Azerbaijan will not take part in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
ITV has confirmed to INFE Azerbaijan that they will not be participating in the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster did not provide a reason for their withdrawal, however the country returned to the contest last year after a 5 year break, and was represented by Fidan Huseynova with her song “I Wanna Be Like You”. She finished in 16th position.
Both Azerbaijan and Israel are the only two countries to withdraw from the contest this year. KAN, the Israeli broadcaster, will still broadcast this year’s show.
The 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Sunday 24th November in Gliwice, Poland. To date, 19 countries have expressed their interest in participating in the contest:
- North Macedonia
The following nations have confirmed that they will not be participating in Poland:
Source: INFE Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the 2012 contest in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The nation had previously attempted to take part in the contest in 2008 but withdrew before the competition took place. The countries record in the contest was not as strong as in the Eurovision Song Contest. Azerbaijan’s best result came in 2013 on their last appearance in the contest where Rustam Karimov placed 7th with the song “Me and My Guitar”. Azerbaijan withdrew from the contest in 2014 for unspecified reasons.