The CEO of TVP, the national broadcaster of Poland has stated that the broadcaster wishes to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Jacek Kurski the Head of TVP has stated in an interview that the broadcaster wants to host the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The confirmation of interest comes just hours after Roksana Wegiel took the nations first victory in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with “Anyone I Want To Be”. Mr Kurski stated;
Telewizja Polska will be ready to organize the final of Junior Eurovision 2019. Of course, this requires the consent of the European Broadcasting Union. We are ready and we will apply to EBU. It is too early to speculate which city we will report in the application.
This would not be the first time that Poland has hosted a Eurovision event. Poland has hosted Eurovision Young Musicians in 1994 where 24 countries competed in the contest. They have also hosted Eurovision Young Dancers three times in 1997, 2005 and most recently in 2013 in Gdansk.
A record number of 20 countries took part in the contest, including returning nations Azerbaijan (last participation in 2012), Israel (last participation in 2016) and France (last participation in 2004) and debuting nations Kazakhstan and Wales, the latter making their first appearance in a Eurovision contest. In the end, it was Roksana Węgiel from Poland who won with the song “Anyone I Want to Be”.
This is Poland’s first victory in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This is also Poland’s first win in a Eurovision contest since winning Eurovision Young Dancers 2017.
The host country for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has not been announced. Poland, as the winning country, now have first refusal on whether they would like to host the contest.