Great Britain competes in Junior Eurovision for the first time since 2005

He will participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2005, the BBC has announced.

His television station will also broadcast the singing competition, for children aged nine to 14, for the first time in its history.

Armenia will host the event on December 11 after their victory in 2021.

A UK play and song selection is currently underway, conducted by CBBC with BBC Studios music and entertainment.

I can’t wait to reveal our musical talent who will proudly represent the UKPatricia Hidalgo

Patricia Hidalgo, BBC Children and Education director, said: “We are delighted to bring the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to the BBC for the first time, and to showcase diverse young musical talent from across the world. across Europe for children and their families to explore. and enjoy together.

“The latest edition of Eurovision is sure to embody the solidarity that the adult competition brings, reflecting at the heart of CBBC, a comprehensive channel celebrating diversity and creativity in all children. .

“I can’t wait to reveal our own musical talent who will proudly represent the UK.”

Great Britain first competed at the grassroots competition in its first edition in 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark, but withdrew after the 2005 event.

During that time it was broadcast by ITV.

The announcement comes following news that the BBC will host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine in the UK.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV festival, Kate Phillips, director of BBC Unscripted, said she was “delighted” that the BBC aired the singing contest, but acknowledged it was not a cheap event.

She said the content was a “huge monster” but stressed that it had a “complex funding structure” that included funding from the European Broadcasting Union, its participants and from the city. host.

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“I don’t want people to worry that I’m taking all the money without a plan… that’s absolutely not the case,” she added.

Earlier this month, the shortlist for the host city was announced with Birmingham named alongside Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.

The grassroots competition will air on CBBC, BBC One and BBC iPlayer Great Britain competes in Junior Eurovision for the first time since 2005

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