Tbilisi 2017

For all the news about the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi.

Russia are the first country to reveal their entry for Junior Eurovision 2017!

Russia are the first country to reveal their entry for Junior Eurovision 2017!

While Eurovision 2017 may have reached its conclusion just a couple of weeks ago, we are heading full speed into the Junior Eurovision 2017 national final season. Tonight, Russia hosted their national final to select their entry for Tbilisi. Taking place at the Artek International Children Centre in Crimea, the show was recorded ahead of its official airing on television tomorrow. It’s victory for Polina! Various sources have confirmed that Polina Bogusevich has taken victory with her song Krelya. The song, meaning Wings, was leading the online voting ahead of the voting closing earlier today. The online voting was responsible for 50% of the final result, while jurors decided the other 50%. It seems that the jury agreed with the internet voters to crown Polina as the winner! You can listen to the studio version of Krelya below. Russia to achieve 13 top 10s in a row? Therefore, Polina is the first artist confirmed to head to Tbilisi on November 26th. She will be hoping to continue Russia’s exceptional record in the contest. The contest’s biggest country have finished in the top 10 on all 12 occasions they have participated. The Tolmachevy Twins took Russia’s only victory during the country’s second participation in the contest in …
Belgium’s Ketnet won’t be returning to Junior Eurovision

Belgium’s Ketnet won’t be returning to Junior Eurovision

Belgium have today confirmed that they will not be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Georgia later this year. Broadcaster Ketnet, part of VRT, have explained the reasons for their ongoing absence. Shifting the focus VRT issued the following statement about in relation to their non participation at the contest: Ketnet decided in 2013 to no longer participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. But Ketnet continues without delay seeking the search for musical talent. Ketnet wants to shift the focus of the contest winner with one figure coming into view, to all contestants. Not only the winner is an idol for Ketnetters, but all participants are. That is the track that Ketnet wants to expand further. In this way, children get more opportunities. In addition to this, the broadcaster went on to talk about other international events that they still do take part in and continue to plan to. The broadcaster adds that they will continue to participate in the regular Eurovision Song Contest. Ketnet’s return is unlikely From both the statements provided by the broadcasters, it is clear that a return for Belgium at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is not ruled …
Belarus start their search for Tbilisi

Belarus start their search for Tbilisi

Yesterday, the Belarusian broadcaster released the details of their upcoming selection for Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which is due to take place in Tblisi in November. Requirements In order to be eligible for the selection, the applicants must meet a number of requirements. BTRC is accepting applications until June 30, 2017. You need to be between 9 and 14 years old at the day of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. You have to be a Belarusian citizen. People who have been living permanently in Belarus for over 2.5 years may also apply to represent Belarus. The song must be sung in Belarusian or Russian. It is allowed to have a maximum of 40% of your song in a language other than that. You must not have performed the song publically or released it commercially before May 1, 2017. The participant (or their legal guardians) must be the copyright owner of the song. A jury will select the tenparticipants before July 7th and announce them around the same time. The eventual national final will then take place sometime before September 16th. The final will be a televised show, where juries and televoters will pick their entrant for Tblisi. Belarus in Junior Eurovision Belarus …
U-turn in Malta as 10 finalists are revealed: Public will select their representative for Tbilisi!

U-turn in Malta as 10 finalists are revealed: Public will select their representative for Tbilisi!

Back in March, PBS announced a revamp of their Junior Eurovision selection process. For the first time in several years, the Maltese broadcaster were to select their artist for the 2017 contest behind closed doors. Here, an expert panel would judge and decide a winner between 10 finalists. However, today PBS have revealed that they have made a U-turn and changed this decision. Instead, Malta are reverting back to a format more similar to that of previous years. Who are the ten finalists? 84 young singers applied to take part in this year’s Maltese selection with the 20 shortlisted acts being announced earlier this month. Now, PBS have revealed the 10 finalists and these are as follows: Thea Aquilina Jahel Cardona Gianluca Cilia Kira Copperstone Riona Degiorgio Rianne Demicoli Aidan Jay Drakard Demi Galea Kylie Meilak Veronica Rotin The Maltese public will choose their representative! Now, in a change from the previously announced selection method, these ten artists will perform live on TVM for the Maltese public on Saturday 1st July. As was the case for the national final for the adult contest earlier this year, the Maltese televoters alone will determine their entrant for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place …
Russia Kick Off Their National Final for Junior Eurovision 2017!

Russia Kick Off Their National Final for Junior Eurovision 2017!

The Russian broadcaster for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Karusel, have just launched the online voting section of their national selection for this year’s contest in Tbilisi, entitled Detskoe Evrovidenie 2017! The participants this year are: Viktoriya Bezdomnikova – Provokatsiya (Provocation) Polina Borusevich – Krelya (Wings) Anastasiya Gladilina – Pover (Believe Me) Vladlena Gubareva – Vorona (Crow) Egor Ermolaev – Para (Couple) Kirill Esin – Yarkiye Tantsy (Bright Dances) Gruppa “Kinder Star” – Pikhama Pati (Pajama Party) Elvira Kirsanova – Mechta (Dream) Yuliya Kondrashenko – Moya Muzika (My Music) Gruppa “Kudri” – Kudri (Curls) Arseniye Kulikov – Gadkhety (Gadgets) Glafira Leukhina – Momente (Moments) Ksenia Neznamova – Oblaka (Clouds) Ulyana Ovchinnikova – Davaye Uletim (Let’s Fly Away) Gruppa “Ochechi” – Vekhodnoye (Output) Gruppa “Papaiya” – Veshe (Higher) Polina Terekhova – Puls Planety (Pulse of the Planet) Veronika Ustimova – Ya Be Khotela Vse Uznat (I Would Like To Know Everything) Vilena Hikmatullina – Gravitatsiya (Gravity) Anna Chernotalova – Eta Muzika (This is Music) Gruppa “Emoji” – Vremiya Ne Zdet (Time Does Not Wait) Returning Artists The only familiar name from this list is Vilena Hikmatullina, whom came 9th last year with her song ‘Nado Kruzhit’ (We Must Circle), and 8th …
Bulgaria make it nine participants so far for Tbilisi, will a Croatia return make it ten?

Bulgaria make it nine participants so far for Tbilisi, will a Croatia return make it ten?

With the adult Eurovision Song Contest over for another year, for several broadcasters the focus turns immediately to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In recent days, several countries have ruled themselves out of a return to the contest. These include Latvia, Slovenia and Switzerland. However, in more positive news, Bulgaria have confirmed that they will participate in Tbilisi on November 26th. Therefore, nine participants have confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2017. It’s not just the adult contest where Bulgaria are thriving! Following a break from the contest, Bulgaria returned to Junior Eurovision in 2014. Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim placed second in Malta. Following Italy’s decision not to host the 2015 contest following their victory, the honour went to the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia. Their recent success in the contest has continued with two further top 10 finishes in 2015 and 2016 with Gabriela Yordanova & Ivan Stoyanov and Lidia Ganeva respectively. It isn’t just the adult contest where Bulgaria are on an excellent run of form! Nine participants so far… As mentioned previously, this means that nine countries have so far confirmed their participation in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. These are as follows: Belarus Bulgaria Cyprus Georgia Ireland Malta The …
English to become more prominent in Junior Eurovision entries as artists will ‘Shine Bright’ in Tbilisi!

English to become more prominent in Junior Eurovision entries as artists will ‘Shine Bright’ in Tbilisi!

As the excitement for the grand final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was reaching fever pitch on Friday, GPB and the EBU released some new details ahead of the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place later this year. The headline of this announcement was the reveal of the slogan: Shine Bright. In addition, you can see the official theme art below. Celebrating artistic potential and creative drive According to the official press release, the vision behind this year’s theme is as follows. “Shine Bright is the central message for this year’s event and is complimented by a creative logo design based around a segmented sun, bursting with colours and expression. The brand new slogan and artwork for the event gives an insight into Georgian culture and celebrates the artistic potential and creative drive of the young JESC participants who will be announced later in the year.” Symbolising diversity and joy The press release continues: “The colourful flare of the logo symbolises the diversity and joy associated with the power of music. Concept and Art Director of Saatchi&Saatchi, Luka Ivanidze said “We created this symbol from sunny Georgia, hoping that it will strengthen each participant of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest …
Malta confirms participation in Junior Eurovision 2017 and makes changes to their selection process

Malta confirms participation in Junior Eurovision 2017 and makes changes to their selection process

Malta have confirmed their participation in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The 15th edition of the contest will take place in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi. The small island nation have won the contest twice, with Gaia Cauchi in 2013 and Destiny Chukunyere in 2015. Subsequently, Malta hosted the contest in 2014 and 2016. Furthermore, along with their confirmation of participation, PBS have revealed how their artist for the 2017 contest will be selected. The selection will no longer take place on live TV The most significant change is that the live artist selection final will not be televised this year. Instead, the ten finalists will perform for an expert panel behind closed doors. The announcement of the winner will then follow a couple of days afterwards. The full timeline for the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Selection 2017 is as follows: 24th March: Publishing of Application Form and Regulations 21st April: Deadline for Submissions 20th May: Announcement of 10 Finalists 10th June: Live Performances in front of Expert Jury 12th June: Announcement of Winning Artist The full list of regulations and the application form for interested participants can be found here. Aiming for a third victory Georgia won the 2016 …
Junior Eurovision 2017 will take place in Tbilisi on November 26th!

Junior Eurovision 2017 will take place in Tbilisi on November 26th!

Last month, the EBU revealed that Georgia would host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The country won the contest for the third time last November with Mariam Mamadashvili’s stunning performance of Mzeo. However, following Georgia’s previous two victories they didn’t automatically receive first refusal to host. This rule was only brought in ahead of the 2013 contest. Bzikebi and CANDY earned their victories for Georgia in 2008 and 2011 respectively. We’re heading to Tbilisi! The EBU and GPB today revealed that the 2017 contest will take place on November 26th. This will be the second time the contest takes place on a Sunday following its introduction last year. In addition, the contest will take place in the capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi. The host venue will be the Tbilisi Sports Palace (see feature photo above) which has a capacity of approximately 11,000 people in a concert setting. Nevertheless, the capacity available for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be announced in due course. Six provisional entrants so far So far, six countries have announced their provisional interest in participation. These are: Belarus Cyprus Georgia Ireland The Netherlands Russia Are you looking forward to Georgia hosting their first ever Eurovision event? Do you …
Georgia to host the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest!

Georgia to host the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest!

Yesterday morning, it was announced that Georgia would host the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest! Once again, the contest will take place in November. The decision comes as it has been revealed that the EBU gave first option to host to Georgia’s national broadcaster GPB following their victory in Valletta three months ago. In Valletta, Mariam Mamadashvili was victorious scoring 239 points with her song Mzeo. Three time winners Following their victory in Malta, Georgia became the most successful country in Junior Eurovision history. Their three victories in the contest is unmatched. Belarus and Malta are the only other countries to have won more than one Junior Eurovision Song Contest, scoring two victories each. It wasn’t until 2012 when the winning country was given first option to host the following year’s contest. Prior to 2012, the EBU selected the host city. As Georgia’s two previous victories were in 2008 and 2011, the country had missed out on being given first option to host after their previous successes. Thankfully, Georgia have now been given the opportunity to host and deservedly so! Prior to this announcement, escXtra discussed why Georgia should be chosen to host and you can read that here. It is perhaps likely …
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