MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. The All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) and the Academy of Popular Music of composer and producer Igor Krutoy plan to file an application for hosting the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Russia, Director General of the Academy Stella Khachanyants told TASS.
"Together with the VGTRK, we said that we plan to file an application to hold the Junior Eurovision in Russia in 2019," Khachanyants said.
Next year, the song contest will be held in the Belarusian capital Minsk.
Polina Bogusevich, 14, of Russia won the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi on November 26 with her song "Wings."
Khachanyants said the Academy of Popular Music has been preparing Russian participants of the contest over the past four years, including Bogusevich.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is an annual song competition organized by the European Broadcasting Union since 2003 for competitors aged between 9 and 14.
Russia has not hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest before, but this is not the first time its participants win the competition. In 2006, twin singers Anastasiya and Maria Tolmachevy won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Bucharest, Romania.