Russia is planning on entering the bidding process to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Following their victory at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it has been revealed that Russia wants to host the 2019 contest. It has been reported that the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) and the Academy of Popular Music compose and producer Igor Krutoy plan to bid for hosting the 2019 edition of the contest in Russia.
Stella Khachanyants, Director General of the Academy, said:
Together with the VGTRK, we said that we plan to file an application to hold the Junior Eurovision in Russia in 2019
The Academy of Popular Music has been preparing the Russian participants of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the past four years, which includes this year’s winner Polina Bogusevich.
Russia has never hosted a Junior Eurovision Song Contest, but have won the competition once in the past. In 2006, the Tolmachevy Sisters won the competition with their song “Spring Jazz”. This, however, would not be the first time the country would be hosting a Eurovision event, as they hosted the adult Eurovision Song Contest back in 2009, after winning the year prior.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus after the country won the bidding process before the 2017 contest even began. Olga Salamankha explained that Belarus was selected as the host for next years contest over other bids due to their long-term commitment to the competition. Belarus is one of a handful of countries to consistently hold a televised selection process to select their participants. Furthermore, the stability of Belarus as a nation was cited as a factor.
The first time Belarus held a Eurovision event was at the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where it was held in Minsk Arena.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the contest:
- Belarus – Host nation
- The Netherlands