S4C has revealed today that Wales will participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the second consecutive year. Therefore, Wales will take part in the 2019 contest to be staged in the Polish city of Gliwice. The news was confirmed via the official Chwilio am Seren website.
Searching for a star!
In addition, S4C has revealed that the Chwilio am Seren (Search for a Star) selection process will return to select Wales’ second representative at the contest. As summarised by Eurovoix, here are the key dates in this year’s Welsh selection process:
- April 18th: Application deadline
- April 24-25th and May 5th – Audition rounds
- May 4th and 6th – Callbacks
- May 18th – Mentoring stage
- June 29th – Semi-finals held in Swansea’s Quadrant Shopping Centre
- September 24th – Grand Final held in Llandudno
Standard rules apply
Twelve acts will be shortlisted to take part in the semi-finals, before six progress to the grand final. Here, the winner will be selected by a combined jury and public vote.
Standard Junior Eurovision rules apply, with interested applicants required to be between 9 and 14 years old on the day of the Junior Eurovision final. Applicants must either be a Welsh national or a resident of Wales, but speaking Welsh is not a requirement. Nevertheless, singing in Welsh will be required at the selection.