The auditions round of the Russian selection process for Junior Eurovision 2018 has been moved from Sochi.
Changes have been made to the Russian selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus. Sochi which was previously announced as the venue for five days of auditions has now been replaced by Moscow. From April 1 to 5, the Borodino Hotel will host hundreds of aspiring performers all vying for a place in the countries Junior Eurovision selection final.
After these final auditions in Moscow, 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 final will be held on June 3 at the Artek camp in Crimea.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus on November 25, 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.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the contest:
- Belarus – Host nation
- The Netherlands
Source: JESC Russia
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”