As you know, I began covering the long-running Eurovision Song Contest in 2017. a year after it first began screening for U.S. audiences, and have covered every year since, including massive coverage of this year’s cancelled show and all the cool specials that came out of that cancellation.
Now, beginning this year, TKR’s coverage of the Eurovision franchise is expanding! Beginning November 1, TKR will launch its first-ever coverage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This contest is open to songwriters between the ages of 8-15 years of age, and the performers also have to be within that age frame. A number of participants in JESC have gone on to perform at ESC, including one of 2020’s most popular performers, Destiny Chukunyere, who was to have represented Malta with the fan favorite “All Of My Love” in 2020; Destiny won JESC in 2015 and has gone on to participate in such shows as Britain’s Got Talent and the Maltese X Factor franchise.
There will be 13 countries participating this year, and all the shows will be done similar to the way these shows are now being done – each performer will do their live segment from a television studio in their home country beamed via satellite to the live audiences around the world through the European Broadcasting Union‘s affiliates and the main hosting facility in Warsaw, Poland, winner of the 2019 contest, their second year in a row grabbing the grand championship. All social distancing measures are in place, and all participants will be tested for COVID-19 prior to their performances.
The live show takes place on Eurovision’s affiliate network on November 29, and as we go through the month of November, I will bring you the videos of each entered song, my impressions of each song, how they’re doing with the fan base (one song has a HUUUUGE lead over most of the others already released right now, and with good reason, with several more still to be announced), and what I think their overall chances are, just like the regular ESC. There will also be coverage on my YouTube channel, TKR Video Central, which will be posted here as well. But for now, here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect! See you for inaugural coverage of Junior Eurovision on November 1!