RAI Gulp, the Italian national broadcaster, has opened their submission window for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
RAI Gulp is collaborating with the Instituto Antoniano, a community services initiative and the main organiser of the children’s song festival Zecchino d’Oro, which has been held every year since 1959.
Any interested singers must send a video of themselves to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 27. Singers must be aged 9 and 15 by November 25 2018. Composers can send a video of their entries along with the lyrics to the same email address by July 20.
Italy has previously used both internal selections and televised selections to pick their singer for the competition. Maria Iside Fiore represented Italy at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Georgia. With her song “Scelgo” (My Choice), she finished in 11th position with 86 points.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus after the country won the bidding process in 2017. Olga Salamankha, head of the Belarusian delegation, 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 deadline for broadcasters to apply to join the contest was in late June. The following countries have been confirmed to participate:
- FYR Macedonia
Two singers have already been selected: Tamar Edillashvili won the national selection for Georgia, while Anna Filipchuk won in Russia with the song “Nepobedimy” (Invincible).
Ukraine and Cyprus have withdrawn from the competition, while Moldova, Romania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Norway have said that they would not be returning to the contest. Albania and Australia have yet to announce their intentions for participation.
Italy in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Italy debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014. Their first and only win to date was on their debut, when Vincenzo Cantiello came in 1st place with 159 points with his song “Tu Primo Grande Amore”. Their worst result was in 2015 when twins Chiara & Martina came 16th with 34 points with their song “Viva”. Since their debut, Italy have participated in every contest.