Georgia has unveiled their 2014 entry and it's quite unlike anything producer Giga Kukhianidze has done before, and indeed unlike anything in this year's JESC. They have sent Lizi Pop (Lizi Japaridze) with 4 backing singers Kate Arbolishvili, Nita Lomidze and Sopo and Dea Dashniani. The song starts slowly but then picks up, but it's still in ballad style, but sort of an indie-ballad mixed with 'Wrecking Ball' pop influences. This is expected to do very well if the girls can sing well on the night. Very interesting to see Georgia breaking out of their usual harmony type entries.
We've had two songs released today, with Georgia coming later today!
First up we have Russia, who are sending Alisa Kozhikina with the song "Dreamer". As the winner of The Voice, this girl can sing and Russia are showing her off to her full potential with this ballad. It's not very unique to the world of Eurovision but she has an amazing voice and will likely do very well in Malta.
Second San Marino released their song - The Peppermints with "Breaking my Heart". Raffaella, Greta, Anita, Arianna, Sara have filmed a music video and the team behind this seem very enthusiastic for this year's competition, good to see! They've sent an upbeat number using both English and Italian and I must say, it's good to see more groups in the contest!
The Netherlands selected Julia van Bergen to sing for them in Malta! She was born on September 17th, 1999, making her 15 years old, the maximum age for JESC. Her song is called "Around" and won Junior Song Festival with maximum points from kids and adult jury and televoting. Chelsea was the runner up. The Netherlands will have a very contemporary song this year which will go down well in any country I believe. It's catchy and she sings well, although it's slightly too repetitive which could count against her in the jury votes. However they have a good chance, good luck Netherlands!
In the photo, from left: Raffaella, Greta, Anita, Arianna, Sara.
San Marino will be represented this year by a five-piece girlband called The Peppermints, keeping in nicely with the girlpower theme of this year (I'm sure Vincenzo loves it!). They will sing a song called 'Breaking My Heart' (written by Luca Medri and Chris Lapolla). Antonello Carozza (participant from San Remo and mentor of Michele Perniola) came up with the idea for the group after seeing the girls in Italian festival "Vocine Nuove di Castrocaro", a singing contest for kids up to age 14. This contest will now act as the national final for San Marino every year, meaning it sounds like they are here in JESC to stay!
Do you remember Femke Meines, who represented the Netherlands in 2012 with "Tick tock tick"? Well, now she is 14 years old and still popular in the Netherlands. Since JESC, she has released several songs. In 2013 she released "Dan kies ik voor jou" which got about 580,000 views on Youtube, then a Christmas special song "Kerst met jou" which she sang on the Kids Top 20. This year she also sang "Dat zijn wij" on the Kids Top 20 and released the mp3. But this week she released a new single and music video - "Geen zin" (Don't Feel Like It) about how she doesn't feel like going to school (I'm sure JESC was much funner!). Try and spot cameos by Sarah en Julia and Andy van der Meijde in the video! Vote for her songs, as well as the Junior Song Festival 2014 themesong here! (You can also see songs by JSF kids Allessandro and Sarah en Julia and Mainstreet and Ralf) on the Kids top 20 NL.
You can see her official site here: http://www.femkemeines.nl/pg-26771-7-63544/pagina/home_-_femke_meines.html
Her Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/FemkeMeines