Szczecin has confirmed that it is bidding to host the 2019 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Poland.
A spokesperson for the Szczecińskiej Agencji Artystycznej confirmed to the Polish press that the city of Szczecin is bidding to host Junior Eurovision 2019. The spokesperson commented:
I confirm that our city has submitted the application and expressed interest in organising the finals of Eurovision Junior. At the moment, that’s all I can say. Decisions are to be made this week
Szczecin is on the Baltic sea coast and is the seventh largest city in Poland. The city is the capital of the region of West Pommerania and is home to over 400,000 people.
The city has one venue that would be eligible to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Arena Szczecin was opened in the summer of 2014 and can hold just under 7,500 people. It has previously hosted music events such as the Eska Music Awards in 2015.
During the final of the Voice Kids 2, TVP revealed that just two cities are left in the running to host the 2019 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The host of the show stated that one city is in the north of Poland, while the other is in the south.
The Steering Group for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest met at the start of February with the Polish national broadcaster. The meeting was used to discuss the host city, contest graphics, logos and the date. To date, seven countries have expressed their interest in participating in the contest:
Although they have not yet confirmed, it is expected that these countries will confirm this year due to their attendance at the Reference Group meeting:
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Poland this year following the victory of Roksana Wegiel at the 2018 contest in Minsk, Belarus. With her song “Anyone I Want To Be”, she finished 1st with 215 points.
Source: Dziennik Eurowizyjny