Malta 2014

For all the news about the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place on the host island of Malta.

Emilija Djonin to sing ‘Svet U Mojim Očima’ in Malta

Emilija Djonin to sing ‘Svet U Mojim Očima’ in Malta

Serbia has just announced that Emilija Djonin will represent Serbia at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the songSvet U Mojim Očima / World In My Eyes. The song was written by Djonin herself with Dragan Ilić and the lyrics were written by Nikola Čuturilo 14 year old Djonin was the runner-up of the third series of Ja imam talenat, the local version of the “Got Talent” franchise. Check out Svet U Mojim Očima / World In My Eyes below.
Voting changes at Junior Eurovision

Voting changes at Junior Eurovision

More important news has emerged from today’s Junior Eurovision Heads of Delegation meeting in Malta. The most interesting is that the voting system will revert to the format used prior to 2013 where both juries and televoting rank a top 10 rather than a top 15. This may seem minor in the context of Junior Eurovision where there are not that many songs, but at Eurovision itself this year there was quite a lot of controversy when jurors in the UK and Ireland voted Poland last, only to have Poland win the televote, but unable to gain a single vote. This change may signal the return to this system in Eurovision itself. A request has been made by PBS that the running order will revert to being producer picked rather than the random draw that was used last year. Only Malta, and the first and last performers will be drawn randomly while the other 13 performers will draw either “first half” or “second half” ballots before the producer of the show allocates them their running order position. The rehearsal schedule has already been preset to allow activities for the kids to be planned in advance. Therefore the rehearsal schedule will for the …
Lizi Pop and her ‘Happy Day’

Lizi Pop and her ‘Happy Day’

Georgian broadcaster GPB have released the song that their entrant Lizi Pop will sing in Malta. The song, entitled ‘Happy Day’ was composed by Giorgi Kukhianidze from Bzikebistudio who have been behind all except for 2007 and 2009’s Junior Eurovision performers. As previously reported, Lizi Pop will be accompanied by Sophie and Dea Dashniani, however now another two names have been added to the list; Kate Arbolishvili and Nita LomiZe. This quartet will be Lizi’s backing dancers. Check out the song below!
Junior Eurovision stage revealed

Junior Eurovision stage revealed

The next major piece of information to emerge from the Junior Eurovision Head of Delegation is the stage in which the contest, and subsequently the Maltese National Final will be held on. The stage, designed by Claudio Santucci from Milan based firm Gio’Forma and was inspired by the origami triangle in this year’s logo. John McCullagh who is the creative director of this year’s show said that The ancient art of Origami shows us how something simple can be transformed into something much more complex with just a little patience, practice, and understanding. Our origami set is, therefore, the blank canvas on which the delegations can tell their story. The stage contains a 28 metre wide stage containing LED elements with a 9 metre LED backdrop. Two catwalks are also available to be used. Overall 508 metres of LEDs will be used. Check out the stage below Other news from the Head of Delegation meeting is that all songs have now been submitted, although some are yet to be revealed on the website due to national reveals back home. Details surrounding the press centre location, accreditation, interval and opening acts, postcards,  and rehearsals have also been revealed.  
Junior Eurovision boasts biggest participant list in 7 years

Junior Eurovision boasts biggest participant list in 7 years

It’s official- 16 countries will take part in the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta making this the highest attended contest since 2007. The final announcement came at the Head of Delegation meeting in Malta this morning. Executive supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev commended the host broadcaster PBS and said of the number of competing nations: That sixteen countries have signed up to take part is a testament to their passion for Junior Eurovision, and the vision they have for this year’s show. There had been much speculation as to which nations would participate this year, with a few surprises from nations who had previously shown no interest in taking part alongside the withdrawal of countries that we have come to expect in recent years. The official list is as follows: Armenia Belarus Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Georgia Italy Malta Montenegro Russia San Marino Serbia Slovenia Sweden The Netherlands Ukraine In 2014 we see returning entries from Bulgaria (2 years away), Serbia (3 years away), Cyprus (4 years away) and Croatia (7 years away) with debut entries from Italy, Slovenia and Montenegro. Interestingly while we see five Balkan nations joining in this year, we lose FYR Macedonia who has withdrawn alongside Azerbaijan and Moldova. Stay …
The Peppermints’ JESC song premiered

The Peppermints’ JESC song premiered

Just over a week after San Marino confirmed that it would be competing in Junior Eurovision for a 2nd time,  the song that will represent the country has been revealed. ‘Breaking My Heart’ will be performed by the Peppermints, a five-piece girl group consisting of Rafaella, Arianna, Anita, Sara and Greta. The girls wrote the song themselves along with Antonello Carozza, who was also behind last year’s entry ‘O-o-O Sole Intorno A Me’ by Michele Perniola. The song is in Italian and English. The reveal of the song comes one day before the Heads of Delegation meeting takes place, after which we should have a full and complete line-up for the Junior contest in Malta.
Alisa Kozhikina to sing ‘Dreamer’ in Malta

Alisa Kozhikina to sing ‘Dreamer’ in Malta

A few days ago it was announced that the 11 year-old singer Alisa Kozhikina would be flying the flag for Russia at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Now, you can watch the music video for the song she will sing, ‘Dreamer.’ The song is a ballad in Russian and English, written by Alisa herself along with Olga Seryabkina (a member of Serebro who represented Russia at the adult contest in 2007) and Maxim Fadeev, Alisa’s mentor who helped her to triumph in the kids’ version of ‘The Voice’ in Russia. Alisa and ‘Dreamer’ will be the 10th Russian entry at Junior Eurovision, which they have won once before when the Tolmachevy Twins – now very familiar to viewers of the adult contest – triumphed in 2006.
Julia wins the Dutch national final

Julia wins the Dutch national final

The Netherlands’ entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been decided, and it’s Julia. The 15 year-old singer convinced the children’s jury, adult jury and Dutch public to award her maximum points with her song ‘Around’ resulting in a clear victory. The Netherlands are one of only two countries to have participated in every Junior contest to date, and the only country to host more than once; in 2007 and 2012. This makes Julia the 12th artist to represent the Netherlands at the Junior contest, and she will be singing her dance song ‘Around’ in Dutch and English at the competition in Malta.
HRT returns to Junior Eurovision

HRT returns to Junior Eurovision

This morning, it was confirmed that the first winners of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Croatia, will be back in the competition this November after a seven year absence. After tweeting a cryptic message earlier this week referencing Croatia, Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev was today in a position to officially confirm the return of the country to the contest, and he had this to say: To have the first ever winners of Junior Eurovision back in the competition is a happy moment for us all. It’s looking like we’re going to have 16 countries taking part this year, which is a great number and I’m very happy to welcome to many countries both into and back into the Junior Eurovision family. The Junior contest does indeed seem to be thriving this year, as Croatia’s return follows debuts from Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia, and returns from Cyprus, Bulgaria and Serbia. Unlike the latter three countries however, Croatia’s return to the adult contest looks ever more doubtful, with no hint of a confirmation to date and word being reported this afternoon that they may have decided against participation for another year after all. Nevertheless, Croatia’s return to JESC signals a desire in HRT …
Cyprus JESC entry premiered

Cyprus JESC entry premiered

Earlier today, the song with which Cyprus will make its Junior Eurovision comeback was revealed. ‘I Pio Omorfi Mera’ translates as ‘The Most Beautiful Day’ and will be performed by 13 year-old Sophia Patsalides at the contest in Malta. Sophia hails from the Cypriot capital, Nicosia and it was announced in July that she would be representing her country at Junior Eurovision after its five year absence from the contest. It was also announced that her song would be written together with Stavros Stavrou and Eurovision veteran Alex Panayi, who represented Cyprus in 1995 and 2000. ‘I Pio Omorfi Mera’ is an uptempo dance-pop song sung mainly in Greek, but with portions in English later on in the song. The music video, starring legions of JESC fans, premiered earlier today.
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