No it’s not April Fools day! We’re getting closer to the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia and the EBU already started to plan for 2018!
The EBU has announced tonight, that Minsk, capital of Belarus will host the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. To ensure a better preperation for the contest, the EBU removed the clause in the rules that states that the winning nation will be giving the first refusal to host. After an application process for the host, the EBU commitee decided that Belarus had the best application.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events stated: “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.”
What do you think about the new rule? Was Belarus the right host for 2018? Let us know in the comments section below.