Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Share the Joy
Junior Eurovision 2019 Logo.jpg
Dates
Final24 November 2019
Host
VenueGliwice Arena, Gliwice, Poland
Presenter(s)
Directed byKonrad Smuga
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Executive producerLeszek Ratajczak
Host broadcasterTelewizja Polska (TVP)
Participants
Number of entries19
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries Spain
Withdrawing countries Azerbaijan
 Israel
Vote
Voting systemEach country's public & jury award 12, 10, 8–1 points to their top 10 songs. International viewers vote for 3-5 songs, and votes are converted to points by proportional representation.

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be the seventeenth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, organised by Telewizja Polska (TVP) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It will be held on 24 November 2019, at the Gliwice Arena in Gliwice, Poland, following the country's victory at the 2018 contest in Minsk, Belarus with the song "Anyone I Want to Be", performed by Roksana Węgiel. It will be the first time Poland has hosted the contest, as well as the first Eurovision event to be held in the country since the Eurovision Young Dancers 2013.

Nineteen countries will participate in the contest, with Spain taking part for the first time since 2006,[1] while Azerbaijan and Israel have withdrawn from the contest.

Location[edit]

Gliwice Arena in Gliwice, host venue of the 2019 contest.

The 2019 contest will take place in Poland for the first time, following the country's victory at the 2018 edition with the song "Anyone I Want to Be", performed by Roksana Węgiel.

Venue[edit]

The contest will take place at Gliwice Arena, a sport and entertainment hall with a capacity of 17,178 in the main arena. It is considered one of the largest entertainment and sports halls in Poland.

Bidding phase and host city selection[edit]

Location of the candidate cities (red) and the chosen host city (blue)

Prior to Poland's confirmation, two other countries had announced their intentions to host the event. These bids were from Armenia and Kazakhstan.[2]

If the Kazakh proposal had been accepted, the Kazakh broadcaster Khabar Agency said it would have moved the contest to October 2019 due to possible adverse weather conditions in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan, which was proposed as the host city, around the original dates of the contest. Ιt would also have been the first time that an associate member was chosen to host an EBU flagship event.[3] However, for this to happen, the general rules of the competition would have to be changed, because as in the adult competition, the competition cannot be held in a non-full member state of the EBU. For instance, this rule does not allow the competition to be held in Australia if the country wins, although they became an effective participant in 2016.[4]

On 10 December 2018, it was confirmed by the EBU that Poland would host the 2019 contest.[5] Two days earlier, it was revealed that the MP for the city of Gliwice, Jarosław Gonciarz, had written to the Head of Telewizja Polska (TVP), calling for the contest to be held in the city at the recently-built Gliwice Arena.[6]

On 18 January 2019, Noel Curran, the Director-General of the European Broadcasting Union, in an interview for TVP Info, stated that the contest would be held in Kraków.[7] The same day, TVP issued a statement that the city had not yet been chosen.[8]

On 6 March 2019, during the press conference held by TVP and the EBU, it was confirmed that the contest would be held in the city of Gliwice with Silesian Voivodeship cooperation.[9] This will be the first time since the 2014 contest that the event is not hosted by a country's capital, as Warsaw does not have a suitable venue to host an event of this size.[10]

Key:  †   Host venue

Potential bids
City[11] Venue Capacity
Gdańsk Ergo Arena 15,000
Gliwice Gliwice Arena 17,178
Katowice Spodek 11,500
Kraków Tauron Arena Kraków 20,400
Łódź Atlas Arena 13,800
Szczecin Arena Szczecin 7,027
Toruń Arena Toruń 9,250

Format[edit]

Visual design[edit]

The theme for the contest, Share the Joy, was unveiled on 13 May 2019 during a press conference prior to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The press conference included Gert Kark (Project Manager), Konrad Smuga (Creative Director), Marta Piekarska (Project Coordinator) and Roksana Węgiel, the winner of the 2018 contest.[12]

"The logo features a brightly coloured kite to symbolize freedom, light and shared joyous moments. The creative concept represents how working together makes us better, stronger and can bring joy and happiness as we celebrate the beautiful things in life."[12]

Voting[edit]

The results will be determined by national juries and an online audience vote. The number of points will be determined by the percentage of votes received: 50% of the final result from the public vote, while the other 50% from the professional juries.

Participating countries[edit]

On 18 July 2019, the EBU released the official list of participants with 19 competing countries.

Country[13] Artist[14] Song Language(s)
 Albania
 Armenia
 Australia
 Belarus TBD September 2019[15] TBD September 2019[15]
 France
 Georgia Giorgi Rostiashvili
 Ireland TBD 29 September 2019[16]
 Italy
 Kazakhstan Yerzhan Maksim
 Malta Eliana Gomez Blanco
 Netherlands TBD 28 September 2019[17] TBD 28 September 2019[17] Dutch, English[18]
 North Macedonia Mila Moskov TBA August 2019[19]
 Poland TBD 29 September 2019[20] TBD 29 September 2019[21]
 Portugal
 Russia TBD September 2019[22] TBD September 2019[22]
 Serbia
 Spain Melani García
 Ukraine Sofia Ivanko "Koly zdaietsia" (Коли здається) Ukrainian, English
 Wales TBD 24 September 2019[23] Welsh[23]

Other countries[edit]

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the EBU.[24] It is currently unknown whether the EBU issued invitations of participation to all 56 active members like they do for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Active EBU members[edit]

  •  Bulgaria – On 11 September 2018, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) announced that at the time being they were not planning a return to the 2019 contest.[25] However, the decision was not official, as it referred to a certain period of time, so the broadcaster may have changed their mind since then. On 6 January 2019, BNT reiterated that currently they don't have plans to return to Junior Eurovision 2019 via their official Eurovision Twitter account.[26] The broadcaster expects to elect a new delegation and managing board on 5 July 2019, after which a final decision will be made as to the participation of Bulgaria in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[27] It was later revealed on 8 June 2019 that BNT had amassed massive debts, and were declared bankrupt, leaving their participation in doubt.[28] Bulgaria did not appear on the final list of participants published on 18 July 2019.
  •  Cyprus – On 10 June 2019, Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) confirmed that they would not return in the 2019 contest due to "a management decision".[29]
  •  Czech Republic – On 10 June 2019, it was revealed that Česká televize (ČT) had not made a full decision about participation, but were not expecting to be a participant, stating that their focus was on the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.[30] On 19 June 2019, ČT confirmed that they would not debut in the 2019 contest.[31]
  •  Finland – On 10 June 2019, Yle (Yleisradio) confirmed that they would not debut in 2019 as they have a strong principle of not putting children in an "adult contest".[32]
  •  Germany – On 10 May 2019, KiKa, The Children's Channel of ARD and ZDF confirmed that they would not debut in the 2019 contest as their planning program for 2019 had already been concluded. However, they are going to be in contact with NDR and they keep following up the topic.[33] Germany was not on the final list of participating countries.
  •  Latvia – On 14 June 2019, Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) confirmed that they would not participate in the 2019 contest due to their priorities this year are participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, and the newest format of Eurovision, Eurovision Choir. LTV stated that "The preparation of our entries for both competitions is a long and complicated process both for the artists and the production teams, therefore, we have decided to participate in these two".[34]
  •  Montenegro – On 2 June 2019, Radio Televizija Crne Gore (RTCG) confirmed that they would not return to the contest in 2019 due to budget issues.[35]
  •  Norway – On 11 April 2019, Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK) confirmed that they would not return to the contest in 2019 because their rules do not fit the international event, but NRK will follow the contest closer than before.[36]
  •  Scotland – On 29 June 2019, BBC Alba confirmed that they would not debut in 2019 due to their participation in the Eurovision Choir that year, however they confirmed that talks had taken place that could enable participation in 2020.[37]
  •  Slovakia – According to Eurovision blog Eurofestivales, press spokesperson Erika Rusnáková for Slovak broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) stated that they were evaluating and supervising the possibility of debuting in the contest.[38] However, on 10 June 2019, RTVS confirmed that they would not debut in the 2019 contest.[39]
  •  Slovenia – On 3 June 2019, Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV Slovenija) confirmed that they would not participate in the 2019 contest due to the cost of participation.[40]

The following countries and broadcasters have confirmed their non-participation without offering further explanation:

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Spokespersons[edit]

  •  Georgia – Ana Berishvili[53]

See also[edit]

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