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Ireland: RTÉ Rules Out Return To Eurovision Young Musicians in 2018

Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ has confirmed to Eurovoix that it will not be participating in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in the United Kindgom.

RTÉ has confirmed to Eurovoix that they will not be returning to Eurovision Young Musicians for the 2018 contest in the United Kingdom. Ireland made their debut appearance at the contest in 1986, debuting alongside seven other countries including Sweden, Belgium and Yugoslavia. Ireland last participated in Eurovision Young Musicians in 2000 when they were represented by Rebecca Čápová, Rebecca failed to make it through to the final.

To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, which is to be held in the United Kingdom in August 2018:

  • Norway – NRK
  • Poland – TVP
  • Sweden – SVT
  • United Kingdom – Host country

Hungary has expressed an interest in participating in next years contest, but has yet to formally decide on whether they will take to the stage again. In contrast Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ireland have both ruled out returning to the competition in 2018.

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.

TG4, the Irish language broadcaster, which currently organises Ireland’s participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been contacted for comment, but has not yet responded.

Source: RTÉ

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Ireland debuted in Eurovision Young Musicians at the third edition of the contest in 1986. They were represented on their debut by Seamus Conroy, he failed to make it through to the final. Ireland participated in every contest between 1986 and 2000, excluding the 1992 contest in Brussels. In their seven appearances at the competition, Ireland failed to make it through to the final in any of their attempts.
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