Dalita releases “It is Armenia”

dalita avanessian

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:

Slovenia is back!

ula lozar

Good news for JESC fans! It was unsure whether Slovenia would return to the competition after their disappointing placing last year, but luckily they are good sports and eager to promote this opportunity for their children as RTV Slovenija have released their 2015 program line-up and Junior Eurovision is included in this. Is Ula’s little sister old enough to represent them yet?

How many countries are in so far? Well we’ve had official confirmation from Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, the Netherlands, San Marino, Slovenia and Sweden with Malta being “very likely”. Here’s to another big edition!

Bulgaria is the host of JESC 2015!

Krisia todorova

The General Directors of BNT and BNR (Vyara Ankova & Radoslav Yankulov) and the Director of the EBU (Ingrid Deltonr) have today met with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to discuss the Junior Eurovision. Ms Ankova stated “”The most important topic standing before BNT is precisely the organization of children’s Eurovision and I am glad that we got great support in this regard. I think this is a chance not only for BNT, it should be a national cause for Bulgaria. Hence, today I can say that Bulgaria and national television will be the host of this prestigious event.” This means we will be going to Bulgaria for their very first Eurovision event!

As for the budget, it is not clear how much it will cost the organization of the final competition. But experts are convinced that in any case it would be a huge advertisement for Bulgaria. The initial budget will be set to 2 million euros, which is more than Malta spent (Malta spent 1.4 million: Source)

Slavi Trifonov and “Ku-Ku Band” will also be involved, and of course Krisia will perform.

(Source: http://eurovision.bnt.bg/bnt-poluchi-podkrepa-za-organisiraneto-na-jesc/)

The Top 10: Quirky Songs that Missed Out

varya

Sometimes in the Eurovision world, weird and wonderful is greatly appreciated. Sure, we all have our classic favourites, whether it be an upbeat number or a traditional love ballad, but we also love something “new”! Remember Bzikebi, who won JESC 2008? They were unique, and were justly rewarded for it. But did you ever wonder “what could have been”? Let’s take a look at some quirky songs that never quite made it to JESC.

1. Mystery of Darkness – Familierock

This has to be the only gothic/metal song in a JESC national final. The sibling set wears their hair long and faces pale as they sing this goth rock song which is actually really catchy and probably would have scored quite well just because it’s memorable. Children can be scary too!

2. Star-Ty – Network

We have an outer space theme, metallic costumes, aqua face makeup, special effects from the 1980s and a song to match. It’s great! If you check out the Moldovan national final from 2010 you will actually find quite a number of gems, from folk to summer pop, and Natalie Turcan’s “Zbor” which can be described as creepy trance (and I love it).

3. Varya Strizhak – Labyrinth

 

This is a fun one. Varya first released a rather high-budget music video for her song which went viral in Russia and made extensive use of autotune. It also featured the most amazing costumes which didn’t make it to the national final to everyone’s disappointment! Sadly Youtube star did not turn into JESC star for Varya, but she’s still making those videos!

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Bulgaria to host JESC 2015?

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Hi everyone! It’s been over a month since Junior Eurovision was held in Malta and Vincenzo triumphed. Lately, the winner of Junior Eurovision has then hosted the next year (with the exception of Netherlands hosting 2012). Unfortunately due to the Italian broadcaster being unable to secure sufficient funding for the event, despite trying hard, they will not be hosting JESC 2015. But never fear JESC fans! Two other broadcasters are interested. It looks to be Bulgaria who will host, with the EBU officially inviting them to host this week. If Bulgaria decline, the honour will likely go to Malta once again. So the question is, which city in Bulgaria would you like to go to?

The running order for jESC 2014

Moments ago, the official website of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has revealed the running order in which the participating countries will perform at the actual show on Saturday, 15th December.

This was done after the allocation draw (made during the Opening Ceremony held at the Verdala Palace, located in Rabat), with the host broadcaster, PBS, producers deciding the final order which was finally approved by jESC Executive Supervisor, Vladislav Yakolev.

Here’s how it’s going to work on the live show (as depicted on the image):

01: Belarus
02: Bulgaria
03: San Marino
04: Croatia
05: Cyprus
06: Georgia
07: Sweden
08: Ukraine
09: Slovenia
10: Montenegro
11: Italy
12: Armenia
13: Russia
14: Serbia
15: Malta
16: The Netherlands

Who’s going to win? Who’s going to go deep in the bottom? All the question will have its answers on Saturday, 15th November

The running order for jESC 2014

Moments ago, the official website of jESC has revealed the running order in which the participating countries will perform at the actual show on Saturday, 15th November, which was done after the allocation draw(made today during the Opening Ceremony at the Verdala PalaceRabat) and then got the approval from jESC‘s Executive SupervisorVladislav Yakolev

Here’s how it’s going to work on the live show:

  1. Belarus
  2. Bulgaria
  3. San Marino
  4. Croatia
  5. Cyprus
  6. Georgia
  7. Sweden
  8. Ukraine
  9. Slovenia
  10. Montenegro
  11. Italy
  12. Armenia
  13. Russia
  14. Serbia
  15. Malta
  16. The Netherlands

The running order for jESC 2014

Moments ago, the official website of jESC has revealed the running order in which the participating countries will perform at the actual show on Saturday, 15th November, which was done after the allocation draw(made today during the Opening Ceremony at the Verdala PalaceRabat) and then got the approval from jESC‘s Executive SupervisorVladislav Yakolev

Here’s how’s going to work:

01: Belarus

02: Bulgaria

03: San Marino

  1. Croatia
  2. Cyprus
  3. Georgia
  4. Sweden
  5. Ukraine
  6. Slovenia
  7. Montenegro
  8. Italy
  9. Armenia
  10. Russia
  11. Serbia
  12. Malta
  13. The Netherlands
Who’s going to win? Who’s going to be last? All the questions will have its answers during the live show

The running order for jESC 2014

Moments ago, the official website of jESC has revealed the running order in which the participating countries will perform at the actual show on Saturday, 15th November, which was done after the allocation draw (made today during the Opening Ceremony at the Verdala Palace, Rabat) and then got the approval from jESC‘s Executive Supervisor, Vladislav Yakolev

Here’s how’s going to work:

  1. Belarus (drawn directly on the allocation draw)
  2. Bulgaria
  3. San Marino
  4. Croatia
  5. Cyprus
  6. Georgia
  7. Sweden
  8. Ukraine
  9. Slovenia
  10. Montenegro
  11. Italy
  12. Armenia
  13. Russia
  14. Serbia
  15. Malta (randomly drawn directly on the allocation draw)
  16. The Netherlands (drawn directly on the allocation draw)
Who’s going to win? Who’s going to be last? All the questions will have its answers during the live show

The draw before “the draw”

Yesterday evening, PBS and the EBU devised a “draw before the draw”. In another words, a draw in which determines the order from which the participants will pick their running order halves during the Opening Ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, 9th November at the Verdala Palace, located in RabatMoira Delia, the sole jESC 2014 host, was the presenter of the “pre-draw” show – with special collaborations of Gaia Cauchi, the previous year’s jESC winner and Vladislav Yakovlev, jESC‘s Executive Supervisor. Previously, the draw was according to the alphabetical order of the participating countries.

You can check the video below in order to discover who’s going to draw first, second, third… and so on:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4fBUSpo61k

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