Jon Ola Sand has confirmed that the host country of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has not yet been decided.
The host broadcaster and country of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has not yet been decided. Jon Ola Sand revealed in an online press conference hosted by BTRC that the hosts of the 2019 contest will be decided by the end of this year. Mr Sand commented;
Regarding the country that will host Junior Eurovision 2019, the decision has not yet been made. But we will consider the possibility that the winner of this year will hold the competition in their own country. However, it should be noted that many countries want to host this competition, they see what is happening in Belarus, and would like to arrange a competition of the same scale.
In the event that the winning country decides that they do not want to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 the decision will be up to the steering group. A meeting is scheduled for soon after the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in which a decision would be taken to determine the host country.
In 2017 the rules of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest changed to mean that the winning country does not automatically get the right to host the competition the following year. This resulted in Belarus being selected as the host country for the 2018 contest before the 2017 contest had been held.
To date it is known that the Ukrainian national broadcaster UA:PBC has not bid to host the competition. While Russia previously expressed an interest hosting the contest following their victory in 2017.
Twenty countries will take part in this years contest on November 25. These are:
- Albania – Efi Gjika – “Barbie”
- Armenia – L.E.V.O.N – “L.E.V.O.N”
- Australia – Jael Wena – “Champion”
- Azerbaijan – Fidan Huseynova – “I Wanna Be Like You”
- Belarus – Daniel Yastremski – “Time”
- France – Angélina – “Jamais Sans Toi”
- FYR Macedonia – Marija Spasovska – “Doma”
- Georgia – Tamar Edilashvili – “Your Voice”
- Ireland – Taylor Hynes – “IOU”
- Israel – Noam Dadon – “Children Like These”
- Italy – Melissa & Marco – “What is Love”
- Kazakhstan – Daneliya Tuleshova – “Ozine sen”
- Malta – Ela Mangion – “Marchin’ On”
- Poland – Roksana Wegiel – “Anyone I Want To Be”
- Portugal – Rita Laranjeira – “Gosto de Tudo (Já Não Gosto de Nada)”
- Russia – Anna Filipchuk – “Unbreakable”
- Serbia – Bojana Radovanovic – “Svet”
- The Netherlands – Max & Anne – “Samen”
- Ukraine – Darina Krasnovetska – “Say Love”
- Wales – Manw – “Perta”