TG4 has today launched the Irish selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk.
TG4 has once again partnered with Adare Productions as Ireland searches for their fourth entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. From today until July 23, singers aged between 9 and 14 will be able to apply to represent Ireland in Minsk, Belarus.
Ireland will be holding a televised selection process following two rounds of auditions. In the first round a panel will look through all of the applications before a second round of auditions are held. At the second round of auditions participants will perform the Irish language song they want to send to Junior Eurovision, after this stage artists will be selected to take part in the televised selection.
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:
Ireland debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the 2015 contest in Sofia, Bulgaria. The countries participation is organised by the Irish language broadcaster, TG4. At the 2015 contest in Bulgaria Ireland was represented by Aimee Banks with the song “Réalta na Mara”, she finished 12th in the final. The country’s best result came at the 2016 contest in Malta. Ireland was represented by Zena Donelly with the song “Bríce ar Bhríce”. She finished 10th in the final scoring a total of 122 points, including receiving the countries first 12 points in the contest.