History of the Contest

The first Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) took place in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 15 November 2003 and was an instant international hit. Since then it has taken place in Lillehammer (Norway), Hasselt (Belgium), Bucharest (Romania), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Lemesos (Cyprus), Kyiv (Ukraine) twice, Minsk (Belarus), Yerevan (Armenia), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and Malta.

In 2015, the 13th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held!

You can check out the history of the contest by year or country below!

History by Country

Name First participation Times participated Victories
Flag of Republika e Shqipërisë Albania 2 0
Flag of Hayastani Hanrapetut’yun Armenia 9 1
Flag of Australia 1 0
Flag of Azərbaycan Respublikası Azerbaijan 2 0
Flag of Byelarus Belarus 13 2
Flag of Koninkrijk België/Royaume de Belgique/Königreich Belgien Belgium 10 0
Flag of Republika Bulgariya Bulgaria 5 0
Flag of Republika Hrvatska Croatia 5 1
Flag of Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία (Kypriakī́ Dīmokratía) Cyprus 8 0
Flag of Kongeriget Danmark Denmark 3 0
Flag of Poranešna Jugoslovenska Republika Makedonija F.Y.R. Macedonia 11 0
Flag of République française France 1 0
Flag of Sakartvelo Georgia 9 2
Flag of Ελληνική Δημοκρατία (Ellīnikī́ Dīmokratía) Greece 6 0
Flag of Éire Ireland 1 0
Flag of Medīnat Yisrā'el Israel 1 0
Flag of Repubblica Italiana Italy 2 1
Flag of Latvijas Republika Latvia 5 0
Flag of Lietuvos Respublika Lithuania 4 0
Flag of Repubblika ta' Malta Malta 11 2
Flag of Republica Moldova Moldova 4 0
Flag of Crna Gora Montenegro 2 0
Flag of Kongeriket Norge Norway 3 0
Flag of Rzeczpospolita Polska Poland 2 0
Flag of República Portuguesa Portugal 2 0
Flag of România Romania 7 0
Flag of Rossiyskaya Federatsiya Russia 11 1
Flag of Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino San Marino 3 0
Flag of Republika Srbija Serbia 7 0
Flag of Državna zajednica Srbija i Crna Gora Serbia & Montenegro 1 0
Flag of Republika Slovenija Slovenia 2 0
Flag of Reino de España Spain 4 1
Flag of Konungariket Sverige Sweden 11 0
Flag of Confoederatio Helvetica Switzerland 1 0
Flag of Koninkrijk der Nederlanden The Netherlands 13 1
Flag of Ukrayina Ukraine 10 1
Flag of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland United Kingdom 3 0

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12 years of Junior Eurovision

Watch the previous Junior Eurovision Song Contests and check out these awesome moments when young stars became legendary!