Welsh broadcaster S4C have confirmed that Wales will not be returning to this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
When asked by a fan on Twitter if the country would be returning, S4C replied:
Good evening. Unfortunately,We will not be taking part in this year’s Junior Eurovision
— S4C 🏴 (@S4C) February 17, 2021
Wales first took part in the contest in 2018, where they finished last. They then took part again the following year in 2019 where they finished 18th out of 19 participants. You can see both performances at the bottom of this article.
Could we see a Scotland or a UK debut?
On 29th June 2019, the Scottish broadcaster BBC Alba confirmed that Scotland would not debut in the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, as they would compete in Eurovision Choir 2019 instead. However, the broadcaster did confirm that talks had taken place that could enable participation for the country in 2020, but this then did not happen.
Aswell as Scotland, rumours have been circulating that the UK could also take part in the contest.
In July last year, when asked by website ESC plus if the UK would be taking part, a representative of the BBC said:
The decision has simply not been made quite yet. The best advice I could offer for now would be to keep an eye on the official Junior Eurovision website or our own BBC Media Centre website for updates on this. I assure you once a decision has been reached it will be posted on these sites, first of all, said BBC’s contact.
It’s currently unknown whether Scotland or the UK will take part in this year’s contest, but ESC Bubble have contacted the BBC to find out. We will of course let you know of any updates.
Scotland have been rumoured to participate It’s still unknown
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