Gliwice-Silesia 2019

Serbia: RTS confirms Junior Eurovision 2019 participation

They will be hosting a national final to select their entrant this year

Serbia have now become the latest country to confirm their participation for this year’s Junior Eurovision. This news comes as RTS – the Serbian broadcaster – has released a call for songs for their national final. Last year, they internally-selected their artist for the contest.

This week, Serbia’s RTS have confirmed their Junior Eurovision participation. Unlike last year, they will be hosting a national final to select their artist and song for the contest. Previously, they had used a mix of methods to select their entries. The call for submissions is now open and will close on September 1st, you can see the details below:

As outlined in the post above, rules for submissions include:

  • Singers must be Serbian citizens aged between 9 and 14 years old.
  • The song must be written in Serbian (or any other official languages spoken in Serbia).
  • The submitted song must be between 2:30 to 3:00 minutes long.

Junior Eurovision 2019

This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Gliwice Arena, Poland, on the 24th November 2019. It marks the first time Poland will host a music-based Eurovision event! Last year, Roksana Węgiel brought Poland its first Eurovision-adjacent win with “Anyone I Want To Be”.

At present, the following countries have confirmed their intention to participate:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Kazakhstan*
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine
  • Wales

* Although, Kazakhstan have stated their intention to participate in the contest, they must be invited by the host broadcaster in order to participate.

Serbia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Serbia debuted at Junior Eurovision at the 2006 contest, hosted in Bucharest, having previously participated as Serbia and Montenegro in 2005. Between 2006 and 2010, they used the national selection Izbor za dečju pesmu Evrovizije to select their entrant. They did not participate between 2011 and 2013.

Their best result to date is third place, which they have achieved on two occasions, in 2007 and 2010. The former was achieved by Nevena Božović, who went on to represent Serbia at the main contest in both 2013 and 2019. Having not qualified for the final as part of Moje 3, Nevena returned as a solo artist this singer, reaching 18th in the Grand Final with “Kruna”.

Last year, Serbia was represented by Bojana Radovanović in Minsk, Belarus. She had been selected by RTS internally, following a national final the year before. With her song “Svet”, she finished in 19th place with 30 points.

Are you happy to see Serbia return? What are your favourite Serbian Junior Eurovision entries? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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