The EBU has confirmed to Eurovoix that Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will be officially confirmed as taking place at the end of January 2018.
The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed to Eurovoix that the 19th edition of Eurovision Young Musicians will be officially confirmed at the end of January 2018. At the same time as the event is officially confirmed, the full list of participating countries will also be released by the EBU. To date three countries have officially confirmed their participation, while the host nation of the contest has been revealed as the United Kingdom.
The European Broadcasting Union did not reveal the date by which nations must formally submit the paperwork required to compete in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. However, this date is expected to be the end of November as was the case for the 2016 contest.
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.
In recent years between 15 and 11 countries have participated in the contest. The largest edition of Eurovision Young Musicians took place in 1994 when a total of 24 countries competed in Warsaw, Poland. The 1994 contest saw a record-breaking eight countries make their debut, while five countries returned to the contest.
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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.