ERR has confirmed that discussions are ongoing regarding whether Estonia will participate in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
The Head of Cultural broadcasting at the Estonian national broadcaster, has confirmed to Eurovoix that discussions are ongoing regarding Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. Estonia has not participated in the competition since 2004, having previously taken part in six editions of the competition.
The country made their debut in the contest at the 1994 contest in Warsaw, when a record 24 nations took part in the competition. Estonia debuted alongside the likes of Macedonia, Germany and Croatia. The country’s best result came in 1996 when Hanna Heinmaa finished 3rd at the competition in Lisbon.
Since their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, Estonia has taken part in every Eurovision family of event apart from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In 2017 Estonia was one of nine countries to take part in the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the competition:
- 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.
What is Eurovision Young Musicians?
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.