ESC Sverige reports that SVT has not closed the door on returning to Junior Eurovision, but that a return is currently unlikely.
The Head of SVT Barn, the children’s channel for the Swedish national broadcaster, has confirmed that currently there are no plans to return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Safa Safiyari explained that:
After the break that was taken in 2014, we have raised the question on several occasions and tested whether the break should continue or not, it has basically happened every two years . But as the show is constantly evolving, we have come to the conclusion that JESC does not fit the mix we want on our content.
The Head of the channel went on to add that:
the door has not been completely closed for participation in a future
Sweden last participated in the 2014 contest in Malta, where Julia Kedhammar sang “Du är inte ensam” which placed 13th with 28 points. This isn’t the first time the nation have withdrawn from the contest, as they were absent from the 2008 contest. Sweden’s highest placing was in 2006, where Molly Sandén came 3rd with her song “Det finaste någon kan få”.
Source: ESC Sverige
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Sweden debuted at the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. Their best result comes from Molly Sandén in 2006, who came 3rd with her song “Det finaste någon kan få”. This is the only time that the country placed in the top 5. Sweden’s worst result is 15th place, which they received three times in the history of their participation in the contest. These were in their debut in 2003, then in 2004 and 2005.