This week the EBU announced that Georgia will indeed host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. This is great news considering Georgia has won the contest more times than any other country (three times – 2008, 2011, 2016), and it’s always nice to see the contest head to the winning country, as in adult Eurovision. What can we expect from Georgia?
Hello everyone! Unfortunately we were not able to cover the event this year as we couldn’t make it to Malta, however the coverage of other sites has been fun to watch! Tonight is the big night, the show will start in THREE hours! Watch it live here!
Comment: who do you think will win? Our money is on Georgia!
Very exciting news, it has just been announced that Lisa, Amy & Shelley Vol who represented the Netherlands in Junior Eurovision 2007 will represent their country once again in Eurovision 2017, a decade after their 11th place in JESC. They are now known as O’G3NE and have shot to fame in the Netherlands after winning The Voice. They are known for their wonderful harmonies as a trio. Three cheers for the next JESC kids in ESC!
Anahit Adamyan & Mary Vardanyan have released ‘Tarber’ (Different)! It was written by Nick Yegibyan and Avet Barsedghyan and is a modern R&B/pop song, designed to show off their powerful voices in a fun way. Says Avet:
“After several discussions with our team, we decided that it would be interesting to present the girls just the way they are. Each of them have their unique style, their personality, and that is what they sing about. Mary is elegant and stylish, while Anahit loves to experiment with new looks and trends. But in the end it is their passion for music that unites them.”
Will they get Armenia’s third top 3 in three years?
Christina Magrin’s much awaited song ‘Parachute’ has just been released! The lyrics were written by Matt Muxu (author of their 2013-2015 JESC songs) and the music by Florent Boshnjaku (composer of Albania ESC 2012 ‘Suus’), who requested to work with Christina after hearing her cover Suus on a Romanian talent show. Watch it here!
Shira Frieman and TimoTi Sannikov will represent Israel in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest! They will form a duet known as “Shir & Tim” and will sing ‘Follow my Heart’ (that sounds like an upbeat ballad, perhaps?). The song was written by Noam Horev (who also wrote ESC 2010 Israel ‘Milim’). The composer was Dor Daniel. The music video should be released in the next two weeks.
Auditions to find Israel’s representative in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest were held in October. Participants were scouted from various youth groups, competitions and stage schools.
Georgia has released their entry and it’s unlike anything we’ve heard in JESC before. It’s sung entirely in Georgian and has strayed away from their usual pop songs. It’s a old-style ballad, reminiscent of old Disney movies or Eurovision in the 50s. The song shows of Mariam’s voice which is a smart move considering Junior Eurovision is now 100% jury voting, however it’s certainly a brave entry, no one can tell how this retro style will fare in a junior contest. You can listen to it here: Mariam Mamadashvili – Mzeo
Olivia Wieczorek has been chosen as the winner of the Polish national final! She was the frontrunner ahead of the contest, gaining the most internet support, so it’s no surprise her nation got behind her. She was chosen by 50/50 jury/televoting. The jury was comprised of Margaret, Anny Wyszkoni & Marcin Kusy.
The nine acts were:
WAMWAY – Zróbmy halas
Ania Dabrowska – Fryzurka
Dominika Ptak – Jak kropla
Julia Chmielarska – Na skrzydlach dni
ASMki – Do konca swiata
Urszula Dorosz – Zycie to nie gra
Amelia Andryszczyk – Marzenia
ARFIK – Kocie tango
Olivia Wieczorek – Nie zapomnij
Fiamma Boccia with ‘Cara mamma (Dear Mom)’ will be this year’s Italian entry! She is 12 years old and was first introduced in the 2015 edition of “Zecchino d’Oro” where she came 2nd. She was born on November 25th, 2003 in Florence, Italy where she still lives with her parents, sister Emilia and her cats. She has studied piano and singing since she was four years old and is part of Piccolo Coro Melograno. She was inspired to compete in Zecchino d’Oro by her sister who came 2nd in 2011. And want to know one awesome fact? She’s a huge Harry Potter fan!
Listen to the song here!
Macedonia has certainly changed their style for Junior Eurovision this year. They have gone with a more contemporary song than usual, sung by experienced singer Martija Stanojkovic (12 years old). She sings ‘Love Will Lead Our Way’. Listen to it below: