RÚV is planning on sending a delegation to Paris to observe Junior Eurovision 2021 to assess the logistics of participation in future events.
In an interview with Eurofestivales Rúnar Freyr, Director of Söngvakeppnin and Head of Press for the Icelandic delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest stated that two staff from RÚV would be in Paris at Junior Eurovision 2021. The staff will be going backstage to understand the logistics of the behind-the-scenes production of the show.
“Yes. Two of our staff are going to attend this year’s show and go backstage and get to know the production and how things work.”
The news follows the announcement that Iceland’s RÚV will broadcast the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, their first broadcast since the first edition of the contest in 2003. The broadcast will take place on a delay, at 19:45 local time on Sunday 19th December. Since the confirmation of the broadcast, there has been speculation as to whether or not a possible debut from the country is on the cards for 2022. Iceland and Finland are the only Nordic countries to not have participated in the contest.
When asked if this broadcast was a test case to see how the contest would be received by the public of Iceland, Rúnar Freyr stated:
“Yes, it is. But there are a lot of things we have to take into account when deciding whether we would like to participate as well. For a small broadcasting service like RÚV, it’s a big decision, budget and staffing. The singing competitions kids are popular in Iceland as well as in any children’s culture so we really want to see if we want to and can participate. We are always looking for good family material for our audience. “
At this time Rúnar Freyr has stated it is still too early to know if Iceland will take part in Junior Eurovision 2022, but the reaction of the Icelandic public to this year’s show will at least in part influence this decision but other factors will be taken into account.
“It’s too early to tell. At least now, we are very excited to show our audience the competition and we can’t wait to see it.”
At the Eurovision Song Contest Iceland has seen some of the highest ratings of any of 40 plus nations that broadcast the contest with most years seeing over 97% of TV viewers watching the Eurovision Song Contest.
Iceland has been particularly successful in the Eurovision Song Contest as of late, achieving 10th place in 2019 with Hatari, becoming one of the fan favourites in 2020 before the contests’ cancellation, and finishing in 4th position this year.
Junior Eurovision 2021
Nineteen countries will participate in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held at La Seine Musicale in Paris, France on December 19th. 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.
Participating this year is:
- The Netherlands
- North Macedonia
Image Source: Andres Putting | Source: Eurofestivales