After Switzerland's withdrawal for the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, also France is doubting about participating in the third edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, to take place in Hasselt on 26th November. Both countries joined the Junior Eurovision Song Contest last year in Lillehammer.
'Too much Eurovision kills Eurovision'
Another country started doubting about taking part in the third edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. “We have not confirmed our participation in the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest yet,” French Head of Delegation Bruno Berberes informs esctoday.com. “We are not very motivated. Too much Eurovision kills Eurovision…”
Like Switzerland, that announced its withdrawal last week, France joined the Junior Eurovision Song Contest last year in Lillehammer, where the second edition of the event took place. With the song Si on voulait bien, the young French singer Thomas finished sixth.
Success for María Isabel in France
France is nevertheless showing interest in last year's Spanish Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner María Isabel. Her winning song Antes muerta que sencilla reached the sixth position in the French single charts, the best result for a Eurovision Song Contest song since Natasha St Pier with Je n'ai que mon âme in 2001.
Speculative participant lists
Meanwhile other sources keep publishing unofficial participant lists for Hasselt 2005. We would once again like to point out that all of them are speculative. Countries can subscribe for or withdraw from participation in the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest until 30th June.
Half of July, the final list of countries that will be participating in the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest on 26th November in Hasselt will be revealed.