EBU has just revealed the name of the country that will host the 16th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The 2018 song competition for children will be held for the second time in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
— Junior Eurovision (@EurovisionJr) October 15, 2017
Minsk was selected to host Junior Eurovision 2018 a few months ago, after a voting of the steering group members. To ensure the longevity of the contest and allow more time for preparations, they decided to remove the clause of the Rules that gave the winning broadcaster the right to host the contest.
It’s interesting to know that applications to host the event weren’t made public. This decision makes the first time since 2013 that the winning country of Junior Eurovision will not have the right to host the contest the following year.
In the coming days, the EBU’s Head of Live Events will travel to Minsk to visit the possible venues and discuss some organisational aspects. In addition, the Belarusian broadcaster has revealed that they are already working on the logo and brand for the 2018 contest.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events said: “The rule change to allow a host for next year’s competition to be chosen earlier not only gives the host broadcaster longer to prepare what is a huge production but also protects the future of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. We are therefore delighted to announce, before we gather in Tbilisi for the 2017 competition, that BTRC will be the host broadcaster of the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. BTRC’s application to host was extremely strong, and we have full confidence that they will put the same enthusiasm into the preparations of next year’s event.”
The capital of Belarus already hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2010, when the competition took place in the Minsk Arena.
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