Warsaw 2020

🇫🇷 France intends to participate in Junior Eurovision 2020

"Bim Bam Toi" - they're back!

France’s Head of Delegation, Alexandra Redde-Amiel, has confirmed in an interview that France intends to participate in this year’s Junior Eurovision, set to be held in Warsaw in November.

Speaking to Télé-Loisirs, Redde-Amiel confirmed the country’s intentions as well as talking about France’s future in the adult contest and Carla’s success at last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Carla finished in 5th place last year, in Gliwice, with the song “Bim Bam Toi”.

Third year in a row?

Redde-Amiel was asked a question about France’s Junior Eurovision participation in her interview to which she responded:

I can confirm that we intend to take part!

– Alexandra Redde-Amiel (translated from French)

It was announced on Saturday night during “Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light” that Warsaw would host this year’s contest. After France returned to the contest in 2018, they have achieved two top-five placings including a fifth place finish from Carla last year.

The French Head of Delegation talked about being very proud of Carla’s achievements within the contest and on TikTok.

I am so proud of her! Because in a way, it was my first bit of Eurovision… I gave this song to my ten-year old and she told me that we had to make a choreography for TikTok… [Carla] is the first French artist to cross the 2 million mark on TikTok.

– Alexandra Redde-Amiel (translated from French)

France at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

France first took part in Junior Eurovision in 2004, when Thomas Pontier represented the nation with “Si on voulait bien”. He finished in 6th place with 78 points. France Télévisions consequently withdrew from the contest, saying there was “no motivation to compete”.

In 2015, it was announced that France were interested in returning to the contest. Prior to the adult contest in 2018, the French broadcaster announced that France would return to Junior Eurovision in 2018. Angélina represented the country with her song, “Jamais sans toi”, which finished in 2nd place with 203 points.

Last year, The Voice Kids finalist, Carla Lazzari, was selected to represent France. Her song, “Bim Bam Toi”, finished in 5th place with 169 points. France received 3 sets of 10 points from Australia, The Netherlands and Wales. In the online voting, they finished in 3rd place (behind Poland and Spain) with 84 points.

Are you glad that France intend to take part in Junior Eurovision this year? Who would you like to see represent the nation?

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Tom Ryan

I'm the youngest member of the team here at ESCXTRA but that doesn't mean I know the least about the contest. You'll usually find me enjoying a Eurovision classic, while discovering new facts about Eurovision history. When I'm not doing that, I'll be somewhere on a dancefloor... still thinking about music!

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