Scandinavian TV Says No To Junior Eurovision
Sweden’s SVT television along with neighbouring public broadcasters from Denmark and Norway have pulled out of a children’s version of the Eurovision Song Contest, saying the show has become too commercial, with too many bare stomachs and short skirts.
The show organized by the European Broadcasting Union since 2003, features children aged 8-15, and mimics the annual televised Eurovision songfest for adults.
The Scandinavian countries said the Junior Eurovision Song Contest had turned into a traditional entertainment program instead of a children’s show. The networks also felt that there were too many competitors and that some of them receive zero points, which was a bit too harsh on those children.
Sweden, Denmark and Norway are now organizing their own children’s show in Stockholm in November, inviting Finland and Iceland to participate.