The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is a contest held annually for children aged between 10 and 15 (8 and 15 between 2003 and 2006). But how did the JESC start??
The origins of the contest date back to 2000 when DR(first name-Danmarks Radio) held a song contest for Danish children that year and the following year. The idea was extended to a Scandinavian song festival in 2002, with Denmark, Norway and Sweden as participants. The EBU picked up the idea for a song contest featuring children and opened the competition to all EBU member broadcasters making it a pan-European event. The working title of the programme was "Eurovision Song Contest for Children",branded with the name of the EBU's already popular song competition, the Eurovision Song Contest. Denmark was asked to host the first programme after their experience with their own contests.
After a successful first contest, the second faced several location problems. The event originally should have been organised by British broadcaster ITV in Manchester. ITV then announced that due to financial and scheduling reasons, the contest would not take place in the United Kingdom after all. stepped in to host the contest in The EBU approached Croatian broadcaster HRT, who had won the previous contest, to stage the event in Zagreb;though it later emerged that HRT had 'forgotten' to book the venue in which the contest would have taken place.It was at this point, with five months remaining until the event would be held, that Norwegian broadcaster NRK Lillehammer.