Latvia will not be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year.
LTV has confirmed to Eurofestivales that they will not be returning to the contest this year, with Krista Luize stating that:
“Our priorities this year is the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision Choir. The preparation of our entries for both competitions is a long and complicated process both for the artists and production teams, therefore we have decided to participate in these two.”
Latvia was one of the original sixteen countries to take part in the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. The country competed in the contest for a period of three years before withdrawing from the contest. Their best result during this period was at the 2003 contest where Dzintars Čīča finished 9th with a total of 37 points, this included 8 points from Belarus.
Latvia returned to the contest in 2010 when the contest traveled to Minsk, Belarus. Šarlote Lēnmane & Sea Stones brought them their only their second ever top 10 finish with the song “Viva la Dance”, she scored 51 points, the highest points total for a Latvian Junior Eurovision entry. Following the 2011 contest in Yerevan, Latvia withdrew from the contest and has not returned.
The 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Sunday 24th November in Gliwice, Poland. To date, 14 countries have expressed their interest in participating in the contest:
- North Macedonia
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 following nations have confirmed that they will not be participating in Poland: