It’s been eleven years since the last Spanish entry in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the great results achieved from 2003 until 2006, the Spanish public broadcaster decided to withdraw from the contest. According to former channel director Javier Pons Spain withdrew because the Junior Eurovision Song Contest “promotes stereotypes that TVE do not share”.
During the four years the country took part, it achieved great results. Two runner-up places in 2003 and 2005, fourth place in 2006 and first place in 2004 with Maria Isabel and her song “Antes muerta que sencilla”. On that same year, TVE achieved record audiences of 6 million viewers.
Ever since the country withdrawn from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the public and fans have asked the channel to reconsider their decision. Despite registering the “Eurojunior” brand in 2015, in what looked like the Spanish return to the contest, the public broadcaster decided not to take part once more.
Earlier this year Ana María Bordás, the new Spanish head of delegation, hinted that their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was yet to be decided. Despite that, the Spanish portal Blupper.elespanol.com reports today that TVE has officially declined their invitation to the contest that will be hosted in Tbilisi on the 26th of November.
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Spain is one of the sixteen countries to have made their debut at the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003. Sergio was the first participant to represent Spain with the song “Desde el cielo”, which finished in second place, achieving a score of one hundred and thirty-seven points. Spain is one of the most successful countries in the contest – the country has won the contest once, 2004, represented by María Isabel with “Antes muerta que sencilla”, as well as coming second twice, in both 2003 and 2005. The remaining Spanish entrant finished fourth in 2006. Spanish broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) withdrew from the contest in 2007