Bulgaria 2015

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

Listen to Australia’s Junior Eurovision song!

Listen to Australia’s Junior Eurovision song!

Just earlier this week, it was announced that Australia would be competing in Junior Eurovision 2015, and already they have announced a singer and a song. 13 year-old Bella Paige will represent the country at their debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with her song ‘My Girls’. Some may already be familiar with Bella, as she competed and was runner-up in The Voice Kids last year. Another very exciting part to this story is that ‘My Girls’ is co-written by Bella with none other than Australian superstar Delta Goodrem. Delta has sold millions of records worldwide and has had many number one singles and albums in Australia and beyond. She is also a coach on The Voice Kids, where she met Bella. The two of them have written the song with Grammy-nominated songwriter Mitch Allan (whose credits include ‘Heartbeat Song’ by Kelly Clarkson, ‘Want To Want Me’ by Jason Derulo and many more) and producer Vince Pazzinga (a frequent collaborator with Delta Goodrem). Bella was thrilled to get the chance to represent her country: I couldn’t believe it when I found out I was selected to represent Australia and I’m so excited to be singing my single, My Girls, …
Australia to compete in Sofia!

Australia to compete in Sofia!

After officially being invited several months ago to field an entrant in the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it was just revealed that Australia will be the 17th participant in Sofia. The singer and song that will represent Australia has been selected internally by Australian associate EBU member SBS and will be revealed on Friday. SBS managing director Michael Ebeid was predictably delighted to announce the news saying; Eurovision is a landmark program for SBS and we’re so proud to be part of an event which brings people together to celebrate creativity and diversity through music. We’re delighted to have secured another opportunity to showcase Australia’s amazing vocal and song-writing talent to the world, this time through an incredibly talented young artist. We look forward to giving Australian audiences a surprise second dose of Eurovision fun this year. Australia will join Ireland as débutantes to this years contest after Irish language broadcaster TG4 decided to field a contestant in the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision. The contest will be held on November 21st in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Maraaya composition wins Mini EMA

Maraaya composition wins Mini EMA

The final of Mini EMA took place last night to decide Slovenia’s entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and it was won by Lina Kuduzović with ‘Prva Ljubezen’. Lina was competing head to head with Leni, and the winner was decided by the Slovenian public. ‘Prva Ljubezen’ (‘First Love’) was co-written by Lina, along with Maraaya, who have become quite a Eurovision force to be reckoned with in Slovenia in the last few years. The duo also co-wrote last year’s Slovenian entry for Junior Eurovision, ‘Nisi Sam’ (‘Your Light’) and represented Slovenia as artists in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Here For You’. One half of Maraaya, Raay, also co-wrote Slovenia’s 2014 entry, ‘Round And Round’ for Tinkara Kovač, and is also a prolific songwriter and producer for other artists. The song will be Slovenia’s 2nd entry to Junior Eurovision and Lina will be hoping to better last year’s 12th place when the competition takes place in Sofia on Saturday 21 November. You can watch ‘Prva Ljubezen’ below.
Shalisa wins Junior Songfestival

Shalisa wins Junior Songfestival

The final of the Dutch national selection for Junior Eurovision, Junior Songfestival took place last night. We now have a winner, and representing The Netherlands in Sofia will be Shalisa with ‘Million Lights’. Shalisa is 15 years old and comes from Wognum in Northern Holland. She beat 4 other competitors last night by a landslide, getting top marks from the public vote, the kids’ jury and the adult jury. The Netherlands is one of just two countries to have taken part in every Junior Eurovision Song Contest since its inception meaning Shalisa will be the country’s 13th competitor, attempting to match Ralf and his victory in 2009. Junior Eurovision takes place on Saturday 21 November – have a listen to Shalisa’s entry, ‘Million Lights’ below.  
Junior Songfestival final line-up complete

Junior Songfestival final line-up complete

Over the past couple of weeks, eight artists and songs have been competing for the right to represent The Netherlands at Junior Eurovision 2015. Finally, there is now a complete line-up for Saturday’s grand final. In the first semi-final, Shalisa and Guusje impressed the voting public and the adult and childrens’ juries and booked their place in the final. On Saturday, Nohr and 4Life qualified from the second semi-final, and it has now been revealed that Myrthe has been chosen as a wildcard competitor from the four non-qualifiers. This gives us five songs competing for the Dutch ticket to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia, and they are as follows: 4LIFE – You Will Know My Name Guusje – Talk About Love Myrthe – Kinderen Van De Zon Nohr – Ik Ben Mezelf Shalisa – Million Lights One of these songs will be the 13th to represent The Netherlands at Junior Eurovision and will aim to repeat the success of their winner, Ralf Mackenbach from 2009. Find out who will be the lucky artist on Saturday evening at 18:55 CET, and watch the competing songs below. Who is your favourite to go forward to Sofia?
It’s Leni vs. Lina on Sunday!

It’s Leni vs. Lina on Sunday!

The final of Slovenia’s first ever Mini EMA takes place on Sunday, and their national final for Junior Eurovision is mini in every sense of the word, as there are only two artists left standing. Leni and Lina Kuduzović won their respective semi-finals, held over the last couple of weeks, and they will now compete head-to-head to decide who will represent Slovenia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia. Leni’s competing song, ‘Najlepši dan’ (‘The Most Beautiful Day’) was co-written with Aleš Klinar, with lyrics by Tina Muc and Anja Rupel. Meanwhile, Lina Kuduzović co-wrote her song, ‘Prva ljubezen’ (‘First Love’) with Maraaya, who co-wrote Slovenia’s Junior entry last year, and of course represented the country in their own right at the adult competition with ‘Here For You’. The final of Mini EMA takes place this Sunday 4 October. Listen to the two songs below – which would you like to see representing Slovenia?
Official Junior Eurovision theme song presented

Official Junior Eurovision theme song presented

The official theme song of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been officially revealed. Sung by last year’s 2nd placed representative Krisia Todorova, the song is called ‘#Discover’ which is also the slogan of this year’s Junior Contest. Along with Krisia on lead vocals, the backing vocals are provided by the Bulgarian National Radio Children’s Choir, made up of 45 singers aged between 6 and 17. The song was written by Evgeni Dimitrov, Vasko Ivanov-Dexter, Gordon Bonello and Matt Muxu. The songwriters described the song as “cool.” The song is a mixture between pop music, classical music, rock and folk instrumentals. ‘#Discover’ will be performed by all of this year’s competitors during the interval of the contest in Sofia on Saturday 21 November. You can listen to the song below. What do you think?
Mikhail Smirnov is chosen for Sofia

Mikhail Smirnov is chosen for Sofia

Russia’s national final took place in Moscow tonight, and Mikhail Smirnov was crowned the winner, and will be Russia’s 11th Junior Eurovision participant. The votes from the professional jury – including among others Philipp Kirkorov, Julia Savicheva and last year’s representative Alisa Kozhikina – combined with the ongoing internet voting left Mikhail three points ahead of his nearest rival Maria Mirova. His song, ‘Mechta’ (‘Dream’) will represent Russia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and you can listen below. What do you think? Will Russia be adding to their phenomenal run of results at the Junior contest?
Russia picks its song for Junior

Russia picks its song for Junior

Tonight, we will have another song to add to the list for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, as Russia makes its decision. Russia has been one of the most successful countries at the Junior contest, winning once in 2006 and finishing top five for the last 6 consecutive years. Tonight, the country’s song for Sofia will be decided by a jury and the public vote. People from Russia and beyond have been casting their votes via the official website, and this portion of the voting closed last night. Tonight, the 18 young artists will perform their competing songs and a professional jury will make up the other 50% of the vote. You can tune into the national final tonight at 20:00 CET on the official Junior Eurovision website and check out who is competing here. What song would you like to see at Junior Eurovision on Saturday 21 November?
Lena Stamenković to Sofia

Lena Stamenković to Sofia

Serbia has chosen their entrant for the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. 11 year old Lena Stamenković has been selected internally by broadcaster RTS. Lena’s song will, appropriately, be called Lenina pesma: “Lena’s song.” The song was written by Lena herself as well as Leontina Vukomanović and it was arranged by Dušan Alagić. RTS expect to reveal the song soon. Lena rose to fame earlier this year on one of Serbia’s most popular talent shows for children, ‘Pinkove zvezdice’. She eventually finished fourth in the competition. Serbia returned to the competition last year with the song Svet u mojim očima by Emilija Ðonin, which managed to finish tenth. Serbia’s best result ever was a third place. Serbia’s artist reveal comes on the day that Junior Eurovision Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev announced that the finalised list of participants in the 2015 contest will be revealed next week. So far, fifteen countries have confirmed participation. Among those are returners Albania and FYR Macedonia, as well as débuting nation Ireland.
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