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๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark will not return to Junior Eurovision in 2021

2021 will mark their 16th consecutive non-participation

Danish broadcaster DR have confirmed to Eurofestivales that they will not be returning to Junior Eurovision this year. The 2021 contest is set to be held in Paris this December.

Denmark last took part in Junior Eurovision at the 2005 contest, held in Hasselt, Belgium. The broadcaster withdrew from the contest due to, among other reasons, too much pressure being placed upon the junior singers.

Out for the 16th time in a row!

Despite Denmark’s successful results during their three appearances at the junior contest, DR remains out of the contest for the 16th consecutive time. The Danish capital city hosted the first ever contest back in 2003, where Denmark placed 5th. They went on to score another 5th place finish in 2004 and did one better in 2005, finishing 4th.

In 2018, the EBU reportedly called upon DR to return to the contest. However, Jan Lagermand Lundme – the entertainment manager for DR1 – refused the EBU’s invitation, stating that:

The values that we put in Denmark in a children’s programme do not coincide with the values of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It seems that children are on stage and playing adults instead of acting like children… Children must be children, they should not try to strive to be something they are not.

Jan Lagermand Lundme, DR1 Entertainment Manager

Junior Eurovision 2021 so far

Only days after Valentinaโ€™s win, the EBU were quick to confirm that we will be travelling to France for the 18th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will take place on December 19th at La Seine Musicale. The slogan of the contest will be Imagine.

At this point, nine countries have confirmed to participate in the JESC edition of 2021.ย 

  • Ireland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain

Itโ€™s still early, so we expect more countries to participate. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

Comments on ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark will not return to Junior Eurovision in 2021

  • beccaboo1212

    Unless TV2 in both Denmark and Norway give Junior Eurovision a try, it’s up to the following countries/broadcasters to save the day.

    * Albania
    * Armenia
    * Belgium (RTBF)
    * Italy
    * Slovakia
    * United Kingdom (BBC)

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