Welcome to the fourth episode of Junior Eurovision back in time! Today we take you back to Bucharest 2006. It marked the very first Eurovision related event hosted in Romania. What do you remember from Junior Eurovision 2006?
Quick things to know
- Date: 2 December
- Venue: Polyvalent Hall Bucharest
- Host broadcaster: TVR
- Presenters: Andreea Marin Banica & Ioana Ivan
- Number of entries: 15
Just like in the previous years, the EBU chose the host city after a selection of broadcasters showed interest in hosting the show. This time the candidates were The Netherlands, Croatia and Romania. Romania won the bid and got chosen to host Junior Eurovision 2006 in Bucharest.
The map of participating countires in Junior Eurovision changed a bit in 2006. We said good bye to five countries. Denmark, Latvia, Norway and United Kingdom all withdrew from the contest. Serbia and Montenegro also withdrew due to the split of the country. Serbia debuted as an independent country. Portugal and Ukraine also debuted in Bucharest. Cyprus came back after a short one-year break.
The full list of participating countries:
- Portugal: Pedro Madeira – Deixa-me sentir
- Cyprus: Luis Panagiotou & Christina Christofi – Agoria koritsia
- The Netherlands: Kimberly – Goed
- Romania: New Star Music – Povestea mea
- Ukraine: Nazar Slyusarchuk – Khlopchyk Rock ‘n’ Roll
- Spain: Dani Fernandez – Te doy mi voz
- Serba: Neustrašivi Učitelji Stranih Jezika – Učimo strane jezike
- Malta: Sophie Debattista – Extra Cute
- North Macedonia: Zana Aliu – Vljubena
- Sweden: Molly Sanden – Det finaste någon kan få
- Greece: Chloe Sofia Boleti – Den Peirazei
- Belarus: Andrey Kuntes – Noviy den
- Belgium: Thor! – Een Tocht door het Donker
- Croatia: Mateo Dido – Lea
- Russia: The Tolmachevy Twins – Vesseniy Jazz
For second time in a row, the winner of the previous Junior Eurovision year performed as an interval act. So did Ksenia Sitnik in 2006. The other interval act included Break-dancing + traditional Romanian dancing and a remix of the last 3 Romanian participants at JESC.
- 3. Sweden: Molly Sanden – Det finaste någon kan få
- 2. Belarus: Andrey Kuntes – Noviy den
- 1. Russia: The Tolmachevy Twins – Vesseniy Jazz
The Tolmachevy Twins win Junior Eurovision 2006
One year after debuting, Russia already grabbed their first victory! The twin sisters Maria and Anastasija performed last during the show in with the song ‘Vesenniy Jazz’. After an exciting voting, Russia ended up as the winner of the evening with a total of 154 points. Russia received points from all other 14 participating countries, including seven times 12 points. Those 12 points came from Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Romania, Sweden and Ukraine.
Some fun facts
- Because vampire Dracula is a famous character in Romania, he got involved in the show
- Ioana Ivan can call herself the first under-age host in the Junior Eurovision history
- The group of Serbia sang in seven languages: English, French, German, Serbian, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese
- The Russian sisters were the first Junior Eurovision-winners to ever participate in the adult Eurovision Song Contest. They represented Russia in 2014.