Russia will select their entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on June 3 at the Artek Camp in Crimea.
The defending winners of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest have officially launched their selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Karusel, alongside Igor Krutoy have launched the nations search for their entry for this years contest in Minsk, Belarus.
Singers aged between 9 and 14 years who do or don’t have songs for the competition are invited to fill out their application to take part in the selection no later than 25th March. You can find the form at the official website here.
Once the audition process closes at the end of March, the selection process will kick into the next stage with auditions and workshops with professionals from Igor Krutoy’s Academy. The Academy will hold five days of workshops and auditions in Sochi from April 1 to April 5.
After these final auditions, the finalists in the Russian selection process will be determined. The finalists will then work with Igor Krutoy’s Academy on the songs, staging and ideas for the national selection performances.
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
Source: JESC Russia
Russia in the 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”