It has been revealed that the Czech Republic, Austria & Latvia will both not be participating in Junior Eurovision this November in Malta.
Out of the three countries only Latvia has previously taken part in the contest debuting back in 2003 before withdrawing after 2005, only to return for the 2010 and 2011 contests. LTV did however say that they were considering returning to the contest in the coming years.
The Czech Republic and Austria have both never taken part in the contest and have said they will not debut at Junior Eurovision this year. Austria won both the Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision Young Musicians this year and it was thought that there was a small possibility that this would make them look at taking part in the Junior Contest. The Czech Republic however has not taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2009 and currently only participates in Eurovision Young Musicians and Eurovision Young Dancers which it will host in 2015.
So far a total of 10 countries have confirmed participation with Cyprus returning and Italy debuting in Malta.
Source: Maxim Shapoval