Tbilisi 2017

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

Nicole Nicolaou’s #JESC2017 entry titled “I Wanna Be A Star”, video filmed

Nicole Nicolaou’s #JESC2017 entry titled “I Wanna Be A Star”, video filmed

Nicole Nicolaou, who was internally selected to represent her country at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, has filmed the music video for her entry. The JESC team from Cyprus confirmed on Facebook, that they finished filming for Nicole’s entry “I Wanna Be A Star”. The director of the music video is George Gavalos and Demetris Katsaitis is director of photography. Both came from Greece to support this year’s entry from Cyprus. The material gets edited now before its release in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned and follow ESCXTRA to not miss the premiere. “I Wanna Be A Star” is expected to be released to the public during October. The composer of the entry is not unknown to the Eurovision fans. Constantinos Christoforou represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996, 2002 & 2005. His best result was coming sixth in 2002 with the boy band One. Meanwhile, he was the spokesperson for Greece in the past two editions of the Eurovision Song Contest. Antigoni Tasouri is the stage director for the performance in Tbilisi. She owns a dance company and worked in the dance industry for the past 22 years. She already worked with many professional singers and actors and also lived in the …
Find out what time Junior Eurovision 2017 will air in your country!

Find out what time Junior Eurovision 2017 will air in your country!

Back in March, the EBU and GPB confirmed that the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest would take place on 26th November. Therefore, this meant the contest would be broadcast on a Sunday for the second consecutive year. However, it was yet to be officially confirmed whether the contest would continue to be broadcast in the late afternoon at 4pm CET… until now! Keep your afternoon free! Earlier today, the official Junior Eurovision Facebook page unveiled a brand new cover photo. This photo gave us the official confirmation that the show will be held at 4pm CET on November 26th. Therefore, the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the same day of the week at the same time as it did last year in Valletta. Check your time zones While Georgia is currently two hours ahead of Central European Summer Time (CEST), Georgia has not observed daylight saving time since 2004. Therefore, in November, Georgia will be three hours ahead of Central Europe and four hours ahead of GMT. Indeed, the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place at the following times in this year’s participating nations: 3pm: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) Ireland Portugal 4pm: Central European Time (CET) …
It’s a girl for Serbia! Junior Eurovision entry to be chosen on September 30th

It’s a girl for Serbia! Junior Eurovision entry to be chosen on September 30th

A few days ago, RTS revealed that a panel had whittled down the 18 submitted entries into a final shortlist of just three. Now, these three entries will be performed live on Dečjoj pesmi Evrovizije on September 30th, where a jury will select the Serbian entry for Tbilisi. Indeed, all three entries have one thing in common… It’s a girl for Tbilisi! Yes, at least one girl will represent Serbia in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Two of the three finalists are by female soloists, with the other performed by a female duo. Furthermore, here are the full details of the three finalists: Song 1: “Šta je svet bez ljubavi” – Irina Arsenijević Music: Marina Adamov Stojadinović Lyrics: Irina Arsenijević, Boban Dževerdanović Arrangement: Marina Adamov Stojadinović, Lado Leš Song 2: “Ceo svet je naš” – Irina Brodić & Jana Paunović Music: Ognjen Cvekić, Lejla Hot, Irina Brodić Lyrics: Lejla Hot, Ognjen Cvekić, Jana Paunović Arrangement: Ognjen Cvekić Song 3: “Ove zvezde smo ti i ja” – Darija Vračević Music: Dušan Alagić, Darija Vračević Lyrics: Leontina Vukomanović, Darija Vračević Arrangement: Dušan Alagić, Strahinja Đurić Winner to be chosen next weekend These three entries will be performed on Dečjoj pesmi Evrovizije on September …
Bulgaria: BNT won’t partake at Junior Eurovision 2017

Bulgaria: BNT won’t partake at Junior Eurovision 2017

Bulgaria’s National Broadcaster BNT will not take part in the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest that will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia. In a brief statement regarding their non participation, BNT officials say that their decision was made solely based on the lack of time to prepare. Despite confirming their participation for both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision earlier this year, BNT went through a change of Director General in late August. With the new director – Konstantin Kamenarov and the lack of time to constitute a team, Bulgaria decides to sit this edition of the contest out and bring their A game next year. Bulgaria’s 2016 Junior Eurovision entry – Lidia Ganeva with “Magical Day”  Bulgaria at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Bulgaria made its debut at the contest in 2007 with Bon-Bon’s “Bonbolandiya” finishing a respectable 7th and scoring 86 points. Their worst scoring entry came the following year when they finished last with Krastyana’s “Edna Mechta“. Rather than completely leaving the contest, BNT managed to focus, regroup and make a comeback in 2011. However, their best scoring entry is their 2014 entry “Planet of the children“. Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim managed to score 147 points and finish 2nd …
Finalists to represent Poland in JESC has been revealed

Finalists to represent Poland in JESC has been revealed

TVP have confirmed the names of the participants that will be competing in its national final in order to find its participant for Tbilisi. The finalists After having auditions, the ten finalists have been revealed to be: 1. Tomasz Bao –  “The Poets” 2. Staś Kukulski – “What is living in us” 3. Maya & Marcel – “Tacy Sami” 4. WAMWAY – “You are my dream” 5. Natalia Wawrzyńczyk – You are not alone” 6. ASMki – “Under the current ‘ 7. Alicja Rega – ” My house ” 8. Dominika Ptak – ” Angels ” 9. Monika Urbanowicz – ” Fire of love ” 10. Urszula Kowalska – ” I am what I am ” The national final will take place on October 1, when Poland’s entry will be decided by a combination of jury and televoting. Poland in Junior Eurovision Contest Poland is one of the countries that débuted in the first contest in 2003 with Katarzyna Żurawik and her song “Coś mnie nosi“. Despite finishing last with 3 points, they returned in 2004 with the song ‘Łap życie‘ where they finished 17th with 3 points. After 2004, Poland took a break but returned after 11 years. They were represented by Olivia …
Aleksandar Masevski to compose Mina Blažev’s JESC song

Aleksandar Masevski to compose Mina Blažev’s JESC song

In an interview with Reporter.MK, Aleksandar Masevski has confirmed that he will once again compose the Macedonian entry for JESC.  “The song will  be a mixture of dubstep and personal music aesthetic” During his interview with Reporter.MK, Aleksandar mentioned: “I am the complete author behind Mina’s Junior Eurovision entry. The song is modern and we have a perfect mix of dubstep and my personal music esthetic” On the same interview, he also mentioned that it was expected for him to bring something fresh and modern for Macedonia. Mina’s song will be released in early October. Macedonia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Macedonia has been present in the Junior Eurovision Contest for twelve times. They have managed to achieve 5th place twice (which is their best placing). Once in 2007 with ‘Ding Ding Dong‘ and again in 2008 with ‘Prati Mi SMS‘. Martija Stanojković represented Macedonia last year with her song ‘Love Will Lead Our Way’, which Aleksandar Masevski also composed. After giving a well-choreographed performance, Martija managed to achieve 12th place with 41 points. Do you think Aleksandar has written a great song for Macedonia? Do you think that his song could result in a win for Macedonia?. Let us …
RTP’s Festival da Canção Júnior returns for JESC

RTP’s Festival da Canção Júnior returns for JESC

Portugeese broadcaster RTP have announced the return of Festival da Canção Júnior to decide their participant for the Junior Eurovision Song Sontest 2017. Portugal last participated in Junior Eurovision ten years ago, using the same ‘Festival da Canção Júnior’ selection process. The show’s final will take place on the 5th October. Five singers for the Festival da Canção Júnior national final The five young artists chosen by RTP are as follows. (in running order) Filipa Ferreira Mariana Leite Margarida Lima Duarte Valença Mariana Venâncio TV show ‘A Praça’ will introduce the five artists over five days with the first next week on 25th September. The winner will represent Portugal in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Portugal has only entered the contest twice and was last represented by Jorge Leiria in 2007 and Pedro Madeira in 2006. Are you happy to see Portugal back in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest? Can Portugal repeat the success of this year’s Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below or on social media @escXtra!
Serbia: 18 songs submitted to RTS for Junior Eurovision 2017

Serbia: 18 songs submitted to RTS for Junior Eurovision 2017

Back in June, RTS confirmed that they would participate in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Over the summer, they launched an open call for artists and songs in order to find an entry to represent Serbia in Tbilisi. Now, RTS has confirmed that 18 songs have been submitted to the broadcaster. One of these eighteen songs will be heading to Georgia this November! A decision expected by early October According to RTS, the 18 entries will now be judged by a panel within the broadcaster. This panel will then select which of these entries will be the one to represent Serbia. The decision will be announced no later than October 5th. Last year, Serbia was represented by Dunja Jeličić with the uptempo dance-pop song U La La La. Unfortunately, Dunja finished in 17th place. Dunja’s top score came from Macedonia whose adult jury awarded Serbia five points and whose kids’ jury awarded an additional three points. Serbia also received points from the kids’ juries in Bulgaria, Italy and Georgia. Looking for that elusive victory This year, Serbia will be hoping to improve on the personal best finish of 3rd place at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Indeed, both Nevena Božović and Sonja Škorić took home …
Fource to represent The Netherlands in Tbilisi

Fource to represent The Netherlands in Tbilisi

The Netherlands have chosen their act for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi. Boy band Fource won last night’s Junior Songfestival. Their song will be chosen at a later date. September Song The boys won the show by performing a cover of JP Cooper’s September Song. Their opponents were Sezina and Montana. Sezina won the first semifinal of the show, with Montana receiving a wildcard from the special jury to complete the three way field. The final was pre-recorded and thus the winner was decided entirely by the professional jury at the show. That jury consisted of Tim Douwsma, Kim-Lian van der Meij and Sharon Doorson. Douwsma was a contestant in the 2012 national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, but got knocked out in the first round. Van der Meij hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest both times it took place in The Netherlands. Back to success? The Dutch have had a couple of successful years in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Ralf Mackenbach won the contest in 2009, while Rachel finished in second in 2011. Ever since, the Dutch have failed to crack the top five. Fource will now be hoping to bring the Dutch back to …
Junior Song Festival final line-up complete!

Junior Song Festival final line-up complete!

Junior Songfestival had their second Semi final, where Fource was chosen to join Sezina who was selected to be in the Grand Final the week before. The Final Line-Up After Fource was selected to advance to the Grand Final, the final act was then selected through a wild card selection. This involved a jury of three former Junior Eurovision acts: Ralph Mackenbach, Kisses and the twins Mylène and Rosanna. It was then announced that Montana was chosen by the jury to take up the wild card spot in the Grand Final. The Grand Final of the Junior Song Festival will take place on the 16th September. The Netherlands in Junior Eurovision The Netherlands has a respectable history when it comes to Junior Eurovision. The country has won the contest once in 2009 with Ralph Mackenbach with Click Clack. The Netherlands has also placed in the top ten eight times since 2003, making them one of the most successful countries in the contest. In addition to this, The Netherlands has also hosted the show twice. Once in 2007 in Rotterdam and in 2012 in Amsterdam. The Netherlands internally selected Kisses in 2016 to represent The Netherlands with their song Kisses and Dancin. AVROTROS moved …
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