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Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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The 16th annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, was organised by the Belarusian Public Broadcaster (BTRC) following Russia’s win in 2017. 

In a spectacular show that saw a very tight race to the finish, Poland was declared the winner of the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with 215 points with Roksana Węgiel’s song Anyone I Want to Be. The event took place on 25 November 2018 at the Minsk Arena in the Belarusian capital and was the second time that the contest was hosted by BTRC. The contest's slogan was LightUp.

Poland won Contest for the first time. The winning song Anyone I Want to Be was written by Maegan Cottone, Nathan Duvall, Cutfather, Peter Wallevik and Daniel Davidsen.

A record-breaking 20 EBU Members participated in the contest with Israel, Azerbaijan and France returning, as well as Wales and Kazakhstan debuting.

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast to millions of viewers in the 20 participating countries over the Eurovision satellite and fibre optic network and internationally online on YouTube and at

This year's online voting for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest achieved a record-breaking number of votes, totaling a staggering 1,283,921 valid votes from 171 different countries.


The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is one of the world’s highest profile talent events for children between the ages of 9 and 14.

Since its inception, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has allied itself with the Eurovision Song Contest as a training ground for nurturing emerging talent. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest sets the standard for entertainment TV and embodies diversity, creativity and respect.

Launched in 2003 and first hosted by Denmark, the annual contest promotes outstanding young singers in the field of popular music. Contestants represent their country and compete for first, second and third place trophies.

History of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

The first Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) was held in Copenhagen on 15 November 2003 and was an instant international hit. Since then it has been held in Lillehammer (Norway), Hasselt (Belgium), Bucharest (Romania), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Lemesos (Cyprus), Minsk (Belarus), Yerevan (Armenia), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Kiev (Ukraine), Valletta (Malta), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tbilisi (Georgia).

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Production status

Live event

150 minutes

Target age
Youth, Family


November 2018

Executive Producer
2018: Ivan Eismant, Olga Salamakha, Olga Shlyager, Gleb Shulman

Participating Broadcasters
2018: Albania (RTSH), Armenia (AMPTV), Australia (ABC), Azerbaijan (ICTIMAI), Belarus (BTRC), F.Y.R. Macedonia (MKRTV), France (France TV), Georgia (GPB), Ireland (TG4), Israel (KAN), Italy (RAI), Kazakhstan (Khabar Agency), Malta (PBS), Poland (TVP), Portugal (RTP), Russia (RTR), Serbia (RTS), The Netherlands (AVROTROS), Ukraine (UA:PBC), Wales (S4C)

More Information
Official website

Contact detail

Gert Kark
Eurovision TV Project Manager
+41 22 717 2426