November 18: Germany close to enter Junior Eurovision
Luka Popovic (Serbia)
HAMBURG, GERMANY – Germany is considering joining the Junior Eurovision Song Contest sooner rather than later. Frank-Dieter Freiling, the Head of the Eurovision Reference Group from the German broadcaster ZDF, said, “I want to put it like this: It’s just a matter of time before Germany, and other Western European countries, join Junior Eurovision”.
It has been tipped that broadcasters ARD and ZDF will collaborate in the future to deliver a JESC entry through their children’s channel KiKA . However, Germany warns it has a few issues with Junior Eurovision, one of them being that the winning country does not automatically have rights to host the show the next year.
ZDF and ARD will be monitoring this year’s event in Sofia, with the contest to be aired online in Germany. Freiling says if Germany joins it won’t do so for only one year and simply withdraw the next.
DID YOU KNOW?
Germany has never taken part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This year’s event takes place in the Bulgarian capital this Saturday with seventeen countries taking part. Among them, Ireland and Australia will participate for the first time.