The Belarusian national broadcaster reports that Israel was given special dispensation to allow them to participate in Junior Eurovision 2018.
Israel, the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, were given the 19th spot in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest. According to the rules of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest a maximum of 18 countries can take part in the contest, however this rule has not been enforced to allow Israel to take part.
The national broadcaster of Belarus states that it and the EBU agreed that the rule could be ignored for the 2018 competition. The change in the rules means that for a second year running the winning country of the most recent edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
KAN, the Israeli national broadcaster has not announced how they will select their participant for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
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.
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.