Eurovision 2021 has come to an end, and it’s now just six months until Junior Eurovision 2021, due to take place in Paris on December 19th. At the present time, nine countries have confirmed their participation in this years contest, with a handful of countries confirming that they won’t be taking part.
Which countries have confirmed for Junior Eurovision 2021?
- France (host country)
- The Netherlands
Ireland is returning after taking a break in 2020 due to COVID-19, and Germany is back for a second year, after making their debut in 2020. Portugal have already confirmed Simão Oliveira as their representative, whilst The Netherlands have confirmed they will select their entry on September 10th via Junior Songfestival.
Which countries will not be participating in Junior Eurovision 2021?
- Belgium: Flemish broadcaster VRT has ruled out a return to Junior Eurovision in 2021, but Walloon broadcaster RTBF has not yet commented.
- Estonia: Their broadcaster ERR confirmed that they will not debut in Junior Eurovision 2021 due to financial reasons, but have not ruled out participation in the future.
- Wales: Broadcaster S4C confirmed they would not be present at Junior Eurovision 2021 due to “the current circumstances”.
Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland all confirmed that they will not be participating in Junior Eurovision 2021, but did not give any reasons why.
Alongside these countries, there are also many who have remained silent, and have yet to make a final decision on whether or not they will be participating.
Albania, Australia, Italy and Kazakhstan will all make a final decision on Junior Eurovision 2021 later this year. The Slovak broadcaster RTVS said they have “not closed the door to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021”. Belorussian broadcaster BTRC has been suspended by the EBU. Unless they are able to join the EBU with another broadcaster, they will have to withdraw from the contest until their suspension is over.
Which countries would you like to see returning to Junior Eurovision 2021? Do you think we will get any countries making their debut? Let us know what you think in the comments below!