Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:05
The rumours were true, Slovenia has officially entered JESC 2014! Executive supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev had this to say - “I took a break from my holiday in Croatia to visit RTVSLO at their offices, it was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss, to present Junior Eurovision and the 2014 concept to some very key figures at Slovenian television. I’m thrilled that, today, we can reveal they’ve decided to join!”. We commend him for popping over during his vacation, we like the dedication! "We believe that this is good news and will offer Slovenian viewers a first-class children's festival, and magnificent show in which they will be rooting for their favorite" added Mario Galunič, Head of Entertainment at RTVSLO.
What can we expect from Slovenia?
They will choose both singer and song internally through their children and entertainment departments. But who could it be? Let's see...
- There is 13 year old Aleksandra Vovk, sister of producer Ales Vovk (Raay) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdNyKGw5VwU
- Janja Jesenko seems to have many videos on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRDwD9FjXoA
- 11 year old Slovenia's Got Talent winner Lina Kuduzovic, although she no longer lives in Slovenia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkE2aCdTiL8
- Kim Begovic, a bit older teen singer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipdIwsq1q_Y
Or someone else? It will be exciting to see what this new country to JESC sends! Currently we have 14 countries participating which is equal to 2010, if Macedonia will enter we'll have quite the Balkan JESC. Stay tuned for more announcements, there's six more countries still "possibilities"!
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:45
We have two national finals coming up soon - Armenia and Belarus.
Armenia received 87 song submissions and they will choose "the best" to perform in their live national final on September 14th. The songs will be published online soon.
Belarus has already chosen their 10 singers for their national final, and the running order (chosen by the kids drawing positions from boxes) will be:
- Yulia Levina - Zhuravy
- Anna Yermokovich - Mama, eta ya!
- Nadezhda Misyakova - Sokol
- Vladisalava Doroshevich - Ya Veryu v Svoyu Mechtu!
- Elena Titova
- Darya Atroshenko Spoyot Solntse-
- Angelina Pipper - Vysje Vsiech
- Ksenia and Pavel - Mamina Lyubov
- Antoni Konoplyanik - Myister Perviy
- Anna Zaitseva - Geta Moy Lios
One exciting aspect of this national final is that 3/10 songs will be in Belarusian, which we haven't heard in JESC since Yahor's song in 2004.
The final will be held on August 29th and junioreurovision.tv will be live streaming it (follow our Facebook for the link on the day). The favourite in the English language forums seems to be Angelina Pipper, she is also winning a poll with over 4000 votes on Russian VK, but let us see if she can win the national final.
Friday, 15 August 2014 03:37
Recently Georgia held castings for Junior Eurovision 2014. They received 40 entries and chose 10 to come to live castings in their studio. They then selected three kids who will participate for Georgia in JESC.
The three lucky kids all come from Bzikebi Studio (also responsible for their 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 entries) which comes as no surprise to anyone. They are: Lizi Pop (Japaridze), who at 10 years old is finally old enough for JESC, and 11 year old twins Sofi and Dea Dashniani. All three have already appeared in Bzikebi Studio songs before, with Lizi having her own song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=583XfnLMPMw). They have started working on their song now and it will be ready soon, as usual it will be produced by Giga Kukhianidze.
Sunday, 10 August 2014 06:34
Girl trio 'Sympho-Nick' has won the Ukrainian national selection held last night in mountainous Bukovel where their newly located Artek camp has been moved. The group, comprising of Sofiya Kutsenko, Amaliya Krymskaya and Marta Rak, placed first in both the jury and televoting. The jury was made up of:
- Gaia Cauchi (Winner, Junior Eurovision 2013)
- Eldar Gasimov (Winner, Eurovision Song Contest 2011)
- Aleksandr Zlotnik (Composer / Music Professor)
- Ruslana Pysanka (Actress and TV Presenter)
- Andre France (Composer/Lyricist/Music Producer).
Their song is called 'Pryyde vesna' which means Spring Will Come. It's about dreams coming true and their dream of a united Ukraine and the power of the people to make this happen. Fan reactions seem quite positive so far despite the fan favourites 'Nina and Vasya' coming 2nd in the televote. Symphonic had the same producer as Zlata - Gravity (Eurovision) so can we also expect a revamp here? I think in order to score well, it needs a bit of oomph, but it's a nice song and has potential to be very good, the singers themselves are strong.
You can watch the full show here (in English): http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/webtv?program=114143. It was a nice show and having English commentary was really interesting. Each participant is introduced at the start along with the meaning behind their song.
Listen to the winning song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_7RFAeB-L4
Full televoting results: (click read more)
Thursday, 31 July 2014 15:14
The rumours have just been confirmed on the official site - Bulgaria has signed the papers and will be in JESC 2014!
Krisiya Todorova will represent Bulgaria. She is 10 years old and has experience on TV already after winning a Bulgarian reality singing show. The producer of that show Slavi Trifonov will sponsor Bulgaria's participation in JESC, while Ivaylo Valchev will write the song with Ku-Ku Band. The entry will be a joint project with usual entrant BNT and channel BTV. We can maybe expect higher ratings with two channels airing jESC. The song will likely be a ballad and possibly with ethnic influences.
Follow Krisiya on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/krisiya.todorova
Watch her singing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow14mwEwVnc
So far we have 13 countries confirmed for JESC 2014 and the EBU representatives say they "hope to sign up a few more". which is a good sign! Perhaps Portugal or Slovenia? We will see.