Israel will choose their next Junior Eurovision entrant on September 6th.
Israeli broadcaster KAN has revealed that their Junior Eurovision 2018 entrant will be selected on September 6th. It is not yet known if the selection will be televised or for an internal audience, however it will be hosted by Roni Dalumi and Yaron Brovinsky with a special performance from Hanan Ben Ari. The selection will take place at the Rishon Le’Zion Auditorium in Ramat Gan.
The Israeli public broadcaster recently made an open call for young singers to apply to represent Israel at Junior Eurovision 2018. The broadcaster is inviting singers between the ages of 9 and 14 years to submit their application to the broadcaster and be invited to take part in an auditions process.
Israel have previously taken part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions. On their debut in 2012, Kids.il came eighth with “Let the Music Win”. Israel then withdrew from the 2013 contest and did not return until 2016. On their return, the country was represented by Shir & Tim with “Follow My Heart”. The duo finished in fifteenth place.
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