The Belarussian Head of Delegation has confirmed that no representative for the United Kingdom will be present at Steering Group meetings for Junior Eurovision 2018.
The excitement started after the Belarussian broadcaster, BTRC, published a news report which said:
“On 15 February, in Minsk, a Steering Group meeting will be held for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The group includes representatives from The Netherlands, Italy, Russia, United Kingdom, Malta and Georgia.”
The Head of Delegation for Belarus, Olga Salamakha, confirmed that this was an unfortunate mistake; the United Kingdom does not have any representative in the Steering Group. This is sad news to many Junior Eurovision fans from the UK, who had become very excited at the possibility of their country making a return to the contest!
So far, five countries have confirmed that they will take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018:
- The Netherlands
The United Kingdom in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
The United Kingdom has participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest three times, from 2003 to 2005. On two of those occasions, they finished in the top three! The UK’s best result came in 2004, when Cory Spedding achieved 2nd place with The Best is Yet to Come.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018
The Belarussian capital, Minsk, will host this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest; they won the hosting rights even before the 2017 contest! In the last few years, the previous winner has hosted the contest. However, the EBU changed this to allow more time for the host to prepare for the contest.
Olga Salamakha explains that the EBU chose Belarus to host the 2018 contest because Belarus has a long-term commitment to Junior Eurovision. Belarus is one of the few countries to have held a televised selection process over many years.
What do you think? Have your hopes of a UK return to Junior Eurovision been dashed? Are you looking forward to this year’s contest in Minsk?
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