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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 logo.svg
Final 25 November 2018
Venue Minsk-Arena, Minsk, Belarus
Presenter(s) TBA
Directed by Gordon Bonello
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Host broadcaster Belarusian Television and Radio Company (BTRC)
Number of entries 20
Debuting countries  Kazakhstan
Returning countries  Azerbaijan
Withdrawing countries  Cyprus
Voting system Each country's public & jury award 12, 10, 8–1 points to their top 10 songs. International viewers vote for 3-5 songs, and votes are converted to points by proportional representation.

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be the sixteenth annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, organised by the Belarusian Television and Radio Company (BTRC) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It will take place in the Belarusian capital city, Minsk on 25 November 2018 at the Minsk-Arena.[1] It will be the second time that the contest will be held in Belarus, after it staged the 2010 edition.

A record twenty countries will take part in the contest, with Kazakhstan and Wales doing so for the first time. France will return for the first time since 2004, alongside Azerbaijan for the first time since 2013 and Israel after missing the 2017 edition. Cyprus will withdraw from the contest.


Minsk Arena, in Minsk. Venue for the 2018 Junior Eurovision.

The EBU confirmed on 15 October 2017, that the contest would be hosted by Belarus.[2] This will be the second time Belarus hosts the Junior Eurovision Song contest, after hosting the 2010 contest.

On 21 November 2017, Belarus' Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Zharko confirmed that the contest was scheduled to be held at Minsk-Arena in November 2018.[3] The arena previously hosted the 2010 contest. However, on 26 November 2017, it was confirmed by the host broadcaster that the exact location of the contest is still unknown, stating that Minsk Arena was one of the possible options.[4] On 18 March 2018, the 15,000-capacity Minsk-Arena was confirmed as the venue by the contest organisers.[1]


Visual design

The slogan this year is the hashtag #LightUp. The logo of the contest is based around a morning star made of vertically inverted soundwaves. The source of inspiration was the artistic potential and creative aspiration of the young participants who fill the scene like a star.[1]

Participating countries

On 25 July 2018, the EBU released the official list of participants with 19 competing countries. Israel was given special dispensation by the host broadcaster BTRC and the EBU in order to participate as the country had won the adult contest earlier that year.[5] Kazakhstan has been invited to make their debut appearance in the contest this year.

Despite initially withdrawing from the contest on 2 July 2018 due to financial difficulties,[6] Ukraine were added to the list of participating countries on 2 August 2018, setting a record of 20 countries to compete in the contest.[7]

Country[7] Artist Song Language
 Albania Efi Gjika[8] "Barbie"[8] Albanian, English
 Armenia L.E.V.O.N[9] "L.E.V.O.N"[9] Armenian
 Australia Jael[10] "Champion"[11] English
 Azerbaijan Fidan Huseynova[12] Azerbaijani
 Belarus Daniel Yastremski[13] "Time"[13] Russian, English
 France Angelina[14] "Jamais sans toi"[14] French, English
 Georgia Tamar Edilashvili[15] "Your Voice"[16] Georgian, English
 Ireland TBD 11 November 2018[17] TBD 11 November 2018[17] Irish
 Israel Noam Dadon[18] "Children Like These"[19] Hebrew
 Italy Melissa & Marco[20] "What Is Love"[20] Italian, English
 Kazakhstan Daneliya Tuleshova[21] "Ózińe sen"[21] Kazakh, English
 Macedonia Marija Spasovska[22] "Doma"[23] Macedonian
 Malta Ela[24] "Marchin'On"[24] English
 Netherlands Max & Anne[25] "Samen"[25] Dutch, English
 Poland Roksana Węgiel[26] TBA October 2018[27] Polish, English[27]
 Portugal Rita Laranjeira[28] "Gosto de tudo (já não gosto de nada)"[29] Portuguese
 Russia Anna Filipchuk[30] "Unbreakable"[30] Russian, English
 Serbia Bojana Radovanović[31] "Svet"[31] Serbian
 Ukraine Darina Krasnovetska[32] "Say Love"[32] Ukrainian, English
 Wales Manw[33] "Berta"[34] Welsh

Other countries

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the EBU.[35] It is currently unknown whether the EBU issue invitations of participation to all 56 active members like they do for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Active EBU members

  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 25 May 2018, the Bosnian broadcaster Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) stated that they will not be allowed to debut at the contest in the near future until the debt-related sanctions placed on them by the EBU are lifted.[36]
  •  Denmark – On 16 February 2018, it was reported that the EBU is calling on Danish broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) to return to Junior Eurovision after an 11-year break.[37] Jan Lagermand Lundme, the head of Entertainment at the Danish broadcaster, however played down the likelihood of Denmark returning to the competition; saying "Now, never say never, but as long as the show is, as it is now, I’m definitely not going to compete again. The values that we put in Denmark in a program for children do not match the values of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest… It seems that the children are on stage and play adults instead of acting as children, and we think that is fundamentally wrong. Children must be children, they should not try to strive to be something they are not. It’s super bad for us, because we really wanted to be part of the show. Participating in a concept like Junior Eurovision would be a natural step for us after MGP, but it does not work when we do not feel the show fits the Danish values."[38]
  •  Lithuania – On 28 February 2018, the Lithuanian broadcaster Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) declared that they wouldn't return to contest in the near future. LRT executive producer Audrius Giržadas stated that "this contest has become a clone of the main Eurovision Song Contest and has nothing to do with childhood, little girls go on stage with clipped hairs, glued eyelashes and bare belly, copying Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera – this is not an event that we would like to participate in."[39] Lithuania last took part in 2011.
  •  United Kingdom – On 2 January 2018, the Belarusian broadcaster National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus (BTRC) announced that a representative from an unknown British broadcaster would be attending the supervisory meeting for the 2018 contest.[40] Two days later it was confirmed that the United Kingdom will not take part in the Steering Group meetings. United Kingdom last took part in 2005.[41] Wales, a country that is part of the United Kingdom, will compete.

The following broadcasters publicly declined to participate in the contest without providing any further explanations:

Commentators and spokespersons


See also


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