Ekaterina Orlova, Head of Delegation for Russia has stated that the country will have a discussion as to whether they want to host Junior Eurovision in 2019.
Following their victory at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, the Russian Head of Delegation has stated they will investigate whether they want to host the 17th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. Ms Orlova stated that she will have discussions with other members of the EBU to discuss their thoughts on Russia hosting the competition in two years time.
Changes to the rules regarding the hosting mean that Russia has not been offered the chance to host next years contest. It has been decided to return to a bidding process for the competition, with the host country of the following years contest decided before the previous years contest.
Russia has previously shown an interest in hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having previously been one of the most successful countries at the competition. But has never hosted the competition to date. If Russia was to host the competition it would be the first time since 2009 that Russia will have hosted a Eurovision contest.
Polina Bogusevich won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with her song “Wings”. She scored a total of 188 points just 3 points ahead of the runners up Georgia. This is the second time Russia has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Their first victory comes from the Tolmachevy Sisters and their song “Vesenniy Jazz” back in the 2006 contest in Bucharest.
Source: Eurovision Press Conference
Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Russia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and has participated in the contest every year since. Russia won the contest in 2006 when they were represented by the Tolmachevy Twins with the song “Vesenniy jazz”, who scored a total of 154 points. Russia has never finished outside of the top 10 in their time at the contest, and have finished second twice, fourth four times and fifth once. Last year in Malta Russia finished 4th with a total of 202 points, just 7 points behind third placed Italy.