Spain will participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2006.
Spanish broadcaster RTVE has revealed that Spain will participate in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Gliwice, Poland. They have not yet revealed how they will select their entrant, but it is expected to be an internal selection. Spain follow in the footsteps of France, who also returned to the contest last year after a long break.
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.
The 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Sunday 24th November in Gliwice, Poland. To date, 16 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:
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.