Junior Eurovision 2020: Wales announces withdrawal from this year’s edition
S4C, the Welsh national broadcaster has announced that it will not be taking part in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Warsaw, due to the covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
While the covid-19 is escalating worldwide the restrictions implemented to battle the diaspora affect this year’s Junior Eurovision participations. S4C has announced through its official twitter account that they will not participate in this year’s Junior Eurovision due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Wales is the first country that took part last year in the competition and will not return this year. The broadcaster will not be broadcasting the show and has not shed any light on its plans for next year’s Junior Eurovision.
Wales in Junior Eurovision
Wales’ history in the contest is not so long as the nation debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2018 and continued in 2019. Welsh broadcaster Sianel Pedwar Cymru (S4C) is responsible for the country’s participation in the contest.
In 2018 and 2019, S4C selected their representative through the televised national final Chwilio am Seren (English: Search for a Star), with the song selected internally. In both years, the competition was held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
In 2018 the country was represented by the song “Perta” performed by Manw, placing last in a field of 20 songs with 29 points. Wales participated in the 2019 contest, represented by the song “Calon yn Curo” performed by Erin Mai and finished 18th with 35 points.