Even though the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 has not yet taken place, it is already certain that Flemish broadcaster VRT will once again host the selection for the 2007 contest, as the French-speaking broadcaster RTBF has reportedly withdrawn from the contest permanently.
In an age-old Eurovision tradition, Flemish and French-speaking broadcasters have taken it in turn to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest, and initially, this tradition was carried over to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. But due to a lack of interest on the part of French-speaking Belgium, RTBF appear to have made the decision to take a back step and allow VRT to take the helm.
This, of course, means that the language of Belgian JESC entries in the near future will be restricted to Flemish, at least until the Walloon broadcaster decides otherwise. Unlike at the Eurovision Song Contest, entries for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest must be sung in an official language of the participating country, giving Belgium the option of Flemish or French.
There is already a deadline of 14th February 2007 for submission to Eurosong for Kids 2007, and the invitation was opened to young viewers as soon as the 2006 winner was announced on Sunday.