The 2015 host country’s national selection has finally come to a close and the lucky winner who will be representing Bulgaria on home turf is…. Gabriela Yordanova! It was a 50/50 jury/televote split and the results were:
The results were:
- 22* Gabriela Yordanova
- 22 Ivan Stoyanov
- 21 Radko Petkov
- 19 Gergana Todorova
- 16 Simona Ivanova
- 13 Miriam Mavrova
- 10 Filip Filchev
- 10 Eleonora Ivanova
- 10 Andrea Nacheva
- 6 Pavel Mateev
- 4 Lora Gerdzhikova
- 3 Dilyan & Kostadin Diyakov
(*Gabriela won the tie-break as she scored more points on the public vote). Radko was the winner of the televote, while Gabriela was 2nd in both jury and televoting.
Gabriela is 12 and has been singing she was three years old. She comes from Ruse and has won several awards for singing such as a Grand Music Trophy in the “Italia Festival”, the Golden Voice award in “Star Melody”, 2nd place in “Stars for Lora”. She has sung on stage at Slavonic Bazaar with Lili Ivanova and went to Albania to participate in UNICEF project “Balkan Bridges Talk”.
Ukraine held their national final last night and congratulations must go to Anna Trincher who won with maximum points from jury and televoting! She attends Talant School in Kiev and is part of the Katapulta Creative Team. She participated in the 2nd season of The Voice Kids Ukraine and represented Ukraine in New Wave Junior. She has many covers online and also participated in the national final last year with ‘Nebo Znaye’. Anna’s song this year is called ‘Pochny Z Sebe’t and she is very much looking forward to the competition in Sofia!
Belarus has chosen their entrant for Junior Eurovision 2015 and the lucky winner is Ruslan Aslanov. His song ‘Volshebstvo’ received maximum points from both the jury and televoting in the national final, gaining over 5000 votes from those watching at home. These were the final results:
Serbia has decided to enter the Junior Eurovision again this year, making 2015 their 8th entry (counting “Serbia and Montenegro” in 2005, although Filip was from Montenegro). They will be hoping to beat their record of 3rd place that Nevena and Sonja both brought them (2007, 2010). This brings us up to 15 countries so far, a great number! And Vlad has said that he hopes for even more!
Last year Slovenia internally chose Ula Lozar to represent them in Malta. This year however, RTV Slo will hold a national selection in the form of a “Mini EMA”! Anyone can enter, they just need to send their entry to RTV Slo by midnight on August 31st 2015. A jury will choose six songs to compete in the Mini EMA. Three songs will be in each semi final, and the winner of each will compete in grand final to see who will go to Sofia. Sounds very exciting!
For the first time since their debut in 2007, Armenia has chosen their Junior Eurovision entrant via an internal selection. The lucky person selected is none other than Michael (Mika) Varosyan! He is 12 years old and has a big JESC history in Armenia. In 2012 he was part of the group Compass Band who won the national final and ended up going to Amsterdam, however Mika was too young to go. Then in 2013 he entered with the group “Happy Day” (which included 2014 singer Betty!), but they were beaten by Monika. Finally last year he entered with “Mankutyan Khorhurd” but as we know, Betty won. This year, who knows what his song will be, it will be exciting to find out!
Last night PBS hosted the Maltese Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where 20 talented young singers competed to represent Malta in Sofia. The winner was Destiny Chukunyere who won both the jury vote (worth 75%) and the televoting (worth 25%). In 2nd place was Veronica Rotin and in 3rd place was Christina Magrin. Check out her performance at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuQwRncLvDY
Destiny sang a cover of “Think” by Aretha Franklin, but now she will make a song for JESC and we will hear it in the upcoming months. When she won, she had this to say – “It still feels like a dream, a wonderful dream. I would like to THANK all of you, who voted for me. Winning the public vote is nothing more than I could have asked for. No words can explain what I’m feeling but THANK YOU. I’m grateful at being given this chance to represent my country in such a prestigious event!”
It has been confirmed that Montenegro will participate in JESC 2015 with Jana Mirković, giving us our second singer of the year!
Speaking after she was selected, Jana said “I’ll do my best to introduce children to Montenegro!”. She’s 15 years old from Podogorica and considers Junior Eurovision to be the pinnacle of her childhood career.
Now that the sneak previews for Junior Song Festival 2015 are finally being released (check them out here), it’s time to start thinking about the live shows! Do you want to go? If so, here is the ticket information:
Semi-final 1: Saturday 19th September
Daniel vs. Shalisa vs. Guusje vs. Katrina
Go to JuniorSongfestival2015.wetickets.nl for tickets. Standing room only!
PBS has chosen Malta’s top 20 kids who will compete in their national final (to choose a SINGER only) on July 11th, congratulations to: