Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC have today announced to Eurovoix that Ukraine will be withdrawing from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest ahead of the next contest in November 2018 in Minsk, Belarus.
The country which has previously played host to the contest twice before in Kyiv for 2009 and 2013 has decided not to participate this year due to financial difficulties with the broadcaster.
This will be the first time that Ukraine will not be participating since their debut at the contest in 2006.
Ukraine finished in 7th place at the 2017 contest in Tbilisi, Georgia with the song “Don’t Stop” by Anastasiya Baginska. Their best placing in the contest was their victory in 2012 with the song “Nebo” by Anastasiya Petryk.
Ukraine are the second country from last year’s lineup to confirm their withdrawal following Cyprus‘ decision to also not compete in Minsk. However France will be making a return to the contest after a 14-year absence and Wales will be competing for the first time. Wales previously competed as part of the United Kingdom from 2003 to 2005.
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:
The following countries who participated in the 2017 contest in Tbilisi, Georgia are yet to publicly state whether they will be taking part in the 2018 contest;
Ukraine in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has competed in the contest ever since. To date Ukraine has only won the competition once. In 2012 Anastasiya Petryk won in Amsterdam with the song “Nebo”, she scored 138 points including eight sets of 12 points. Ukraine has hosted the contest twice, the first time being in 2009 and the second being in 2013 following their victory in Amsterdam.Accordion Content