Tbilisi 2017

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

Vote for CYPRUS: Here’s everything you need to know!

Vote for CYPRUS: Here’s everything you need to know!

Voting is now open for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Yes, for the first time ever, fans from all over the world can cast their votes right now before the live show has begun. But who should you vote for? To decide, let us take you through a recap of this year’s sixteen contenders following their rehearsals. 🇨🇾 CYPRUS Performing 1st on the afternoon of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest final will be Nicole Nicolaou from Cyprus. Nicole will perform I Wanna Be A Star, written and composed by Constantinos Christoforou. Rehearsal recap Nicole’s show begins with an extended instrumental introduction, with the dancers appearing on screen before Nicole herself. Nicole is dressed in the colours of the Cypriot flag and matches perfectly with the use of oranges and yellows throughout this summery and energetic performance. The Cypriot delegation also utilises some white boxes to add extra dynamism to their show. The running order draw couldn’t have picked a better opening entry than this, there’s no better way to start Sunday’s Junior Eurovision party! It’s about time we saw an ethno-pop revival and perhaps Nicole is going to lead the way with I Wanna Be A Star! Vote for Cyprus! Online voting is open right now via …
Online vote for Junior Eurovision 2017 open to mass voter manipulation

Online vote for Junior Eurovision 2017 open to mass voter manipulation

Within hours of the new online voting system for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest being opened, it has become clear that mass voter manipulation in the Junior Eurovision voting is possible. It seems fooling the system that the European Broadcasting Union are using for the online voting is far from rocket science, as ESCXTRA and Eurovoix have discovered in a joint investigation. A loophole in the system Nothing prevents users from accessing the new online voting platform for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest via VPN (Virtual Private Network). This allows users to appear as though they are visiting a web page from another country using remote server connections. There are various VPN services available on the internet, many of which are totally free to use and do not require a subscription – leaving the platform susceptible to manipulation on a commercial, individual and international scale, even outside the Union’s broadcasting zone. If that wasn’t simple enough, users are able to create a new instance of the voting platform by simply opening multiple browsers. Google Chrome’s ‘Incognito Mode’, for example, is a unique session, allowing users to submit another set of votes, in addition to those cast using the ‘tracked’ browser …
WATCH: Our interview with Isabella Clarke from Australia!

WATCH: Our interview with Isabella Clarke from Australia!

Our ESCXTRA team in Tbilissi has started to interview the contestants for Junior Eurovision. But we don’t just chat : we have an extra for them, and for you. This week, our reporter Brent chats and plays Mario Kart with the singers! Isabella Clarke will sing Speak Up for Australia, and we chatted with her about flights, returning to school and her history with Eurovision.
WATCH: Our interview with Muireann McDonnell from Ireland!

WATCH: Our interview with Muireann McDonnell from Ireland!

Our ESCXTRA team in Tbilissi has started to interview the contestants for Junior Eurovision. But we don’t just chat : we have an extra for them, and for you. This week, our reporter Brent chats and plays Mario Kart with the singers! Muireann McDonnell will sing Suile Glasa for Ireland on Sunday, and we sat down with her to talk about her rehearsal, her guitar and we discover her views on… lightning!
WATCH: Our interview with Gianluca from Malta!

WATCH: Our interview with Gianluca from Malta!

Our ESCXTRA team in Tbilissi has started to interview the contestants for Junior Eurovision. But we don’t just chat : we have an extra for them, and for you. This week, our reporter Brent chats and plays Mario Kart with the singers! Gianluca will sing Dawra Tond for Malta this Sunday, and we chatted with him about video games, making friends with other contestants, and his first rehearsal.
WATCH : Our Interview with Mina Blazev from FYR Macedonia!

WATCH : Our Interview with Mina Blazev from FYR Macedonia!

Our ESCXTRA team in Tbilissi has started to interview the contestants for Junior Eurovision. But we don’t just chat : we have an extra for them, and for you. This week, our reporter Brent chats and plays Mario Kart with the singers! Mina Blazev will sing Dancing Through Life for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia this Sunday, and we chatted with her about her outfit and former Macedonian Eurovision singers.
Junior Eurovision Day 3 round-up: Second round of rehearsals begin!

Junior Eurovision Day 3 round-up: Second round of rehearsals begin!

Today was the third day of rehearsals ahead of Sunday’s 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It was the first round of second rehearsals with seven countries getting their last chance to rehearse ahead of Saturday’s dress rehearsals. In order of appearance, we witnessed rehearsals from Ireland, Georgia, Macedonia, Cyprus, Belarus, Australia and Armenia. Albania was due to rehearse but as a result of technical difficulties will complete their rehearsal tomorrow alongside the remaining eight countries. A special present for a special day The day began with a treat from 1TV to celebrate St. George’s Day. All of the press members were given a bottle of wine to take away with them! You all know how much I love wine! So obviously it was the best way to start the day! (and yes it is still unopened – I didn’t have it for breakfast!) Goosebumps from Australia! Of course, we have to start today’s round-up once again with Isabella Clarke from Australia. Her rehearsal of “Speak Up” gave me goosebumps and I promise it’s not just because I’m Australian! The performance has been tightened up even further and it is now a fantastically professional, anthemic and uplifting package. It’s not just …
JESC 2017 Rehearsals Day 2

JESC 2017 Rehearsals Day 2

It is day two of rehearsals! So much has been happening with 8 more countries rehearsing today! These countries were: Italy Malta Poland Portugal Russia Serbia The Netherlands Ukraine First off, how can we look past Malta?! Aside from the fact we are both video game fans, Gianluca is one of the coolest kids on the planet. He was relaxed and energetic and the whole performance screamed fun! He’s one stylish little dude too rocking his look and proving why Malta is always a force to be reckoned with in Junior Eurovision. Tree watch update! We now have two more acts with trees! Which acts I hear you ask? Why none other than Poland and Ukraine. For Poland’s tree it remains on the background graphics. Hold your breath Extra readers. Ukraine have a giant tree prop. You read correctly, in keeping with tradition the Ukrainian’s have brought another large prop with them to Juniors! It looks beautiful and with the song it is absolutely stunning! We need to mention the Returners to this years contest Portugal. In Mariana’s performance on the screens behind her roll past the most popular emoji’s. Yes. Most. Popular. Emoji’s. There is a smiling poo emoji …
JESC 2017 Day 1 Rehearsals

JESC 2017 Day 1 Rehearsals

It’s Day One! Finally rehearsals are underway for this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest! Only releasing the order last night, today we have seen a total of 8 countries have their first run through! These countries were: Albania Armenia Australia Belarus Cyprus FYR Macedonia Georgia Ireland First off, my Favourite rehearsal of the day? (cue Obvious Australian Bias) Australia. Isabella’s performance is fun, upbeat and exceptionally well executed. I can’t stress enough how sleek the Australian performance is. Using dancers and Isabella’s overwhelming talent, Australia has really bought it to this contest. I especially enjoy how they have retained some moments from the song’s film clip and incorporated them into the staging – a very nice touch. Guess what? We have seen our first tree! Albania’s Ana has delivered on her song’s title! So ‘Do not touch her tree!’ but you’ll all be very happy to see it – I know what you guys like. Honorable mention goes to Mina from Macedonia, who’s camera effects, outfit and stage performance are on point. Talk about talent! Talk about modern pop music! It is everything we are coming to expect from Macedonia in the Junior competition.  I know I will be ‘Dancing …
JESC Running Order revealed!

JESC Running Order revealed!

Junior Eurovision comes closer everyday, with the contest taking place in less than a week. Today was the day of the Opening Ceremony. And today, the running order of the contest was decided, after a two-step process. The Opening Ceremony The Opening Ceremony for JESC this year took place today, Monday 20th November at 15:30 CET, in Tbilissi’s National Library. It included, among other things, a Red Carpet ceremony, just like its “senior” counterpart. After the Red Carpet event, a first allocation draw took place. Its purpose was to determine the songs that would open and close the Junior contest. Cyprus was drawn for the 1st position, and Italy for the 16th and last one. After that, it was time for Georgia to be placed. Indeed, just like in the ESC, the hosting country’s position is randomly drawn. Georgia will be the 9th country to sing in the Tbilissi Olympic Stadium. Later, the JESC producers decided on the rest of the running order. The official criteria for their decision was diversity. It means the running order should allow each song to “shine”, contrasting with the entries performing before and after it. The 2017 JESC running order Cyprus Poland The Netherlands …
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