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Just when you thought Eurovision was over – juniors are headed back to the BBC

Following this year’s successful Eurovision in Liverpool, where the contest was hosted on behalf of Ukraine, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on the BBC this autumn.

The UK will put forward an act, aged between nine and 14, when the contest for talented youngsters takes place on Sunday 26 November 2023.

France will play host to the event at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice following Lissandro’s winning performance in 2022 with his song ‘Oh Maman!’

Last year, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast on the BBC for the first time in the competition’s history. Freya Skye represented the United Kingdom with the song ‘Lose My Head’ at the contest in Yerevan, Armenia, winning the public vote, and coming 5th overall.

The process to select the act and song for 2023 is now underway and is being led by BBC Studios Entertainment and Music with CBBC. Further details, including the UK’s act and song, as well as who will be commentating for the UK, will be announced in due course.

Patricia Hidalgo, director BBC Children’s and Education, said: “Following on from the fabulous spectacle of the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year in Liverpool, we are so proud to once again bring Junior Eurovision to the BBC and to give children and their families the opportunity to enjoy this incredible show together.”

Organisers of the 2023 contest, France Télévisions, have now revealed the branding for the event.

Commissioned by CBBC and simulcast on BBC television and iPlayer, the BBC’s coverage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is a BBC Studios production. It is commissioned by Patricia Hidalgo, director BBC Children’s and Education and Sarah Muller, senior head of BBC Children’s Commissioning 7+. The executive producer and head Of delegation is Lee Smithurst. Suzy Lamb is the MD for BBC Studios Entertainment and Music. Pete Ogden is creative director for BBC Studios in the North. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Melissa Hardinge with Nick Hall as commissioning executive.

This autumn, BBC Children’s will also look back at Freya Skye’s journey with a special My Life documentary to be broadcast on CBBC and BBC iPlayer. There will be a further half-hour documentary following this year’s act on CBBC and BBC iPlayer in advance of the live contest.

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