Russia has confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus as changes to the country’s selection process are discussed.
Russia, the winners of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, have confirmed that they will compete again in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, later this year in Minsk, Belarus. The confirmation came as the official VK page for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Russia has revealed that changes will be made to the Russian selection process.
The account confirmed today that the format of the national selection process will be changed for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Details regarding the changes and the auditions process will be revealed in the coming weeks.
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
Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Accordion Russia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and has participated in the contest every year since. Russia won the contest for the first time in 2006 when they were represented by the Tolmachevy Twins with the song “Vesenniy jazz”, who scored a total of 154 points. Russia has never finished outside of the top 10 in their time at the contest, and have finished second twice, fourth four times and fifth once. Last year in Georgia, Russia won the contest for a second time represented by Polina Bogusevich and “Wings”