While Eurovision 2020 may still be quite a long ways off, the Junior Eurovision 2019 season is just revving up. More and more details about the contest are beginning to emerge. The EBU has now confirmed that a total of 19 nations will “Share The Joy” in Poland this November.
Roksana Węgiel brought Poland their first ever victory at Junior Eurovision in Minsk last November. Now the contest is headed to southern Poland’s Gliwice-Silesia where 19 participants will compete for the trophy, the second highest number of participants since the contest began in 2003.
Last year’s contest in Minsk saw the debut of Kazakhstan and Wales, two countries that had never before competed as independent nations in Junior Eurovision. They are both back for 2019, with Kazakhstan’s broadcaster having again been given a special guest invitation.
This time around, we don’t have any new debuting countries, but we do have a returnee to the contest. After last competing in 2006, Spain will be returning to Junior Eurovision after an absence of 13 years.
Spain competed in the first four editions of Junior Eurovision from 2003 to 2006 and had a fantastic run. Not only did they win in 2005 but they landed in the top four all other years that they competed. To date, they have the best record in terms of average placing at Junior Eurovision, but will they still be a powerhouse after a 12-year hiatus?
Unfortunately, there are two more changes to the lineup that are far less pleasant. Both Azerbaijan and Israel have decided to withdraw from the contest, at least for the time being.
Last year saw Azerbaijan and Israel both return to Junior Eurovision after a hiatus of four years and one year, respectively. However, both countries have decided to sit this one out again. It could be speculated that Israel’s withdrawal may have been necessary in order for them to be able to focus on hosting the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year in Tel Aviv. Regardless, we all hope to see Azerbaijan and Israel back in the contest very soon.
Belarus and the Netherlands continue their unbroken streak of being the only two countries to have competed at every Junior Eurovision contest. The Netherlands also faces the possibility of being the first country to win both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision in the same year.
The 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Sunday, the 24th of November at Gliwice Arena in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland.
Junior Eurovison 2019 participating countries:
- Albania (RTSH)
- Armenia (AMPTV)
- Australia (ABC/SBS)
- Belarus (BTRC)
- France (France TV)
- Georgia (GPB)
- Ireland (TG4)
- Italy (RAI)
- Kazakhstan (Khabar Agency)
- Malta (PBS)
- The Netherlands (AVROTROS)
- North Macedonia (MKRTV)
- Poland (TVP)
- Portugal (RTP)
- Russia (RTR)
- Serbia (RTS)
- Spain (RTVE)
- Ukraine (UA:PBC)
- Wales (S4C)
What do YOU think? Will Spain be able to continue their streak of top-four placements after a twelve year absence? Who are you disappointed not to see on the list of participants? Let us know in the comments below!