Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station TVE
National selection events Eurojunior (2003–06)
Participation summary
Appearances 4
First appearance 2003
Last appearance 2006
Best result 1st: 2004
Worst result 4th: 2006
External links
Spain’s page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006

The participation of Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contestfirst began at the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003which took place in CopenhagenDenmarkTelevisión 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 one hundred and thirty-seven points. Spain withdrew from competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, and have yet to make their return to the contest despite many attempts in recent years.


María Isabel who won for Spain at Junior Eurovision 2004.

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.[1] Child-singer, Sergio, was the first participant to represent Spain with the song “Desde el cielo”,[2] which finished in second place out of sixteen participating entries, achieving a score of one hundred and thirty-seven points.[3] 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 2003and 2005. The remaining Spanish entrant finished in fourth position in 2006. Spanish broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) withdrew from the contest in 2007, saying that “the Junior Eurovision promotes stereotypes we do not share”.[4]

Website asked Spanish broadcaster TVE about their participation in future editions. TVE was not able to give an affirmative or negative response on their participation in 2012.[5]Since 2013, there have been many attempts to return Spain to the contest, but none of these attempts were successful. 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. If Spain were to return in the future, open castings and auditions would be held across the country.[6][7] According to the Junior Eurovision official Twitteraccount, the European Broadcasting Union were negotiating with Spanish private TV channels to manage the return of Spain to the contest.[8][9] On 28 September 2014, it was announced that a decision about allowing private TV channels to take part hasn’t been taken in time for this edition.[10]

Several media outlets reported that TVE was working on returning to the contest in 2015. However, these claims were not confirmed by the broadcaster.[11][12] Because Spanish broadcaster EBU member, TVE, has declined invitations to participate since 2007, the European Broadcasting Union TV Committee will discuss in the coming months the possibility to allow commercial channels to take part in the contest.[13] If the final decision is yes, they will continue negotiating with Spanish private TV channels to bring back Spain to the contest.[14] Ultimately the country was not among the 2015 edition’s list of participants.

On 13 May 2016, EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sandannounced 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.[15] On 28 September 2016, however, Spain was not listed as one of the seventeen participating countries in the contest.[16]


Table key

 1st place   2nd place   3rd place   Last place

Year Artist Song Language Place Points
2003 Sergio “Desde el cielo” Spanish 2 125
2004 María Isabel Antes muerta que sencilla Spanish 1 171
2005 Antonio José “Te traigo flores” Spanish 2 146
2006 Dani Fernández “Te doy mi voz” Spanish 4 90
Did not participate between 2007 and 2016

Broadcasts and voting[edit]

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov.[17] 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.

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
2003 Fernando Argenta Jimmy Castro
2004 Lucho
2005 Beatriz Pécker and Lucho Gonzalo
2006 Fernando Argenta and Lucho Lucía
Did not participate between 2007 to 2016

Voting history[edit]

The tables below shows Spain’s top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2006: