The United Kingdom has been revealed as the host nation of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, marking the second time the country has hosted.
For the first time since 2008, the United Kingdom is set to host a Eurovision contest, with the country revealed as the host nation of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 which will take place in August. The host city and venue for the contest has not formally been announced. To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018:
- Norway – NRK
- Poland – TVP
- Sweden – SVT
- United Kingdom – Host country
The United Kingdom’s reveal as the host nation comes seven years after the country last participated in Eurovision Young Musicians. Between 1982 and 2010, the United Kingdom had participated in every edition of Eurovision Young Musicians, including winning the contest in 1994 when Natalie Clein took victory in Warsaw, Poland.
What Eurovision Contests have the United Kingdom hosted?
- Eurovision Dance Contest – 2007 (London), 2008 (Glasgow)
- Eurovision Song Contest – 1960 (London), 1963 (London), 1968 (London), 1972 (Edinburgh), 1974 (Brighton), 1977 (London), 1982 (Harrogate), 1998 (Birmingham)
- Eurovision Young Dancers – 2001 (London)
- Eurovision Young Musicians – 1982 (Manchester)
The BBC inspired the creation of Eurovision Young Musicians, following the success of BBC Young Musician of the Year which was first held in 1978. The competition went on to be used as the United Kingdom’s selection process for the contest. The United Kingdom is only beaten in terms of number of appearances at the contest by Norway who has participated in every edition of the competition excluding one since it was first held in 1982.
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Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.