Past Belarusian Junior Eurovision participants are among the nearly 100 people who have applied to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Ksenia Sitnik is one of the nearly 100 people who have applied to host this years edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Belarus. Among the other singers who have represented Belarus at the contest who have applied to host the show are; Nadezhda Misyakova (2014), Ruslan Aslanov (2015) and Helena Meraai (2017).
Alongside former participants in the contest, former hosts of the contest and its national selections have also applied. Leila Ismailova who hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010 when it was in Belarus, and hosts of past Belarusian selections Anzhelika Pushnova (2017) and Oleg Shchutsky (2018) have put their names forward.
Auditions for the role as host of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held during August. The auditions will be organised by BTRC, this years host broadcaster, and will include the shows Director Gordon Bonello.
Applicants must be able to speak English to a high level, have the ability to improvise, perform on the stage and be natural in front of television cameras. It is encouraged that applicants have previous experience of live television or major production experience.
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.
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.