The host of the BBC Children’s Eurovision Song Contest said the children were “very aware” of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and hoped that by watching the singing competition they would see “a lot of solidarity across the globe”. around Europe”.
BBC presenter Lauren Layfield and musician HRVY will comment on Sunday’s event, televised live from Yerevan in Armenia. This is the first time the BBC has broadcast the teen competition live in 20 years.
Earlier this year, Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest with folk rap group Kalush Orchestra, who have been leading since the Russian invasion in February.
Speaking of his hopes for the teen competition, Layfield told PA news agency: “I think it’s been a really tough couple of years and I think the kids have really enjoyed it. there.
“They are very aware that a lot of difficult things are going on, especially since they know a lot about the situation in Ukraine and Russia.
“I really hope that they can see this and say ‘there’s really a lot of solidarity across Europe’. I hope they keep that up.”
HRVY, whose full name is Harvey Cantwell, said he got his presentation tip from BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Scott Mills, who hosted the BBC’s Eurovision semi-final this year.
HRVY told PA: “People will be watching, especially after Eurovision last, I think now people are really invested in it.
“I got some advice from Scott Mills because he did it with Rylan (Clark) in the semi-final and he sent me some voice notes on how to prepare, they really very serious.
“He said I had to take notes and it wasn’t like ‘radio scott’, this was a ‘serious Scott’.”
Meanwhile, Layfield said of the competition: “Eurovision is iconic. When I got the phone call saying ‘listen, the deal hasn’t been signed but you could be doing Graham Norton’s job’, I literally almost fell off my chair.
He’s just the elite in what he does.
Video of the day
The UK will compete for the first time since 2005 with 13-year-old Buckinghamshire schoolgirl Freya Skye, who will perform Lose My Head.
Layfield told PA: “Freya is a star, I can see her having a career like Anne-Marie, Becky Hill, she has it all.
“It’s crazy, she’s a ready-to-go pop star. She may be nervous but you don’t see it because she’s so excited to be there. She’s just super talented and a person to watch.
“They are doing a big, amazing and brave thing in representing their country.
“It’s amazing, they’re ready to go and it’s such a cruel platform for young people – we can really see the star of the future at this competition.”
HRVY said he saw Skye’s Eurovision performance at Children In Need and thought she “completely ruined it”.
The singer, who got her first recording contract at the age of 13, said: “I feel like I’ll get to know her feelings a little bit. She is very young, she is only 13 years old.
“All I know is she will be excited. Going this far and representing the UK is incredible and I think she’ll just want to get out there and perform.
“There aren’t many shows other than The Voice Kids that showcase young talent. Honestly, talent, I really think these kids are better than the actual Eurovision itself.
The Eurovision Children’s Song Contest is live on Sundays at 3pm on BBC One, CBBC and BBC iPlayer. Vote online at JESC.TV
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/junior-eurovision-host-hopes-children-see-unity-across-europe-amid-ukraine-war-42209965.html Junior Eurovision host hopes children see unity across Europe amid Ukraine war