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Slovenia: RTVSLO Rules Out Junior Eurovision Return Due To Cost Of Participation

The Slovenian national broadcaster has confirmed it will not be participating in Junior Eurovision 2019 in Poland.

RTVSLO has informed Eurofestivales that it will not be participating in the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster participated in the competition in 2014 and 2015 before withdrawing from the competition.

The Slovenian broadcaster stated that the cost of participating in the contest was too high for the time slot. Previously the contest was broadcast during prime time, but was moved to an earlier time slot by the European Broadcasting Union.

Slovenia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 in Malta and finished 3rd in last years contest in Sofia, Bulgaria where Lina Kuduzović performed “Prva ljubezen”. Slovenia was one of three countries who participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 but withdrew from competing in the contest last year. The other two countries were San Marino and Montenegro.

The 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Sunday 24th November in Gliwice, Poland. To date, eleven countries have expressed their interest in participating in the contest:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Kazakhstan
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Wales

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:

  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Italy
  • Malta

The following nations have confirmed that they will not be participating in Poland:

  • Croatia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Slovenia

Source: Eurofestivales

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