Exciting news for one of our JESC alumni. Sophie Debattista, who sang her self-written song "Extra Cute" for Malta in 2006 (and was extremely underrated I might add!), has been voted one of the top buskers in the world. Yes, I said world.
Now 20 years old, she has been living in London for the past two years and studying at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. When she was busking last summer while taking part in the "Mayor of London's Big Busk", she was noticed and invited to enter the Toyoya sponsored contest to find the world's best buskers, with organisors choosing people from over 50 different countries. So far she has made it into the top 50, and if she makes the final 12, she will be flown to New Zealand in June to perform at the Queenstown Winter Festival. The final six will form a new band made up of the ultimate street musicians.
Do you remember Dalita Avanessian who represented Armenia in 2011 with the very apt tune "Welcome to Armenia"? She has been pretty busy since her success in her home country, releasing many music videos and acting as a jury voter in JESC 2014. Most recently, she released the music video for her new song "It is Armenia". The video was filmed in Lebanon and was sponsored by the Holy Cross Harboyan High School. The song is sort of an ethnic ballad with lovely lyrics. Listen below:
The eight finalists for the 2015 edition of Junior Song Festival, the Dutch selection for Junior Eurovision, have been released. You can listen to the songs: HERE. Remember, these are the audition versions that the kids wrote themselves. Now each finalist will have their song professionally produced and the final versions will be presented to us with the official JSF CD. Here are our kids -
4LIFE - Singing Lead Daniel - Special Eliyha - Like Everyone Else Guusje - Let's Talk about Peace Katrina - Dit is Pas Het Begin Myrthe - Kinderen Van De Zon Nohr - Ik Ben Mezelf Shalisa - Million Lights
It's not so often that we get large groups in Junior Song Festival, so 4LIFE is quite unique in that (four girls).
Here is everything you need to know about Junior Eurovision 2015!
Host city: Sofia, Bulgaria
The capital of Bulgaria, it's located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain which must make for great views (and hiking/skiing!). The currency is Bulgarian Lev, meaning you will need to exchange Euros if you're planning to go to Sofia!
Venue: Arena Armeec
This is a fairly new venue, opened in 2011, so expect fairly good facilities. When famous artists (such as Lady Gaga) come to Bulgaria, they perform here, so it will be a great honour for our 2015 singers. The arena has a capacity of 15,000, however expect around 7000 for JESC due to needing room for the stage, lighting etc. The arena also boasts modern training and warm-up halls, that can easily be converted into large open spaces for the dressing rooms and delegation lounge. It has a purpose built press centre and conference area, as well as soundproof rooms which can be used for Junior Eurovision to accommodate in-ear monitoring and viewing facilities.
To cheer us up on a Monday morning, here's some amazing news - Ireland will debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015! With it's core team of Vlad, Kath & Luke, Junior Eurovision has gone from strength to strength lately, with many new countries joining since 2014.
I'm sure you want to know how it will work with Ireland. Well, the Irish language broadcaster TG4 will be entering, which means we will probably having an Irish language song in JESC for the first time ever! In a TV entertainment series this autumn, TG4 will be selecting a singer or group of singers and an Irish language song to represent Ireland on the big stage in Europe. Applicants must be actively involved in the process of writing and composing the original Irish language song but can receive help from adults with experience in this field. A parent or legal guardian must fill out the application form. Auditions will be held at key venues throughout Ireland. They are now looking for applicants who wish to be selected to audition!
Apply here: http://www.tg4.ie/ie/programmes/junior-eurovision-2015.html Watch their advert here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_71V9prJTs