Germany is taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the First Time in 2020

Germany is taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the First Time in 2020

KiKA, NDR and ZDF are looking for young German talent

Erfurt, July 8, 2020 – In 2020, Germany will be taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. The public broadcasting corporations KiKA, NDR and ZDF are looking for young talents between the ages of nine and 14 to represent Germany in Europe’s biggest music competition. The 18th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Warsaw on November 29, 2020 by Polish broadcaster TVP, and will be broadcast live on KiKA.

 

Fans of the ESC have long been waiting for Germany to take part in the junior competition, which the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has been organizing since 2003.

 

“I’m absolutely delighted to have succeeded in getting Germany involved in this wonderful European Song Contest, and to be broadcasting it on KiKA. Together with NDR and ZDF, we found a wonderful approach to creative collaboration which plays to all of our respective strengths. It will be a major event for our KiKA audience and for the whole family”, said KiKA’s Director of Programming Dr. Astrid Plenk.

 

The Road to Warsaw

 

ZDF already produce the highly successful competition for young songwriters “Dein Song” (“Your Song”), now in its 13th season, for KiKA. Now, together with KiKA and NDR, they are looking for a performer for Germany’s debut at the Junior ESC. Talented youngsters between nine and 14 can enter now.

 

“ZDF are pleased to have secured Levent Geiger, a finalist in last year’s ‘Your Song’, to compose the German entry. He will also be involved in the casting, and will accompany the young performer on every step along the way to the big night in Warsaw. We’ll accompany them on this thrilling journey in a two-part documentary”, said Michael Stumpf, director of children’s and youth content at ZDF.

 

“Since 1996, the NDR has been the leading broadcaster for German involvement in the ESC. It’s fantastic that we’ll be delivering the junior contest for the first time together with KiKA and ZDF. This year’s slogan, ‘Move the World’, is highly symbolic, encouraging children to take an active part in shaping their world. That’s why it will also play a role in the music video we are producing”, said Ole Kampovski, director of children’s and youth content at NDR.

 

From August onwards, the trend and lifestyle format “KiKA LIVE” will be feature regular reports on the various stages along the way to the big live performance.

 

More information about Germany’s participation in the Junior ESC 2020 will be available soon at the KiKA Press Lounge at kika-presse.de.

 

For more information, contact:

Der Kinderkanal von ARD und ZDF

Unternehmenskommunikation

Gothaer Straße 36

99094 Erfurt

e-mail: kika-presse@kika.de

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