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Junior Eurovision 2023: what we know so far

June 2, 2023


With just under 6 months to go until Junior Eurovision 2023, let's take a look at what we know so far.

After Lissandro brought France their second Junior Eurovision win in two years with “Oh Maman” in Yerevan last December, it was confirmed that France would once again be hosting the contest. In April, it was confirmed that Nice would be playing host to the 2023 contest.

The 2023 contest will be coming to Palais Nikaïa, an indoor concert hall with a capacity of 9,000 people, on Saturday November 26th.

The official slogan for Junior Eurovision 2023 will be “Heroes”, as confirmed by Head of Delegation for France, Alexandra Redde, in an EBU press conference on May 11th in Liverpool.

Say yes, say yes, say yes!

At the present time, a total of 13 countries have confirmed their participation for Junior Eurovision 2023, with one country, North Macedonia, already having chosen their representative – Tamara Grujeska. Germany are returning to the contest after taking a creative break in 2022.

  • Armenia
  • France (host country)
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

Junior Eurovision 2022 participating countries Albania, Kazakhstan, Portugal and Serbia have yet to confirm their decision on this years contest. Azerbaijan, who last participated in 2021, have also yet to confirm if they will be participating this year or not.

It's a no from me

At the present time, four countries have confirmed that they will not be competing in Junior Eurovision 2023. Lithuania, Slovenia and Switzerland have confirmed they will not be returning to the contest, with financial reasons, scheduling conflicts and low viewing figures being cited as the main reasons.

Finland, who have never competed in Junior Eurovision before, have confirmed that they have no plans to participate in the contest at the present time, mostly due to a lack of resources.

Whilst North Macedonia have already chosen their participant, (with their song to be released in the coming months), various other countries have already begun preparations for the contest.

Georgia are using Ranina as their selection method once again, and the shows are well underway, the same as in The Netherlands, who are currently in the auditions round of Junior Songfestival.

Spain have also opened their submissions process, along with Germany, who will both be selecting their song and singer internally.

Are you excited for Junior Eurovision 2023? Which countries would you like to see confirming for the 2023 contest? Let us know in the comments below!

One Response

  1. Can you please ask the EBU to bring back the rule requiring children to be involved in songwriting and for stress to be removed? Thank you.

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