Two weeks ago, Roksana Wegiel delivered Poland its first ever Junior Eurovision victory with her pop song “Anyone I Want To Be”. Her dramatic staging and catchy hook won over Europe, securing a resounding victory with the public vote. Now the party will rage on in Poland as the 2018 winners have been confirmed as the 2019 host country. Well deserved!

Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events said: “We are delighted to announce Poland as our Host Country, and TVP as our Host Broadcaster, for Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 and once again congratulate Roksana Węgiel on her spectacular winning performance at this year’s Contest. It is always exciting to bring the event to a new Host Country for the first time, and we look forward to seeing TVP’s vision for Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 come to life over the forthcoming year.”

Poland as host country

This will be the first time that Poland hosts the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Having never won the adult version, they have never hosted the adult contest either.

However, the country has a population of almost 38 million, with multiple cities and venues large enough to host the contest. The host city remains unclear at this stage but Poland have no shortage of options.

Back in 2011, Armenia were the first winning country to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest the following year. The tradition has continued in 4 of the 7 years since, with the 2018 contest being one of the exceptions. Minsk was announced as the 2018 host city before the 2017 contest even took place and a winner was crowned.

That early announcement was to give the host broadcaster more time to prepare. And, as was common before 2010, to reduce the pressure on acts to “secure” a hosting gig by winning.

“Anyone I Want To Be” — Roksana Wegiel

Providing a solid and sophisticated stage show accompanied by impeccable vocals, Poland’s Roksana brought a message of empowerment to the screens of Europe and beyond. The camera angles worked, the visuals were on point and the scenography elevated the performance to another level.

Roksana finished seventh with the international juries, placing her well behind leaders Australia and Malta going into the public vote. However, public opinion was vastly in her favour and she came out on top to secure Poland’s first ever Junior Eurovision victory.

What do you think of Poland hosting Junior Eurovision 2019? Are you happy to see the winning country host the contest? Which city should Poland host the contest in? Let us know in the comments below.

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beccaboo1212
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Alright! What’s next? Paris 2020? Yerevan 2021? Let’s find out!

Stella
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Stella

I don’t know what’s empowering about Roksana’s song. It’s a good song, sure, but she’s a cisgendered, (presumably) straight, white girl who fits all society’s female beauty standards- of course she can by anyone she wants to be!

WTF
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WTF

“but she’s a cisgendered, (presumably) straight, white girl ”
All right, what do you want from a 13-14 years old girl? to be a lesbian for singing an empowering song?? what a stupid comment

Law and Justice
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Law and Justice

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beccaboo1212
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Junior Conservision? I don’t think so! 😮

MARY
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MARY

According to which city it would be as host city: Szczecin’s arena is too small – so staying : Gdansk, Cracow , Katowice or Glliwice , and that means : Katowice (11500 seats but oldest), Cracow (20 000 seats and previous capital city !), Gliwice ( 17000 and NEWEST), Gdansk (15 000). So finally tbest is Cracow or Gliwice !

Alex
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Alex

Lol did JESC scrapped that new rule change where they announce the host city for next year prior to the live show?

James
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James

There was strong interest among multiple broadcasters to host the contest, especially Poland after it won.

It’s not that the EBU scrapped the rule, TVP may have likely outbidded everyone else.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

There were bids from Armenia and Kazakhstan as well. Poland began to bid to host next year’s contest after they won.

Polegend Godgarina
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Awesome! I hope they host it in Katowice for the kiis.

Joe
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Joe

This time around, I’m keeping track of the countries whose recent success in Eurovision or similar events has really pushed them to try and win next year’s contest. Poland is now definitely one to watch, since Eurovision fever seems to have spiked now over there (some others I’d say to watch out for: Albania, Cyprus, France, Italy, Lithuania, Australia, and the Czech Republic).

Loin dici
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Loin dici

I’m leaning more towards France and Czech. Australia is determined but their placings was pretty secure tu date. Albania can be potential, their strategy of introducing the ESC-style performance was a sign.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Super happy for them!
Really looking forward to seeing what they’ll do in 2019 🙂

olvresc
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olvresc

Russia should have been chosen as the host.

hello
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hello

HOMOPHOBE

olvresc
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olvresc

No, my opinion has nothing to do with homophobia.

Seeya
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Seeya

I kinda agree, i think it’s unfair that they skip over Russia hosting even though they actually won

Loin dici
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Loin dici

They hosted 2018 in Belarus, I think Russia is chill with that.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

More considering that Belarus and Russia are pretty much the same country, LOL.

olvresc
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olvresc

Exactly. I think it’s the best way to choose te winner of the latest edition to host, but it was unfair to skip Russia. It was already their second win, and I’m sure they would have been happy to host.

James
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James

There was a bidding process done last year before the 2017 contest even saw Russia winning, and Belarus was chosen to host.

ella
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ella

Russia did not submit a bid to host the contest in 2019.

wholetthecatsout
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wholetthecatsout

Im happy we didnt bid. After what juries did to Serg blah we should just participate.

Stavros Tsaparas
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Stavros Tsaparas

Wiwibloggs the Albanian songs are out, and they are amazing!!
Lidia Lufi’s song has potential for winnig Eurovision!????

Dave
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Dave

That song’s really messy though. Jonida is much better imo.

Lila
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Lila

Jonida could definitely win Eurovision. Albania please make the correct decision, you have so much potential this year!!!!!!!

Eurovision Fan
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Eurovision Fan

Can i have the link to all of the songs please

PP77
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PP77

Her song is bad copy of Fuego. We will have many copies of Fuego in many national finals, maybe some countries will sent that kind of song. But I dont see in 2019 in TOP 3 song like Fuego and fame fatale singer like Eleni. Only one time, 2 simillar song and singers have simillar result Denmark song from 1986 ( 6 th place) is copy of Sweden 1985 ( 3rd place). Ireland sent in 2003 simillar song like Denmark winner from 2000, and they are out of TOP 10

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I’m so excited!!! Last year I wanted either Poland or Russia to host and I’m so happy that Poland got to do it this year. And For Poland the only thing left is to win ESC and I really think they can do it. Rock on, Poland.

Tough
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Tough

Roel did you run Belgovision by any chance? 🙂

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

No hahaha never heard of it sorry