Next week, the 18th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Warsaw. ESCplus is ready to keep all our readers informed, both on the website and social networks. In the meantime, you can download our exclusive handbook for this year’s edition to find out everything you need to know about all 12 competing entries.
This year the European Broadcasting Union has decided to go on with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the middle of the unfavourable situation and after the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Despite the difficulties resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic and, as the tradition since 2003, when the first edition took place in the Danish capital city, the 18th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will air on 29th November.
Warsaw, the capital of Poland, will host Junior Eurovision 2020 following the victory of Viki Gabor with the song ‘Superhero’ at the 2019 edition in Gliwice-Silesia. It will be the first time the junior contest will take place in the same country in two consecutive years. TVP, the host broadcaster, had been considering several options before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, among which we should mention the enormous Tauron Arena in Krakow or a bigger venue in the capital itself.
Although this year’s Junior Eurovision will be held in the host city, the contestants won’t get together to perform live on the day of the final. All performances will be broadcast pre-recorded to preserve the health of the people involved. The EBU and TVP gave the broadcasters two different options to ensure all the contestants will have an equal chance at the contest. They could either choose to record the performance in their own countries hiring their equipment or travel to Poland to do so with TVP.
Each participating broadcaster will try to use the same equipment and production techniques to ensure all the contestants will play at the same level on stage. Moreover, the EBU will work close to the broadcasters to make sure the participants stay connected in some way by sharing their experiences and performing together.
You can get your copy of the ESCplus Junior Eurovision 2020 Handbook, which includes biographies, lyrics and voting sheets, by clicking below: