More countries are continuing to reveal if whether or not they will be participating at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The next country to reveal their plans is Israel, which has unfortunately revealed that it will not be participating in this year’s competition in Nice.
No reason given for non-participation
The country’s non-participation was confirmed to ESCPlus ES, with KAN not revealing the reason as to why they will not be participating in this year’s competition. Israel’s non-participation will see them miss the competition for the 5th year in a row. Israel has not participated since 2018 when the contest took place in Minsk.
About Junior Eurovision 2023
Junior Eurovision 2023 landed in ‘Nice’ after France won the competition for a second time in Yerevan, where its 2022 representative Lissandro won the competition with “Oh Maman”. This year’s competition will take place on the 26th of November at 16:00CET in Nice, at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice, which can accomodate up to 9,000 spectators.
At the time of writing the following countries have been confirmed for this year’s contest:
- 🇫🇷 France (Host Country)
- 🇬🇪 Georgia – Anastasia Vasadze
- 🇩🇪 Germany
- 🇮🇪 Ireland
- 🇮🇹 Italy
- 🇲🇹 Malta
- 🇳🇱 Netherlands
- 🇲🇰 North Macedonia – Tamara Grujeska
- 🇵🇱 Poland
- 🇵🇹 Portugal – Júlia Machado
- 🇪🇸 Spain
- 🇺🇦 Ukraine
Israel’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Israel made their debut to the competition in 2012, where Kids.il represented the nation with the song “Let the Music Win”, which saw them place 8th, their best result in the competition to date. After their debut the country participated two more times. In 2016, they were represented by Shir & Tim with the song “Follow My Heart” which placed 15th and in 2018, Noam Dadon represented them with the song “Children Like These” which placed 14th.
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News Source: ESCPlus ES
Photo Credit: EBU/Andres Putting