Junior Eurovision 2018: France returns as Wales debuts!

During this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, we were reminded of the younger sibling of Europe’s favourite contest. We saw last year’s Junior Eurovision winner Polina Bogusevich bravely take to the stage to talk about her Junior Eurovision experience, but now as we inch closer to this year’s contest, we have some exciting news.

What we know so far:

As we earlier reported, through a bidding process held by the EBU, Belarus was announced as the host nation for the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest before the 2017 contest had even taken place, giving the host city more time to prepare for the competition. The show will take place in the Minsk Arena in you guessed it, Minsk, the Belarusian capital on the 25th of November!

The logo has been released for the contest, and the theme and logo of this year’s competition is #LightUp. The logo is based around a morning star created with vertically inverted soundwaves.

So who will be participating?

Last year we saw a total of 16 nations compete, including the return of Portugal. It’s still unknown how many nations will compete this year, but there is already a growing provisional list which features some exciting new additions.

So far, the list includes:

  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Wales

If you didn’t pick it, the two exciting additions are France and Wales! France has competed in the competition once before, but it was back in 2004, only a year after the contest began. Their artist was Thomas Pontier who performed the song Si on voulait bien, which finished in 6th place overall. After this participation, the broadcaster decided to withdraw from the contest, with discussions for a return only initiated in recent years.

It’s also great to see Wales make their debut in Junior Eurovision after only participating twice as part of the broader banner of the United Kindgom. Their member station S4C will lead the search for their debut representative through a national selection process.

In the coming months we expect more countries to confirm their participation, so stay tuned for any updates!

Are you excited to see that France and Wales will participate?