BELARUS – With an exciting and surprising move the European Broadcasting Union announced today that Belarusian capital, Minsk, will host again the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. This will be the second time after a successful hosting and amazing show back in 2010.
BTRC bid for the hosting as the EBU removed the rule for asking the winner of Junior Eurovision of the current year to host the next edition aiming to give more time to the host broadcaster for a better hosting and also removing the pressure from the children.
Some might say that Belarus is giving attention to hosting this event instead of focusing in senior Eurovision winning but what most European don’t realise or know is that music for children is a key element in the education of the young Belarusians and the government gives extra emphasis on that.
This year Tbilisi, Georgia will host the 2017 Junior Eurovision edition on November 26th with an innovating tele voting which will start even before the show commence. This will be a great test for the future editions of the contest which suffers from lack of TV ratings.
Belarus is not only participating in the contest since the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 but also has two victories sin 2005 and 2007 although there were many years after that Belarusian entries truly deserved to win again.
Congratulations to the dedicated BTRC ESC/JESC team for keeping up with their amazing work