Minsk 2018

For all the news about the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk.

Ranina to start on March 2

Ranina to start on March 2

GPB is kicking off the National Final season for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, with the start of ‘Ranina’. Ten young performers will fight for the chance to Georgia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk later this year. More information about Ranina The list below shows the lucky performers who will be battling it out over the next three months: Giorgi Tsisakadze (13 years old) Tamar Edilashvili (12 years old) Alexander Zazarashvili (11 years old) Nikoloz Gogichaishvili (13 years old) Davit Kimeridze (12 years old) Nita Jakhua (12 years old) Anastasia Togonidze (12 years old) Nikoloz Vasadze (10 years old) Maria-Elene Bezhashvili (12 years old) Mariam Saginashvili (12 years old) Ranina will consist of eleven shows which will last over three months.  The show will start with the heats, where they will perform with an Orchestra and well-known Georgian singers, which condenses the acts to four semi-finalists and three grand-finalists. The results each week will be decided by a three-person jury which changes every two weeks. Georgia at the Junior Eurovision Georgia has a short history in the contest. Yet, they have proven themselves as one of the strongest contenders in the contest itself. The country debuted in 2007 …
Russia will be back to defend their title in Junior Eurovision 2018!

Russia will be back to defend their title in Junior Eurovision 2018!

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Russia will take part in the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will be taking place in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk in the final two months of this year. In Minsk, Russia will be aiming to defend their title following Polina Bogusevich’s victory in Tbilisi! Changes to selection process The Russian confirmation of Junior Eurovision participation was published on the official VK page for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Russia. Alongside the confirmation, the page revealed that changes will be made to their selection process for 2018. Last year, Polina Bogusevich won the Russian national final which consisted of a total of 21 entries. Polina won both the jury voting and online voting, resulting in a convincing win. In Tbilisi, Polina came second in the jury vote and sixth in the online public vote. Once combined, this was enough to give Russia their second Junior Eurovision victory! Six participants so far! So far six countries have confirmed their participation in Minsk. These are as follows: Belarus Georgia Poland Portugal Russia The Netherlands Are you pleased Russia are back to defend their title in 2018? Let us know in the …
Where are we at for Junior Eurovision 2018?

Where are we at for Junior Eurovision 2018?

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 took place just 6 weeks ago, with Russia’s Polina Bogusevich being crowned the winner. Much has happened since then and we will cover all the news in this article! Belarus, not Russia, to host the contest On 15 October, it was revealed that Minsk would host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The Junior Eurovision Steering Group decided to remove a clause that gave the winning broadcaster from the previous year first refusal to host. This gave other broadcaster a chance to apply to host the contest and Belarus’ proposal clearly interested the Steering Group most! Armenia to withdraw? The Head of Delegation for Armenia at Junior Eurovision, Gohar Gasparyan, hinted that a withdrawal from Armenia is possible. At the start of December, Gohar revealed that the Armenian delegation were not satisfied with how the EBU handled voting at the 2017 contest. Last year, online voting was introduced for the first time. However, when voting opened during the show for 20 minutes, the sheer number of voters overwhelmed the platform and it crashed, giving many users a blank screen. It also appeared that fans of the Dutch entry Fource, and even the Dutch broadcaster, …
BTRC says “We made a mistake; the UK will not be present at Steering Group meetings”

BTRC says “We made a mistake; the UK will not be present at Steering Group meetings”

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: Belarus Georgia The Netherlands Poland Portugal 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 …
Poland confirmed for Junior Eurovision 2018

Poland confirmed for Junior Eurovision 2018

Polish broadcaster TVP have confirmed the country will be participating at Junior Eurovision 2018. TVP have released a document with their programming plans for next year, revealing their intention to participate at Junior Eurovision. Their representative will be chosen in October according to the document. Poland returned to Junior Eurovision in 2017 after a 12 year absence. Alicja Rega represented Poland with the song  ‘Mój Dom’ (My Home). Allicja finished in 8th place with 138 points, their most successful entry to date. Minsk 2018 Belarus won the bidding process for Junior Eurovision 2018 and will host the contest in their capital Minsk. The EBU announced this before Junior Eurovision 2017 had begun. Minsk had previously hosted Junior Eurovision at Minsk Arena in 2010. So far five countries have confirmed their participation in the contest. Earlier we reported that United Kingdom have shown interest in Junior Eurovision and may return. Belarus Georgia The Netherlands Poland Portugal
United Kingdom interested in Junior Eurovision 2018 and will attend Minsk meeting

United Kingdom interested in Junior Eurovision 2018 and will attend Minsk meeting

Yesterday, Belarusian broadcaster BTRC revealed their plans for 2018 as the broadcaster celebrated its 62nd birthday. Among the organisation’s upcoming events is the hosting of the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. On the February 15th, a supervisory meeting will take place with several national delegations travelling to Minsk to discover BTRC’s provisional plans. Amongst these delegations will be a representative from the United Kingdom. BBC, ITV or S4C? Yes, BTRC states that a British representative will attend the meeting alongside representatives from Italy, Russia and The Netherlands, three regular participants at the contest. It is unknown as to which British broadcaster will be represented at the meeting. ITV previously participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest between 2003 and 2005, with Cory Spedding finishing in 2nd place in 2004 with The Best is Yet to Come. The broadcaster aired the first season of The Voice Kids UK last summer which may indicate a renewed interest in children’s singing competitions. Further reading: Why now is the perfect time for the United Kingdom to return to Junior Eurovision The BBC has never broadcast Junior Eurovision but is the UK’s broadcaster for the adult competition. Welsh broadcaster S4C showed interest in taking part in …
Georgia: GPB reveals the 10 young artists aiming to win the ticket to Minsk!

Georgia: GPB reveals the 10 young artists aiming to win the ticket to Minsk!

Prior to the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place, Georgian national broadcaster GPB announced that they would be holding a three-month national selection process under the title of Ranina. Now, following a series of auditions, GPB has announced the names of the ten young performers who will take part in the show! Meet the ten finalists! Back in October, young Georgian performers were encouraged to audition for the show. The auditions took place at GPB’s studios. The ten successful artists who will take part in Ranina are as follows: Maria-Elene Bezhashvili Tamar Edilashvili Nikoloz Gogichaishvili Nita Jakhua Davit Kimeridze Mariam Saginashvili Anastasia Togonidze Giorgi Tsisakadze Nikoloz Vasadze Alexander Zazarashvili გაიცანით მუსიკალური მეგაშოუ "რანინას" პირველი სეზონის ათეული:გიორგი ცისკაძე,თამარ ედილაშვილი,ალექსანდრე… Posted by რანინა • Ranina on Thursday, 7 December 2017 The show will begin early next year Ranina is due to begin in January 2018 and will last for approximately three months. This is likely to make Georgia the first country to select their artist for the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk at the end of next year. During the show, the young performers will get the opportunity to perform with well-known Georgian artists. The results …
Georgia’s casting for their Junior Eurovision national final, Ranina, is complete!

Georgia’s casting for their Junior Eurovision national final, Ranina, is complete!

The Georgian broadcaster, GPB, previously revealed that to select their Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 entry, they will use a new show, called Ranina. Now, they’ve announced that they have already completed casting for the show! Ranina is a brand new show, which will have several episodes and last, in total, for three months. The Ranina format The show will feature Georgian children aged between 8 to 13 years old, competing alongside famous Georgian singers for the right to represent their nation at the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It is expected that the show will involve one act being eliminated each week until we are left with a winner. However, no details have yet been revealed about how they will select the winner. A casting show has already taken place on the 23rd October to choose the participants for the show! Georgia’s previous national finals Georgia used national finals to select their Junior Eurovision entry from 2007, their début year, until 2011. These national finals brought them two wins, first in 2008 with Bzikebi, and then in 2011 with Candy. Of the remaining three entries chosen via national final, two of them finished in the top 5 of Junior …
Minsk confirmed as the host city of Junior Eurovision 2018

Minsk confirmed as the host city of Junior Eurovision 2018

The EBU has dropped a surprise among the Eurovision fans. They have confirmed that Belarus will be hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk. To ensure the longevity of the Contest and allow more time to prepare the event On the official Junior Eurovision website, it was mentioned that the Junior Eurovision Steering Group has decided to remove a clause that gave the winning broadcaster first refusal to host. This then gave EBU members a chance to apply to host the contest in 2018 and it looks as if the Steering Group found Belarus’s application to be the best. Jon Ola Sand, (the current Executive Supervisor) also commented on the rule change in which he mentioned: “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 …
Georgia confirms participation for Junior Eurovision 2018!

Georgia confirms participation for Junior Eurovision 2018!

The 2017 contest has not even taken place, yet plans for 2018 are now starting. Yes, GPB has confirmed in a video that Georgia will be in participating in Junior Eurovision in 2018! A new national selection GPB has confirmed that a national selection named ‘Ranina’ will take place in order to find it’s representative. Ranina will be a three-month national selection in which young artists will compete with a live orchestra and famous Georgian artists. Therefore, interested young musicians who think that they have what it takes to represent Georgia can try their luck. Open auditions will take place on October 14th and 15th between 12:00 and 17:00 in the GPB studios. Georgia at the Junior Eurovision Georgia has a short history in the contest. Yet, they have proven themselves as one of the strongest contenders in the contest itself. The country debuted in 2007 with Mariam Romelashvili and her track ‘Odelia’. She was able to achieve a respectable fourth place. In addition to participating in the contest, her participation was also featured in the documentary ‘Sounds Like Teen Spirit‘. Since debuting in 2007, Georgia became one of the most successful countries in the contest by becoming the country with the most …
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