Belgian broadcaster VRT have confirmed that they have no intentions of returning to Junior Eurovision. The news has been confirmed to Eurofestivales by Birgit Simal, Head of Delegation for VRT. However, RTBF, the broadcaster responsible for the Waloon part of Belgium, has not ruled out a return to the contest in the future.
Belgium made their Junior Eurovision debut at the very first contest in 2003, and in 2005, the city of Hasselt in the Flemish region played host to the contest. Their best result came in 2009 when Laura Omloop finished in fourth place with “Zo Verliefd (Yodelo)”. RTBF withdrew from the contest in 2006 whilst VRT carried on until 2012 when Belgium withdrew from the contest all together.
Despite Belgium saying no to Junior Eurovision for the foreseeable future, Slovakia have surprisingly “not closed the door to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021” as Slavomira Kubickova, Head of the RTVS international relations department, mentions to Eurofestivales. As of yet, the Slovak broadcaster has yet to make a final decision on participation.
Slovakia initially planned to participate in Junior Eurovision 2003, but were unable to do so due to budget issues. They reportedly showed an interest in participating in the 2019 contest, however, nothing came of this.
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I don’t know why Norway or Belgium still don’t want to return. They have great talent shows for kids. Norway still has the Melodi Grand Prix Junior,which used to be their preselection when they participated. And Belgium has The Voice Kids Vlaanderen that has amazing talents every year. The same with UK and The Voice Kids. Maybe if the voting system returns to the original,they will participate. But at least,i would want them to return to the 20th edition in 2022. Hope they change their minds. Anyway,hope this year 2021 we have at least 16 countries. I would love to see Slovakia making their debut,and also countries like Bulgaria,Cyprus,Israel,Eslovenia or San Marino returning.
Can’t forget comebacks from Armenia and Italy.
There must be some mistake. Slovakia didn’t say no. Belgium’s broadcaster VRT denied a Junior Eurovision comeback.