Belarus will host the 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU has confirmed this news one month before the 2017 edition in Georgia.
In recent years the winner of the contest got the first right to host the next year. However, the EBU is now returning to earlier times, where they handpicked the host country themselves.
2018 will be the second time that Belarus hosts the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In 2010, Minsk also hosted the competition.
EBU explains their choice
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. We have full confidence that they will put the same enthusiasm into the preparations of next year’s event.”