Welcome to another episode of our JESC throwback series. Today we take you back to 2009. The contest took place in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. What do you remember from this edition?
Quick things to know
- Date: 21 November
- Venue: Palace of Sports
- Host broadcaster: NTU
- Presenters: Ani Lorak & Timur Miroshnychenko
- Number of entries: 13
In the battle for the organization for 2009 it was between Ukraine, Belarus and Serbia. After deliberations by the EBU, NTU was granted the rights to the 2009 contest and would host it in Kiev. Ukraine also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in the same venue.
A total of 13 countries marks the lowest number so far. We welcomed Sweden back, but on the otherhand three countries left the contest. We said goodbye to Greece, Bulgaria and Lithuania. The EBU slightly changed the language rule in the contest. Participants must sing in one of their national languages, however they are permitted to have a few lines in a different language.
Full list of participating countries
- Sweden: Mimmi Sandén – Du
- Russia: Ekaterina Ryabova – Malenkiy prints
- Armenia: Luara Harapetyan – Barcelona
- Romania: Ioana Anuta – Ai puterea în mâna ta
- Serbia: Ništa lično – Onaj Pravi
- Georgia: Princesses – Lurji prinveli
- The Netherlands: Ralf Mackenbach – Click Clack
- Cyprus: Rafaella Kosta – Thalassa, ilios, aeras, fotia
- Malta: Francesca & Mikaela – Double Trouble
- Ukraine: Andranik Alexanyan – Try topoli, try surmy
- Belgium: Laura Omloop – Zo Verliefd
- Belarus: Yuriy Demidovich – Volshebniy krolik
- North Macedonia: Sara Markoska – Za ljubovta
Ani Lorak is far from a stranger to the Eurovision world. She represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 with ‘Shady Lady’. She finished pretty second! Moreover, she is a real superstar in her own country. As an interval act she was given time to shine on stage. She sang a medley from ‘I’m Alive’ and of course ‘Shady Lady’.
- 3. Russia: Ekaterina Ryabova – Malenkiy prints
- 2. Armenia: Luara Harapetyan – Barcelona
- 1. The Netherlands: Ralf Mackenbach – Click Clack
Ralf Mackenbach wins Junior Eurovision 2009
The Netherlands debuted in the first Junior Eurovision edition in 2008, but has never really achieved a top result. That changed in 2009! The Netherlands finally won the first victory. Ralf won with his song “Click Clack” and cool dance act. Ralf also has a record to his name. The Netherlands received the maximum 12 points from Belgium, Romania and Sweden. Again, it was not the winner who received the most 12 points, this time it was fourth place Belgium! In addition, Ralf is the oldest winner at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest so far. He was then 14 years old. In 2014, Ralf had to share that record with the Italian Vincenzo Cantiello.
Some fun facts
- Mimmi Sandén is the younger sister of Frida and Molly Sandén, who represented Sweden in 2007 and 2006.
- The Armenian representative Luara Hayruapetyan participated in two different preliminaries.