On behalf of Latvian Television (LTV), Krista Luize, has confirmed to Eurofestivals that Latvia won’t be making their return at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Paris. They haven’t stated any reason for making that decision except saying that their priority is Eurovision Song Contest.
Latvia made their debut at Junior Eurovision Song Contest at its inaugural show back in 2003 when they also achieved the best result, 9th place by Dzintars Čīča with “Tu esi vasarā” since then the country took part at the contest at four more occasions. In 2004 they ended on last, 17th place for the first time being represented by Mārtiņš Tālbergs & C-Stones Juniors with “Balts vai melns” the following year their representatives were Kids4Rock with “Es esmu maza, jauka meitene” after that Latvia made a break before returning back to the show in 2010 when they reached their second best ranking, 10th place by Šarlote Lēnmane & Sea Stones with “Viva la Dance”. Their last appearance at Junior Eurovision Song Contest was in 2011 with “Moondog” performed by Amanda Bašmakova who ended on last, 13th place. Latvia withdrew in 2012 due to financial problems.
The countries which confirmed their participation at Junior Eurovision 2021 so far are Germany, France, The Netherlands, Russia, Ireland ,Georgia. Poland, Spain and Portugal who has also selected their entrant for the contest. Albania will make their decision in June while Denmark, Iceland, Bulgaria, Norway,Finland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales, Czech Republic and Belgian broadcaster VRT confirmed they won’t be taking part at the show. The contest will take place on 19th of December in Paris.
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