Valletta 2016

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

Junior Eurovision: George Michaelides will sing for Cyprus

Junior Eurovision: George Michaelides will sing for Cyprus

George Michaelides will represent Cyprus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Valletta with the song ‘Dance Floor’. George was chosen by a five-member jury panel composed by Salomi Chatzineofytou, Lia Kasiou, Spyros Spyrou, Florentios Tsoukkas and Stéfanos Charalámpous. The jurors had to pick a winner from seven submitted entries performed by artists aged between 9 and 14. The Cypriot broadcaster (CyBC) has not given any information regarding the release date of the song. Cyprus was absent from the competition last year but will return to Malta, where two years ago scored a 9th place with Sophia Patsalides.
Junior Eurovision: Serbia make it sixteen for Valletta

Junior Eurovision: Serbia make it sixteen for Valletta

Serbian broadcaster RTS (Radio-televizija Srbije) has finally confirmed the long-standing rumours that Serbia would be present in Valletta in November for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. At the same time, Duška Vučinić (head of press at RTS) has quashed rumours that it will be 14-year-old Mateja Vukašinović who will have the honour of becoming Serbia’s eighth representative at the contest. Speaking to Serbian website Kurir, Duška explains that RTS has “not yet defined the way [they will] elect the representatives for this year’s competition”. Serbia have been largely successful at Junior Eurovision with top 3 finishes in both 2007 and 2010 and only one failure to finish outside the top 10 back in 2008. Serbia took a break from the contest between 2011 and 2013, but announced their comeback in 2014 with the internal selection of Emilija Djonin. RTS continued their use of internal selections with the choice of Lena Stamenković last year, who finished a very respectable 7th place in Sofia with Lenina pesma. This announcement, in addition to Australia’s confirmation of participation announced earlier this week, means a total of sixteen countries have confirmed their intention to participate in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Do you think any more countries will confirm participation for Junior Eurovision …
Australia Back for Junior Eurovision 2016

Australia Back for Junior Eurovision 2016

Well aren’t us Aussies stuck to the competition like chewing gum?! In an announcement by SBS today, Australia will be competing again in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Valletta Malta. After Bella Paige’s stunning performance last year, it is no wonder Australia wants to continue firmly pressing itself into all aspects of the competition! Hopefully we continue proving just how seriously we take all things Eurovision! It will add yet another level of person anguish for this writer who maybe gets a little too carried away sometimes with (rare) moments of national pride. My Girls Here We Go! (Again!)
Junior Eurovision: It's Sofiia Rol for Ukraine!

Junior Eurovision: It's Sofiia Rol for Ukraine!

Sofiia Rol has won the national final to select Ukraine’s entry in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. The results were made up of 50% televote and 50% jury vote. The show was hosted by Timur Miroshnychenko and Daria Kolomiec, with a total of 12 participants competing to represent Ukraine in Valletta this November. The running order for the final was: Hurt “VoiceLand” – “Vidchyny svoye sertse” Diana Sapozhko – “Tviy svit” Denys Rodin – “Ukrayina – mama moya” Yuliya Radchuk – “Moya zorya” Denys Dovirak and Natalya Sadova – “Ya chekayu dosi tvoho lysta” Alisa Panchuk – “Pyy svoyi mriyi” Polina Dashkova – “Do Boha” Anastasiya Bahinsʹka – “Miy svit” Sofiya Lozina– “Uhorsʹkyy tanok” Sofiia Rol – “Planet craves for love” Andriy Boyko – “Open your heart” Sofiya Shkidchenko – “Dolche Vita” You can watch the winning performance below: Was Sofiia your favourite contestant? What are your thoughts on the song?
Junior Eurovision: Ukrainian final on Saturday 10th

Junior Eurovision: Ukrainian final on Saturday 10th

The long wait to know who will be representing Ukraine at the Junior Eurovision is almost over: the chosen one will be selected on Saturday 10th. The artist who will represent Ukraine in the competition will be picked in a show that will be broadcast on UA:Pershiy, live from the Sky Family Park in Kyiv. NTU has announced that the show will start at 11:00 CET and will also be streamed on their YouTube channel. The winner will be determined by the votes of the jury –including,  Mariya Burmaka, the Deputy Director General of NTU and Head of the Ukrainian delegation; Victoria Romanova, Oleksandr Ksenofontov, Vadym Lysystsya, and Valentyn Koval– and the votes of the audience. These are the competing acts: Andriy Boyko – “Open your heart” Diana Sapozhko – “Tviy svit” Sofiya Shkidchenko – “Dolche Vita” Denys Dovirak and Natalya Sadova – “Ya chekayu dosi tvoho lysta” Yuliya Radchuk – “Moya zorya” Denys Rodin – “Ukrayina – mama moya” Sofiya Rolʹ – “Planet craves for love” Polina Dashkova – “Do Boha” Alisa Panchuk – “Pyy svoyi mriyi” Anastasiya Bahinsʹka – “Miy svit” Hurt “VoiceLand” – “Vidchyny svoye sertse” Sofiya Lozina– “Uhorsʹkyy tanok” In addition to the twelve contestants, last …
Junior Eurovision: TG4 reveals details of Irish national final

Junior Eurovision: TG4 reveals details of Irish national final

TG4 (the Irish broadcaster) has revealed details of Junior Eurovision Éire: Ireland’s Junior Eurovision selection. The show will be presented by Eoghan McDermott and will feature 32 participants all singing to represent Ireland over several weeks of rounds. The series will be judged by Linda Martin, Niamh Kavanagh, Sandie Jones, Dustin and Jedward. Linda Martin won Eurovision in 1992 for Ireland with the song “Why Me?”. Linda also finished second in 1984 with “Terminal 3”, written by Johnny Logan, only losing out to Herreys by eight points. Niamh Kavanagh won Eurovision for Ireland the year after Linda with the song “In Your Eyes”. Niamh returned to the contest in 2010 with the song “It’s For You” and finished 23rd with 25 points. Sandie Jones participated in the 1972 contest for Ireland and finished 15th out of 18 songs. She sang the song “Ceol an Ghrá” – “The Music of Love”. This was the only time Ireland performed in their native language until Aimee Banks sang “Réalta na mara” at Junior Eurovision 2015. Dustin the Turkey represented Ireland in 2008 with the song “Irelande Douze Pointe” after winning the Irish national final – Eurosong 2008. It is worth mentioning that Dustin the Turkey is a comedy puppet character …
Montenegro withdraw from Junior Eurovision

Montenegro withdraw from Junior Eurovision

After two years of participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG (Radio i Televizija Crne Gore) has revealed that Montenegro will not be returning for the 2016 edition of the competition which will be hosted by the Maltese capital city of Valletta on Sunday November 20th. Montenegro debuted in the contest back in 2014 with Maša Vujadinović & Lejla Vulić. The duo performed Budi dijete na jedan dan (translated as Be A Kid For A Day) and finished in 14th place. Jana Mirković went one place better in 2015 with a 13th place finish for her song Oluja. It is also worth mentioning that back in 2005, Filip Vučić represented Serbia and Montenegro in what became their only Junior Eurovision appearance prior to the country’s dissolution the following year. Filip’s Montenegrin-language entry Ljubav pa fudbal also achieved 13th place. RTCG are the third broadcaster to announce their withdrawal from the contest after participating in 2015, following in the footsteps of the Sammarinese and Slovenian broadcasters. However, Cyprus and Poland have both announced their return to the competition with TVP very recently confirming their national selection details. In total, 14 countries have confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2016 with just Australia and Serbia – of those that participated last year …
Junior Eurovision: Polish final on October 15th

Junior Eurovision: Polish final on October 15th

The Polish national broadcaster, TVP, confirmed they will be returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest after 12 years since their last appearance in the show. Poland debuted in the contest back in 2003 and withdrew after scoring only 6 points in their two years in the contest. TVP will pick their song for Valletta in ‘Krajowe Eliminacje do Konkursu Eurowizja Junior’, the final of their selection process, on October 15th. The winner will be decided by the vote of the jury and the TV viewers. Artists aged between 9-14 who want to represent their country, and comply with the requirements must send their submissions to the following address until September 20th. TELEWIZJA POLSKA S.A. J. P. WORONICZA 17, 00-999 WARSAW, REDAKCJA AUDYCJI ROZRYWKOWYCH I OPRAWY TVP1 BLOK ‘B’, POK. 545 ”Krajowe Eliminacje do Konkursu Eurowizja Junior” Or email: [email protected] Poland is the 14th country to confirm their participation in Malta after the national broadcaster of Montenegro announced they will not be competing in the upcoming Junior Eurovision, joining San Marino and Slovenia. You can also check what we know so far from the other countries here. Poland’s last Junior Eurovision entry was the young girl band KWADro with the …
Bulgarian Song details revealed for JESC 2016

Bulgarian Song details revealed for JESC 2016

Bulgarian National Television Broadcaster (BNT) has released further details regarding the song that their representative Lidia Ganeva will be singing on the 20th November in Valetta, Malta for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The song will be presented in September and will be written by Vladimir Ampov Grafa and Iliya Grigorov. The message of the song itself is all about the hopes and the dreams that every child has. Lidia Ganeva herself said that: “We can all be friends, every child has a big dream. Why do people have to believe in dreams? Because they sooner or later will come true” Are you looking forward to the presentation of the Bulgarian entry for Junior Eurovision, to be revealed in September? Source: BNT
Junior Eurovision 2016: What We Know So Far

Junior Eurovision 2016: What We Know So Far

After Malta’s record-breaking victory in November, Eurovision fans were excited to see the contest return to the land of Ira Losco. Since then however, several changes have been made to the contest’s format with countries withdrawing and returning in 2016. The contest will be held in the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta on 2oth November 2016. Also, the contest will take place during the afternoon (16:00 CET) rather than in the evening “in order to make the event more suitable for family prime time viewing”. There will also be major changes to the voting system this year. Unlike previous editions of the contest, there will be no televoting. Scores will be decided entirely by juries: a kids jury and and adult jury from each competing country. Each jury consists of 5 people as usual. In a similar way to the new Eurovision voting system, each country gives two sets of 1-8, 10, and 12 points. The results of the adult juries are presented “graphically” at the very start of the voting. Then spokespersons will reveal the results from each kids jury. Also, the age limits for participants have been lowered. Previously contestants had to be between 10 and 15 to take part. …
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