In a not surprising decision, Radiotelevision of Serbia (RTS) has announced its decision to withdraw from the 2024 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled for Saturday, November 16, in Madrid, Spain.

This decision aligns with earlier remarks by Olivera Kovačević, RTS’s entertainment program Editor-in-Chief, who had hinted at the country’s likely withdrawal from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

She highlighted the insurmountable economic challenges as the primary reason behind the likely non-participation. The financial strain of preparing for and competing in an international event of this scale can be significant, and RTS has had to make tough decisions regarding their involvement.

The decision not to participate also reflects broader economic realities facing many public broadcasters. Budget constraints and funding challenges are common issues, and organizations like RTS must prioritize their resources carefully.

While Serbia will not be competing in Madrid this year, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will still feature a diverse array of young artists from various nations, each bringing their unique cultural perspectives and musical talents to the stage. The event promises to be a celebration of youthful creativity and international camaraderie.

The future of Serbia’s participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is unclear, but fans and young artists are likely to remain hopeful for the country’s return to the competition in the years ahead.

In case you’re looking for a bit of a throwback, here is Serbia’s last JESC participating entry, lovely Katarina Savić with her song “Svet Bez Granica” (World Without Borders):

What do #YOU think Serbia might return to JESC at some point? Let us know on social media @ESCUnited, on our Discord, or on our forum page!
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