EBU released the official list of participants for this year’s upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest that will take place in Minsk, Belarus on Sunday the 25th of November.

A total of 19 countries will compete in this year’s contest, which is a new record as the previous highest number of countries was back in 2004 with 18 competing countries. Additionally , Kazakhstan after two years of ongoing rumors is making its first appearance in a EBU event , which might me a indication of a potential participation next May in Israel.

On the other hand, Wales as a district of the United Kingdom will make its debut participation , while France , Azerbaijan and Israel will make a comeback to the event .

The competing countries of  JESC 2018 are :

  • Azerbaijan
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Belarus
  • France
  • FYR.Macedonia
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • The Netherlands
  • Wales

Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events and Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, stated:

“We are delighted to have a record-breaking 19 countries taking part in the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Since the contest began in 2003 we have been thrilled to see a wealth of young talented performers take to the stage, some of whom have gone on to represent their countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. We are looking forward to seeing the next generation of young musical talent shine in the 2018 contest at the Minsk Arena in Belarus.”

 

Last year Russia won the contest with  Polina Bogusevich , Lets remember her winning performance in Tbilisi , Georgia last year: