In a press release published by RTVE, the Spanish broadcaster reveals that all the vocals performed in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will have to be live. Pre-recorded vocals will be banned for the first time ever.
The studio backing vocals have been a thing in Eurovision since 2021, as a solution to avoid having too many people involved in a country’s performance in both contests due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet two years later, this new rule allowing studio or pre-recorded backing vocals is still in effect at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool.
But things may be back to the way they were before the pandemic thanks to this new rule that will be applied for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023! Indeed, RTVE revealed in a press release that all the vocals will have to be performed live at the Junior Eurovision 2023, which will take place on November 26 in Nice.
The vocals will 100% be performed live
In the press release dealing with the opening of the auditions to chose the Spanish representative for JESC 2023, the Spanish broadcaster reveals that the EBU “has introduced a series of changes to the Junior Eurovision 2023 rules. It specifies that the performances on stage must be carried out live.”
But that’s not all because RTVE also reveals that the EBU will prohibit all pitch corrections and full-screen insertion of video clips as part of the performance on stage at the Junior Eurovision 2023.
The EBU hasn’t confirmed these new rules will officially be coming into force at JESC 2023 for the moment, but it will certainly shake things up for the contest as pre-recorded vocals have always been allowed so far. In addition, if these rules are indeed coming into effect, the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 could also bring back the 100% live formula loved by many fans, as pre-recorded or studio vocals have always been controversial since their return in 2021.
At the same time, RTVE reveals that the auditions to select the Spanish representative for Junior Eurovision 2023 will be held in July in Madrid, the exact date is yet to be revealed by RTVE. The broadcaster also reveals that it will select the song internally.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023 so far
To this day, 12 countries have already confirmed their participation to this year’s Junior Eurovision:
- Armenia 🇦🇲
- France 🇫🇷
- Georgia 🇬🇪
- Germany 🇩🇪
- Ireland 🇮🇪
- Malta 🇲🇹
- Netherlands 🇳🇱
- North Macedonia 🇲🇰 — Tamara Grujevska
- Poland 🇵🇱
- Spain 🇪🇸
- United Kingdom 🇬🇧
- Ukraine 🇺🇦
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