Wales’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest Journey so far

On November 25th, Minsk Arena will host the sixteenth Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It will be the second time that the event takes place in the venue in the capital city of Belarus. With Ukraine’s late inclusion into the line-up, a record-breaking 20 countries will participate.

Therefore, it is the perfect time to look back at the journeys of all of this year’s participating countries in the contest. Today, let’s continue our journey and travel to the last of two debuting nations this year, Wales!

Quick facts

  • Country: Wales
  • Broadcaster: S4C
  • Debut appearance: N/A (debut 2018)
  • Number of appearances: N/A (debut 2018)
  • Highest finish: N/A (debut 2018)
  • Lowest finish: N/A (debut 2018)

Back to the very beginning

Just like Kazakhstan last week, we don’t need to travel much back in time as Wales will debut in Minsk. The announcement came somewhat as a surprise in the midst of the Eurovision madness on May 9th. However, unlike Kazakhstan, Wales has taken part to Junior Eurovision before but as part of the United Kingdom between 2003 and 2005. The United Kingdom started off strong finishing 3rd and 2nd in the first two editions of the contest. However, following the 14th place out of 16 in 2005, the UK decided to withdraw and never returned. Welsh-language broadcaster S4C had expressed intentions to participate at Junior Eurovision already backin 2008. However, we had to wait until this year for that to happen, but better late than never! 

Wales’s Journey so far

After confirming participation, S4C also added they were launching a selection show called “Chwilio am Seren“. Wales took the selection very seriously and it was divided in different rounds. The first round consisted of auditions in Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Llandudno.  Following that, the three mentors of the show (Connie Fisher, Stifyn Parri and Tara Bethan) selected the best 20 performers who then worked with them until they narrowed number further to 6. Eventually, 14-year old Manw earned the right to be Wales’s first ever Junior Eurovision representative with her song “Perta“. 

My favourite Welsh entry!

Well there is only one entry to choose from, but I am delighted to say that I am not disappointed at Wales’s debut entry! I said multiple times throughout this feature that upbeat songs are my things, however, I enjoy slower song a great deal too and this one is no exception! The intro is very engaging and then that one second pause is amazing! Sure, maybe I do wish that it picked up a bit more rhythm after that but still it still keeps me interested in the song. But my wish comes true the last minute! Those strings and Celtic vibes are golden! I also like how it phases out of the song with the violin, did I ever mention I love strings before? 🙂 I do get a bit of a Ireland 2017 vibe from this and there’s nothing wrong with that as it was one of my favourites last year. However, one thing I do hope is that Wales does not get left behind by the voting like Ireland unfairly was. 

Every journey so far!

  1. F.Y.R. Macedonia
  2. Armenia
  3. The Netherlands
  4. Israel
  5. Ukraine
  6. Georgia
  7. Russia
  8. Malta
  9. Italy
  10. Azerbaijan
  11. Serbia
  12. Poland
  13. Australia
  14. Portugal
  15. Ireland
  16. Albania
  17. France
  18. Kazakhstan 
  19. Wales

Are you pleased to see Wales debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest? How do you like the first Welsh entry? Let us know in the comment section below or on all social media platforms @ESCXTRA. 

And.. don’t forget to come back next Tuesday for another country’s journey down memory lane. Just the host Belarus remains before the big day on November 25th!

Riccardo Maddalozzo

Born in Italy, I have lived in 5 countries in 3 continents. I discovered Eurovision by accident in 2010 and became a superfan in 2013. I attended both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision events and covered several national finals on the ground and hope to continue doing so for a long time!

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