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Azerbaijan withdraws from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

The Land of fire will not continue this year taking part in Junior Eurovision. Azerbaijan withdraws from this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

According to INFE Azerbaijan , the country’s national broadcaster , ITV , will not be participating in the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster did not explain the reason of their withdrawal. Azerbaijan had returned to the contest last year  after 5 years of absence . Fidan Huseynova represented the country with her song I Wanna Be Like You which finished 16th.


Azerbaijan is the second nation that decided to withdraw from this year’s Junior Eurovision after Israel which decided too not to take part in this year’s edition in Poland.

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 Azerbaijan’s withdrawal  the confirmed participating countries are 18. These are:

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

Additionally countries that participated in 2018  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:

  • Azerbaijan
  • 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. 

Source: INFE Azerbaijan 

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