Minsk 2018

Junior Eurovision: BTRC holds auditions to select hosts

As Junior Eurovision draws closer, on Thursday BTRC held auditions to select the hosts for this year’s show.

Around 30 shortlisted candidates

As we reported last month, more than 100 people submitted an application to BTRC hoping to host the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Applicants included past entrants including 2005 winner Ksenia Sitnik and 2017 entrant Helena Meerai, among others. BTRC then shortlisted around 30 candidates who were invited for live auditions in Minsk. According to tvr.by, candidates were from different age groups and different cities in Belarus, some even from outside the country.

Decision will be made shortly

Based on the auditions, an expert team is now responsible to select the hosts. BTRC should reveal the results and the name of the selected hosts soon. Ideal candidates are fluent in English, are able to improve and are comfortable in front of cameras.  Previous experience with live television or major production is a plus.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Belarus’s capital Minsk will be the host of the 2018 edition of Junior Eurovision. This is the second time the event takes place in the city, that previously hosted it in 2010. A record-breaking 20 countries will participate in Minsk on November 25. Wales and Kazakhstan will both make a debut with Kazakhstan participating for the first time to any Eurovision related event. Besides, the contest will also feature three returning countries: France, that last participated in 2004, Azerbaijan that last participated in 2013 and Israel that last participated in 2016. However, last year’s participant Cyprus will instead withdraw from the competition.

Do you hope a past entrant or host will host the 2018 edition of the show? Are you looking forward to Junior Eurovision 2018?

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