Ivan Eismont, the Director General of BTRC has revealed that Azerbaijan are eager to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Speaking to the Belarusian press, the Head of Belarus’ national broadcaster has revealed that Azerbaijan is wanting to return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Mr Eismont revealed in an interview with local press that;
Azerbaijan has not been there for a long time, they really want to come
To participate in this years competition in Minsk. This would mark the first time that the country has participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in five years.
Azerbaijan debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the 2012 contest in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The nation had previously attempted to take part in the contest in 2008 but withdrew before the competition took place.
The countries record in the contest was not as strong as in the Eurovision Song Contest. Azerbaijan’s best result came in 2013 on their last appearance in the contest where Rustam Karimov placed 7th with the song “Me and My Guitar”. Azerbaijan withdrew from the contest in 2014 for unspecified reasons.
The following countries have stated that they will be participating in Minsk:
- FYR Macedonia
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;
To date Cyprus and Ukraine have confirmed their withdrawal from the competition. While Bulgaria, Denmark, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland have ruled out returning to the competition.
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.