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The UK will host Eurovision Young Musicians 2018!

This 19th edition will take place next August

Norwegian broadcaster NRK has revealed that the United Kingdom will host the next edition of Eurovision Young Musicians.

News from NRK

In an online article, NRK confirmed Norway’s participation to Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, as well as its selection process and the fact that the UK will host the contest, in August 2018.

NRK will organise a national contest for soloists in April 2018, Virtuos. The winner will represent Norway in Eurovision Young Musicians. Virtuos has been used as a selection process every other year since 2006, and was won by Ludvig Gudim in 2016.

Ludvig Gudim at Eurovision Young Musicians 2016
Ludvig Gudim at Eurovision Young Musicians 2016

By confirming the UK as a host, NRK also confirms the participation of the United Kingdom, which participated for the last time in 2010. As of now, five countries have confirmed their participation:

  • The United Kingdom
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Poland
  • Hungary

What is Eurovision Young Musicians?

Eurovision Young Musicians is a biennal competition held since 1982 and part of the Eurovision “Family of Events”. It was inspired by the British competition BBC Young Musician of the Year. The BBC was a major contributor to its creation, and hosted the first ever contest in Manchester.

Each country sends a young soloist, who is under 18-year-old, to the contest. The artist must perform a classical piece of their choice, accompanied by the local orchestra. At the end of the night, a jury awards points to each participant. However, the scores are not public, and the jury only reveals their Top 3 entries. The Top 3 musicians then receive a monetary prize. In 1982, the winner was awarded £1.000, but 2016 Polish winner Łukasz Dyczko received 10.000€!

Here, you can rewatch the winner of the last edition, that took place in front of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. Łukasz Dyczko is the first saxophonist to ever win the contest!

What do you think? Have you ever watched Eurovision Young Musicians? Are you happy of the return of the UK to the contest? Tell us on the comments below or on social media at @escxtra !

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