WDR has revealed that they are likely to participate in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, this August in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Sources at WDR have revealed to Eurovoix that the German broadcaster is likely to once again participate in Eurovision Young Musicians later this year in Edinburgh, Scotland. WDR which is based in Cologne, has organsied Germany’s participation in the competition since 2008.
Germany first participated in Eurovision Young Musicians at the inaugural contest in 1982. Germany won the first edition of the contest represented by Markus Pawlik. Germany participated in every edition of the contest before withdrawing in 1992, they returned again in 1994, winning the contest for a second time in 1996.
The country has hosted the competition on three ocassions. In 2002, the Capital, Berlin played host to the contest with twenty countries competing, including Romania and the Czech Republic for the first time. Cologne hosted the contest in both 2014 and 2016.
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.