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Junior Eurovision 2019: Israel withdraws from this year’s contest

KAN, the Israeli national broadcaster, has confirmed that it will not participate in the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Poland.

According to a statement made by the the press department of KAN  to Eurofestivales the country will be withdrawing from the contest, with no specific reason been mentioned by KAN’s side . However, the Israeli broadcaster will be broadcasting the show as it did in the year 2007 and 2017 when it was absent too.

Israel came back  to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2018, after two years absent from the competition. In 2018 Israel was represented by Noam Dadon with the entry “Children Like These”and finished 14th with 81 points.

The map of participating countries

Following  Israel’s withdrawal the map of the participating countries in the next Junior Eurovision Song Contest has as following:

Up to date only Georgia has selected  Giorgi Rostiashvili as its representative after winning TV-1’s show of Ranina. After this week’s confirmations the number of confirmed participating countries has reach the number 14. These are:

  • Albania
  • Azerbaijan
  • Australia
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Wales

The countries that have not officially confirmed but are more than likely to confirm as they attend  the Reference Group meeting are:

  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Italy

Additionally countries that participated in 2018 and are likely to compete in 2019 edition too are : 

  • Kazakhstan 
  • Serbia 

On the other hand the countries that have ruled out their participation in Poland are:

  • Israel
  • Croatia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Cyprus
  • Slovakia

After Roksana Węgiel’s victory for Poland at the 2018 contest in Minsk with her entry “Anyone I Want To Be” and TVP winning the bid to host this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Gliwice-Silesia has been chosen as the Host City by TVP after reviewing a row of cities and venues across the country. 

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Last month during a special joint press conference of EBU and the host broadcaster TVP revealed this year’s logo inviting the world to “Share the joy”. Lets remember Roksana’s winning performance last year in Minsk:

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