With the show right around the corner on 25 November, we can now bring you the definitive list of this year's participants. Find out everything you need to know about the 20 young artists below.
Recap of all the songs
Albania: Efi Gjika
Efi Gjika will represent Albania with the song Barbie. The 10-year-old is a multi-talent who can sing, compose, play the piano, act, dance ballet and paint very well. Her song Barbie is a family affair; Efi composed the song herself and her mother Hristina wrote the lyrics.
Armenia will be represented by L.E.V.O.N with the song L.E.V.O.N. He is 12 years old and was born in Yerevan, Armenia. Despite his young age, he has already participated in ‘The Voice Kids’ in Russia where he was coached by Valeriy Meladze.
Jael will represent Australia with Champion. The 12-year-old Jael from Melbourne comes from a tight-knit and self-defined ‘charismatic’ family. The eldest of 4 children to David & Rebekah, this entire family boasts musical talent and ability.
Azerbaijan: Fidan Huseynova
Fidan Huseynova will perform I Wanna Be Like You in Minsk, representing Azerbaijan. Fidan was born on 24 November 2005 in Moscow and is currently a 6th-grade student at the Baku Oxford School. Besides her school education, she takes vocal lessons at a music school named after Tofiq Guliyev, an Azerbaijani composer, pianist and conductor.
Belarus: Daniel Yastremski
Belarus will be represented by Daniel Yastremski with his song Time. Daniel is a 14-year-old Belarusian artist who has already participated in TV shows like ‘Ukraine’s Got Talent, ‘Children’s New Wave’ and ‘The Voice Kids’.
F.Y.R. Macedonia: Marija Spasovska
Marija Spasovska will represent F.Y.R. Macedonia with the song Doma. The 13-year-old was born in Skopje and currently attends primary school. She is also enrolled in an elementary music school where she plays the violin and piano. Marija says that music is her life.
Angélina will represent France with the song Jamais Sans Toi. When she was only 5, Angélina covered Colors of the Wind from the movie Pocahontas at a charity event, and that day changed her life. When she thinks about it now, Angélina recalls the event to be a ‘revelation’.
Georgia: Tamar Edilashvili
Tamar Edilashvili will represent Georgia with the song Your Voice. Tamar was born in Tbilisi on May 11, 2005. She is currently a 7th grader at the NK School-Lyceum and studies at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School, Vocal Faculty.
Ireland: Taylor Hynes
Taylor Hynes will represent Ireland in Minsk with the song IOU. Taylor is 14 years old and lives in Clonee, Ireland with his parents, twin brother Alex, sister Ellie and his dog Theadore. From an early age he would start singing and dancing the moment that music was playing. Right now, his hobbies are singing, dancing and acting.
Israel: Noam Dadon
Noam Dadon will represent Israel with his song Children Like These. The 13-year-old Noam started singing at the age of 5 at his brother's Bar Mitzvah and hasn't stopped singing since.
Italy: Melissa & Marco
Singing the song What Is Love, Melissa & Marco will represent Italy this year. Melissa Di Pasca is 10 years old and lives in Alassio with her parents and younger brother. She is in her final year of primary school and is part of a musical company called 'Riviera Musical', where she started taking classes when she was only 6 years old. Marco Boni was born in Avezzano in 2004 and is currently attending the first scientific high school. He started dancing at the age of 4, and discovered his love for singing at the age of 8.
Kazakhstan: Daneliya Tuleshova
Daneliya Tuleshova will be the very first representative from Kazakhstan at the contest with her song Өзіңе сен (Òzińe Sen). Daneliya was born in 2006 in Astana, Kazakhstan and is currently a sixth grader at Lyceum 56 where she focuses on mathematics.
Ela will represent Malta in Minsk with Marchin’On. Ela Mangion was born on the 6th of January of 2006 and has been singing since 2012. She first participated in the national final of Junior Eurovision in Malta 2 years ago. She has already represented Malta in more than 5 international competitions including ‘New Wave Junior’ in Russia back in 2016, where she came second.
Poland: Roksana Węgiel
Roksana Węgiel will represent Poland with her song Anyone I Want To Be. Roksana, or Roxie, is a 13-year-old vocalist who won the first season of The Voice Kids Poland. She is a girl full of energy and always does what she believes in.
Portugal: Rita Laranjeira
Rita Laranjeira will represent Portugal at in Minsk with Gosto de Tudo (Já Não Gosto de Nada). Rita was born in Sintra on the 3rd of March 2005. She is currently in the 8th grade where she is specializing in music. She has a grade 4 in violin, orchestra, musical training and choir at the Sintra Music Conservatoire.
Russia: Anna Filipchuk
Anna Filipchuk will represent Russia, singing Unbreakable. Anna was born on 9 November 2004 in Barnaul, Altai Krai. When she was only 2 years old, she began training at the local theatre and, at the age of 5, performed her first solo song. Two years later, she started to take part in various vocal competitions. She currently studies at the gymnasium, studying English, French and Italian. She also plays tennis.
Serbia: Bojana Radovanović
Bojana Radovanović will represent Serbia at the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song Svet (World). Bojana is 13 years old and is currently in the final year of elementary school at Ruđer Bošković in Belgrade. She is an A-student and is very active in extracurricular activities, especially those related to music.
The Netherlands: Max & Anne
Max and Anne will represent the Netherlands with their song Samen. Their power ballad Samen (Together) is about the friendship between a boy and a girl who can’t be together anymore.
Ukraine: Darina Krasnovetska
Darina Krasnovetska will represent Ukraine, performing the song Say Love. Darina was born on May 7, 2007, in the picturesque city of Vinnytsia, Ukraine. The active, cheerful and curious girl has been showing her leadership skills since childhood. She has even jokingly been called ‘group director’ in kindergarten.
Manw will represent Wales with her song Perta. Manw is 14 years old and has the honour of being the first participant from Wales to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. She is from Rhostryfan, North Wales, and studies at a Welsh medium Comprehensive School.