Spain may be interested in returning to Junior Eurovision 2015! Spanish sources claim that RTVE is making plans ahead of the next edition of JESC in Bulgaria, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Spanish TV site Bluper reports that Spain’s national broadcaster has been considering the idea for a few weeks. On Wednesday RTVE registered the brand “Eurovision Junior” in the national Office of Brands and Patents.
As diehard JESC fans will remember, Spain was the most successful country in the first years of the contest, never finishing lower than fourth. But suddenly in 2007 RTVE decided that it was no longer interested in the contest, alleging that it fostered stereotypes and values which the public broadcaster didn’t want to promote. (Maria Isabel, the Spaniard who won Junior Eurovision in 2004, sang an ode to materialism called “Better Dead Than Plain”). That broke the heart of many Spanish children (including the writer of this article, who was only 13). But now the stereotypes have apparently been forgotten and we can do nothing but cheer for Spain’s possible return.
A Spanish return in 2015 fits with broader TV trends. Junior shows like The Voice Kids and Masterchef Junior are smashing the TV ratings as much as Eurovision does. RTVE smells a potential hit.
SPANISH JESC STARS NOWADAYS
Spain’s Junior Eurovision stars have now grown up, and three out of the four of them are quite successful. Spain’s last performer at JESC, Dani Fernández, is now a part of the boyband Auryn, who took part in Spain’s National Final in 2011. They’re kind of a big deal.
María Isabel, Spain’s only winner of JESC, never left the spotlight. Her first four albums all went platinum, with her debut doing so five times over. She is still a big name in Spain, even though she has been relatively quiet recently as she finishes her studies.
That was all until last month, when she released a duet with Antonio José, Spain’s representative in 2005, who finished second. He’s now taking part in the third series of The Voice Spain.
As you can see, that’s how you work a ballad with flamenco voices, y’all!
Are you excited about the potential comeback? Do you think Spain can manage to do well again at JESC this year? Let us know below!