Junior Eurovision

Here you will find all the news about the world of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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.
Destiny Chukunyere to Sofia

Destiny Chukunyere to Sofia

In their artist selection show tonight, Malta have selected Destiny Chukunyere to represent them in the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Last year’s hosts will pick Destiny’s song at a later date. Destiny sang Think in tonight’s show and managed to see off the other competitors, including the hyped Veronica Rotin. Rotin was last year’s Junior Eurovision interval act and now finished in second. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, later this year. Destiny Chukunyere (watch commentators pronounce that one) will be hoping to keep Malta’s good run in the contest going. For now, you can watch Destiny’s performance from tonight below:
Ukraine confirmed for Junior Eurovision

Ukraine confirmed for Junior Eurovision

Earlier today, the 12th participating country for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest was revealed, and it’s Ukraine. Ukraine pulled out of the adult competition this year, so there was understandably some doubt within the fan community about whether or not they would be on board for its junior counterpart, but they have now confirmed they will be participating for the tenth year in a row, and have released details about the national selection process. NTU, the national broadcaster, has opened applications to all singers aged between 10 and 15, who have until Friday 24 July to apply. Then a semi-final will be held on Saturday 25 July in front of a jury who will select the national finalists. The exact date for the national final has not yet been announced. Ukraine has participated at Junior Eurovision 9 times, hosted twice (2009 and 2013) and won once in 2012 when Anastasiya Petryk performed ‘Nebo.’ Click here to read up on all the other developments that have taken place in the Junior Eurovision world so far this year, and stay tuned for those that have yet to come!
Junior Eurovision 2015 – The Story So Far…

Junior Eurovision 2015 – The Story So Far…

Sitting almost exactly halfway between the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna and the 2016 Contest in Stockholm (in terms of time of course, not geography) comes the 13th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It seems quite far away, and the contest may not have even registered on your radar in the past, but it keeps growing, with last year’s event being praised for both production values and quality of songs. Maybe your post-Eurovision depression is pretty bad this year and you want something to tide you over, maybe you’ve heard about how good last year’s contest was and feel like jumping on board this year, or maybe you’ve been so wrapped up in the dissecting the voting from Vienna and speculating where the Swedish Eurovision will be hosted that you’ve not been abreast of all the developments so far. Whichever of these is true, we’ve put together this handy guide with all the essential details that we already know about this year’s contest. Where is it? Although the winning country is not obliged to host the following year’s contest, the last two winners, Ukraine and Malta, accepted the opportunities and hosted successful contests, so when Italy’s Vincenzo Cantiello won last …
No Swedish JESC participation; Cyprus in danger?

No Swedish JESC participation; Cyprus in danger?

News from the land of Junior Eurovision, but it’s not good news… Swedish broadcaster SVT will not participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Also CyBC, the Cypriot broadcaster, may see their participation in danger… SVT has a new Director at their children’s channel and they are currently undergoing a restructure there, meaning that the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest simply does not fit into their 2015 plans. There is no word on how the restructure will influence participation in upcoming years. Cyprus, like Sweden, don’t have a problem with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest putting their participation in danger. As announced on Twitter, the broadcaster simply didn’t plan any budget for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, but a solution is still being looked at. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will take place later this year in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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