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Junior Eurovision TV hosts announced

Lauren Layfield will co-host Junior Eurovision

TV and radio presenter Lauren Layfield and singer HRVY are to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the BBC in December.

The live event will be broadcast on the BBC for the first time in the competition’s history, on Sunday December 11, 2022.

The contest, which takes place this year in Yerevan, Armenia, is for talented youngsters aged between nine and 14. This month it was revealed that Freya Skye will represent the United Kingdom with ‘Lose My Head’.

Lauren and HRVY will be following all the excitement live from Salford as they oversee the 16 countries who are competing for the coveted title of 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner.

Lauren is no stranger to CBBC audiences, having hosted shows such as make-over series, The Dengineers, and music series, The Playlist. HRVY is also well known to the audience with his huge social media following and having appeared on CBBC’s Friday Download, as well as competing on Strictly Come Dancing in 2020.

Layfield said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be nicking Graham Norton’s job for Junior Eurovision! I’m such a huge fan of ‘grown-up’ Eurovision, it’s the biggest and best music competition in the world and I live for the outrageous costumes, the jaw-dropping staging and the Euro-pop bangers! The Junior Contest is going to be no exception, showcasing best young talent across Europe. We’ve genuinely got a certified bop from 13-year-old UK entry Freya Skye, so Union Jacks at the ready, I’ll see you live on BBC One and CBBC on December 11th!”

The UK is taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2005. Wales competed independently of the UK in 2018 and 2019.

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast simultaneously on BBC One, CBBC and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 11 December.

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