The Baltic nation has its eyes firmly set on 2025
Lithuanian broadcaster LRT has officially revealed that they are considering a Junior Eurovision return as early as 2025. With the return of another Baltic nation, Estonia, participating at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest it seems Lithuania have been inspired make a return to the big stage.
The last time Lithuania participated at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2011. Lithuania was represented by Paulina Skrabytė with her song Debesys (The Clouds) in 2011, placing 10th overall that year. The following year in 2012, LRT decided to withdraw from the contest due to the high costs of broadcasting the UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Although Lithuania has brought incredible talents and satisfying results to the Eurovision Song Contest stage since 2012 (Such as Ieva Zasimauskaitė in 2018 & The Roop in 2021), sadly a return back to the Junior Eurovision stage has not yet been achieved due to low audience viewings and high costs.
However, LRT is looking to change this as it aims to increase the amount of content for younger viewers in Lithuania. LRT has announced it will be broadcasting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023 taking place this Sunday November 26th live in Nice, with plans to also broadcast next year’s contest in 2024 too. From here, the broadcaster will review the viewing figures of the contest across the country and will make a finalised decision regarding their participation in 2025.
The Head of the LRT television department, Andrius Korenka expressed:
“LRT will broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 and 2024, but we will not take part. If the ratings are good, we will consider our participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2025.”
With the excitement building towards this weekend’s Junior Eurovision festivities, all will be revealed as to whether we will see Lithuania back on the Junior Eurovision stage in 2025.
What do you think of a possible Junior Eurovision return for Lithuania in 2025? Which other countries would you like to see return to Junior Eurovision? Will you be tuning into the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this Sunday in Nice? Let us know in the comments below!