The Supervisory Board for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest are set to meet in Minsk on February 15.
Preparations for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest are underway, as Belarus looks forward to hosting this years contest in Minsk. BTRC has confirmed that following Jon Ola Sand’s visit to the country on January 18, the Supervisory Board will travel to the country in February.
As part of the board’s visit to Belarus, discussions will be held regarding the official hotels for the contest. Alongside important issues such as the time of the show’s broadcast and the voting method during the final. Changes have been made to the broadcast time of the contest in recent years, since 2016 the competition has been broadcast since 16:00 CET. While the 2017 contest saw the introduction of online voting to the competition.
Among the delegations who will be travelling to Belarus for the meeting are representatives from Italy, the Netherlands and Russia. While as reported yesterday a representative of a broadcaster from the United Kingdom will also be attending.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus after the country won the bidding process before the 2017 contest even began. Olga Salamankha explained that Belarus was selected as the host for next years contest over other bids due to their long-term commitment to the competition. Belarus is one of a handful of countries to consistently hold a televised selection process to select their participants. Furthermore, the stability of Belarus as a nation was cited as a factor.
The first time Belarus held a Eurovision event was at the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where it was held in Minsk Arena.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the contest:
- Belarus – Host nation
- The Netherlands