ORF, the Austrian national broadcaster, is currently discussing whether they will be participating in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
Six time host nation of Eurovision Young Musicians, Austria is currently discussing whether they will be participating in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. ORF confirmed to Eurovoix that discussions are currently on-going as to whether they will take to the stage next August in the United Kingdom. ORF has until the end of January 2018 to decide as to whether they will be participating in the contest.
Austria has participated in every edition of Eurovision Young Musicians and is the most successful country in the contests history. Austria has won the competition on five occasions, with two second place finishes and a third place. Austria’s last victory came in 2014 when Ziyu He won in Cologne, Germany beating off competition from thirteen other talented musicians.
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.
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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.