The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed to Eurovoix, that the competing nations have until June 15 to select their participants for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed that the deadline for countries to select their participants for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom is June 15. The EBU stated that once the selection deadline has passed an announcement regarding all of the selected participants will be made shortly after.
To date the following countries have selected their participants for Edinburgh:
- San Marino
Countries yet to select their participant are;
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
Albania will make their Eurovision Young Musicians debut in this year’s contest. Seven countries will make their return to the contest. These are Belgium (last participated in 2006), Estonia (2004), Greece (2014), Israel (1986), Russia (2010), Spain (2002) and the host nation, the United Kingdom (2010). Austria, who is the most successful country in the contest with five wins, will not take part for the first time since 1982.
The 2018 edition of Eurovision Young Musicians sees the return of a semi-final elimination round, which will take the form of public chamber recitals (St. Cecilia’s Hall) by all contestants on 18-19 August, with all recitals produced by BBC Radio 3 for distribution to the Euroradio network (as well as via web streaming).
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.