Wilkommen Deutschland! Germany will make its debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year!
Public broadcasters NDR and ZDF have announced they are looking for talented youngsters between the ages of 9 and 14 to represent Germany for the very first time at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Germany is the 40th country in the history of the contest to make its debut.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have succeeded in getting Germany involved in this wonderful European Song Contest, and to be broadcasting it on (dedicated kids channel) KiKA. Together with NDR and ZDF, we found a wonderful approach to creative collaboration which plays to all of our respective strengths. It will be a major event for our KiKA audience and for the whole family”, said KiKA’s Director of Programming Dr. Astrid Plenk.
ZDF already produces the highly successful competition for young songwriters 'Dein Song' (Your Song) for KiKA, which is now in its 13th season, . Now, together with KiKA and NDR, they are looking for a performer for Germany's debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
“ZDF are pleased to have secured Levent Geiger, a finalist in last year’s ‘Your Song’, to compose the German entry. He will also be involved in the casting, and will accompany the young performer on every step along the way to the big night in Warsaw. We’ll accompany them on this thrilling journey in a two-part documentary”, said Michael Stumpf, director of children’s and youth content at ZDF.
“Since 1996, the NDR has been the leading broadcaster for German involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s fantastic that we’ll be delivering the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time together with KiKA and ZDF. This year’s slogan, ‘Move the World’, is highly symbolic, encouraging children to take an active part in shaping their world. That’s why it will also play a role in the music video we are producing”, said Ole Kampowski, director of children’s and youth content at NDR.
From August onwards, the trend and lifestyle format “KiKA LIVE” will be feature regular reports on the various stages along the way to the big live performance. The 18th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Sunday 29 November and will be broadcast by KiKA.