Knock, knock — it’s Madrid calling! And the messenger brings bad, if expected, news. Once again the Iberian nation will snub Junior Eurovision and it won’t send a contestant to Tbilisi for JESC 2017 on November 26.
Hopes of a return to the contest have been growing ever since RTVE registered the brand “EuroJunior” two years ago. And Head of Delegation Ana María Bordas fuelled the fire with her comment, made during Eurovision 2017, that Spain’s JESC participation “is not yet decided.”
But on Monday Spanish TV Site Bluper reported that Spain is sitting out of Junior Eurovision yet again. Ouch!
This marks the eleventh year running that Spain will snub the Junior event.
Following the 2006 contest, Spain’s state broadcaster pulled the plug on the show, saying it was guilty of “encouraging stereotypes they did not share”.
Spanish fans have tirelessly begged the broadcaster to return to the competition. And despite seeing a glimmer of hope in 2015, hopes were once again dashed. And in 2016. and now in 2017.
Spain at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
From its debut in the contest in 2003 until its final performance in 2006, Spain performed sensationally. Their run included a fourth-place finish in 2006; two runner-up positions in 2003 and 2005; and a win in 2004 with María Isabel’s ode to materialism “Better Dead Than Plain”.
Spain, no doubt one of the most successful countries ever to compete at Junior Eurovision, also enjoyed success at home. The good results led to huge ratings.
While Sergio’s performance managed to draw in 4.5 million viewers, Latin sensation María Isabel took the crown hitting the 6 million mark. Slay Queen!
Comparing the adult and junior shows, María’s impressive ratings were topped only by 2012’s Pastora Soler (6.5 million), 2008’s Rodolfo Chikilicuatre (9.3 million), 2004’s Ramon (6.8 million), 2003’s Beth (8.7 million) and Rosa’s stunning 12.7 million rating at Eurovision 2002. Neither Barei (4.3 million) nor Manel Navarro (4.7 million) managed to build the hype and audience of little María.
Even if countries like Spain choose to bow out of Junior Eurovision, junior shows continue to take the continent by storm. The Voice Kids recently launched in the United Kingdom and Masterchef Junior is smashing the ratings in a number of markets. Perhaps RTVE will see the light and head back to JESC…one day.
So far only 11 countries have confirmed their participation at Junior Eurovision. They are: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Russia and Serbia.
In any case, what do you think? Will Spain make a comeback anytime soon? And should RTVE consider the past and present good ratings when deciding? Let us know below!