Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
The participation of Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began at the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Televisión Española (TVE), a division of Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) and member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), were responsible for the selection process of their participation. Spain used a national selection format, broadcasting a show entitled Eurojunior, for their participation at the contests. The first representative to participate for the nation at the 2003 contest was Sergio with the song "Desde el cielo", which finished in second place out of sixteen participating entries, achieving a score of 125 points. Spain did not participate from 2007 to 2018, but returned to the contest in 2019.
|National selection events||National final|
|Best result||1st: 2004|
|Spain's page at Eurovision.tv|
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Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Spain is one of the sixteen countries to have made their debut at the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003, which took place on 15 November 2003 at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark. Child-singer, Sergio, was the first participant to represent Spain with the song "Desde el cielo", which finished in second place out of sixteen participating entries, 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, and finishing in third place in 2019 at its return to the contest and once again in 2020. The remaining Spanish entrant finished in fourth position in 2006, thus making Spain the only country to participate in the contest never finishing outside the top 5. Spanish broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) did not return in 2007, stating "the Junior Eurovision promotes stereotypes we do not share".
In 2012, website esckaz.com asked Spanish broadcaster TVE about their participation in future editions. TVE was not able to give an affirmative or negative response on their participation. Since 2013, there were several attempts to manage the return of Spain to the contest. During the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, the head of the Spanish delegation, Federico Llano said that TVE was not planning to participate in the 2014 Contest. In 2014, it was stated that European Broadcasting Union TV Committee would discuss the possibility of allowing commercial television channels to participate, in order to negotiate with Spanish private broadcasters to manage the return of Spain to the contest. These attempts did not come to fruition. In 2015, several media outlets reported that TVE was working on returning to the contest, but, these claims were not confirmed by the broadcaster.
On 13 May 2016, EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand announced at a press conference that the EBU were in contact with broadcasters from several countries including Spain, so that they would participate in the 2016 contest. On 28 September 2016, however, Spain was not listed as one of the seventeen participating countries in the contest. RTVE returned to the contest in 2019 after a 13-year absence.
|Sergio||"Desde el cielo"||Spanish||2||125|
|María Isabel||"Antes muerta que sencilla"||Spanish||1||171|
|Antonio José||"Te traigo flores"||Spanish||2||146|
|Dani Fernández||"Te doy mi voz"||Spanish||4||90|
Commentators and spokespersonsEdit
The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website junioreurovision.tv and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by junioreurovision.tv editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov. The Spanish broadcaster, Televisión Española, sent their own commentators to the contest in order to provide commentary in the Spanish language. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Spain. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2003.
|2003||Fernando Argenta||La 1||Jimmy Castro|
|2005||Beatriz Pécker and Lucho||Gonzalo Gutiérrez Blanco|
|2006||Fernando Argenta and Lucho||Lucía|
|2019||Tony Aguilar, Julia Varela and Víctor Escudero||Violeta Leal|
|2020||Tony Aguilar, Eva Mora and Víctor Escudero||Melani García|
- Spain in the Eurovision Dance Contest – Dance version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest – Senior version of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
- Spain in the Eurovision Young Dancers – A competition organised by the EBU for younger dancers aged between 16 and 21.
- Spain in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger.
- "Spain: Junior Eurovision 2019 Participation Confirmed". Eurovoix. 25 June 2019.
- García, Belén (7 September 2015). "#BestOfJESC – Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003". esc-plus.com. ESC+Plus. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- Escudero, Victor M. (9 November 2012). "Remember the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest?". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003 Scoreboard". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 15 November 2003. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- Hondal, Victor (2007-08-08). "Spain withdraws from JESC 2007". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- Mikheev, Andy (3 June 2012). "Spain maybe go in". ESCKaz.
- García, Belén (21 May 2014). "Junior Eurovision:Spain no plans to return this year (exclusive)". esc-plus. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Granger, Anthony (21 May 2014). "Spain: No Plans To Return To Junior Eurovision". Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "EBU negotiating with private TV channels". @JuniorESCPress Twitter account. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- Yakovlev, Vladislav (30 August 2014). "#AskVlad : About the participating countries of JESC 2014". Youtube.com. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- Granger, Anthony (28 September 2014). "Spain: Private Channel For JESC 2014 Not Possible". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
- Pérez, Lluis (17 November 2014). "¿Volverá España al Festival de Eurojunior en 2015?" (in Spanish). Ahoramundotv.es. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014.
- Granger, Anthony (5 June 2015). "Spain TVE to return to Junior Eurovision?". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- Morales, Víctor (6 June 2015). "TVE estudia su vuelta al Festival de Eurovisión Junior". formulatV.com (in Spanish). FormulaTV. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
- Granger, Anthony (13 May 2016). "JESC'16 big change to the contest announced". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
- Jordan, Paul (28 September 2016). "17 Countries Confirmed For Junior Eurovision 2016!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- "Sergio Jesús intentará ganar el "I Festival Eurojunior"". eldiario.es (in Spanish). 15 November 2003. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
- "TVE-1 ofrece el segundo Festival de Eurovisión Junior". eldiario.es (in Spanish). 20 November 2004. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
- Morales, Fernando (21 November 2004). "María Isabel gana en Noruega la segunda edición del Festival de Eurovisión Junior". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 November 2019.
- "La Primera retransmite el Festival de Eurovisión Junior 2005". ABC (in Spanish). 26 November 2005. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
- "España, a seguir en la élite de Eurojunior con Dani y su "Te doy mi voz"". eldiario.es (in Spanish). 2 December 2006. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
- David, José (22 October 2019). "TVE emitirá el Festival de Eurovisión Junior 2019 por La 1 y TVE internacional". escplus.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 November 2019.
- "Tony Aguilar y Julia Varela comentarán el Festival de Eurovisión Junior 2019". rtve.es (in Spanish). RTVE. 23 October 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
- RTVE.es (2020-10-23). "Tony Aguilar y Eva Mora comentarán Eurovisión Junior 2020". RTVE.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-10-23.
- "Melani será la portavoz del jurado de España en Eurovisión Junior 2020". RTVE (in Spanish). 2020-11-16. Archived from the original on 2020-11-16.