JESC 2018: Record number of competing countries

JESC 2018Photo: EBU

This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will see a record breaking number of participants. 20 countries will compete on 25th of November. Russia the previous winner will compete alongside with Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine and the host country Belarus. Also, two countries will debut this year Kazakhstan and Wales. Cyprus withdraw from the contest after their last place in 2017.

Kazakhstan will debut, after many attempts in the recent years. The contest was previously broadcasted, in 2017, by Channel 31. This will mark the first Eurovision event that Kazakhstan has participated.

Wales has previously participated as part of the United Kingdom, from 2003 to 2005. The S4C, the welsh broadcaster, has shown interest back in 2008 but never actually participate. This will mark the third Eurovision event that Wales has ever participated. The first was in 1994 in Jeux Sans Frontières and the second last July in Eurovision Choir of the year.

This year’s contest will be the sixteenth and will be hosted by Belarus for the second time, despite Russia winning the previous edition with Polina Bogusevich and her song Wings.

The contest will be broadcasted on Sunday 25 November at 16:00 CET and you can watch it live from the YouTube channel of the contest.

In the video below you can see the previous years winning act.

Do you watch the Junior edition of the contest? What is your favourite song? Write your thoughts on the comment box below.

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