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Norway: No Return to Junior Eurovision 2018

NRK, the Norwegian national broadcaster, has confirmed to Eurovoix that it will not be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus.

Norway has become the latest country to confirm that it will not be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The former host nation of the contest joins the likes of neighbours Sweden and Denmark in ruling out taking part in this years competition in the Belarusian Capital of Minsk.

Norway last participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when Malin Reitan came third with “Sommer og skolefri”, Norway’s best result in the contest. Norway was one of the original 16 countries to take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and hosted the 2004 contest in Lillehammer. Norway also took part in MGP Nordic alongside Denmark, Sweden and Finland in 2002 and from 2006 to 2009.


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:

  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Wales

France return to the contest after having only appearing once at the contest in 2004. Wales make their debut this year through the Welsh language broadcaster S4C.

Source: NRK

2 thoughts on “Norway: No Return to Junior Eurovision 2018”

    1. Norway or Denmark will never return because they disagree with professional children taking part as well as anyone but the artist writing most of the song.
      Before 2005 I think the children had to write at least 70% of the lyrics themselves and adults were only aloud to be involved in producing the song.
      Both Norway and Denmark also don’t like the competition aspect of the contest either and how it has become a copy of the adult contest with bigger stages, more professional staging and just generally less fun.

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