15 countries have officially confirmed that they will be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 according to the Head of BTRC.
Ivan Eismont, the Head of BTRC has confirmed to SB.by that a total of 15 countries have confirmed that they will be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk. Mr Eismont has not stated the full list of 15 countries that had signed up to compete in the contest as of the start of July, but singled out France as a great achievement for this year.
A number of countries have stated that they will be participating in this years contest in Belarus. This includes the debuting nation of Wales, who are the first country to debut in the contest since Australia and Ireland in 2015. They will be joined by France who are returning to the contest for the first time since 2004.
Also confirmed as taking part in the competition are;
- Belarus – Host nation
- FYR Macedonia
Cyprus and Ukraine have both confirmed that they will not be participating in this years contest, having competed last year in Georgia. While Azerbaijan is looking to return to the contest, and Albania and Australia have yet to state whether they will be participating in Minsk.
Mr Eismont is a strong supporter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest having attended the 2017 contest in Georgia. The Director General of BTRC stated that;
I really love the children’s competition for its sincerity
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.