POLAND – The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be the seventeenth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It will be 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 will be the first time Poland has hosted the contest, as well as the first Eurovision event to be held in the country since Eurovision Young Dancers 2013.
As of 21 June 2019, sixteen countries have expressed their intention to participate in the contest.
The contest will take place at Gliwice Arena, a sport and entertainment hall with a capacity of 17,178 in the main arena. It is considered one of the largest entertainment and sports halls in Poland.
Prior to Poland’s confirmation, two other countries had announced their intentions to host the event. These bids were from Armenia and Kazakhstan.
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, Noel Curran, the Director-General of the European Broadcasting Union, in an interview for TVP Info, 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 the press conference held by TVP and the EBU, it was confirmed that the contest would be held in the city of Gliwice with Silesian Voivodeship cooperation. This will be 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.
The theme for the contest, Share the Joy, was unveiled on 13 May 2019 during a press conference prior to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
PROVISIONAL PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES
Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Ireland, Malta, The Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Wales.