The Opening Ceremony for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 takes place this afternoon in Minsk, Belarus.
The 16th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest formally begins today as the Opening Ceremony takes place in the capital of Belarus, Minsk. A record twenty nations will be taking part in this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest with debut appearances from Kazakhstan and Wales. While Azerbaijan, Israel and France will all be returning to the contests stage.
The Opening Ceremony will start at 15:00 CET, with all twenty countries being greeted by hosts Denis Dudinsky and Anna Kviloria. The event promises to be a striking spectacle with dance, folk music with a modern twist, graphics and light-projection 3D shows. The broadcaster will be showing casing Belarus to the world, with BTRC explaining;
Through the idea of combining art, national images and symbols with innovative technologies, the show will show the historical and cultural heritage of our people and the modern Belarus.
As part of the Opening Ceremony, the countries that will open and close the contest will be determined by a random draw. Furthermore the host nation of Belarus will draw the exact position they will be performing. The remainder of the running order will be decided by the shows producers.
The venue for the Opening Ceremony is the BelExpo. The BelExpo was opened in 1968 and is formed of two structures. The first structure is located next door to the Belarusian National Opera and Ballet. While the newer structure was opened in 1988 and from above is shaped like a five petaled flower.
Twenty countries will take part in this years contest. These are:
- Albania – Efi Gjika – “Barbie”
- Armenia – L.E.V.O.N – “L.E.V.O.N”
- Australia – Jael Wena – “Champion”
- Azerbaijan – Fidan Huseynova – “I Wanna Be Like You”
- Belarus – Daniel Yastremski – “Time”
- France – Angélina – “Jamais Sans Toi”
- FYR Macedonia – Marija Spasovska – “Doma”
- Georgia – Tamar Edilashvili – “Your Voice”
- Ireland – Taylor Hynes – “IOU”
- Israel – Noam Dadon – “Children Like These”
- Italy – Melissa & Marco – “What is Love”
- Kazakhstan – Daneliya Tuleshova – “Ozine sen”
- Malta – Ela Mangion – “Marchin’ On”
- Poland – Roksana Wegiel – “Anyone I Want To Be”
- Portugal – Rita Laranjeira – “Gosto de Tudo (Já Não Gosto de Nada)”
- Russia – Anna Filipchuk – “Unbreakable”
- Serbia – Bojana Radovanovic – “Svet”
- The Netherlands – Max & Anne – “Samen”
- Ukraine – Darina Krasnovetska – “Say Love”
- Wales – Manw – “Perta”
Watch the show live below: