The Head of Delegation for Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest, has stated that the Spanish broadcaster is open to returning to Junior Eurovision.
Speaking at the press conference regarding Miki’s selection as the Spanish entrant for Eurovision 2019, Ana Maria Bordás was asked about Spain and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. She told the assembled press that;
It’s something that we debate every year, that every year we try and we’re open again. But it is a decision that has not yet been made. You know that we have to answer in June if we are going to participate or not, we have a few months ahead to say it.
It is a very complicated issue because on the one hand we want to be: France has returned, this year in 2018 it has been incorporated. But it is true that we have not had any music program with children, and well, it is more difficult; but it is a decision that the management will take at the time. Of course, every year is a debate that we have and that is being studied … This year there was a large Euro Junior audience in Spain without us participating and well, that is something we take into account.
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.
The 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Poland. Poland is hosting the contest thanks to Roksana Węgiel who won with the song “Anyone I Want to Be”. She scored a total of 215 points beating runner up France by a total of 12 points. Poland came 7th in the jury vote with 79 points, but topped the online vote with 136 points.
To date the following nations have expressed an interest in participating in the 2019 contest:
- Poland (Host nation)
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.