Bulgaria 2015

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

Artists and songs for Friday’s national final revealed

Artists and songs for Friday’s national final revealed

Russia will be the next country to choose its song for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with its national selection taking place this Friday 25 September at 20:00 CET. This morning, the names of the 18 finalists competing to represent their country were revealed, and they are as follows: Milana Pavlova Anna Tomilo Aleksandra Gorodeckaya Mihail Smirnov Maria Mirova Daria Pereverzeva Sonia Lapshakova Sofia Fedorova Vilena Hikmatullina Kameliya Pedan Ekaterina Bizina 4 Kadra Eden Golan Katya Maneshina Daria Kim Yulia Asessorova Hikmatullina & Maneshina Caramel Sky You can listen to their songs on the official website here and vote for your favourite. This will make up 50% of the votes for the final, while a professional jury will cast their votes on the night itself, making up the remaining 50%. Russia has won the Junior Contest once before, when the Tolmachevy Twins took the crown in 2006, before going on to finish 7th in Eurovision 2014. Since then, Russia has also finished in the top five for the last 6 years running, so there is a strong record for Friday’s winner to live up to.
Junior entry to be revealed on 6th October

Junior entry to be revealed on 6th October

Armenia’s entry for the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be revealed on 6th October, it has been confirmed. It was announced back in July that 12 year old Michael Varosyan would represent Armenia, but until now little information had been given on the song that he would be singing in Sofia.  Today, the silence was broken and we now know that the song to be performed at the contest is titled “Love”. The song is described as a rock ‘n’ roll track, which is a completely new genre for Armenia at the contest.  MIKA (Michael Varosyan) spoke about the song saying, “It is very rhythmic and is filled with positive energy and emotions, my emotions. I think you are going to love it!” Lilit Navasardyan, the song’s composer said how it was MIKA’s personality that inspired her to make a rock ‘n’ roll song for him to perform at the contest. Whilst it’s writer, Avet Barseghyan described it as ‘full of joy, positive emotions and catchy rhythms” We look forward to hearing the entry on 6th October!
Ivana and Magdalena to represent FYR Macedonia

Ivana and Magdalena to represent FYR Macedonia

On 17th September, the Macedonian broadcaster MRT announced that they had chosen their representatives for Sofia –  Ivana Petkovska and Magdalena Aleksovsk. Following a public call for submissions by MRT, the decision to send the two 13 year olds to Bulgaria was made last week. More details on the duo, who live in Skopje as well as information regarding the song will be released next week. Macedonia last participated at the Junior contest in 2013 with the song ‘Ohrid i muzika’ performed by then 13 year old Barbara Popović.  Unfortunately, they finished last place at the contest with only 19pts.  
Chiara & Martina Scarpari to sing for Italy

Chiara & Martina Scarpari to sing for Italy

Tonight, RAI held their first national final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. After three rounds, it was decided by a combination of televoting and a professional jury that Chiara & Martina Scarpari would sing for Italy in Sofia. The Three hour selection was a special edition of popular show ‘Ti lascio una canzone’ and began with the first round, which saw the 10 contestants placed in duels against each other. The five winners progressed to the second round. The Second round saw the five finalists plus a wildcard perform a medley of Italy’s past Eurovision entries – Marco Mengoni’s ‘L’Essenziale’ from 2013, Umberto Tozzi & Rafs ‘Gente di Mare’ from 1987 & the ever popular ‘Nel blue dipinto di blu’ by Domenico Modugno from 1958. A mixture of jury and televoting narrowed the five down to the final two. In the final round, Chiara & Martina were joined by Giovanni Sutera Sardo. After 10 minutes of voting and some suspense, “Chiara & Martina” were announced as the winners, winning with 60% of the vote. Although Italy’s representatives are now known, they are yet to reveal the song which will be performed in Sofia.    
Gabriela Yordanova is the home entry!

Gabriela Yordanova is the home entry!

Bulgaria’s national final took place tonight to decide upon its singer for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and the winner was 12 year-old Gabriela Yordanova. Last week, 4 semi-finals took place, where three singers qualified from each heat, giving a field of 12 tonight. Each of the contenders sang a three minute pop song, and after the votes from the public and professional jury were counted, Gabriela came out on top. In the 2014 contest, Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim gave Bulgaria a 2nd place finish, but because winners Italy declined to host, the contest will be held in Sofia, meaning Gabriela will represent her country on home turf. Now, Gabriela will work with broadcasters bTV and BNT (jointly hosting the contest) to come up with her song for the contest, and it will be announced at a later date. In the mean time, here is one of Gabriela’s performances from the selection process. Will she do the host country proud?
Anna Trincher is chosen for Sofia!

Anna Trincher is chosen for Sofia!

Tonight, Ukraine held its national final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and so became the 3rd country this year to reveal their song for Sofia. That honour goes to Anna Trincher, who turns 13 next week, with ‘Pochny z Sebe’ (‘Start With Yourself’) who won the approval of televotes and jury to come top of the 14 competing songs. Anna will be the 10th artist to represent Ukraine at Junior Eurovision and will join artists such as  Ruslan Aslanov from Belarus and Michael Varosyan from Armenia at the 13th contest in Sofia, Bulgaria on Saturday 21 November. Have a listen to Anna’s entry below and let us know what you think!
Ukraine chooses for Junior Eurovision

Ukraine chooses for Junior Eurovision

Things are picking up in the Junior Eurovision world this weekend, with two countries confirming the songs they will be sending. Belarus chose their song last night, which you can watch and read more about here, and tonight it’s the turn of Ukraine. The national final to select Ukraine’s song and artist for Junior will take place today at 17:30 CET in Kiev’s Olmeca Plage complex, and will be streamed live on junioreurovision.tv. The line-up has already seen one withdrawal, which leaves 14 artists who will each perform their song tonight for the approval of the jury and televoters. The running order was decided on Thursday, with the first and last songs chosen at random and the rest decided by producers. It is as follows: Voice Land – Dytynstvo (Childhood) Anastsiia Tkachuk – Moia zemlia (My land) Fresh – Zhyvy na povnu (Live to the full extent) Alisa Panchuk – Spivai (Sing) Katriona Hannah – Fly Zabava – Lety (Fly) Nina Boikova – Rozmaliui moi sny (Colour my dreams) Mariia Karogodska – V sertsi musyka ie (There is music in the heart) Sofiia Dobryvecher – My khochemo myru (We want to have peace) Anna Trincher – Pochny z sebe (Start …
Ruslan Aslanov gets the ticket to Sofia!

Ruslan Aslanov gets the ticket to Sofia!

Last night in Minsk, the national final to select the Belarusian entry for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place and produced an overwhelming result. 13 year-old Ruslan Aslanov won the vote of both the public and the jury with his song ‘Volshebstvo’ (‘Magic’) to become the pick of Belarus, beating nine other songs that were in contention. Belarus is one of only two countries to have participated in every Junior contest to date (the other being the Netherlands) and one of only two countries to have won twice (along with Georgia). Now they become the second country to choose and make public their entry for 2015, with Ukraine to follow tonight. Watch ‘Volshebstvo’ below and let us know what you think!
Copyright infringement leads to national final withdrawal

Copyright infringement leads to national final withdrawal

Ukraine’s line-up of competitors for its Junior Eurovision ticket was announced recently, with the national final due to take place next Saturday, 22 August. However, the national selection committee detected some irregularities with one of the song, which has led to 15 songs becoming 14. The song ‘TGIF (Thank God it’s Friday)’ by Alina Valuiska fell foul of the Junior Eurovision rule that states: …the compositions (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and made available to the public before 1 May 2015, and a child is the only rights-holder or co-owner of the rights of the song. It was discovered that the song is not an original composition, as the music was already that of ‘So Bright’ by Pretty Lights featuring Eligh. Pretty Lights is listed as a co-writer of ‘TGIF’ along with Anna Vakha, but Ukrainian broadcaster NTU never received the required documents. We have received neither the official confirmation that Alina Vluiska was involved in the process of writing the song, nor the documents for rights transfer from the authors Pretty Lights. Taking into consideration the fact of rules violation, Alina Valuiska is not allowed to compete in the final of the National Selection for JESC-2015. …
ARMTV choose Michael Varosyan for Sofia

ARMTV choose Michael Varosyan for Sofia

Armenian broadcaster ARMTV have chosen Michael Varosyan to represent them in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. The 12-year old will travel to Sofia in November to make his dream come true. And what a dream it is for Michael. He has participated in various national finals in order to fly the Armenian flag in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It’s the fourth time Michael has been involved with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest: He’s been trying to win the ticket since 2012, but lost the national final time after time. This time, ARMTV have selected him internally. Besides being a singer, Michael now also hosts his own television show, called Puzzle. The song he will sing in Sofia will be selected internally at a later date.
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