Belgium has been absent from Junior Eurovision since 2013, so this news does not really come as a surprise. VRT’s Head of Delegation Birgit Simal confirmed that Belgium will not send a candidate to the kids contest in Poland this year.
Belgium at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Just like in the adult Eurovision, Belgium was among the countries who made its debut in the very first edition of Junior Eurovision. That first edition took place back in 2003 in Copenhagen. Belgium participated in every edition until 2012. In the first two years they even used the same arrangement as on the adult song contest. For example, in 2003 VRT applied for the candidate and RTBF in 2004. In 2005, the two broadcasters decided to organize one national selection together. After that, RTBF left the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for good and VRT continued on its own. VRT worked together with their children’s channel Ketnet. So Belgium has participated in ten editions, but unfortunately the country has never managed to win. Despite the lack of a victory, Belgium has never done very badly. Between 2003 and 2012 they only scored twice outside the top 10. Their lowest result was 15th in 2007 and two years later they achieved their best result. A nice fourth place!
Recap of all Belgian JESC entries
Goodbye, Junior Eurovision
On 26 March 2013, Belgium announced its withdrawal at the kids contest. In the same year VRT organized a similar talent show “Wie wordt Junior 2013?”. The winner of the show received an alternative prize.
VRT also made it clear that the withdrawal would not affect its cooperation with the EBU. The Flemish broadcaster remained committed to the organization and will therefore continue to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.
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