Wales Junior Eurovision 2019

It caused Eurovision 2020 to be cancelled. And now the impact of Covid-19 pandemic is starting to be felt by Junior Eurovision too with Wales confirming its withdrawal.

Wales withdraws from Junior Eurovision 2020

Welsh-language broadcaster S4C quietly broke the news in a series of tweets on Tuesday 14 July. Responding to a query about its 2020 participation from a curious JESC fan (@eurofansesp), the network tweeted: “Due to the present circumstances, unfortunately we will not be taking part in this years contest”.

In a second tweet, the station added that “no decision has been taken about our participation next year at present”.

While many 2019 participants have yet to confirm their 2020 participation, Wales is the first would-be returnee to rule itself out.

Wales made its debut in 2018 and returned in 2019. The country had previously entered as part of the United Kingdom between 2003 and 2005.

This news comes just one week after Germany announced that it will be debuting in November’s competition.

Junior Eurovision and the Covid-19 pandemic

While Eurovision 2020 may have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all stakeholders are committed to making Junior Eurovision happen.

It remains to be seen what implications coronavirus will have on the contest.

Organisers may follow the lead of the Dutch national selection. Junior Songfestival 2020 will be held in Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena with an audience limited to only family members of the competing acts.

Broadcaster AVROTROS says it would be “irresponsible to have so many children from all over the Netherlands come together singing, dancing and screaming”.

The pandemic may also have an impact on the number of participating countries. For instance, Australia has yet to RSVP. As of July, the country has very strict quarantine rules regarding international travel. These may prove too burdensome for a young act and delegation should they still be in place later in the year.

The list of confirmed countries currently features 13 nations — Belarus, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Ukraine.

Looking towards Eurovision 2021

While Junior Eurovision is a much smaller event than Eurovision itself, it could provide some indication as to how the coronavirus pandemic might affect the main contest.

S4C will not be the only broadcaster to be impacted negatively by the current crisis. Networks all over Europe and beyond have seen their advertising revenues crash while more pressure is placed on existing resources.

Logistically, quarantine and social distancing measures could also make Eurovision preparations more difficult.

Unfortunately, Wales may just be the first of many to withdraw from a Eurovision event due to corona.

Are you disappointed to see Wales bow out? Do you think there’s a risk that more countries might follow? Let us know in the comments below.

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Hellohi
Hellohi
23 days ago

I would rather have the U.K. take part tbh .. Wales is not a sovereign country .. it’s part of a country ..

James
James
23 days ago
Reply to  Hellohi

It’s a country of countries. In fact, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland are even allowed to compete separately in major international competitive events, ranging from pageants to sports, among others.

Hellohi
Hellohi
22 days ago
Reply to  James

That is nice .. So is Gibraltar and the farce islands, neither are countries ..

James
James
22 days ago
Reply to  Hellohi

Overseas territories and self-governing autonomies have also competed as their own countries in international competitions. Why they are allowed to take part as they are is because of those comps’ criteria, likewise with Eurovision. And yes, Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland are considered as countries within the UK. And because Eurovision is a competition taken part by national broadcasters, if ever the BBC opts to not take part in a Eurovision-branded competition like the case of JESC, a regional UK broadcaster or two will happily take their place, as is the case of Wales’ S4C, and BBC Scotland for… Read more »

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
24 days ago

I’m Welsh and I’m not interested in the Junior competition. I was intrigued to hear that they were going to start entering the contest and thought we ad a lovely entry for 2018. So I was very disappointed that it got ignored completely. Hopefully things will improve.

And we always have a strong reputation at the Choir contest we can look back on!

Is it possible for the rest of the UK to enter JESC?

percy
percy
24 days ago

Well, atleast Wales aren’t withdrawing completely. They deserve a better result!

Alina
Alina
24 days ago

They shouldn’t even have this contest this year. Do should do just like Eurovision did. Have the contest next year. Safe & sound.
And it really hurts that the contest will be held in Poland. Their situation of LGBT+ people is the worst in Europe. Is that good example for children to be themselves? No.

beccaboo1212
24 days ago
Reply to  Alina

That’s mean. 🙁

Alina
Alina
24 days ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

What the Polish Government and president are doing to LGBT+ people isn’t mean?

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
24 days ago

Aww that’s sad… but at least it’s “just” Wales and not a stronger and more regular competitor…

Kim
Kim
24 days ago

What an awful thing to say

Joe
Joe
24 days ago

It’s a shame. Hope to see them again soon. I feel like it won’t be a small year, though. Having a debutant is already more than I expected.

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
24 days ago

No, not Wales! I hope Armenia won’t withdraw also because Armenia is really successful at JESC. I would be surprise if Armenia will follow Wales’s footsteps. Same thing with North Macedonia and Albania too, I hope they won’t withdraw.

beccaboo1212
24 days ago
Reply to  ESC SSS

I doubt it. 🙂

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
24 days ago

More importantly, this means that the show will probably not be broadcast on the BBC Iplayer either. Goodbye beautiful 50 fps JESC. T__T

Donkey
Donkey
24 days ago

Wales gonna win in 14 years mark my words.

RavensHeart
RavensHeart
24 days ago

So nothing to do with the 2x last placings then

“We won’t be broadcasting it this year either” suggests otherwise.

James
James
24 days ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

They can’t broadcast the show if they can’t showcase the Welsh language to their viewers. After all, the mandate of S4C is to promote Welsh culture in Wales through broadcasting.

And Malta actually placed last in 2019.

Last edited 24 days ago by James
Joseph Mendy
Joseph Mendy
24 days ago

It’s disappointing to see any country withdraw. I do fear that Wales won’t be the last to withdraw this year, though. I do not know how many countries will compete in JESC this year, but at the moment I’m predicting 15 or 16 countries at this moment.

Donkey
Donkey
24 days ago
Reply to  Joseph Mendy

Well I don’t thunk it’ll be that low since we already have 13 confirmed countries (already more than 2012 and 2013 lmao) I predict 17 or 18 max. Without corona this year would’ve seen the highest amount of participating countries. Ugh

Joe
Joe
24 days ago
Reply to  Donkey

If by some miracle we get every 2019 competitor besides Australia and Wales, plus our debutant Germany, that’ll still be 18 countries.

Last edited 24 days ago by Joe
Donkey
Donkey
24 days ago
Reply to  Joe

If we get only 15 countries imma be absolutely gutted