Junior Eurovision – The rules have been changed and instead of next year’s contest potentially being held in the winning country, it has already been decided where it will take place… Minsk in Belarus. This is to help planning and the longevity of the contest. EBU Members were given the opportunity to apply to host JESC 2018 and Belarus’s application was judged to be the best.
2018 will be the second time the Contest will take place in Minsk, following BTRC’s hosting in the Belarusian capital in 2010.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events said:
“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 will put the same enthusiasm into the preparations of next year’s event.”
The 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi on Sunday 26th November 2017 16:00-18:00 (CET).