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Latvia: LTV Rules Out Eurovision Young Musicians Return in 2018

Ieva Rozentāle, the Head of Cultural broadcasting at LTV has ruled out the broadcaster’s return to Eurovision Young Musicians in 2018.

Ms Rozentāle has confirmed that Latvian national broadcaster, LTV will not be participating in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Latvia lasted participated in Eurovision Young Musicians in 2004, where they failed to qualify for the final of the contest in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Latvia made their debut appearance in Eurovision Young Musicians in 1994, represented by Liene Circene, she finished second in the final. Liene’s second place result in 1994 remains Latvia’s best result in the competition. At the 1994 contest Latvia debuted alongside seven other countries including neighboring Latvia and Lithuania. Latvia has participated in every spin-off Eurovision contest to date excluding the Eurovision Dance Contest which was held between 2007 and 2008.

Latvia joins Bosnia & Herzegovina in confirming that they will not be competing in the United Kingdom. Countries wishing to take part in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 have until December 31 to confirm their participation to the European Broadcasting Union. The following nations have confirmed their participation:

  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will be held in Edinburgh at the Usher Hall. This is the first time since 2008 that Scotland has hosted a Eurovision event, the last being the final of the Eurovision Dance Contest. The 2018 contest will see the return of the semi-finals which will be held on August 18 and 19, with the final taking place on August 23.

Source: LTV

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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.

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