WDR has confirmed that they will reveal the German participant in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 during mid to late May.
The German broadcaster WDR has confirmed to Eurovoix that they are aiming to reveal the German participant for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 next month. The Head of Delegation stated that they aim to reveal their participant by the middle of May, but at the very latest the end of May.
Unlike in previous years WDR has not made an open call for young musicians to apply to represent Germany in Eurovision Young Musicians. WDR has instead changed the way in which they will select the German participant. The broadcaster is researching the best German participants in both domestic and international musical contests. Then creating a shortlist, upon which a jury formed of music experts from WDR will vote on.
WDR which is based in Cologne, has organised Germany’s participation in the competition since 2008. Germany first participated in Eurovision Young Musicians at the inaugural contest in 1982. Germany won the first edition of the contest represented by Markus Pawlik. Germany participated in every edition of the contest before withdrawing in 1992, they returned again in 1994, winning the contest for a second time in 1996.
The country has hosted the competition on three ocassions. In 2002, the Capital, Berlin played host to the contest with twenty countries competing, including Romania and the Czech Republic for the first time. Cologne hosted the contest in both 2014 and 2016.
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.