Update: As of Monday 27th November 2017, BTRC is yet to decide on the venue for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is scheduled to be held in Minsk Arena.
Belarusian broadcaster BTRC has revealed that the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk Arena. The venue was also used for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010, which was the first Eurovision event to ever take place in Belarus. The broadcaster had also announced a few days ago that the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus, Vasily Zharko, will be the head of the Organising Committee for Junior Eurovision 2018.
Belarus was announced as the host country before this year’s contest took place. The Junior Eurovision Steering Group decided to remove a clause in the Rules that gave the winning broadcaster first refusal to host, to ensure the longevity of the Contest and allow more time to prepare the event. This clause was first introduced in 2014. Italy used this clause in 2015 to decline hosting the contest that year after their victory in 2014. Bulgaria were then selected as hosts for the 2015 contest. After the removal of said clause, EBU Members were given the opportunity to apply to host Junior Eurovision 2018. From these applications, Belarus was selected.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events said:
“The rule change to allow a host for next year’s competition to be chosen earlier not only gives the host broadcaster longer to prepare what is a huge production but also protects the future of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. We are therefore delighted to announce, before we gather in Tbilisi for the 2017 competition, that BTRC will be the host broadcaster of the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. BTRC’s application to host was extremely strong, and we have full confidence that they will put the same enthusiasm into the preparations of next year’s event.”
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the contest:
- Belarus – Host nation