Eugene Perlin, Helena Meraai and Zena have been announced as the hosts of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus.
The hosts of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and it’s Opening Ceremony have been revealed this evening. A trio formed of Eugene Perlin, Helena Meraai and Zena will be the hosts of this years contest in Minsk, Belarus. While Denis Dudinsky and Anna Kviloria will host the Opening Ceremony.
This years hosts all have connections to the Eurovision and Junior Eurovision Song Contests. Eugene Perlin has been commentating for Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest since 2013, he also provided commentary for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Helena Meraai will be known to fans of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, for representing Belarus at least years contest in Tbilisi, Georgia. The singer went in to the contest as one of the favourites to win and finished 5th with her song “I Am The One”. Helena also co-hosted the green room of the Belarusian National Final for Junior Eurovision 2018 with past participant Ruslan Aslanov.
16 year old Zena is the third of this years hosts. She has previously attempted to represent Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in both 2015 and 2016.
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