Wales are debuting in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, as S4C launches their selection process for this years contest in Minsk, Belarus.
Wales has launched Chwilio am seren (Search for a Star) to find their first ever participant in the competition. The competition is open to individuals or groups (maximum of 6 members) between the ages of 9 and 14 on the 25th of November 2018. Singers will have to perform in Welsh and the selection will be launched with with open auditions around Wales.
Presenter Trystan Ellis-Morris fronts the search, and he’s joined by experienced performers Connie Fisher, Tara Bethan and Stifyn Parri who will mentor the young singers through the process. Trystan added;
On Wales’ debut year, we’re looking to make a BIG impression! Last year, 16 nations competed in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the numbers exceed it for 2018. And so we’re casting our net wide in the search of the best talent in the country. We want to see the very best of the best that Wales has to offer!
The dates of the auditions are as follows:
- Llandudno – June 10th
- Aberystwyth – June 17th
- Cardiff – June 23rd
- Cardiff – June 24th – Call back round
12 acts will then be selected to move on to the mentoring stage to develop their skills in the company of our three experienced mentors and performing coaches. The best 6 acts will then compete in the live national final in which a panel of experts and the viewing public will choose the best individual or group to fly the flag for Wales at the Junior Eurovision song contest in November.
Elen Rhys, S4C Entertainment Content Commissioner stated;
I can’t help but get excited when I think about the opportunity available for our youngsters to represent Wales at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
We are extremely proud that we’re able to offer the experience of performing on a stage unlike any other in Wales. This event leaves both the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent in the shade – it’s even bigger than the National Eisteddfod! Come November, Europe’s eyes will be fixed on Minsk with Wales, the Red Dragon and the Welsh language in the thick of it. This is a source of immense pride for me and for S4C.
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.