On 23rd November, three days after the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Lillehammer, Belgium's Flemish and Walloon broadcasters VRT and RTBF will hold a press conference concerning the third edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Belgium in 2005.
As we already announced some months ago, next year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Belgium in a unique cooperation between the Flemish and Walloon broadcasters VRT and RTBF. Since there was a rumour that Sandra Kim, Belgium's one and only Eurovision Song Contest winner, would be one of the hosts of the show, our colleagues of eurosong.be contacted VRT. Steve De Coninck-De Boeck, program director at VRT, dismissed this rumour as light hearted speculation.
De Coninck-De Boeck added that VRT and RTBF will give a press conference together on 23rd November in which more details about the joint organization of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 will be revealed and the locations for the national selections and the international contest will be announced.
The Sports Palace in Antwerp (Flanders) is one of the possible venues to host the third edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. De Coninck-De Boeck rightly points out that “unlike the Scandinavian countries, Belgium doesn't have a lot of suitable infrastructure at its disposal where large-scale sports and show events can take place. Our choice is limited in any case.”
For the first time in history of Eurovision, a Belgian national final will be organized in order to select a Eurovision entry. Fifty years long, Flemish broadcaster VRT and Walloon broadcaster RTBF have been taking turns to select the entry for the adult Eurovision Song Contest. The Belgian entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 will be the first ever to be selected by the whole kingdom. As for the location of the national selections, the RTBF studios in Liège (Wallonia) are mentioned.