Malta 2014

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

87 submissions received for National Final

87 submissions received for National Final

Armenian broadcaster ARMTV have announced that they have received a massive 87 entries to their Junior Eurovision Song Contest National Final. The broadcaster now faces the tough task of whittling that list down before they showcase the selected few in their National Final, which was also announced today to take part on September 14th. A spokesperson for the broadcaster today told the EBU; “A total of 87 songs were received, and now our creative team is working to select the best ones for the national selection final” Armenia joined the Junior Eurovision Song Contest family in 2007 and have performed very well in that time with one win, two second places and a third. Last year Monika’s ‘Choco Factory’ took Armenia to a respectable 6th place.
RTVSLO join the Junior Eurovision family

RTVSLO join the Junior Eurovision family

This morning Slovenian broadcaster RTVSlovenija confirmed to the Eurovision world what Junior Eurovision executive producer Vladislav Yakovlev hinted at (and eventually confirmed) in tweets last night; Slovenia would be making their Junior Eurovision début in Malta. In a press release today, it was announced that Slovenia would be internally selecting their entrant for the contest with both the song and singer being presented on RTVSLO before the end of September. The announcement has come rather as a shock since RTVSLO had stated on a number of previous occasions that they were not interested in participating in previous years, however rumours of their being in talks with the EBU had recently begun to spread. Slovenia becomes the 14th country to confirm their participation in the Maltese hosted show, with a 15th country – Portugal believed to be soon to confirm. Today news re-emerged from Portugal stating that they are “officially” competing, but a spokesperson from the EBU has confirmed that RTP have yet to officially submit their application.
Junior 2014 – Where we currently stand

Junior 2014 – Where we currently stand

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest can often be far harder to follow than the adult contest. Countries withdraw, return and début with little to no warning and much like the singers themselves, the publicity around the contest is much smaller. So with just under three months to go until the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, we thought we’d have a look at where things currently stand. 13 countries confirmed, more expected. This year we’re already one up on last year’s 12 participants and with the list of participants set to be confirmed sometime in September, there’s still time for more to join the party. Belarus and The Netherlands, who have attended every single JESC so far are of course returning, as are Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and last year’s winners Malta. Bulgaria returns after missing two contests, Serbia after missing three and Cyprus after missing four. Montenegro makes it’s independent début after participating as part of Serbia & Montenegro in 2005. Making a true début this year is Italy who become the first member of the big five to participate since Spain withdrew after the 2006 contest. Portugal are expected to return to the competition in Malta after their last participation …
Shake up for Georgia, Lizi Pop now lead singer

Shake up for Georgia, Lizi Pop now lead singer

A mere two days after announcing their 2014 Junior Eurovision participants, Georgian broadcaster GPB have now announced a slight change to the lineup. While the three singers remain the same, it has now been announced that Lizi, now styled as Lizi Pop will be representing Georgia as a solo singer, with Sofi and Dea Dashniani now taking part as Lizi Pop’s backing performers. GPB have also announced that they plan to release Lizi Pop’s song “In the near future”.
Lizi, Sofi and Dea for Georgia!

Lizi, Sofi and Dea for Georgia!

Georgian broadcaster yesterday announced that it will follow in the footsteps of Ukraine and send a female trio to represent their nation at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The trio consists of 10 year old Lizi Japaridze performing alongside 11 year olds Sofi and Dea Dashniani.  GPB saw over 40 acts in their studios over the last week in their internal selection, and now will work with the girls to select their song.
Sympho-Nick to represent Ukraine.

Sympho-Nick to represent Ukraine.

Last weekend in the mountain resort city of Bukovel the Ukrainian national final for the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held. With a field of 18 singers the the winners were declared to be the trio Sympho-Nick. The trio consists of 11 year olds Amalia Krimska and Sofia Kucenko and 12 year old Marta Rak. According to the head of the jury, Sympho-Nick received equal points from both the televote and the jury vote, it however does not state whether these were the top votes or not. As a result, the girls will sing their song “Pryyde vesna” (“Spring will come”) at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta.
Bulgaria makes it 13!

Bulgaria makes it 13!

Today Bulgarian broadcaster BNT officially submitted the paperwork declaring that after two years away the Balkan nation will be returning to Junior Eurovision. This will mark the fourth participation for Bulgaria in Junior Eurovision after taking part previously in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Their best result came on their début when Bon-Bon came 7th with their entry ‘Bonbolandia’ however a year later Krastyana Krasteva finished last (15th) with her entry ‘Edna Mechta’ This makes Bulgaria the 13th country so far to confirm their participation in the 2014 edition of Junior Eurovision, one more than participated in Kyiv last year. Portugal have also announced their intention to take part, but as yet have not submitted the paperwork. Meanwhile we are yet to hear from four countries who participated last year; Azerbaijan, San Marino, FYR Macedonia and Moldova. This also spells good news for Eurovision fans who may have begun to worry about Bulgarian interests in the adult contest. Time will tell whether Bulgaria along with Serbia follow the example of Cyprus and announce the intention to send an entry to Austria next year.
RTS return to Eurovision fold at JESC 2014

RTS return to Eurovision fold at JESC 2014

Today, Serbian national broadcaster RTS officially announced their participation in the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The news was confirmed during this evening’s ‘Beogradska hronika’ show on RTS 1. Further details will be announced in due course. Serbia last competed at Junior Eurovision in 2010. Since Moje 3’s participation in the 2013 senior contest, Serbia have not participated in any of the Eurovision brand events, so this news could be taken as a precursor to interest in returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria. Serbia twice achieved a best result of third place at Junior Eurovision; in 2010, when Sonja Škorić placed third in Minsk with her song “Čarobna noć” (Magical night) and in 2007 through Nevena Božović who went on to represent Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö as part of group Moje 3. The Junior Eurovision song contest will take place in Marsa, Malta on 15 November 2014. Serbia is the thirteenth country to formally confirm participation, already ensuring a larger field than in 2013.
RTCG joins Junior Eurovision

RTCG joins Junior Eurovision

After Italy announced their debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, a second country has now confirmed their debut. Montenegro’s broadcaster RTCG will debut in the competition later this year. The Balkan country will debut as an independent nation in JESC after having participated as part of Serbia&Montenegro back in 2005. RTCG has not yet confirmed how they will select their singer and song. The broadcaster will reveal these details at a later date. JESC Executive Supervisor, Vladislav Yakovlev said: I’d like to welcome Montenegro to the Junior Eurovision family. They qualified to the Eurovision Song Contest final for the first time this year, and I hope they will also enjoy the experience of participating in Junior Eurovision as well. Montenegro’s participation means a total of 11 countries have confirmed to participate in Malta on 15 November: Armenia, Belarus, Cyprus, Georgia, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.
Italy to join JESC

Italy to join JESC

Italy is to join the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, according to a news article on the official Junior Eurovision website posted this evening. The country will make its début at this year’s event in Malta, having only returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. Italy will be presented in Junior Eurovisino by Rai Gulp, the children’s channel. Vladislav Yakovlev, Executive Supervisor of the competition had this to say: “It’s wonderful to be able to welcome RAI Gulp to the Junior Eurovision family” . “Italy and Malta have a special musical friendship – with both Gaia and Federica having taken part in ‘Ti lascio una canzone’, and Gaia also having been in in San Remo Junior – so it seems only natural that Italy should choose to make its Junior Eurovision debut in Malta this November”.
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