The EBU and France Télévisions are excited to announce that Nice will be the official Host City for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC).
Following Lissandro’s victory at JESC 2022 in Yerevan with the song “Oh Maman!” – France’s second win in three years - France Télévisions will organize the contest at the at Palais Nikaïa in Nice on the country's south coast.
The 21st edition of the Contest for talented 9–14-year-olds will be held on Sunday 26 November. The logo for the event incorporates the Eurovision heart for the first time. The slogan and theme will be revealed later this year.
The 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest reached 33 million viewers and was hosted in Yerevan by AMPTV. 4.6 million people saw content on the Contest’s official YouTube channel during the event with 2.5 million engagement actions across its digital platforms.
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor, for JESC, said: ““We are delighted to return to France for the 21st Junior Eurovision Song Contest just 2 years after a spectacular hosting in Paris. The team at France Télévisions have the experience, vision, and passion to create something truly magical in Nice this November and we look forward to working with them in the coming months on another exciting show.”
Delphine Ernotte-Cunci, President of France Télévisions and President of the EBU added: "France Télévisions is proud to welcome young artists from all over Europe and beyond to celebrate the unifying power of music. I am very happy that this second edition of Junior Eurovision organized by France will be held in Nice, a city of history and culture emblematic of our country. Once again, this year, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will delight young and old alike, who will follow this festive and popular event at the Palais Nikaïa and on the EBU's public media channels.”
Alexandra Redde-Amiel, Head of Variety and Entertainment at France Télévisions, said: "This is an historic occasion! France has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest twice in 3 years thanks to Valentina and Lissandro whom we congratulate again! This is a source of immense pride for France Télévisions and all the French Delegation.
“In 2023, the adventure starts again. What an honour to have the chance to organize and produce the show one of the greatest European musical shows once again in France alongside the EBU, all the delegations and all the young artists! The Junior Eurovision Song Contest shows how much cultural and musical power our new generations have in the world.
Finally, we are extremely lucky to be welcomed by the City of Nice, the famous and iconic "French Riviera", with its international aura. We’re incredibly grateful to Mayor Christian Estrosi and his team.
The Palais Nikaia is a fantastic venue where we can create a unique and exceptional show. We are looking forward to creating, innovating and putting forward our "French touch" to make the 2023 Junior Eurovision Song Contest shine on the European stage on 26 November."
Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region added: "It is an honour for the City of Nice to host a renowned European competition such as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which brings together up to 20 participating countries and more than 33 million television viewers. Nice is a unique landscape, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which will be an exceptional setting to showcase the Junior Eurovision candidates. But it's much more than that. Trusting the City of Nice to host and organize this unique evening in our Palais Nikaïa is proof that we are a European city that organizes world events, especially cultural ones.
Junior Eurovision will enable the City of Nice to shine once again throughout Europe thanks to extensive media coverage and high visibility on social networks. Significant economic spin-offs are expected, with more than 5,000 overnight stays generated just for the event."
For the latest news on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023 follow the official digital channels and junioreurovision.tv