The Grand Final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 12th at the Altice Arena of Lisbon, Portugal. Forty-three artists will take to the stage over three nights to perform their contributions for the contest, fighting to become the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. During the course of this week the fourty-three artists will be cut to just twenty-six in the Grand Final. Taking place now is the press conference for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus.
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18:40 CET – The Junior Eurovision 2018 press conference begins shortly.
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18:00 CET – The press conference is now underway
18:02 CET – Jon Ola Sand explains that the new host broadcaster selection process was to enable broadcasters to submit their ideas and have additional time to organise the contest.
18:03 CET – The decision also means that the participants are under less pressure to win.
19:05 CET – Polina says that she is waiting to do Eurovision if Europe wants her to.
19:08 CET – More and more countries are using the contest to strengthen their children’s contest. Furthermore in certain markets the contest was on very late, so moving the contest back to the afternoon, for the time being there are no discussions about changing this – Jon Ola Sand
19:10 CET – The online vote will stay going forward, they are working on strengthening the platform, it won’t be going to the Eurovision Song Contest
19:11 CET – Jon Ola Sand teases that there is good news to share about broadcasters
19:11 CET – Quality of the song will be stronger if you have experienced composer, this is not a contest focused on the composer – Jon Ola Sand
19:15 CET – Regarding the change of channel in Australia, SBS found that they couldn’t use Junior Eurovision in the best possible way, but working with ABC they were able to bring the contest to the best audience
19:16 CET – Delegations are asked to bring at least one parent per artist so that the kids are supported.
19:22 CET – In the autumn, the EBU will open up the bidding process for the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. No confirmation that Russia has bid to host in 2019.
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