RTVE, the Spanish national broadcaster, is set to announce their plans regarding a possible return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on June 30.
The news on whether or not Spain will be participating in Gliwice will be revealed during the programme “RTVE responde”, in which RTVE responds to viewer questions about the public broadcaster. Toñi Prieto, Head of Entertainment, will answer viewer questions about the summer schedule of entertainment shows on TVE, and will confirm whether or not Spain will be returning to Junior Eurovision. The show will be broadcast at 13:00 CET on La 2.
During the press conference after Miki was selected to be this year’s Spanish Eurovision representative, Ana Maria Bordás, the Head of Delegation for Spain, stated that RTVE was considering returning to the contest:
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 audience for Junior Eurovision in Spain without us participating and well, that is something we take into account.
If Spain were to return to Junior Eurovision, it would be their first participation in 13 years. During the four years Spain took part in Junior Eurovision, it achieved great results; two runner-up places in 2003 and 2005, fourth place in 2006 and first place in 2004 with María Isabel and her song “Antes muerta que sencilla”. In that same year, TVE achieved record audiences of 6 million viewers.
Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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.