Dziennik Eurowizyjny, who has attended today’s press conference, has announced some changes that will affect the performances of some of the competing countries. Initially, the EBU had revealed that all contestants would record their performances in their own countries without travelling to Warsaw. However, it looks like some of the delegations will do so because of financial reasons.
“Travel restrictions and the ongoing issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic mean regrettably we cannot bring all the artists to Poland to compete in person at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year,” said Martin Österdahl, the Contest’s Executive Supervisor.
“We are determined however that the show must go on and that this competition, held annually since 2003, must continue. Despite the changes this year, all the talented youngsters chosen to represent their countries will still have an equal chance to shine, and, as is tradition, families from around the world will be able to vote for their favourite songs online.”, said Martin Österdahl, the Contest’s Executive Supervisor.
That’s what the chief of the contest said a few days ago. Recording all the performances in each country means that all the broadcasters have to build the same stage inside their studios, which has a high cost. For example, the Spanish broadcaster will spend a total amount of 16.700,00 euros, which includes the process of building the stage, equipment and technicians hired for this purpose. It looks like some broadcasters can’t afford such scenario, so they’ll travel to Warsaw to record their performances at TVP’s studios. What it’s clear is that all the performances will be broadcast pre-recorded and most of them will take place by the end of October. Also, they want to ensure all the participants will have equal opportunities no matter the country or its financial situation.
“Bringing families together is a core mission of public service media and as we reimagine the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the times we currently live in we are committed to ensuring that everyone taking part this year, from the young singers around Europe to the audience at home, enjoy a positive and unifying experience,” added Martin Österdahl. “We are grateful to all our colleagues at TVP for rising to the challenge of producing an ambitious live international TV production that will travel the world as well as “Move the World”.
We want the show to be modern, happy. We want to use the latest technologies. We’ll try our best to forget what’s happening in the world for the two-hours show, said TVP’s Marta Piekarska, the leader of this project.
This show format is followed closely by AVROTROS, the host broadcaster of Eurovision 2021, so they have some guidelines in case they need to follow the same procedure next May.
13 countries will take part in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest which will take place on 29th November. Ida Nowakowska, Małgorzata Tomaszewska and Rafał Brzozowski will host the show live from Warsaw.