Bulgaria 2015

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

Camilla Ismailova selected for Junior Eurovision

Camilla Ismailova selected for Junior Eurovision

San Marino have surprised by picking a Russian girl for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. 11 year old Camilla Ismailova will fly the tiny nation’s flag in Sofia next month. SMRTV have also revealed the entry for Camilla. The song will have an English title: Mirror. Despite its title, this Russian girl will mostly sing in Italian. There are however also some English verses. Hints were dropped over the past few days on the official Eurovision Bulgaria Twitter, where hints were given that it was a girl who is not from Italy or San Marino. Furthermore, we learned that the artist’s first name started with K and ended with A. The absolute curveball of that list was the fact that we were supposedly dealing with a singer who’s not from an Italian speaking country… Yet she will have to sing in Italian in Sofia. You can listen to Mirror below:
Not My Soul released for JESC 15

Not My Soul released for JESC 15

Malta releases the Junior Eurovision entry. Destiny will be singing Not My Soul.
Hear ‘Oluja’ by Jana Mirković

Hear ‘Oluja’ by Jana Mirković

Montenegro has finally made its entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 public – it’s ‘Oluja’ (‘Storm’) by Jana Mirković. Jana was internally selected during the summer by RTCG and has co-written the song with Vladimir Graić Graja, Mirsad Serhatlić and Boban Novović. The singer is very happy with how the song has turned out: The song is the result of hard work and long preparations. I believe that everyone will be happy with how it sounds – especially the arrangement, because Vladimir has such experience in Eurovision! She is referring of course to the Eurovision pedigree Vladimir Graić brings to the table, having co-written ‘Beauty Never Lies’ (Serbia 2015), ‘Verjamem’ (Slovenia 2012) and of course Serbia’s Eurovision winner ‘Molitva’ by Marija Šerifović. The music video to the song was shot across several locations in Montenegro, and was revealed this weekend. Have a listen to the song that will be representing Montenegro in Sofia next month.  
Hear the studio version of ‘Dumba Je’

Hear the studio version of ‘Dumba Je’

Yesterday, the music video was released for Mishela Rapo’s entry for this year’s Junior Eurovision, ‘Dumba Je’. You may remember that it was the first song to be selected for the contest, way back in May as part of Festivali 53 i Femijeve. Until now, we just had the live recording, but now the song has been tightened up and given a music video featuring the final version that will compete in Sofia next month. Albania has only competed in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest once before, in 2012 when they finished last. So Mishela won’t have to do much in order to beat the country’s previous record, but do you think she could have a contender in ‘Dumba Je’?
Poli Genova to host Junior Eurovision

Poli Genova to host Junior Eurovision

Today it has been revealed that the host of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be none other than Poli Genova. The name will be a familiar one to Eurovision fans, as she represented Bulgaria at the 2011 contest in Dusseldorf. The singer and presenter impressed the producers at castings held for the role, where her confidence on stage and in front of the camera and her excellent English were factors that helped her land the role. Poli is excited to start work – she had this to say about her part in the contest: I am really happy that Bulgaria is hosting the most prestigious song contest for young artists in Europe and that BNT decided that I am the right person to host it. I can’t wait to discover this event and I am sure it will be unforgettable! Let’s support the young artists together because they are our future. As well as her previous Eurovision experience, Poli has also been a judge on the Bulgarian X Factor series and provided her voice to the Bulgarian release of The Smurfs. She will present the Junior Contest when it comes live from Sofia on Saturday 21 November.
Listen to the host nation’s JESC song

Listen to the host nation’s JESC song

The song to be performed by Gabriela Yordanova for Bulgaria at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has now been revealed. Gabriela will sing ‘Colour Of Hope’ for the host country next month. Written by Slavi Trifonov, Evgeni Dimitrov and Georgi Milchev-Godji with lyrics by Gabriela, the song is “about hope, dreams and happiness – illustrating the ability of children to find the colours of life” according to BNT. Ivan Stoyanov, who finished 2nd in the Bulgarian national selection, also features on the song and will join Gabriela on stage. He has also contributed lyrics. The song will represent Bulgaria when they host the Junior contest on Saturday 21 November, and Gabriela and Ivan will be hoping to give the country its first victory at the contest after finishing 2nd last year. Here is the song:
Chiara and Martina to sing ‘Viva’ in Sofia

Chiara and Martina to sing ‘Viva’ in Sofia

The next song from this year’s Junior Eurovision to be revealed is ‘Viva’ by Chiara and Martina for reigning champions Italy. The path to the contest for the 15 year-old Scarpari twins has not been a smooth one. Last month, they won over nine other acts in an episode of Ti Lascio Una Canzone to be given the honour of representing Italy at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. However, it later emerged that there were some technical problems in the final stage of the televoting that may have resulted in a different outcome. Therefore Chiara and Martina competed against Giovanni Sutera Sardo once again in a re-run of the final duel. The audience voted in the same way as before, and the twins kept their ticket to Sofia. Since their victory (and their second victory) the girls have been working hard in the recording studio with established singer-songwriter Gigi D’Alessio to prepare their song, and now ‘Viva’ has been released in full. Have a look at Italy’s Junior entry below – could they make it two wins in a row?
Listen to Lena’s Song for Serbia

Listen to Lena’s Song for Serbia

A few weeks ago, Serbia was confirmed to be taking part in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and 11 year-old Lena Stamenković was chosen internally to represent the country. Her song is now finished, officially submitted and ready to be heard by the world. It’s called ‘Lelina Pesma’ (‘Lena’s Song’) and has been written by Lena along with Leontina Vukomanović and arranged by Dušan Alagić. The song will be the 7th to represent Serbia at Junior Eurovision, with their best results being third place finishes in 2007 and 2010. Emilija Đonin represented the country last year and finished tenth. Can Lena do any better? Have a listen to her song and see if you think so.  
Listen to MIKA’s song for Junior Eurovision

Listen to MIKA’s song for Junior Eurovision

Armenia’s entry for next month’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest was finally unveiled today. MIKA (Michael Varosyan) was announced as the country’s singer back in July, and last month it was revealed that the title of the song was ‘Love.’ Now you can listen to the song and watch the music video. ‘Love’ is a rock’n’roll styled number and it is co-written by MIKA along with Avet Barsegyan and Lilit Navasardyan. Armenia has a very successful history in the contest, with two 2nd place finishes, two 3rd places and a winner since their debut in 2007. ‘Love’ will be the country’s ninth entry into the contest. Have a look at the music video and let us know whether you think MIKA and his song will continue Armenia’s winning streak – and look out for a special guest appearance from a well-known Eurovision artist!
Ivana and Magdalena to sing ‘Pletenka’ in Sofia

Ivana and Magdalena to sing ‘Pletenka’ in Sofia

A few weeks ago it was revealed that 13 year-olds Ivana Petkovska and Magdalena Aleksovska had been chosen to represent Macedonia at Junior Eurovision, after a series of open auditions. Since then, the two girls have been working on their song, and it has now revealed that they will sing ‘Pletenka’ (‘Braid’) at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Bulgaria next month. The girls wrote the song themselves and it will be the country’s 11th entry to the Junior contest, with their best result to date being consecutive fifth places in 2007 and 2008. Can ‘Pletenka’ do any better? Here’s the music video:  
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