Today the nineteenth annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place at the Arena Gliwice in Poland. The rules of the contest are slightly different to those seen at the adult Eurovision Song Contest, which we’ll explain below.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been running every year since 2003, and is open to participants aged between 9 and 14. Each song must last between 2 minutes 45 seconds and 3 minutes, and must be sung in the national language of the country being represented. However, 40% of the lyrics can be sung in English. Pre-recorded backing vocals are also allowed on the track. Up until 2010, the artists had to write their own entries, however that is no longer the case and adults are now allowed to assist in the process.
It’s also interesting to note that the winner of the 2019 contest gets first refusal regarding hosting the 2020 edition of the contest. This was the case in 2014, when Italy won the contest but turned down the opportunity to host the following year, handing the baton to runner-up Bulgaria instead.
A total of nineteen countries will participate in the contest this year, including Spain who returns to the contest having last participated in 2006.
The participants are:
- Australia – Jordan Anthony – We Will Rise
- France – Carla – Bim Bam Toi
- Russia – Tatyana Mezhentseva and Denberel Oorzhak – A Time For Us
- North Macedonia – Mila Moskov – Fire
- Spain – Melani Garcia – Marte
- Georgia – Giorgi Rostiashvili – We Need Love
- Belarus – Liza Misnikova – Pepelny (Ashen)
- Malta – Eliana Gomez Blanco – We Are More
- Wales – Erin Mai – Calon yn Curo (Heart Beating)
- Kazakhstan– Yerzhan Maxim – Armanyńnan Qalma
- Poland – Viki Gabor – Superhero
- Ireland – Anna Kearney – Banshee
- Ukraine – Sophia Ivanko – The Spirit of Music
- The Netherlands – Matheu – Dans Met Jou
- Armenia – Karina Ignatyan – Colours Of Your Dream
- Portugal – Joana Almeida – Vem Comigo (Come With Me)
- Italy – Marta Viola – La Voce Della Terra
- Albania – Isea Çili – Mikja ime fëmijëri
- Serbia – Darija Vračević – Podigni Glas (Raise Your Voice)