BELARUS – It is no secret that the Junior Eurovision Song Contest suffers in terms of popularity, interest and TV rates. Despite huge productions efforts thee past few years with the Maltese double hosting to have made history in the contest, it was Belarus which was selected to save the pride of the event. As one of the most loyal partners of the EBU regarding Junior Eurovision, and a country which respects and values the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Belarus is hosting next November the next edition of the event.
EBU’s Jon Ola Sand and BTRC executives met in Minsk to discuss the hosting, dates, venues and financing the 2018 Junior Eurovision edition. The only thing we know so far is that Minsk Arena will host the event. Having personal experience from their 2010 hosting in that venue, Minsk Arena is considered one of the best venues for the event and has a capacity of about 8-10,000 spectators.
We are sure that financing the event will not be a problem as it would be a huge promotion for the country. Unlike hosting the event in Georgia, having the contest in Minsk and with all that memories from their 2010 excellent hosting and hospitality we at oikotimes.com are seriously considering covering the event on the spot. Though no dates or further information ere given. But one thing is for sure, BTRC is going to give their best for a unique show (and we hope so as it will be useless to see a copy of a previous JESC edition implemented in the 2018 edition).
Ivan Eismont, the Deputy Chairman of Belteleradiocompany says
We looked at the auxiliary rooms and rooms for the press. Our European guests were favorably impressed. Minsk Arena is a perfect place for such an event. In Georgia, if I’m not mistaken, just over 2,000 spectators attended the Junior Eurovision Grand Final. Minsk Arena definitely has a much bigger capacity.
Until now the countries confirming their participation are: Belarus, Georgia, The Netherlands, Poland and Portugal.