Spain is set to return to Eurovision Young Musicians this August in Edinburgh after 16 years away from the contest.
TVE has confirmed to Eurofestivales that Spain will compete in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, having last competed in the competition in 2002. Juan Manuel Hidalgo the Director of La 2, has confirmed that the Spanish participant will be selected through the current series of Clásicos y Reverentes.
The Spanish participant in this years contest will not necessarily be the winner of Clásicos y Reverentes. This is due to a number of rules around the participants in Eurovision Young Musicians, if the winner does not meet these rules, TVE will opt to select a participant from the finalists of Clásicos y Reverentes.
Clásicos y Reverentes is currently seven episodes in to its current series, with the final expected to take place in April. Currently each episode sees five young musicians competing for a place in the second round, whittling 50 down to 10. From the musicians who make it through to the semi-finals the number of participants will be cut again, before the final takes place.
Spain debuted in Eurovision Young Musicians in 1988, they participated in every contest up to 2002 before withdrawing. Spain only once managed to qualify for the final when Antonio Serrano took second place at the 1992 contest in Brussels.
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.