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Ukraine: Junior Eurovision participation confirmed!

Ukraine: Junior Eurovision participation confirmed!

Despite their absence from the adult contest this year, Ukraine will return to this year’s Junior Eurovision! The news comes as a Ukrainian talent agency opens calls from singers to submit auditions for an internal selection. Despite their dramatic withdrawal from the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year, it appears that Ukraine will be participating in this year’s Junior Eurovision. First, Inakshi Casting announced a casting call for Ukrainian performers age 9 to 14 via Instagram. They ask interested parties to upload a Ukrainian language performance video to Instagram with the hashtag #inakshi_casting. View this post on Instagram Для тих, хто не встиг відправити заявку чи досі вагається з вибором пісні, ми вирішили надати ще один шанс та продовжили кастинг! ⠀ Час заявити про себе! Ми хочемо почути твій голос!❤️ ⠀ ✔️Запиши на відео як ти співаєш улюблену українську пісню а капела (тобто без акомпанементу)😉 ✔️Опублікуй це відео в своєму інста з хештегом #inakshi_casting 📲 ✔️Познач нас на публікації @inakshi.casting щоб ми точно побачили твій пост ✅ ✔️На період участі зроби свій профіль відкритим, ти ж не проти перших фанів?🥰 ✔️ Обов‘язково підпишись на @inakshi.casting та зіркового експерта Дарінку @darina.krasnovetska щоб першим дізнаватися про новини☝🏼 ✔️Поділись у себе в сторіз …
Israel: KAN withdraw from Junior Eurovision

Israel: KAN withdraw from Junior Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest may have only concluded last month, but we still have Junior Eurovision to look forward to! Following their return to the Junior contest last year, KAN will not be participating in this year’s Junior Eurovision. They join Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro and Slovenia in confirming that they will not be participating. Israel has a rather short history at the Junior Eurovision. In fact, they have only appeared at the contest three times – in Amsterdam (2012), Malta (2016) and Minsk (2018). Following Israel’s win in Lisbon last year, KAN decided to return to the junior contest, prompting the EBU to lift the 18-country limit. Late last year, we reported that KAN were due to discuss their future at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Now, the press department at KAN have confirmed to Eurofestivales that they will not be appearing at the 2019 contest in Gliwice, Poland. They did not disclose the reason behind this. However, they will be broadcasting the contest this year despite not participating. 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!  At present, the …
Cyprus: CyBC confirm they are not returning to Junior Eurovision this year

Cyprus: CyBC confirm they are not returning to Junior Eurovision this year

The Eurovision Song Contest may have only concluded last month, but we still have Junior Eurovision to look forward to! Unfortunately for fans hoping to see Cyprus return, CyBC will not be participating this year. This is the second consecutive non-participation since their last place finish back in 2017. They join Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia in confirming that they will not be participating. As this year’s Junior Eurovision approaches, we have yet another confirmation of non-participation. This time, it comes from the contest’s most recent withdrawal – Cyprus. Speaking to Eurofestivales, Evi Papamichael, the Head of Delegation for Cyprus confirmed their non-participation. Rather than the standard budgetary reasons for not participation, Papamichael cited a “management decision” for this. Cyprus withdrew from Junior Eurovision following the 2017 contest, this time without announcing a reason. However, this was possibly linked to their last-place finish in Tbilisi. 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!  At present, the following countries have confirmed their participation: AlbaniaAustraliaFranceGeorgiaIrelandKazakhstanMaltaNetherlandsNorth MacedoniaPolandPortugalRussiaWales Cyprus at the Junior Eurovision The island nation’s trajectory very much mirrors their performance at the …
Malta confirms participation for Junior Eurovision 2019

Malta confirms participation for Junior Eurovision 2019

Maltese broadcaster PBS has confirmed that they will take part in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will be held in Gliwice, Poland on Sunday 24 November. Sticking to what they know As ever, Malta will be using their national selection MJESC. This was first broadcasted back in 2015 and they have continued to use it every year since. This method certainly appears to be working, if you look at their recent run of form. Artists competing in MJESC are aged between 9 and 14 years old. They are allowed to submit a song of their own or a cover. The deadline to submit a song is 30 June. Once the deadline has been reached, a jury will select 12 finalists who will be shown on TV and social media pages during the first 2 weeks in August. Following from this, people will be able to vote online for their favourites until 13 August. The winner will be revealed on 20 August after the televote and jury have decided on who they want to see represent Malta. Malta in Junior Eurovision Malta debuted in 2003 and, in recent years, has shown better results in this contest as opposed …
Slovakia: RTVS deny rumours of Junior Eurovision debut

Slovakia: RTVS deny rumours of Junior Eurovision debut

Another day, another confirmation from RTVS confirming that Slovakia will not be returning to Eurovision. Last week, they confirmed that they would not be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest next year. Now, they have confirmed that they will not be participating in Junior Eurovision this autumn. Last week, Erika Rusnáková, the press spokesperson for RTVS, confirmed that Slovakia would not be returning to the contest next year. For this, she cited ‘inadequate audience interest and interest rating’ for the contest. Despite this, rumours had began to circulate that Slovakia would be debuting at this year’s Junior Eurovision. In response to these rumours, however, Rusnáková confirmed that they were false. This would have been Slovakia’s first Eurovision-adjacent event since Eurovision Young Dancers back in 2015. Although Slovakia have never participated in the Junior contest, RTVS had previously planned to participate in the inaugural edition back in 2003. However, these plans did not come into fruition due to budgetary problems. 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!  At present, the following countries have confirmed their …
Croatia: HRT will not be returning for Junior Eurovision 2019

Croatia: HRT will not be returning for Junior Eurovision 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest may have only concluded last month, but we still have Junior Eurovision to look forward to! Unfortunately for fans of Croatia, HRT will not be participating this year. This is the fifth consecutive non-participation since their last place finish back in 2014. They join Montenegro and Slovenia in confirming that they will not be participating. Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) has confirmed to Eurofestivales that they will not be returning to the Junior Eurovision for 2019. The broadcaster have cited budgetary issues for this; they cannot afford to take part in the contest. The same reasoning was presented by the Montenegrin and Slovenian broadcasters. 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!  At present, the following countries have confirmed their participation: AlbaniaAustraliaFranceGeorgiaIrelandNetherlandsNorth MacedoniaPolandPortugalRussiaWales Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest Junior Eurovision participation is spotty for most competing countries, but Croatia is on another level. They debuted at the inaugural contest in 2013 in Copenhagen with Dino Jelusić’s “Ti si moja prva ljubav”. They won the contest with 134 points. The following year, they …
Slovenia is not returning to Junior Eurovision in 2019

Slovenia is not returning to Junior Eurovision in 2019

Slovenia’s national broadcaster, RTVSLO, reported that the country would not be present in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland, for the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This marks the fourth contest in a row that they have missed out on since their last participation in 2015. RTVSLO cited the high costs of participation and the new time slot that the contest occurs in as the reasons for not participating. In 2016, the European Broadcasting Union moved JESC from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. The spokesperson for RTVSLO claimed that the cost of participating was too high for the time slot the contest takes place in. Slovenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Slovenia first competed in 2014 with the song “Nisi Sam (Your Light)” by Ula Ložar, which placed 12th out of 16 songs. The next year, Slovenia was represented by Lina Kuduzović with the song “Prva Ljubezen,” finishing third. Third place is the highest place Slovenia has ever come in either contest. Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 The 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Sunday, November 24, in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland. Poland got the right to host after Roksana Węgiel won the 2018 contest in Minsk, Belarus, with the song “Anyone …
No JESC return for Montenegro in 2019

No JESC return for Montenegro in 2019

While North Macedonia have confirmed participation for this year’s Junior Eurovision, RTCG have confirmed Montenegro sadly won’t be making an appearance in Poland. Head of Delegation for Montenegro, Sabrija Vulic, explained to Eurofestivales: We are not going to participate in the Junior Eurovision Festival 2019, the reason is that we do not have money for it.Sabrija Vulic Montenegro in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Montenegro have participated twice in the contest, making a debut in 2014. Maša Vujadinović and Lejla Vulić came 14th with the song Budi dijete na jedan dan. The following year in Sofia, Jana Mirković represented the balkan nation with the song Oluja and scored one place higher at 13th with 36 points. 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! At present, the following countries have confirmed their participation: AlbaniaAustraliaFranceGeorgiaIrelandNetherlandsNorth MacedoniaPolandPortugalRussiaWales Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter, @escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! We’ll also be posting plenty of content on our YouTube in the run up to Tel Aviv!
North Macedonia: MRT confirms participation for Junior Eurovision 2019

North Macedonia: MRT confirms participation for Junior Eurovision 2019

North Macedonia has recently confirmed their participation for Junior Eurovision 2019, to take place in Gliwice, Poland on November 24th. MRT hasn’t revealed how they plan to select Marija’s successor, even though we can expect an internal selection, following their strategy in the recent years. MRT, the North Macedonian broadcaster, has confirmed to Eurovoix that they will be participating in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will be held in Gliwice, Poland. This marks the Balkan nation’s 15th participation since their debut in 2003. Last year, they were represented by Marija Spasovska, who sang “Doma”. They finished 12th in the final with 99 points. Marija ranked 9th with the juries on 64 points, but finished 16th in the new online voting system. Since she was internally-selected by the broadcaster, we expect the same format to be adopted this time around. MRT will be hoping to see a similar success to what they achieved at the main contest this year. In May, Tamara Todevska delivered North Macedonia’s best result to date in Tel Aviv by placing 7th overall in the Grand Final. Her entry, “Proud”, won the Jury vote with 247 Points. She finished with 205 points overall. The singer has …
Junior Songfestival to take place on September 28

Junior Songfestival to take place on September 28

After winning the Eurovision Song Contest last month in Tel Aviv, The Netherlands is now gearing up to select its entrant for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, after confirming its participation for this year. Live Final to select its entrant Junior Songfestival will take place at Theater Hanzehof, which has hosted the contest previously. If you are interested in attending the Live Final, you are now able to buy the tickets by clicking here. The Junior Songfestival will select both the artist and the song that will represent The Netherlands in Gliwice-Silesia. Auditions have already taken place already and the artists that are taking part are to be revealed in due course. In preparation of this, Junior Songfestival has released clips from the audition process, where you can see last year’s contenders Max & Anne talk to the auditionees. You can see part one here: You can see part two here: If you would like to follow the journey to this year’s Junior Songfestival, you are able to do so by following their Youtube page where they will be releasing new videos every Friday at 16:00CET. The Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Max & Anne were selected to represent The …
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