Gliwice-Silesia 2019

Spain: Emilio Mercader and David Santisteban to write JESC song

The team behind Spain's awaited return to the Junior contest has been revealed!

Back in June, it was announced that Spain will be making its long-awaited return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest later this year. The following month, it was confirmed that Melani Garcia will be representing the Iberian nation at Gliwice-Silecia in November. Now, ahead of the release of her entry, her songwriters have been announced.

This week, ESCPlus revealed the songwriters behind Melani Garcia’s entry for the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Emilio Mercarder and David Santisteban are the writers penning Spain’s return to the junior contest. Interestingly, David wrote “Qué Quieres Que Haga”, which competed in the 2019 Spanish selection. Melani was selected by RTVE to fly the Spanish flag in Poland, having won last season of The Voice Kids Spain. A release date for the song is yet to be confirmed, but we can expect it in the coming weeks.

Who is Melani Garcia?

Melani was born in 2007 in LA Eliana, Valencia. Her musical career began at the tender age of eight, performing with the local choir. Around the same time, she was taught Mozart’s opera “Due pupille amabili” by her singing teacher. In addition, she plays the violin and she is currently learning how to play the piano. Melani has released a couple of songs to date. Her debut single – “Vivo Por Ella” – is a homage to Andrea Bocceli.

Junior Eurovision 2019

This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Gliwice Arena, Poland, on the 24th November 2019. Excitingly, 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”. Roksana has since been announced to be hosting the contest, along with Ida Nowakowska and Aleksander Sikora.

The following nineteen countries have confirmed their participation:

Spain at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Despite its short initial run at the Junior contest, Spain achieved great results. The Iberian nation achieved two runner-up places in 2003 and 2005 and a fourth place in 2006. They even won the contest in 2004 with María Isabel’s “Antes muerta que sencilla”. In that same year, TVE achieved a record audience of 6 million viewers.

Despite their success, in 2007, Spanish broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) withdrew from the contest. Now, 12 years on, the nation will be making their much-antiticpated return to the contest.

What do you think of Melani representing Spain at Junior Eurovision this year? 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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