Valletta 2016

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

Australian Junior Eurovision Entry Revealed!

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 …
Russia reveal final version of Junior Eurovision entry “Water Of Life”

Russia reveal final version of Junior Eurovision entry “Water Of Life”

Back in August, Russia selected 14-year-old Sofia Fisenko as the winner of their national final for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her performance of Zhivaya voda was awarded top marks from both the jury and the internet voting. Today, the final version of the Russian entry was released and it features Sofia as the lead singer of a four-member girl group called the Water Of Life Project. The final chorus of the song has also been translated into English, from which the new title of the song Water Of Life originates from. Russia have a fantastic record since their Junior Eurovision debut in 2005, finishing in the top 5 on seven occasions in their eleven appearances at the contest and never finishing outside the top 10. Russia’s best result at the contest was in 2006 when the Tolmachevy Twins were victorious with Vesenniy Jazz, who later went on to represent the country at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest when Shine finished in a fantastic 7th place. The new version of Water Of Life adds extra instrumentation to the original version and we can also hear the three newcomers to the project joining Sofia in singing beautiful harmonies throughout the song. You can check out the brand new …
Junior Eurovision: Listen to the Serbian entry!

Junior Eurovision: Listen to the Serbian entry!

The Serbian public broadcaster, RTS, has just revealed the song that will be representing the country in Valletta, which will be performed by Dunja Jeličić. The song ‘U LA LA LA’ was composed by Vladimir Graić, and the lyrics were written by Leontina Vukomanović and Dunja herself. Dunja was selected internally by Radio Television of Serbia along with Children’s Belgrade Cultural Center (CBCC). RTS had been looking for an excellent singer and dancer, with great communication skills and confidence on stage. Dunja Jeličić, according to the broadcaster, proved to be the best given her excellent knowledge of English. You can watch the music video below: This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on November 20th in Valletta, Malta.
Junior Eurovision: Cypriot entry 'Dance Floor' revealed

Junior Eurovision: Cypriot entry 'Dance Floor' revealed

A few weeks ago, Cyprus was confirmed to be taking part in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and 13-year-old George Michaelides was internally chosen to represent the island. The song has been officially premiered this evening on RIK1’s newscast. CyBC announced back in September that George Michaelides would be the one representing the country in Valletta with the song ‘Dance Floor’, composed by the Cypriot Andreas Anastasiou and the Swede Jonas Gladnikoff. The music video has been directed by Maria Charis. Cyprus hasn’t been a lucky country in the junior competition, achieving its best results in both 2004 and 2006 with an eighth place. Their last participation was in 2014, when Sophia Patsalides ended up in ninth place. Will George change the country’s fate in the competition? What do you think?
Junior Eurovision: Ireland's first semifinal on Sunday 9th

Junior Eurovision: Ireland's first semifinal on Sunday 9th

After various months of auditions in Ireland, the best 32 artists have been selected for the televised part of the Junior Eurovision Éire selection process. On Sunday 9th of October at 21:00 CET on TG4, the first 8 singers will perform their own original Irish language songs. However, only one of them will make it through to the final. Competing this Sunday are: 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” The jury will be composed of Fiachna O Braonain, Paulien Scanlon, and Jedward as the first guest judges. Ireland first competed in Junior Eurovision last year, when they were represented by Aimee Banks with ‘Réalta na Mara’.
A “Magical Day”: Bulgaria presents Lidia’s JESC entry

A “Magical Day”: Bulgaria presents Lidia’s JESC entry

This morning, Bulgarian broadcaster BNT revealed the official music video for their 2016 Junior Eurovision entry Magical Day, which will be performed by Lidia Ganeva who won Bulgaria’s national selection process back in June. The song was composed by Vladimir Ampov Grafa with lyrics being written by Iliya Grigorov. It is mostly performed in Bulgarian as necessary due to the rules of the contest, but the end of the song sees Lidia switch to English. BNT stated the following via Twitter regarding their decision to add English to their Junior Eurovision entry for the first time: “The message of our song is important and we want to be understood by as many people as possible.” Magical Day is an uplifting mid-tempo song that showcases Lidia’s wonderful vocals. The addition of a choir towards the end of the song gives the song an anthemic quality that will surely appeal to both the adult and kids juries that will determine the winner of the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the Maltese capital of Valletta next month. The official music video was directed by Vasil Stefanov and you can watch this below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMwjTU1T2W8 What do you think of Bulgaria’s 2016 Junior Eurovision entry? Could Lidia go one better than Krisia, …
Junior Eurovision: It's Mariam Mamadashvili for Georgia

Junior Eurovision: It's Mariam Mamadashvili for Georgia

The Georgian Public Broadcaster has announced that the 10-year-old singer Mariam Mamadashvili will represent Georgia at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The jury in charge of choosing the representative was composed of the vocal coach Rusudan Bakhstazde, the producer Nato Dumbadze, the director Zaza Orashvili, one of the Georgian representatives in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest; Nika Kocharov, and the Junior Eurovision 2014 contestant, Lizi Pop. The window for submissions was open until  September 25th. Giorgi Kukhianidze, who was one of the composers of Lizi Pop’s ‘Happy Day’, will work on this year’s song along with Mariam. At the moment, GPB has not given any details regarding the release date of the song. The 14th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Malta on November 20th with a total of 17 countries competing.
JESC 2016 Australian Artist Announced!

JESC 2016 Australian Artist Announced!

With 52 days to go SBS and BlinkTV have made a big announcement! Alexa Curtis is set to represent Australia at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song contest to be held in Valetta Malta on the 20th of November! No stranger to the thrills of performing to a large television audience Alexa won The Voice Kids Australia in 2014 – when she was ten. At just 12 years old she is already proving to be quite the seasoned entertainer, despite having no formal vocal training until her appearence on The Voice Kids! Once again making all the adults in the room feel decidedly untalented and seriously question what they are doing with their lives. The Voice Kids is really showing itself to be a pool of wonderful Junior Eurovision Talent, isn’t it!? If you need any more proof of her incredible talent have a look at some of her performances on the voice below! While there has been no announcement yet of her song if it is anything like Bella Paige’s “My Girls” I think we will have a very happy reporter (and nation) on our hands!  
17 countries in this year's JESC

17 countries in this year's JESC

17 countries will participate in this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. For the second time, the contest will take place in Malta after Destiny’s victory with the song Not My Soul. For the first time the Junior Eurovision will be held on a Sunday as a matinee show. The show will primarily take place in the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta but other locations around the city will feature during the transmission. Cyprus, Israel and Poland are returning countries in the contest as the number of participating nations matched up last year’s edition held in Sofia. The participating nations are for the Junior Eurovision on 20 November are; Albania, Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Poland, The Netherlands, Malta, F. Y. R. Macedonia, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.
Junior Eurovision: The Netherlands present entry “Kisses and Dancin'”

Junior Eurovision: The Netherlands present entry “Kisses and Dancin'”

After the release of various snippets and live performances, Dutch national broadcaster AVROTROS has presented the official lyric video for their 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest entry Kisses and Dancin’. The song will be performed by girl group Kisses, consisting of Kymora, Stefania and Sterre who were internally selected after a series of auditions that took place back in May. This marked a change in strategy for The Netherlands, who had previously used a national final to select all of their previous participants which included a victory for Ralf Mackenbach back in 2009. The official video clip for the entry is due to be presented on 1st October. Meanwhile, check out the official lyric video below and let us know what you think of the Dutch entry in the comments!
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