Wales will select their first ever participant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the final of Chwilio am Seren on October 9.
S4C, the Welsh national broadcaster, has confirmed that the final of Chwilio am Seren (Search for a Star) will take place on October 9 at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno. S4C confirmed the details in response to a question asked on Twitter.
Auditions were held during June following a call for participants during May. 12 acts were selected at the auditions and then moved on to the mentoring stage to develop their skills in the company of our three experienced mentors and performing coaches. The best 6 acts will then compete in the live national final in which a panel of experts and the viewing public will choose the best individual or group to fly the flag for Wales at the Junior Eurovision song contest in November.
Presenter Trystan Ellis-Morris fronts the search, and he’s joined by experienced performers Connie Fisher, Tara Bethan and Stifyn Parri who will mentor the young singers through the process.
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.
Twenty countries will take part in this years contest. These are:
- Azerbaijan – Returning nation
- France – Returning nation
- FYR Macedonia
- Israel – Returning nation
- Kazakhstan – Debut
- The Netherlands
- Wales – Debut