The BBC has confirmed to Eurovoix, that discussions are ongoing regarding how the United Kingdom’s Eurovision Young Musician participant will be selected.
The BBC are in discussions as to how to select the United Kingdom’s participant in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh. The national broadcaster was unable to confirm whether the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, would be used to select the participant as has happened in previous years.
When the United Kingdom last participated in Eurovision Young Musicians in 2010, Peter Moore who won BBC Young Musician of the Year 2008 represented the UK in Austria. The United Kingdom used the show to select their participant for Eurovision Young Musicians between 2004 and 2010.
The BBC inspired the creation of Eurovision Young Musicians, following the success of BBC Young Musician of the Year which was first held in 1978. The competition went on to be used as the United Kingdom’s selection process for the contest. The United Kingdom is only beaten in terms of number of appearances at the contest by Norway who has participated in every edition of the competition excluding one since it was first held in 1982.
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.