Bulgaria 2015

For all the news about the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia.

Sofia 2015: the second rehearsal (part 2).

Sofia 2015: the second rehearsal (part 2).

Good morning everyone! The last day of intensive rehearsal schedule has come in Sofia. Yesterday we have seen the first nine acts rehearsing and today we will look through the last eight. After today, only two dress rehearsals will be performed on stage before Saturday’s final and our goodbye to Bulgaria. This will be the rehearsal schedule (in CET). 09:00 – 09:30: Ukraine 09:30 – 10:00: Slovenia 10:00 – 10:30: Serbia 10:30 – 11:00: San Marino 12:00 – 12:30: Russia 12:30 – 13:00: the Netherlands 13:00 – 13:30: Montenegro 13:30 – 14:00: Australia Every country will also have 20 minutes press conferences, following this schedule (CET): 10:25 – 10:45: Ukraine 10:55 – 11:15: Slovenia 11:25 – 11:45: Serbia 11:55 – 12:15: San Marino 13:25 – 13:45: Russia 13:55 – 14:15: the Netherlands 14:25 – 14:45: Montenegro 14:55 – 15:15: Australia. If you want to get all the infos live from Sofia, Brent and I will be live blogging, tweeting and much more from the Armeec arena!
The second rehearsals day – wrap up

The second rehearsals day – wrap up

That’s it for day 2 of rehearsals! We have seen Macedonia, Italy, Ireland, Georgia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Malta, Armenia and Albania complete their second rehearsal. While all of the contestants performed brilliantly there were a couple of surprise standouts. Georgia made us all laugh as they delivered an impressive and entertaining performance and what looked like a similarly entertaining press conference! These kids sure know how to have fun! Another performance that changed this reporters mind about the song was Bulgaria. With the performance and the song the whole thing is lifted to another level, the host nation is definitely pulling out all the stops on this one. After a long day of rehearsals, press conferences and interviews no doubt our contestants are feeling as exhausted as we are!
Junior Eurovision Reviewed – Part 3

Junior Eurovision Reviewed – Part 3

Welcome back to our thoughts on this year’s Junior Eurovision entrants. The contest is growing ever closer, with just 3 days to go until the main event in Sofia. Until then, our little competition here is ongoing, with our team listening to each of the entrants and giving their all-important opinions and even-more-important scores. ALBANIA: Mishela Rapo – Dambaje Nick: Well well well, what do we have here? An Albanian attempt at a song that resembles reggae. That’s quite a fun idea and I have to admit, Mishela does it quite well. It’s probably Albania’s biggest song revamp ever. Albanian is not a very accessible language and it takes a very good performer to get the feeling across well (hi there, Rona Nishliu). Mishela does that quite well, although there is room for improvement. The fact that they’ve decided to repeat the ‘dimi dimi dambaje’ about 100 times is understandable, catchy, yet starts to get on my nerves about two minutes in. Albania seems to understand JESC quite well this year. It’s decent, it’s a nice surprising song and Mishela is quite a good performer. No idea what Europe will make of this! 7.5/10. Brent: It is hard to ignore how wonderfully optimistic …
Sofia 2015 LIVE: Second rehearsal – part 1.

Sofia 2015 LIVE: Second rehearsal – part 1.

We are live from Sofia! The rehearsals are underway. Today’s schedule looks like this (in CET): 9:00 – 9:30: FYR Macedonia 9:30 – 10:00: Italy 10:00 – 10:30: Ireland 10:30 – 11:00: Georgia 12:00 – 12:30: Bulgaria 12:30 – 13:00: Belarus 13:00 – 13:30: Malta 13:30 – 14:00: Armenia 14:00 – 14:30: Albania Title photo credits: EBU (Elena Volotova & Vladimir Dudakliev)
JESC Underway – Opening Ceremony

JESC Underway – Opening Ceremony

Last night at the National Cultural Palace here is Sofia Bulgaria, the official 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest opened! Providing a chance to meet all 17 contestants and get a taste of Bulgarian culture, the night was a glowing success. After the quick rescheduling out of respect the events in Paris, the competition has been kicked off in the most glorious of ways! With dances and song ranging from tradition to contemporary it was a celebration of everything that is youth, Bulgaria and Junior Eurovision! See some of our snaps below!
Sofia 2015: the second rehearsal.

Sofia 2015: the second rehearsal.

Our Brent has finally arrived in the land of Sofi (shame on you if you don’t know who Sofi is) and will have access to the second rehearsals of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. The Armeec Arena seems ready to host the Junior version of the contest that we all love so much and nine countries will get on stage to test again sounds, lights, choreographies and more. These will be the timings (in CET) for the rehearsals 9:00 – 9:30: FYR Macedonia 9:30 – 10:00: Italy 10:00 – 10:30: Ireland 10:30 – 11:00: Georgia 12:00 – 12:30: Bulgaria 12:30 – 13:00: Belarus 13:00 – 13:30: Malta 13:30 – 14:00: Armenia 14:00 – 14:30: Albania Every country will have then a 20 minutes press conference – the first one since the stay in Sofia. This the schedule: 10:25 – 10:45: FYR Macedonia 10:55 – 11:15: Italy 11:25 – 11:45: Ireland 11:55 – 12:15: Georgia 13:25 – 13:45: Bulgaria 13:55 – 14:15: Belarus 14:25 – 14:45: Malta 14:55 – 15:15: Armenia 15:25 – 15:45: Albania At the end of the day, at 16:00 CET the EBU and BNT will hold a joint press conference to discuss all the burning topics about this …
Junior Eurovision Reviewed – Part 2

Junior Eurovision Reviewed – Part 2

Welcome back to our series of Junior Eurovision reviews as members of our team share their thoughts on the class of ’15. Last time, our jury reviewed the songs from Georgia, Russia and Australia and their scores saw debutants Australia surge into the lead as early favourites. It’s now time to listen to another four of Saturday’s competitors. Can Ireland’s operatic debut, Armenia’s rockabilly effort, Malta’s soulful pop or Serbia’s Big Balkan Ballad score better than Australia? Let’s find out. MALTA: Destiny Chukunyere – Not My Soul Liam: Destiny starts the song by taking us to church and then launches into some uptempo fun. Honestly I love this track. I honestly love that they’ve worked with Destiny to give her a track that really suits her soul diva voice. I am not sure how this is going to play to the audience given that they are mostly kids but I don’t care, I love this. 10/10. Yassia: A very cheerful song called Not My Soul is to be performed by talented singer Destiny Chukunyere, the 14-year-old representative from Malta. Btw, Destiny is one of the writers of her song. She is definitely one of the most vocally strong participants of this year’s …
Junior Eurovision Reviewed – Part 1

Junior Eurovision Reviewed – Part 1

It’s Junior Eurovision week! Eurovision’s younger sibling has now entered its teenage years and is bigger than ever. On Saturday, Sofia will host its first ever Eurovision event and our team will be out there bringing you all the action in the lead-up to the big night. In the mean time, some of you may have been getting acquainted with the songs in the show, and some of you may still be unfamiliar. Six people who have been listening intently are our Junior Eurovision jury, and over the course of the week, we’ll be letting you know what they think and who escXtra’s favourite from the line-up is. This year on our jury is Liam, Yassia, Peter, Nathan, Nick and Brent. And here are the songs… GEORGIA: The Virus – Gabede Nick: Oh well, as long as you’re having fun! I have no idea what the song is about, but I doubt this song has a really deep message. If it does, then they’ve hidden it quite well. It’s a tad repetitive, which may not be a bad thing considering you’ve got the Georgian language which isn’t easy to understand (read: absolutely impossible). I do wonder how they’re going to bring this to …
Junior Eurovision running order decided

Junior Eurovision running order decided

The running order for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been decided at a special event in Sofia. The delegations and performers themselves were present for the draw to decide where in the show each country will perform at the contest this Saturday night. As hosts, Bulgaria drew their exact position randomly first of all, and they drew position 13. Will it be lucky or unlucky for them? After that, each country in turn picked out of a hat whether they would perform in the first half, the second half, or in the case of two countries, first position or last position (Serbia and Montenegro drew these slots respectively). Then, the producers retreated to fit together the jigsaw of the running order, and now we know that the countries will perform in the following order: Serbia Georgia Slovenia Italy The Netherlands Australia Ireland Russia FYR Macedonia Belarus Armenia Ukraine Bulgaria San Marino Malta Albania Montenegro  
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