Nineteen countries will take to the stage in November for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Today the European Broadcasting Union has revealed that a record breaking 19 countries will participate in this year Junior Eurovision Song Contest, including debuting countries Wales and Kazakhstan. The previous record for the amount of participating countries was 18 in 2004.
The participating countries are as follows:
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
Azerbaijan and Israel return to the contest after a short break of a few years, with France also returning after their debut and only entry in 2004.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s head of Live Events and Executive Supervisor of JESC said:
We are delighted to have a record-breaking 19 countries taking part in the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Since the contest began in 2003 we have been thrilled to see a wealth of young talented performers take to the stage, some of whom have gone on to represent their countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. We are looking forward to seeing the next generation of young musical talent shine in the 2018 contest at the Minsk Arena in Belarus.
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.