United Kingdom in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Member station ITV (UKIB)
National selection events National Final
Appearances 3
First appearance 2003
Last appearance 2005
Best result 2nd: 2004
Worst result 14th: 2005
External links
United Kingdom's page at Eurovision.tv

The United Kingdom entered the Junior Eurovision Song Contest three times, and the broadcaster was ITV, which is known by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as UKIB.

Tom Morley (2003) and Cory Spedding (2004) sang both for the peace in the world and Joni Fuller (2005) described her feelings. The UK holds the third highest number of total points: 140 points in 2004.

In 2003, the contest was broadcast on the main channel ITV, relegating it to ITV2 for the next two years due to bad viewing figures, before their complete withdrawal in 2006.

The 2004 contest originally should have been organised by ITV in Manchester.[1] ITV then announced in May 2004 that due to financial and scheduling reasons, the contest would not take place in the United Kingdom after all.[2] It is also thought that another factor to their decision was the previous years' audience ratings for ITV which were below the expected amount.[3]

Possible return[edit]

The Welsh broadcaster Sianel Pedwar Cymru (S4C) had shown interest in participating for the UK in 2008, hoping to share the Welsh language with a wider audience. The contest would therefore be a bilingual broadcast that would be broadcast in Wales on analogue, and on S4C Digidol in the rest of the UK.[4] In the end, S4C chose not to broadcast the contest. The United Kingdom thought of returning to the contest in 2010, with the BBC instead of ITV, but decided against it.

Radio broadcast[edit]

On 21 November 2013, it was revealed that Edinburgh-based 98.8 Castle FM (a non EBU member) would broadcast the 2013 contest live to listeners in Scotland.[5] The broadcasting rights had been offered by the EBU, to its members. But when no-one in the UK took up the offer, Castle FM – previously known as Leith FM – moved in.[6]

It was announced on 16 October 2014 that the 2014 contest will be broadcast on a radio station across the United Kingdom.[7] Five local radio stations will broadcast the contest, one in England (103 The Eye, delayed) and Wales (Oystermouth Radio), and three in Scotland (K107 in Kircaldy, Radio Six International in Glasgow and Shore Radio in Edinburgh).[8]


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Song Place Points
2003 Tom Morley English "My Song For The World" 3 118
2004 Cory Spedding English "The Best is Yet to Come" 2 140
2005 Joni Fuller English "How Does It Feel?" 14 28
Did not participate between 2006 and 2014

Voting history[edit]

As of 2014, United Kingdom's voting history is as follows:

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentator[9] Spokesperson
2003 Mark Durden-Smith & Tara Palmer-Tomkinson TBC
2004 Matt Brown TBC
2005 Michael Underwood TBC
20062012 No broadcast Did not participate
2013 Ewan Spence and Luke Fisher
2014 Ewan Spence[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Confirmation of Manchester as original host". European Broadcasting Union. 16 November 2003. Retrieved 2 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "'Junior contest not to take place in Manchester'". ESC Today. 13 May 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  3. ^ Cozens, Claire (17 November 2003). "JESC UK ratings". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  4. ^ Kuipers, Michael (2008-04-20). "Junior Eurovision 2008: United Kingdom to return to JESC?". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (21 November 2013). "Kiev'13: Kiev'13: UK, Greece & Kosovo To Broadcast JESC". Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Castle FM coup as it secures rights to broadcast Junior Eurovision Song Contest". allmediascotland.com. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Increased International Interest in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "JESC’14: Full List Of Radio Broadcasts". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest". UKGameshows. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  10. ^ Lockett, Katherine (13 November 2014). "It’s a ‘TEN’ for Radio!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 

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