BELARUS – During the EBU / BTRC press conference in Minsk there were some news regarding senior and junior #Eurovision.
In this afternoon’s press conference at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, the head of Belarusian broadcaster stated that the country is
“confident and ready to host the adult Eurovision Song Contest”. The EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand reiterated that: “Belarus would make a great host country. They are very organised and prepared to host such an event, as they have proven.”
When asked on whether Kazakhstan will be invited to the adult Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand made the following statement:
“We need to discuss if we can invite our associate member from Kazakhstan to take part in the adult ESC in the future, but this is part of the broader discussion at the EBU and I hope we can get back to you on this issue later.”
Kazakhstan has expressed an interest in host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Chairman of the board of Khabar Agency, Alan Azhibayev explained that:
“This is possible. The country in which the contest will be held next year has not yet been determined. A separate commission will decide the question, and we will also participate.”
EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand stated that North African countries are welcome to participate at the Eurovision and Junior Eurovision Song Contests.
“There is a misunderstanding when it comes to Eurovision that the participating countries have to be from Europe. There are North African countries that are full members of the EBU like Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt, hence they can participate if they want. It is possible that we see these countries take part in the Eurovision Song Contest or even the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.”
EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand has explained what would happen to Wales’ participation if the United Kingdom were to return to the contest.
“If the BBC would like to join the contest, they will reach out to the whole of the UK, and for that reason they will have priority.”
Mr Sand was asked about the possibility of semi-finals being introduced to the competition, he explained;
“It could happen if there is sufficient interest from countries to participate. We see that the popularity is growing, at some point we might consider to do that. I seriously believe that the interest will be stronger in the years to come. We will evaluate after this year to see if this is a good amount (20) or we should go back to 18. When it comes to expanding it to 26 we would have a much longer show, and for most of the broadcaster it would be difficult to schedule. It would be hard to schedule a show that is exceeding 2 hours.”