been announced, however, it is likely that the Palais Nikaïa in Nice and the Palais des Festivals in Cannes were considered.
In addition, Le Parisien states that before La Siene Musicale was chosen to host the competition, La Défense Arena in the French capital was also reviewed. The paper reports that the scale of the competition has been limited by a 5 Million Euros budget.
Three cities in France have previously hosted Eurovision events:
- Cannes – Palais des Festivals – Eurovision Song Contest 1959 & 1961
- Lyon – Opéra de Lyon – Eurovision Young Dancers 1999
- Paris – Palais des congrès – Eurovision Song Contest 1978 & Eurovision Young Dancers 1989
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place in La Seine Musicale, Paris, France on Sunday 19th December. The contest will be hosted by France for the first time following Valentina’s victory at the 2020 contest with her song “J’imagine”.
19 countries will compete in the 19th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the participants and their songs are:
- Albania – Anna Gjebrea – Stand By You
- Armenia – Maléna Fox
- Azerbaijan – Sona Azizova
- Bulgaria – Denislava and Martin – Voice of Love
- France – Enzo – Tic Tac
- Georgia – Nikoloz Kajaia – Let’s Count The Smiles
- Germany – Pauline – Imagine Us
- Ireland – Maiú Levi Lawlor – Saor
- Italy – Elisabetta Lizza – Specchio (Mirror on the Wall)
- Kazakhstan – Alinur Khamzin and Beknur Zhanibek – World of Fairytales
- Malta – Ike & Kaya – My Home
- Netherlands – Ayana – Mata Sugu Aō Ne
- North Macedonia – Dajte Muzika – Green Forces
- Poland – Sara James – Somebody
- Simão Oliveira – O Rapaz
- Russia – Tanya Mezhentseva – Mon Ami
- Serbia – Jovana and Dunja – Children’s Eyes
- Spain – Levi Díaz – Reír
- Ukraine – Olena Usenko – Vazhil
Image Source: Wikimedia/Kristoffer Trolle | Source: L’Eurovision Au Quotidien / Le Parisien