First there was the (Danish) Song Contest for Children. Then there was the Nordic Song Contest for Children. Next stop: the Eurovision Song Contest for Children!
This decision was taken a few days ago by delegates from fifteen EBU network affiliates when they saw clips from the Nordic Song Contest held earlier this year. The delegates were thrilled about the concept and immediately decided to make a European ditto of the Nordic Song Contest for Children (NSCC). The working title so far is 'the Eurovision Song Contest for Children' (ESCC), and it will have the same rules and format as the current Eurovision Song Contest.
»We are currently contemplating where and how the ESCC is to be organised. All we can say now is that it will be an event as huge as the NSCC -preferrably huger. We also expect the press coverage to be intense. Approx. 500 journalists from all over Europe are expected to be on location,« says Mr Christian Rask from Danish broadcaster DR's Press Office.
The very first ESCC is scheduled for some time next year, and the host country will be Denmark – the very same country behind the first Danish Song Contest for Children and then the NSCC. Countries' national entries are to be selected via national song contests for children, organised exactly like the Danish Song Contest for Children. The age limit is maximum fifteen years, which means that only children who are no older than fourteen now can consider entering next year.
Many other countries in Europe have already in one way or another had different kinds of song contests for children, but the ESSC will be the first similar to the “real” one.