Junior Eurovision Song Contest



UK Heat:
Mark Durden-Smith and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (2003)
Michael Underwood, Stephen Mulhern and Holly Willoughby (2004)
Michael Underwood and Nikki Sanderson (2005)


Commentary (TV):
Mark Durden-Smith and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (2003)
Matt Brown (2004)
Michael Underwood (2005)

Commentary (Radio):
Ewan Spence (2013-)
Luke Fisher (2013)
Glen Bartlett (2014-15)
Lisa-Jayne Lewis (2016-)


Carlton for ITV1, 6 September 2003 and 15 November 2003

Carlton for ITV2, 4 September 2004, 20 November 2004, 3 September 2005 and 26 November 2005

98.8 Castle FM, 30 November 2013

Radio Six International, 15 November 2014 to present

S4C, 25 November 2018 to present


In 2003, the EBU started doing a Junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest, which is held in November each year. It has surprisingly high production values, so high in fact that when ITV realised how much money it would cost to put it on they stepped out when it was their turn to host it. The winning country doesn't necessarily hold the next one (as apparently it would put too much pressure on the kids, as opposed to singing for the whole of Europe). There is an upper age limit to the contestants, and they have to write the lyrics and the melodies.

The first one rated so poorly on ITV (who bought the rights to it when the BBC declined) that the next two contests aired on ITV2, before being dropped altogether the following year. Despite not being broadcast on any UK TV channel, viewers in the UK can still watch the contest via a live webstream made available during the event.

The Junior contest came close to ending in 2012 when the show was beset by technical problems and really didn't work. Things changed from 2013, moving the focus up a few years from tweens to teens. The show returned to UK broadcast media, with Ewan Spence and Luke Fisher delivering the EBU commentary, rebroadcast on Castle FM in Edinburgh. The 2014 radio commentary was distributed by Glasgow-based Radio Six International, and taken by community station K107 in Kirkcaldy. Since 2015, the commentary's been taken by children's station Fun Kids.

Web links

Official site

Wikipedia entry

See also

A Song for Europe

Eurovision Song Contest

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