BTRC has revealed that over 1.3 million viewers watched on Sunday evening as Belarus hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
A total of 1,385,000 viewers watched as Minsk, Belarus hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The competition returned to Belarus for the first time in eight years, with a record twenty nations taking to the stage on Sunday evening.
The competition had a market share of 15.2% and was the most watched show on the Belarusian broadcaster on Sunday. The data only counted viewers over the age of 4 in urban areas across Belarus. The most recent statistics indicate that 22% of the Belarusian population live in rural areas. If viewing rates were the same in rural areas as in urban centres this would result in an additional 305,000 viewers.
Belarus was represented by Daniel Yastremski and the song “Time” at Junior Eurovision 2018. The nation finished 11th overall scoring a total of 114 points. Belarus was 10th in the jury vote with 61 points and 10th in the online vote with 53 points. This was the first time that Belarus has placed outside of the top ten since 2004 when they finished 14th.
Belarus debuted at the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, and have been present at every contest since. To date, Belarus have won the contest twice – first in 2005 with Ksenia Sitnik and her song “My Vmeste”, which received 149 points, and the second time in 2007 with Alexey Zhigalkovich and his song “S Druz’yami”, which received a total of 137 points. Their worst entry came from Egor Volchek and his song “Spjavajtse So Mnoj” in 2004, which received only 9 points. Belarus have placed in the top 3 a total of 5 times to date.