Minsk 2018

For all the news about the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk.

Official Junior Eurovision 2018 album to be released on Friday

With the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest just over a week away,  the official compilation album is also on the way! Released at midnight tomorrow, in your time zone, you will be able to enjoy the full album featuring all 20 entries.  As it’s already Friday in New Zealand, the album is available on Spotify: For Apple Music users, you can get the album here – or even preview it now before it releases in your territory!  Now you can listen to the final versions of all the competing entries ahead of the competition next weekend.  Let us know which are your favourite entries by submitting your votes in the Xtra Vote 2018: Junior Eurovision edition!  Next week, ESCXTRA will be live in Belarus  following all the rehearsals live from Minsk Arena

Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Kavanagh star in Taylor Hynes’s “IOU” video

TG4 have revealed the official video for Ireland’s Junior Eurovision entry, “IOU” by Taylor Hynes. The video features two well known faces to fans of the Eurovision Song Contest: Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Kavanagh! Is it Throwback Thursday? The official video is a proper throwback to the 1970s. It is set in a typical house of that time, with brown flowers as wallpaper and bands like Pink Floyd having banners on the wall. The three main characters of the video are Taylor Hynes himself, together with Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Kavanagh. Both former Irish Eurovision entrants, with Kavanagh even having won the contest back in 1993, were part of the Junior Eurovision Éire selection process this year. In the video, the three seem to be acting like a happy little family. The three are casually bopping along to the song whilst shaking their heads in unison on the stairs. Not everything in the video dates back to the 1970s. At the end, we also see some references to the immensely popular game Fortnite. One of those references is the floss, a dance move that has taken the internet by storm lately. Song revamped Soon after Taylor Hynes was revealed as …

Your guide to all entries of Junior Eurovision 2018

With Ireland selecting their entrant for Junior Eurovision 2018, the field is now complete. Twenty acts will be taking to the stage in just under two weeks in the capital of Belarus, Minsk. Time to have a look (and listen) at all entries this year. Albania: Efi Gjika – Barbie Efi Gjika will be flying the flag for Albania this year. The singer is just ten years old, so she undoubtedly is one of the younger artists taking part in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. She won Junior Fest earlier this year with her song “Barbie”. You can read more about Albania’s recent Junior Eurovision adventures here.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest line-up complete with Ireland’s Taylor Hynes

14 year old Taylor Hynes has won the right to represent Ireland at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The Irish singer now completes a field of twenty acts taking part in Minsk this month. He will perform his entry “IOU” there. The song has been written by Niall Mooney, Jonas Gladnikoff and Taylor himself. “IOU” to undergo revamp The news that Taylor Hynes would become the Irish entrant for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 broke a few days ago. The show itself only took place last night. Hynes received a wildcard for the final after finishing in second place behind Shaniah Llane Rollo in his semifinal. In the final, it turned out that the semifinal Shaniah and Taylor came from was the strongest of the four. Both singers made it through to the superfinal. Shaniah’s “Cuimhnigh ar na Réaltaí” may have had the advantage in the semi, in the final, Taylor’s “IOU” took the crown. One of the songwriters, Jonas Gladnikoff, has already announced that the version Taylor Hynes performed during Junior Eurovision Éire is not the final one. Soon, the team will reveal the official video and version for the Irish Junior Eurovision entry. Field now complete for …

Stage construction begins in Minsk

Minsk will play host to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Previously, we revealed the stage design for the contest and now the construction of the stage for the contest has finally begun! You can see the progress so far below: View this post on Instagram #jesc2018 #junioreurovision2018 #rigging #arenarigging #blackoutstudio #blackoutrigging #ropeaccess A post shared by Alex Kazak (@aliaksandrkazak) on Nov 9, 2018 at 10:25am PST View this post on Instagram #jesc2018 #junioreurovision2018 #rigging #arenarigging #blackoutstudio #blackoutrigging A post shared by Alex Kazak (@aliaksandrkazak) on Nov 8, 2018 at 7:51am PST View this post on Instagram #jesc2018 #rigging #riggingcrew #четкийриггер #четкийриггервсепостроил A post shared by Alex Kazak (@aliaksandrkazak) on Nov 6, 2018 at 7:06am PST So far, the stage engineers have set up the circular lighting rig for the stage and the main stage itself will be built soon. The Minsk Arena is usually used as an ice hocket venue. Therefore, the Belarusians have sprayed a heat-resistant coating over the entire ice rink to ensure that it does not melt. As you can imagine, the stage and audience falling into a giant, ice-cold pool is not what the producers are wanting for the show! Are you looking forward to …

Four singers selected for Junior Eurovision Éire final

The fourth and final semi-final of Junior Eurovision Éire was broadcast last night, meaning we now know the first four singers that will take part in the final. The final line-up isn’t complete yet though. Two wildcards are still yet to be selected for the final. An all-girl final so far Currently, the four singers that have been selected for the final have all been girls – will any of the wildcards be boys or will it be an all-girl final? Jessica Doolan won the first semi-final with the song “Aisling”. Kerry Ann McCreery was victorious in the second semi-final with the her “Tóg mo lámh”. In the third semi-final, it was Cora Harkin who won with her song “Cibé saol atá romham”. Last night, Shaniah Llane Rollo won the final semi-final with her song, “Cuimhnigh ar na Réaltaí”.  These four girls will perform these songs again in the final, which will be broadcaster this Sunday (11th November). As mentioned before, they will be joined by two wildcards who will be selected from the non-qualifiers from over all four semi-finals to bring the number of finalists up to six. Some familiar faces to Eurovision helped to select the finalists for the national …

France’s Angélina gives first live performance of Jamais sans toi

At just ten years old, Angélina Nava has already won the 2017 edition of the French version of The Voice Kids. She has performed in countless musicals and competitions and just two weeks ago, France Télévisions revealed that she would represent the nation in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Angélina has just given her first live performance of the song that she will sing in Minsk, Jamais sans toi! Angélina introduced to the press The first live performance of Jamais sans toi was given in a press conference held by France Télévisions in which Angélina was introduced to the press for the first time by the French Head of Delegation. She showed that she can absolutely perform her song live with no issues! Elle assure en live notre @angelinaofficie ! #EurovisionJunior #JESC2018 pic.twitter.com/6LYxZtsHf9— Eurovision France 🇫🇷 (@EurovisionF2) October 24, 2018 France in Junior Eurovision Prior to this year, France had sent only one entry into Junior Eurovision – they competed in the 2004 contest with Thomas Pontier and Si on voulait bien. The EBU announced France’s return to the contest on 12 May 2018. Five months later, Frances Télévision announced that Angélina Nava would represent France in Belarus. The …

The three hosts of the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest are revealed!

In breaking news this evening, it has been announced that Eugene Perlin, Helena Meraai and Zena will host the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest on 25th November in Minsk. In addition, the Opening Ceremony will be hosted by Anna Kviloria and Denis Dudinsky. Helena is the one! The most familiar name to Eurovision fans will be Helena Meraai. 15-year-old Helena represented Belarus in last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. She earned fifth-place for her nation with the modern mid-tempo track I Am The One, a song Helena co-wrote with Rita Dakota. Third time lucky for Zena While Helena takes control of the Junior Eurovision 2018 green room, main stage honours go to Eugene Parlin and Zena. Eugene is a TV presenter at host broadcaster BTRC and a Eurovision commentator for the Belarusians. Zinaida Kupriyanovich, also known as Zena, is a musician who has previously taken part in Belarusian Junior Eurovision national selections in 2015 and 2016. In those selections, Zena placed 4th and 3rd in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 🎵 Helena Meraai, who represented Belarus last [email protected]🎵 Eugene Perlin, BTRC TV host and @Eurovision [email protected]🎵 Zena, singer and artist who participated in the …

Wales: S4C auditions dancers for Manw’s Minsk stage show

Exactly one month today, the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk. Therefore, final preparations are underway for many of the participating broadcasters. This includes Welsh broadcaster S4C, represented by Manw Robin and the song Berta. Final preparations for Minsk Last Friday, October 19th, auditions for young dancers took place in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff. The auditions, held by S4C, were to find dancers to accompany Manw on stage in Minsk. Whilst no specific details about Manw’s performance have been unveiled, images on Facebook indicate the possibility that four dancers will join the Welsh stage show. Manw was present at the auditions, alongside Tara Bethan who was her mentor on Welsh selection show Chwilio am Seren – Search for a Star and one of the three judges. A positive response for Berta‘s revamp Last week, S4C revealed Manw’s official music video and the final, revamped version of Berta. The revamp received a positive response from Junior Eurovision fans!

Daneliya Tuleshova releases “Seize The Time”

After releasing the official music video of her Junior Eurovision entry, Daneliya has released the official English version of her entry ‘Òzińe Sen ‘ called “Seize The Time”. You can listen to the English version below: The English version of the Kazakh entry Preparations for Minsk underway! Since winning the right to be the first representative for Kazakhstan at a Eurovision contest, Daneliya has been busy promoting and preparing for her performance by filming and releasing the music video for her entry. It has also been confirmed that Daneliya will be collaborating with Alexei Golubev (who was responsible for Russia’s staging, at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015), in order to create a “modern pop-modern-style” performance. Kazakhstan in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Last month, Kazakhstan picked Daneliya Tuleshova to be their first representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk in November. The final version of the entry Ózíne sen (Seize the Time) was recently released and finds itself as one of the current favourites amongst fans across social media. Perhaps a Junior Eurovision win on their debut could be the key to a debut in the adult contest? Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Belarus’s capital Minsk will be the host of the 2018 …