Russia is feeling the Junior Eurovision spirit. On the back of Polina Bogusevich‘s win for Russia at Junior Eurovision 2017, it’s now clear that Russian broadcaster VGTRK hopes to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.
Stella Khachanyants, the Director General of the Igor Krutoy Academy of Popular Music, recently told Russian news agency TASS that the Academy and VGTRK plan to lodge a bid to host the contest in two years. If successful, it will mark its first time hosting the Junior contest.
The Academy has long been an advocate of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with active involvement in each Russian representative for the last four years including 2017’s winner Polina Bogusevich.
The Academy’s Igor Krutoy is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest either. He was part of the jury panel which selected Russian representative Dima Bilan in 2008 and the Buranovskiye Babushki in 2012.
Why isn’t Russia hosting Junior Eurovision 2018?
Although the winning country has, in recent years, had first refusal to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest the following year, the Junior Eurovision Steering Group announced an abolition of the tradition weeks before this year’s contest, instead rewarding Belarus hosting duties for 2018.
As the European Broadcasting Union explained at the time:
“To ensure the longevity of the Contest and allow more time to prepare the event, the Junior Eurovision Steering Group decided to remove a clause in the Rules that gave the winning broadcaster first refusal to host. EBU Members were given the opportunity to apply to host Junior Eurovision 2018 and the application from Belarus was judged to be the best.”
With Russia’s VGTRK hoping to host in 2019, perhaps we may see famed Eurovision composer Philipp Kirkorov stamp his signature style over the contest (he recently praised Russia’s JESC 2017 victory, seeing it as bridging the political divide which has at times isolated Russia). Delectable duo Dima Bilan and Sergey Lazarev for hosts? Yes please!
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