Valletta 2016

For all the news about the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Maltese capital city of Valletta.

Emotional Mariam is our JESC 2016 winner!

Here we have it! A reaction from Mariam as she walks to her press conference! What a stunning win from a stunning little girl! Clearly emotions were high and how could we expect any less. There is no doubt this is a dream come true and on the same week as her birthday it will be something she could never forget! We couldn’t be prouder!

Georgia wins Junior Eurovision 2016!

The 2016 edition of Junior Eurovision concluded moments ago, where Georgia’s MariamMamadashvili won with her entry ‘Mzeo‘. The show was hosted in Valletta, Malta and 17 countries all participated, showcasing young and fresh talent from each of their countries. Here’s a look at the results and the total points accumulated. 1. Georgia – Mariam Mamadashvili – Mzeo – 239 points 2. Armenia – Anahit & Mary – Tarber – 232 points 3. Italy –  Fiamma Boccia – Cara Mamma – Dear Mom – 209 points 4. Russia – Water of Life Project – Water of Life – 202 points 5. Australia – Alexa Curtis – We Are – 202 points 6. Malta – Christina Magrin – Parachute – 191 points 7. Belarus – Alexander Minyonok – Musyka moikh pobed – 177 points 8. The Netherlands – Kisses – Kisses and Dancin’ – 174 points 9. Bulgaria – Lidia Ganeva – Magical Day – 161 points 10. Ireland – Zena Donnelly – Bríce ar Bhríce – 122 points 11. Poland – Olivia Wieczorek – Nie zapomnij – 60 points 12. F.Y.R. Macedonia – Martija Stanojković – Love Will Lead Our Way (Ljubovta ne vodi) – 41 points 13. Albania – Klesta Qehaja – Besoj – 38 points 14. Ukraine – Sofia Rol – Planet …

Junior Eurovision: Expert jury and interval acts announced

This year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as already announced back in May will have a new voting system. Each artist will be judged by a professional jury and a youth jury made up of children from the participating countries. In addition to those votes, three additional judges will have the power of a country and will make the rest of the overall score. At the moment we know two of the jurors, Christer Björkman; this year’s Eurovision producer, and Mads Grimstad of the record label Universal Music. It has also been announced that Poli Genova -who gave Bulgaria its best result ever in Eurovision last May and hosted the 2015 Junior Eurovision- and Destiny Chukunyere, will perform in the final as interval acts. Destiny will not only sing her winning song ‘Not My Soul’ but will also present her new single ‘La Di Da’. A few days ago Valerie Vella and Ben Camille were confirmed as the hosts for this year’s Junior Eurovision. Both presenters are well-known faces for the Maltese audience, Valerie has been hosting various shows for the last 22 years, and Ben is currently playing the lead role in the country’s most watched TV …

Junior Eurovision: Olivia Wieczorek to sing for Poland

‘Krajowe Eliminacje do Konkursu Eurowizja Junior’, the Polish selection for the Junior Eurovision 2016, was held by TVP this afternoon and representing the country in Valletta will be Olivia Wieczorek with the song ‘Nie Zapomnij’. The votes from the professional jury –composed of Anna Wyszkoni, Marcin Kusya and this year’s Polish fan favourite Margaret– combined with the televote gave the victory to the young Olivia. The running order was as it follows: WAMWAY – Zróbmy hałas Ania Dąbrowska – Fryzurka Dominika Ptak – Kropla Julia Chmielarska – Na skrzydłach dni ASMki – Do końca świata Ula Dorosz – Życie to nie gra Amelia Andryszczyk – Marzenia Arfik – Tango dla Kotów Olivia Wieczorek – Nie Zapomnij The show featured a performance of last year’s winner Destiny Chukunyere, who performed her winning song ‘Not My Soul’ and Dami Im’s ‘Sound Of Silence’. Listen to the winning song below:

Fiamma Boccia to represent Italy at Junior Eurovision

Italy has announced their representative for Junior Eurovision! 12-year-old Fiamma Boccia is set to represent the country in Malta next month after being internally selected by Rai. The broadcaster has previously used “Ti lascio una canzone” to select their artist but due to the show’s cancellation, that was no longer possible. The song she will sing is called “Cara Mamma (Dear Mom)“. Fiamma was born in Florence on November 25th, 2003 and currently lives with her parents, older sister Emilia, and her two cats Mimi and Musetta. Back in 2013, she participated in “Zecchino d’Oro“, a long-standing singing competition for Italian kids that is organized in Bologna by the choir of the friars of the Antoniano, where she managed to end in a respectable 2nd place. Music has been a big part of her life since she was very young: she’s been playing the piano since she was 4 and she still sings for Piccolo Coro Melograno – a choir in her native Florence. When she’s not involved with music, she studies at a middle school, enjoys Harry Potter, and reads quite a lot. Fiamma will be the 3rd Italian representative in Junior Eurovision. The country debuted in 2014 when …

Macedonia reveals Junior Eurovision entry

Macedonia’s song for Junior Eurovision 2016 has finally been revealed, days after the initial presentation was planned and subsequently cancelled in the last minute. Upon being internally selected by MRT to represent Macedonia, few details regarding Martija Stanojkovic‘s entry were available until late September when the title, “Love Will Lead Our Way“, was announced, and just a few moments ago the official video was uploaded to the official Junior Eurovision Youtube account. This marks Macedonia’s 12th Junior Eurovision participation. Their best result, 5th place, was achieved in both 2007 and 2008, but unfortunately they also have 3 last places to their name.  

Ireland: Walter McCabe is the first finalist

The first Irish junior finalist was selected last night during the first semi-final of Junior Eurovision Éire, the country’s selection process to choose their representative for Valletta. Eight singers performed their own original Irish language songs, and Walter McCabe with ‘Las Do Sholas’ won the first ticket to the Irish final that will take place on November 6th. Among the 8 candidates, the jury -composed of Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Pauline Avalon and the guest judges Jedward- chose its two favourites, Hannah McNicholas and Walter McCabe, who had to compete in a sing-off. Hannah McNicholas Roche – “Titim as a Chéile” Amy Meehan – “Tapaigh An Deis” Walter McCabe – “Las Do Sholas” Bernadette Royo – “Bean Sí” Molly McCarthy – “Imithe Leis An Ghaoth” Jael Katebe-Wini – “An Ghrá i do Chroí” Cathal Gavin – “Seo hé Mo Ghlór” Susie Power – “Popsicle” You can watch Walter’s performance below:

Malta unveil stage design for Junior Eurovision 2016

Over the past couple of days, the heads of delegations meeting for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been taking place in the Maltese capital city of Valletta which will host the contest itself on November 20th. At the meeting, the host broadcaster of this year’s show, PBS, has been presenting its plans for the contest to the participating delegations. This evening, this culminated in the unveiling of the stage design for the contest and you can see an artist’s impression of the stage below, courtesy of PBS: While the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in multiple venues across Valletta, the majority of the contest will be taking place in the Mediterranean Conference Centre. Over the next six weeks, this venue “will be totally transformed into a modern television complex with a live audience” according to PBS. They continue to say that the stage “will be energetic and modern while still retaining the hall’s characteristics”. The stage is a further representation of the theme of the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Embrace, which “was inspired by the core values of this festival, that is, connectivity, diversity, creativity and respect”. What do you think of the stage design? Let …

Ukraine: Final version, music video for “Planet Craves For Love” released

Last month, Ukraine selected Sofia Rol to represent the country at the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her song Planet Craves For Love. Sofia convincingly won the televote and finished in second place with the juries to secure her a win once the votes were combined. Today, Ukrainian broadcaster NTU have revealed the final version of the song along with the official video clip which you can watch below. Along with a few instrumental changes, Sofia now switches to English later in the song compared to the initial version. Ukraine have had mixed fortunes since their debut at the contest in 2006. The country has reached the top 5 on four of their 10 appearances, including one victory – Nebo by Anastasiya Petryk in 2012 – and two second place finishes – Matrosy by Anastasiya’s older sister Viktoria in 2008 and We Are One by Sofia Tarasova in 2013. Last year, Anna Trincher’s very professional performance of Pochny z sebe (Start With Yourself) reached a respectable 11th place in Bulgaria. Let us know what you think of the final version of the Ukrainian entry for Junior Eurovision 2016 in the comments below!

Australian Junior Eurovision Entry Revealed!

What an exciting morning it is shaping up to be! Here we have it! The Australian entry for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest! Alexa Curtis is undoubtedly going to be uplifting  people across the world with her song “We Are.” It’s inspirational pop at it’s best and following in a strong line with Bella Paige’s “My Girls.” What I think I like most about Australia and their participation in JESC is that the songs we have so far sent have been extremely age appropriate. Inspirationally so! Not focusing on love or heart break, but instead important things in life like friendship and self belief. I have no doubt the live performance will be much like Dami Im’s, blowing us away and surprising us all. The official recording sounds a little held back, but as we all know it’s about the performance on the night and I have full confidence there will be surprises in store with Alexa. Lets just hope I can hold it together a bit better than I did with Dami! Being co-written by Ali Tamposi and Tania Doko, it is no wonder the song has such a strong presence! A pair that have some incredibly noteworthy credits under …