RSI, the Italian language broadcaster has stated that they will not be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest later this year in Minsk, Belarus.
Switzerland participated once in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 when the contest was held in Lillehammar, Norway. On their one appearance at the contest, Switzerland was represented by Demis Mirarchi with the song “Birichino”. Demis finished 16th out of 18 countries scoring a total of 4 points all of which came from Malta. Of note is that Demis’ song was released in 2002 and received special permission from the EBU to compete in the contest.
RSI had intended to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 using Mara & Meo as their selection process. However, the Italian language broadcaster was forced to withdraw from the contest due to the lack of support from the French and German language broadcasters leading to financial pressure on RSI.
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.
The following countries have stated that they will be participating in Minsk: