Minsk 2018

Minsk – “Well suited for Eurovision”

The Executive supervisor to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Jon Ola Sand has said Minsk, who is currently the host of the latest edition of the Junior Eurovision is well suited for the Senior version of the singing contest. 

Speaking in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Ola Sand had this to say about the Belorussian organisation of the current edition of Junior Eurovision.

I am happy with the stage, sound and light at Minsk Arena. The whole team works very smoothly. This arena can host the adults’ version of the Eurovision Song Contest as the hall is quite spacious. Let us hold the Junior Eurovision here first and then we will think over other projects

EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand.

He went on to comment on the slogan “Light Up” and it’s connotations with the organisation.

 The atmosphere of the contest and the main stage are vibrant and energetic. The slogan of the 2018 Junior Eurovision speaks for itself. All the participants demonstrate the best of their abilities on the stage because they are very talented

EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand.

Giving Belarus the Green Light to Win!

This should come as a good vote of confidence for not only the Belorussian broadcaster Belteleradiocompany, the Belorussian broadcaster responsible for Belarus’ participation in both Junior Eurovision and the Eurovision Song Contest. But to the the city of Minsk and the country of Belarus. This is due to the fact that Belarus has never won the contest. So therefore have never been given the illustrious responsibility to host Eurovision. But of course it is worth noting that Minsk also staged the 2010 edition of Junior Eurovision.

Belarus in Eurovision and Junior Eurovision.

Belarus have participated in 15 consecutive contests since their debut in 2004. They are statistically one of the least successful nations in Eurovision, with only five appearances in the Grand-Final and 10 Non-Qualifiers. Their best result came in 2006 when Dmitry Koldun came in Sixth-Place with the song “Work Your Magic”. Belarus have not featured in a Top-10 since. 

In contrast, Belarus in Junior Eurovision are one of the most successful nations to compete. Again featuring in 15 consecutive contests since it’s conception in 2003 have featured in the Top-10 in 14 of the 15 occasions. Belarus have won on two occasions. Firstly in 2005 when Ksenia Sitnik won with the song “My Vmeste”. Secondly, two years later in 2007 when Alexey Zhigalkovich won with “S druz’yami”. Belarus have come Runner-Up once in 2006 and Third-Place, twice in 2011 and 2013. In 2018, Belarus will be represented by Daniel Yastremskiy with the song “Time”.

Don’t forget to watch the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Live, in Minsk on Sunday 25th November at 4pm (CET), 3pm (GMT)!

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