Mae'r ddraig goch yn ôl!!! The Red Dragon is back. It seems to have been confirmed that Wales will be competing at this year's Junior Eurovision to be held in Gliwice in Poland this November 2019.
Rondo Media have put out a call for artists wishing to be the second Welsh Junior Eurovision representative at the contest. The application window for "Chwilio am Seren 2019" has opened.
Wales' next Junior star is one step away from being present on the international stage, showcasing the best of Welsh talent. The application deadline is from now until April 18th, where the submission period will close. The key dates are as follows:
April 18 – Application Deadline
April 24, 25, May 5 – Auditions Round
May 4 & 6 – Call back auditions
May 18 – Mentoring stage
June 29 – Semi-finals of Chwilio am Seren – Swansea Quadrant Shopping Centre
September 24 – Chwilio am Seren Final – Llandudno
The rules state that all applicants must be of Welsh nationality, or reside in Wales, and be aged between 9 and 14 (from the 24th November 2019). It is not compulsory to speak Welsh, however the winner will be required to sing the song in Welsh at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Applicant may also be solo, or consisting of a maximum of 6 people. Applicants can only compete for one country at the final. The full list of rules can be found here.
The broadcaster have said 12 acts will be shortlisted after the mentoring stage, where those chosen will take part in the semi-finals in Swansea. From this stage, they will be cut to six artists, who will then compete in the live final, that will once again take place in Llandudno.
Check out Eurovoxx interview with Manw from last year below:
Last year, Wales were represented by Manw with the song, "Perta". It scored 28 points with the online voting, culminating in a 20th place finish. Regardless of the result, the performance was professional, and showcased the Welsh language, and culture to the world, and beyond. Manw, and Wales certainly had many fans last year in Minsk.
Today's announcement quells the rumours that the BBC would compete as the United Kingdom. At a press conference last year, the executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand stated that Wales could not compete as a separate nation if the United Kingdom would compete.
This is great news for Wales, who really have take the contest to heart. Pob Lwc Cymru.
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