Belarus Chooses 10 Finalists

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BTRC has chosen 10 finalists for their 2015 Junior Eurovision national final. They had a jury who watched the 48 finalists to narrow the field down to 10, who will compete in the final on AUgust 21st. The lucky 10 are:

1. Zaranak (Minsk)
2012 national final – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE3uZrPIuLs

2. Ruslan Aslanov (Minsk region)
2013 national final – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5uFhudXOgg
Him on The Voice Kids – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDRtiTpCQzk

3. Zinaida Kupriyanovich (Minsk)
See her singing here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1SHeItnI-M

4. Angelina Vasilevskaya (Minsk)

5. Neskuchniy Vozrast (Minsk)

6.  Elizaveta Kozak and Elena Tovstik (Kobrin)
Elizaveta has a music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKv87tkYThg)

7.  Elizaveta Muravyova (Minsk)

8. Alexander Makhanko (Minsk)

9. Maria Novik (Minsk)
2011 national final – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fID3madkxhs

10. Maria Magilnaya (Mogilev)

Long-time JESC fans will recognise Maria Novik from 2011 when she sang “Solnechnaya pesenka”. Zaranak was also in the 2012 national final where they sung “Vot tak!” while Ruslan Aslanov sang “Zvyozdy Zovut” in 2013. Zaranak is quite a big ensemble however, they have sung with more than 6 children in concert and it may be all new kids.

Italy will defend their title!

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There were rumours that Italy would not be back this year, but luckily RAI has chosen to return for a second year of JESC! Can they win again?

Italy will choose their singer on September 12th during the first night of “Ti lascio una canzone 2015”. This is the 7th season of this musical variety show in which around 35 children aged 7-15 perform various old songs after being selected from prestigious music schools. In 2009, 14 year olds Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone, and Ignazio Boschetto competed together. They would later become Il Volo, ESC 2015 representatives of Italy! Both Federica Falzon and Vincenzo Cantiello also came from this show! Even better news is that RAI1 will broadcast the show so as to appeal to a bigger audience.

Armenia selecting internally for 2015

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Armenia will take place at Junior Eurovision 2015 in Bulgaria, three cheers! Unfortunately for fans of national finals, they have decided to select their entrant internally this year. Savvy fans may remember the last time they picked internally, in 2007 when they lost to Belarus by only 1 point. Back then they chose already-established kid’s group Arevik to represent them. We wonder what motivated this switch to an internal selection, is it because internal selections yielded good results in JESC 2014 (Italy, Bulgaria, Malta and Russia all scored well with internal selections). Maybe because they already have someone in mind? Or perhaps they’re simply looking to cut costs.

So who could their entrant be? There’s Karen Ohanyan who has entered the national selections in 2012, 2013 and 2014, he has obviously been popular with their JESC team. Many fans are eager for Mery Kocharyan or Yana Hovhannisyan to represent Armenia. Yana especially has many music videos already. Silva Grigoryan is another good name, she has videos with over 1,250,000 views.

Silva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7beqkilqjM
Yana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBhNQkaCEOs
Mery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X61nlwtC0sY
Karen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bew2gnSsUFU

We will find out all on July 1st!

Malta is in once again!

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Malta has confirmed that they will be in JESC 2015, brilliant! They’ll choose on July 11th!

How it will work is: People can submit songs to PBS and a jury will select 20 songs (1 song per person). These 20 finalists will perform live on stage (no live backings). A jury made up of three people (chosen by PBS) will judge them live. There will also be televoting which is worth 25% of the vote. Interestingly they say “The selection of the song to be performed during JESC in Sofia will be chosen by PBS in consultation with the artist or his/her representative.  The song selected for JESC will not be the same song which was performed by the artist/s in the MJESC.” Meaning that they will basically choose a singer based just on voice and then assign them a song.

Candidates between the age of 10 and 15 by 21 November 2015 need to be Maltese nationals or residents. There can be up to six persons on stage.  The song may be original or a cover version in Maltese or English and it must be sung live during the rehearsals and the final show.

Submissions for participation shall be received at PBS Creativity Hub in Gwardamangia on 19th June 2015 between 09:00 and 16:00.  The participation form must include a CD including a full playback version of the participating song, together with a backing track including backing vocals (but excluding the main voice). The participation fee is €150 per application.

A copy of the full regulations and application form may be obtained by sending an email to mjesc@pbs.com.mt .

Mishela Rapo Albania’s 2nd Entrant

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Albania has kicked off th Junior Eurovision 2015 season by choosing their entrant last night live on RTSH through Festivali i 51-të I Kënges për Fëmije. 14 songs took part and the winner is Mishela Rapo with her song Dambaje. The music was done by Adrian Hila while the lyrics were written by Mishela herself with help from Pandi Laco. Unlike in 2012, the kids did not decide the winner, but a 5 person jury did (amongst which sat Olta Boka and Juliana Pasha, ESC 2008/2010 entrants). They weren’t the only ESC entrants there either – Kejsi Tola from ESC 2009 performed Carry me in Your Dreams! Wendi Mancaku and Vanessa Sono’s ‘Jeto’ finished 2nd while Dario Zela’s ‘Hëna – çapkënia’ came 3rd.

Mishela is 14 years old, born on 15th December 2000. She participated in the Albanian national final in 2012 with “Mama Mia Te Amo” (one of the best from that year!), so is very happy to have won on her 2nd try! Click here for the song!

Press Conference Held in Vienna

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Last night a press conference was held in Vienna regarding the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. “PBS really set the bar high in 2014,” said Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev, as he opened the press conference by thanking to the 2014 hosts. “We are looking forward to a great event in Bulgaria this year as well.”

What we found out is that the slogan for 2015 will be #discover.. discover Bulgaria, discover the music, discover the world, discover yourself. Sounds like it could be nice! As Joana Levieva Sawyer (Executive Producer 2015 said) “Young people discover the world and their dreams every day, and with our show we want to create a new world for them that they can discover”. BNT will also invite both Krisia (with Hasan and Ibrahim) and Vincenzo to be a part of the show in Sofia. The venue will seat about 8000 people and they feel confident it will sell out! JESC stars Michele Perniola, Anita Simonchini, Arianna Ulivi and Vincenzo Cantiello were all present at the conference, sadly Ula Lozar was not there despite being in Vienna.

So, bring on Sofia 2015!
See their 1st promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PYI18wMdPc and see the press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIM5gVx5Km4

Junior Song Festival 2015 – Top 8

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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).

Sofia 2015

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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.

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Ireland will debut in JESC 2015!

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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

Albania for a 2nd go!

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It seems that Albania will be entering Junior Eurovision 2015 (see an advert for auditions here)! What is more, they will have a national final! It will be like a junior version of their Eurovision selection called “Festivali 52 i femijeve” which will be from the 19th-21st May. Auditions were on March 18th in Tirana. Let’s hope Albania learned from their voting disaster in 2012 (don’t let the kids vote for the winner!) and we wish Albania a warm welcome to JESC!

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