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.
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