Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was the seventeenth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, organised by Telewizja Polska (TVP) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It was held on 24 November 2019, at the Gliwice Arena in Gliwice, Poland, following the country's victory at the 2018 contest in Minsk, Belarus, with the song "Anyone I Want to Be", performed by Roksana Węgiel. It was the first time Poland had hosted the contest, as well as the first Eurovision event to be held in the country since the Eurovision Young Dancers 2013.
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019|
|Share the Joy|
|Final||24 November 2019|
|Venue||Gliwice Arena, Gliwice-Silesia, Poland|
|Executive supervisor||Jon Ola Sand|
|Executive producer||Leszek Ratajczak|
|Host broadcaster||Telewizja Polska (TVP)|
|Opening act||Flag parade introducing the 19 participating countries|
|Interval act||Roksana Węgiel with "Anyone I Want to Be"|
All participants with "Share The Joy"
|Number of entries||19|
|Non-returning countries|| Azerbaijan|
|Voting system||The professional jury of each country awards a set of 12, 10, 8-1 points to 10 songs. Viewers around the world vote for 3-5 songs, and their votes are distributed proportionally. The votes of the jury and the audience make up 50% of all votes.|
|Winning song|| Poland|
Nineteen countries participated in the contest, with Spain taking part for the first time since 2006, while Azerbaijan and Israel did not return to the contest having participated in 2018. Poland's Viki Gabor with the song "Superhero" was the winner of the contest, which makes Poland the first country to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest two years in a row and the first country to win on home soil.
The 2019 contest took place in Poland for the first time, following the country's victory at the 2018 edition with the song "Anyone I Want to Be", performed by Roksana Węgiel. It was the sixth time that the contest had been hosted by the previous year's winning country.
Bidding phase and host city selectionEdit
If the Kazakh proposal had been accepted, the Kazakh broadcaster Khabar Agency said it would have moved the contest to October 2019 due to possible adverse weather conditions in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan, which was proposed as the host city, around the original dates of the contest. Ιt would also have been the first time that an associate member was chosen to host an EBU flagship event. However, for this to happen, the general rules of the competition would have to be changed, because as in the adult competition, the competition cannot be held in a non-full member state of the EBU. For instance, this rule does not allow the competition to be held in Australia if the country wins, although they became an effective participant in 2016.
On 10 December 2018, it was confirmed by the EBU that Poland would host the 2019 contest. Two days earlier, it was revealed that the MP for the city of Gliwice, Jarosław Gonciarz, had written to the Head of Telewizja Polska (TVP), calling for the contest to be held in the city at the recently built Gliwice Arena.
On 18 January 2019, in an interview for TVP Info, Director-General of the EBU Noel Curran stated that the contest would be held in Kraków. The same day, TVP issued a statement that the city had not yet been chosen.
On 6 March 2019, during a press conference held by TVP and the EBU, it was confirmed that the contest would be held in Gliwice with Silesian Voivodeship cooperation. This was the first time since the 2014 contest that the event is not hosted by a country's capital, as Warsaw does not have a suitable venue to host an event of this size.
|Gliwice||Gliwice Arena †|
|Kraków||Tauron Arena Kraków|
The theme for the contest, Share the Joy, was revealed on 13 May 2019 during a press conference prior to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The press conference included Gert Kark (Project Manager), Konrad Smuga (Creative Director), Marta Piekarska (Project Coordinator) and Roksana Węgiel, the winner of the 2018 contest.
The logo features a brightly coloured kite to symbolize freedom, light and shared joyous moments. The creative concept represents how working together makes us better, stronger and can bring joy and happiness as we celebrate the beautiful things in life."
On 22 August 2019, it was announced that Ida Nowakowska, Aleksander Sikora and winner of the previous contest Roksana Węgiel would host the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Węgiel is the first former winner to host an edition of the contest as well as the fifth person under the age of 16 to do so. Nowakowska is a Polish-American digital influencer and a multimedia person while Sikora is a Breakfast television host.
On 24 September 2019, journalists and TV hosts Agata Konarska and Mateusz Szymkowiak were confirmed as the hosts for the Opening Ceremony, which took place on 18 November in Silesian Theatre in Katowice, the capital city of the host region of Silesia. Konarska previously hosted the Eurovision Young Dancers 2005 in Warsaw.
The results was determined by national juries and an online audience vote. The first phase of the online voting started on 22 November at 20:00 CET when a recap of all the rehearsal performances were shown on the official website before the viewers could vote. This round of voting stopped on 24 November at 15:59 CET. The second phase of the online voting was took place during the live show, which started at 16:00 CET, straight after the last performance and was open for 15 minutes. International viewers can vote for a minimum of three countries and a maximum of five, including their own country. The number of points was determined by the percentage of votes received. The public vote counts for 50% of the final result, while the other 50% come from the professional juries.
The trophy was designed by Kjell Engman of the Swedish glass company Kosta Boda, using the same design as was first introduced in the 2017 contest. The main trophy is a glass microphone with colored lines inside the upper part, which symbolize the flow of sound.
On 18 July 2019, the EBU released the official list of participants with 19 competing countries. Spain marked their first appearance since 2006, while Azerbaijan and Israel did not return.
|01||Australia||Jordan Anthony||"We Will Rise"||English||8||121|
|02||France||Carla||"Bim bam toi"||French[a]||5||169|
|03||Russia||Tatyana Mezhentseva and Denberel Oorzhak||"A Time for Us"||Russian, English||13||72|
|04||North Macedonia||Mila Moskov||"Fire"||Macedonian, English||6||150|
|06||Georgia||Giorgi Rostiashvili||"We Need Love"||Georgian, English||14||69|
|07||Belarus||Liza Misnikova||"Pepelny (Ashen)" (Пепельный)||Russian, English||11||92|
|08||Malta||Eliana Gomez Blanco||"We Are More"||Maltese, English||19||29|
|09||Wales||Erin Mai||"Calon yn Curo (Heart Beating)"||Welsh||18||35|
|10||Kazakhstan||Yerzhan Maksim||"Armanyńnan qalma" (Арманыңнан қалма)||Kazakh, English||2||227|
|11||Poland||Viki Gabor||"Superhero"||Polish, English||1||278|
|13||Ukraine||Sophia Ivanko||"The Spirit of Music"||Ukrainian, English||15||59|
|14||Netherlands||Matheu||"Dans met jou"||Dutch, English||4||186|
|15||Armenia||Karina Ignatyan||"Colours of Your Dream"||Armenian, English||9||115|
|16||Portugal||Joana Almeida||"Vem comigo (Come With Me)"||Portuguese, English||16||43|
|17||Italy||Marta Viola||"La voce della terra"||Italian, English||7||129|
|18||Albania||Isea Çili||"Mikja ime fëmijëri"||Albanian||17||36|
|19||Serbia||Darija Vračević||"Podigni glas (Raise Your Voice)" (Подигни глас)||Serbian, English||10||109|
|Voting procedure used:
100% jury vote
100% online voting
Below is a summary of all 12 points received from each country's professional juries.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|7||Kazakhstan||Belarus, Georgia, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, Wales|
|4||Netherlands||Armenia, Australia, France, Portugal|
The following people announced the jury 12 points for their respective country:
- Australia – Szymon
- France – Karolina
- Russia – Alisa Khilko and Khryusha
- North Macedonia – Magdalena
- Spain – Violeta Leal
- Georgia – Anastasia Garsevanishvili
- Belarus – Emilia Niewinskaja
- Malta – Paula
- Wales – Cadi Morgan
- Kazakhstan – Aruzhan Khafiz
- Poland – Marianna Józefina Piątkowska
- Ireland – Leo Kearney
- Ukraine – Darina Krasnovetska
- Netherlands – Anne Buhre
- Armenia – Erik Antonyan
- Portugal – Zofia
- Italy – Maria Iside Fiore
- Albania – Efi Gjika
- Serbia – Bojana Radovanović
For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the EBU. It is currently unknown whether the EBU issued invitations of participation to all 56 active members like they do for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Active EBU membersEdit
- Bulgaria – On 11 September 2018, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) announced that at the time being they were not planning a return to the 2019 contest. On 6 January 2019, BNT reiterated that they did not have plans to return to the contest in 2019 via their official Eurovision Twitter account. It was later revealed on 8 June 2019 that BNT had amassed massive debts, and were declared bankrupt. Bulgaria did not appear on the final list of participants published on 18 July 2019.
- Czech Republic – On 10 June 2019, it was revealed that Česká televize (ČT) had not made a full decision about participation, but were not expecting to be a participant, stating that their focus was on the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
- Montenegro – On 2 June 2019, Radio Televizija Crne Gore (RTCG) confirmed that they would not return to the contest in 2019 due to budget issues.
- Scotland – On 29 June 2019, BBC Alba confirmed that they would not debut in 2019 due to their participation in the Eurovision Choir that year, however they confirmed that talks had taken place that could enable participation in 2020.
- Slovakia – According to Eurovision blog Eurofestivales, press spokesperson Erika Rusnáková for Slovak broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) stated that they were evaluating and supervising the possibility of debuting in the contest. However, on 10 June 2019, RTVS confirmed that they would not debut in the 2019 contest.
- Slovenia – On 3 June 2019, Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV Slovenija) confirmed that they would not participate in the 2019 contest due to the cost of participation.
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|Armenia||Armenia 1||Avet Barseghyan and Mane Grigoryan|
|Australia||ABC Me||Pip Rasmussen, Ava Madon and Drew Parker|
|Belarus||Belarus 1, Belarus 24||Evgeny Perlin|||
|France||France 2||Stéphane Bern and Sandy Héribert|||
|Georgia||1TV||Demetre Ergemlidze and Tamar Edilashvili|||
|Ireland||TG4||Sinéad Ní Uallacháin|
|Italy||Rai Gulp||Mario Acampa and Alexia Rizzardi|||
|Kazakhstan||Khabar Agency||Kaldybek Zhaisanbai and Mahabbat Esen|
|Netherlands||NPO Zapp||Buddy Vedder|||
|North Macedonia||MRT 1||Eli Tanaskovska|
|Poland||TVP1, TVP Polonia, TVP ABC||Artur Orzech|||
|Portugal||RTP1 (live), RTP Internacional (live), RTP Internacional Ásia (delayed), RTP África (delayed)||Nuno Galopim|||
|Russia||Carousel||Vadim Takmenev and Lera Kudryavtseva (NTV), Anton Zorkin|||
|Spain||La 1, TVE Internacional||Tony Aguilar, Julia Varela and Víctor Escudero|||
|Ukraine||UA:First, UA:Kultura, UA:PBC regional channels||Timur Miroshnychenko|||
|Wales||S4C||Welsh: Trystan Ellis-Morris, English: Stifyn Parri|||
|Lithuania||TVP Wilno||Artur Orzech|||
|United Kingdom||Fun Kids||Ewan Spence|||
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest Gliwice 2019|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||8 November 2019|
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
Junior Eurovision Song Contest Gliwice 2019 is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on 8 November 2019. The album features all the songs from the 2019 contest.
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