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Revealed: The 16 countries participating in Junior Eurovision 2023

29 August 2023 at 09:00 CEST
The European Broadcasting Union and France Télévisions have revealed the 16 countries participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Nice, France on Sunday 26 November.
Participating Broadcasters
🇦🇱 Albania (RTSH)
🇦🇲 Armenia (AMPTV)
🇪🇪 Estonia (ERR)
 🇫🇷 France (France Télévisions - Host Broadcaster)
🇬🇪 Georgia (GPB)
🇩🇪 Germany (NDR)
🇮🇪 Ireland (TG4)
🇮🇹 Italy (Rai)
🇲🇹 Malta (PBS)
🇳🇱 Netherlands (AVROTROS)
🇲🇰 North Macedonia (MKRTV)
🇵🇱 Poland (TVP)
🇵🇹 Portugal (RTP)
🇪🇸 Spain (RTVE)
🇬🇧 United Kingdom (BBC)
🇺🇦 Ukraine (UA:PBC)

Estonia will be making their debut in the competition this year, while Germany are returning after one year away making this the first Junior Eurovision where all of the so-called ‘Big 5’ (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are competing together.

France is hosting ing the 21st edition of the competition, featuring new songs from young artists aged between 9 and 14-years-old, thanks to Lissandro’s victory with the rock-n-roll inspired Oh Maman! in Yerevan last year. Lissandro gave his country its second win in 3 years.


France Télévisions have chosen 'Heroes' as the theme for the event. More than a slogan, it was decided to use a word that inspires and gives children incredible strength and will feature throughout the event.

The accompanying artwork captures the energy of the word ‘Heroes’, with powerful, joyful colours and a ‘street art’ look that brings modernity and speaks to all generations.

The splashes, which will also feature each participating country’s flag, are made of a combination of paint, chalk, powder, and fireworks.

Through the artwork and slogan France Télévisions want to create a unique experience for the 21st Junior Eurovision Song Contest and convey an explosion of happiness in a world where children are the Heroes.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest said: 

‘We’re delighted to be welcoming talented young artists from 16 countries this year to Nice for the 21st Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

It’s exciting to be returning to France so soon, to a new host city as well as welcoming a new country (Estonia) to the competition. Our colleagues at France TV have once again put together a great creative team to give us all a spectacular show and make the young artists feel like the Heroes they are.’


Alexandra Redde-Amiel, Head of Variety, Games and Entertainment at France Télévisions, added: 

‘We are so proud to be organizing the Junior Eurovision in France for the 2nd time, in Nice at the Palais Nikaïa.

‘Thanks again to Lissandro for making this 2nd victory possible! France Télévisions, and the entire French delegation, are looking forward to honouring the Contest more than ever, alongside the EBU and all the participating countries!

We can't wait to create a unique and spectacular show with outstanding contestants - true musical heroes as we continue to spread music throughout Europe and the rest of the world, sharing our cultures and passions.

We look forward to welcoming you all on November 26. The show must go on!’

This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice on Sunday 26 November at 16:00 CET.