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Sunday 24 September 2023

BBC to air 2023 Junior Eurovision Song Contest live from France


After an unforgettable Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted earlier this year in Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is set to grace the screens of the BBC this upcoming autumn.

As the talented young participants gear up for the contest, the UK will present its own act, aged between 9 and 14, in the competition set to take place on Sunday, November 26, 2023.

The enchanting Palais Nikaïa in Nice, France, will serve as the venue for this event, following Lissandro’s triumph in 2022 with the captivating song "Oh Maman!"

Last year marked a historic moment as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest made its debut on the BBC. Representing the United Kingdom, Freya Skye delivered the song "Lose My Head" at the contest in Yerevan, Armenia, securing the fifth overall position and winning the public vote.

The preparations are underway to select the act and song for the upcoming year, orchestrated by BBC Studios Entertainment and Music in collaboration with CBBC. Stay tuned for more updates, including the UK's chosen act and song, as well as the commentator for the UK.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education, shared her excitement, stating, "Following on from the fabulous spectacle of the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year in Liverpool, we are so proud to once again bring Junior Eurovision to the BBC and to give children and their families the opportunity to enjoy this incredible show together."

In addition to the contest, BBC Children’s has plans to revisit Freya Skye’s journey through a special "My Life" documentary set to be broadcast on CBBC and BBC iPlayer. A further half-hour documentary will follow this year's selected act on CBBC and BBC iPlayer in anticipation of the live contest.

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