The Steering Group for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has traveled to the Minsk Arena as part of their visit for Belarus ahead of this November’s contest.
BTRC reports that the Steering Group of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has visited the Minsk Arena as part of their visit to Belarus this week. This is the second time that the Executive Supervisor of the contest, Jon Ola Sand has visited the venue, with the arena now looking to be all but confirmed as the venue for the 2018 contest.
The Belarusian broadcaster reports that the steering group was given a tour of the venue and shown the ability of the ice rink to be converted into a suitable venue for the competition in November.
The Minsk Arena has been the front runner to be the venue for Junior Eurovision 2018 since it was announced Belarus was hosting in October 2017. The venue was used for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010, which was the first Eurovision event to ever take place in Belarus and provided one of the largest settings for the contest to date.
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