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Spain and Belarus confirm participation in Junior Eurovision 2019

Now that’s what we call news! Spain will take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 after an absence of 13 years. for the first time since 2006.

The Spanish broadcaster RTVE has revealed that Spain will participate in the forthcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Gliwice, Poland interrupting an absence of 13 years. The last time the country competed in the competition was back in 2006. However there were no details revealed on the format the broadcaster will use to select its Junior Eurovision representative.

During the four years Spain took part in Junior Eurovision, it achieved great results; two runner-up places in 2003 and 2005, fourth place in 2006 and first place in 2004 with María Isabel and her song “Antes muerta que sencilla”. In that same year, TVE achieved record audiences of 6 million viewers.

Even though the country has participated only 4 years, it has achieved remarkable results. In 2003 and 2005 was runner up , in 2006 fourth while in 2004 it had finished 1st with María Isabel and her song “Antes muerta que sencilla”

Belarus

The national broadcaster of Belarus,BTRC, has confirmed that the country will take part in the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Gliwice.

BTRC revealed that the JESC 2019 entry will be determined through a national final. However the terms and submission details will be unveiled in the near future. The Belarusian broadcaster referred to its delayed announcement , mentioning that the broadcaster is under full steam covering the the European Games 2019, which are  taking place these days in Minsk.

Last year the country was represented on home soil by  Daniel Yastremski and the song “Time”. The host nation finished 11th with a total of 114 points. The last time Belarus was placed out of the top ten was back in 2004 when the country came 14th.

The map of participating countries so far

Up to date only Georgia has selected  Giorgi Rostiashvili as its representative after winning TV-1’s show of Ranina. After this week’s confirmation by Armenia, Spain and Belarus  the confirmed participating countries have reached 17. These are:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Belarus
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Ukraine
  • Wales

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

  • Italy

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

  • Kazakhstan

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

  • Israel
  • Croatia
  • Latvia
  • 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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