Sweden has become the second country to confirm their participation in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, despite the host country not being announced yet.
Polstjärnepriset will once again act as the Swedish selection process for Eurovision Young Musicians, with the winner going on to represent Sweden at the competition. Since 2010 the winner of the competition has been selected by Sveriges Television to represent Sweden at Eurovision Young Musicians, with the broadcaster televising Polstjärnepriset as part of the build up to the competition.
The key dates of the selection process are as follows:
- November 2 to November 5 – Auditions at the Musikens Hus, Vänersborg
- January 4 – Semi-Final at the Folkets Hus, Vänersborg
- January 6 – Final at the Göteborgs Konserthus
The deadline for young Swedish musicians between the ages of 14 and 20 to compete in Polstjärnepriset passed on June 1st. The participants in this years competition and the overall winner will be decided by:
- Stefan Forsberg (Chairman) – President and CEO of the Royal Philharmonic in Stockholm
- Camilla Lundberg (Vice Chairman) – Music critic
- Emily Hultmark – Alternate chairman of the Royal Philharmonic in Stockholm
- Mats Lidström – Professor at the Royal Academy in London
- Sibylle Mahni – Solo hornist at the opera in Frankfurt
- Paul Roczek – Professor at Mozarteum in Salzburg
- Staffan Scheja – Professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm
To date both Sweden and Poland are provisionally confirmed as participating in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. The host country and city for next years contest has not been announced by the European Broadcasting Union.
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Sweden debuted in Eurovision Young Musicians at the third edition of the competition in 1986, they were one of five countries to debut in 1986. To date Sweden has won the competition once, in 2006 Andreas Brantelid won the contest performing Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra, 1st movement by J. Haydn, he beat off competition from seventeen other countries. In 2016 Sweden was represented by Eliot Nordqvist, he did not place within the top three.