Junior Eurovision

Here you will find all the news about the world of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Azerbaijan to make a Junior Eurovision comeback?

Azerbaijan last appeared at Junior Eurovision in Kyiv in 2013, after having debuted the year before. However, according to the General Director of BTRC, Ivan Eismont, participation in the near future isn’t out of the question.  “They really want to come” Speaking to sb.by about the national final to select Belarus’s entrant for the show, Mr Eismont revealed that Azerbaijan may be interested in making a Junior Eurovision return soon saying: “Azerbaijan has not been there for  a long time, they really want to come” Broadcasters had until June 29 to submit an application to participate in this year’s edition of the show. Should Azerbaijan confirm, this would be the third time they send a representative at Junior Eurovision. Azerbaijan in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest So far, Azerbaijan only appeared at Junior Eurovision in 2012 in Amsterdam and 2013 in Kyiv. Their best result was in 2013 with then 10-year-old Rustam Karimov placed 7th with his entry “Me and My Guitar“. The country was supposed to make a debut in 2008 (same year as their Eurovision debut) but later withdrew due to an insufficient number of candidates for the national final. Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Belarus’s capital Minsk …

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Applications open for Junior Eurovision volunteers

Belarus’ national broadcaster, Belteleradiocompany (BTRC), has announced that they are recruiting volunteers for this year’s contest in Minsk. With the help of the Dobroe Serdce (Kind Heart) volunteer organization, they are now accepting applications for this experience. The role Volunteers will be working alongside the creative and technical teams. In addition, there will also be an opportunity for you to visit the national delegations. How to apply To apply, you must be Belarusian, fluent in English and between 18 and 31 years old. BTRC are also looking for someone with an enthusiastic and positive outlook towards life. Furthermore, being able to speak multiple languages would be advantageous. 100 positions are available. You have until August 4 to send your application. These can be sent to [email protected] or via the Dobroe Serdce page on VK. Junior Eurovision 2018 So far, fourteen countries have confirmed their participation for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This includes Wales making their debut and France returning after a fourteen year absence. Meanwhile, Cyprus and Ukraine have withdrawn from the contest. Albania and Australia are yet to confirm or withdraw. Tamar Edillashvilli will represent Georgia, while Anna Filipchuk will sing “Nepobedimy” (“Invincible”) for last year’s winners Russia. Let us know …

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Italy opens submission for JESC entries

RAI Gulp has opened submissions to find the song and singer, who will represent Italy in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk. The broadcaster will collaborate with Instituto Antoniano, which is the main organizer of the children’s song festival Zecchino d’Oro. Singers and Composers are invited to apply! Zechhino D’oro has released the following requirements for singers and authors. Singers: Anyone who is interested in participating must be aged 9-15 by November 25, 2018.  A video of themselves must be sent to [email protected]  The deadline to send entries is on July 27, 2018. In addition to the singers, composers can also send a video of their songs, along with the lyrics to the same e-mail address. However, composers only have until July 20, 2018 to submit their entries. Italy at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 RAI selected Maria Iside Fiore to represent Italy in Tbilisi at the Junior Eurovision Contest 2017. She went on and competed with the song “Scelgo (My Choice)“.  She placed eleventh in the competition, placing ninth in the online voting and tenth in the jury voting. Are you excited to find out who will have the chance to represent Italy in Minsk this year?. Let us …

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Moldova will not return to Junior Eurovision

As the deadline to apply for participation has now passed, more news regarding countries’ plans for Minsk emerge and Moldova’s broadcaster confirmed the country will not make a return to the contest. It is the fifth consecutive non-participation for the country.  Moldova in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Moldova debuted at Junior Eurovision back in 2010 when the contest was first held in Minsk. Stefan Roscovan was the first to fly Moldova’s flag at the contest with his entry “Ali Baba“. He eventually placed 8th with 54 points. They achieved their best result in Yerevan in 2011 with Lerika’s “No, no” coming 6th with 78 points. The country continued to participate every year until 2013, when it last participated. That year also saw Moldova’s worst result to date when they placed 11th out of 12 with 41 points. Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Belarus’s capital Minsk will be the host of the 2018 edition of Junior Eurovision. This is the second time the event takes place in the city, who previously hosted it in 2010. The city was selected as host last year, before the 2017 edition of the show. So far, 14 countries have confirmed their intent of participating in …

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Finalists in Belarusian JESC selection revealed

After the audition stage, Belarus now have their contestants for the national final stage of their Junior Eurovision 2018 selection for the upcoming contest on home soil, in Minsk this autumn. 62 auditions, 10 finalists In what must have been a competitive stage, the panel of jurors narrowed down their 62 artists to a final list of 10. Representing a wide variety of genres, artists both old and new to the Junior Eurovision selection process in Belarus took to the stage to present their song. The ten selected finalists in the running to represent Belarus at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk are: Artem Skorol – Ulybnis Yelizaveta Meya – Zorka Mariya Gulevich – Ostrov Chikarum Daniel Aleks Yastremskiy – Time Angelina Yaroshchuk – Feeling Good Myata – Odnazhdy Nikita Belko – Ne preday Mariya Zhilina – Welcome To My Belarus Yaroslav Sokolikov – Mir na zemle Monkey Tops – Na stile After last year’s strong result of 5th place for Helena Maraai with the song “I Am the One”, this year’s contenders have a lot to live up to. The Belarusian national final will take place before 15th September, decided by 50% televote and 50% professional …

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Junior Eurovision: FYR Macedonia confirms participation

FYR Macedonia has recently confirmed their participation for Junior Eurovision 2018, to take place in Minsk on November 25th. MRT hasn’t revealed how they plan to select Mina’s successor, even though we can expect an internal selection, following their strategy in the recent years. The upcoming edition of the Junior Eurovision counts until now with 14 confirmed countries. FYR Macedonia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest FYR Macedonia has debuted in the contest on its very first edition in 2003. Since then, has participated in every edition with the exceptions of 2012 and 2014. The country’s best result at the contest is the 5th place achieved twice: in 2007 with the song “Ding Ding Dong” and in 2008 with “Prati mi SMS”. Among their 13 participations they have got the last place three times, in 2006, 2013 and 2015. In the last edition FYR Macedonia was represented by Mina Blažev with the song “Dancing through life”, ranking 12th out of 16 countries, with 69 points. Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 The Junior Eurovision 2018 will be the sixteenth edition of the contest and will take place in Minsk, Belarus, despite the Russian victory on the last edition of the contest. …

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Two-time hosts Ukraine withdraw from Junior Eurovision

In the past few days, news broke that Ukraine would be withdrawing from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Thus, the 2012 Junior Eurovision winners will not be present in this November’s contest in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk. Ukraine broadcaster UA:PBC has cited “financial difficulties” within the broadcaster as their reason for withdrawal. Two hostings and one victory Ukraine joined the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, participating every year since up until now. The country hosted the contest in both 2009 and 2013 in their capital city of Kyiv and also won the contest in 2012, courtesy of Anastasia Petryk and her entry Nebo. Furthermore, Ukraine has two runner-up finishes to their name. These were earned by Viktoria Petryk, Anastasia’s older sister, in 2008 and Sofia Tarasova on home turf in 2013. Ukraine’s form in Junior Eurovision has dipped slightly in recent years. In 2015 and 2016, Ukraine missed the top 10 for two consecutive years with Anna Trincher placing 11th and Sofia Rol placing 14th respectively. Anastasiya Baginska was more successful in Tbilisi last year, with Don’t Stop finishing in 7th place. 14 participants so far This means that Ukraine joins Cyprus as the second nation who participated …

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Junior Eurovision: Ireland begins search for representative

Less than a week ago, TG4 confirmed that Ireland will once again participate in Junior Eurovision. The search for the 2018 Irish entrant is now officially underway.  Applications accepted until July 23 Singers aged between 9 and 14 who are potentially interested in representing Ireland in Belarus have until July 23 to apply to TG4. TG4 is once again working in partnership with Adare Production to select their entrant for Minsk. National final to select entrant Ireland will select its representative through a national final that follows two rounds of audition. A panel will be responsible to look through all applications received and select the singers that will qualify for the second round of auditions. During that round round, artists will have to perform their potential entry for Junior Eurovision, to be sung in the Irish language. Those who qualify will participate in the televised national final. Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Belarus’s capital Minsk will host the 2018 edition of Junior Eurovision. This is the second time the event takes place in the city, that previously hosted it in 2010. So far, 12 countries have confirmed their intent of participating in Minsk. France will return to the contest for the …

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Junior Eurovision: Malta confirms participation

As the June 29 deadline fast approaches, more countries reveal their plans for Minsk. Malta’s broadcaster (PBS) is the latest to confirm that they will participate in the 2018 edition of Junior Eurovision.  National final to feature original songs The selection process features some changes compared to previous years. Since returning in 2013, Malta used a national final only to select the entrant. Participants performed covers of songs of their choice in the show and the song was later internally selected. Instead, this year the national final will feature original songs for the first time since 2010. In order to be eligible for participation, potential the following criteria must be met: The song must be between two and a half and three minutes. Singers taking part to the contest must be Maltese Singers must be involved in the writing or composition of the song Submission window will close on July 20 PBS will accept entries until July 20 and will reveal the list of the 16 finalists on August 3. The finalists will then compete in a televised show that will take place sometime in September. The winner will earn the right to fly the Maltese flag in Minsk next …

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Anna Filipchuk to Junior Eurovision 2018 for Russia

Anna Filipchuk has been chosen to represent Russia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus. She will perform her song “Nepobedimy”. (Invincibile) 13-year-old Anna follows Polina Bogusevich who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for Russia in 2017 with her song “Wings”. However due to the EBU changing how the host country was selected Russia missed out on hosting the contest in 2018, with Belarus winning the opportunity to host the contest. Results of the national selection final   For the JESC 2018 national selection twelve acts competed on stage at the Artek camp on the Crimean coast. Each of the artists performed a song specifically written for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Arkadiy Yevtushenko – Ya zdes (I’m here) Mishel Zadorozhnaya – Podelis mechtoy (Share your dream) Aleksandra Kirilchuk – Family tree Yelizaveta Kuklishina – Mechta moya (My dream) Group Dodostar – Poslushay (Listen) Evelina Mazurina – Poy dushoy (Sing your soul) Group Matreshki – Vse mezhdu nami (All between us) Tatyana Melnichenko – Schastye na ladonyakh (Happiness in the palm of your hands) Diana Smykova – Barabum Ivan Starikov – Neutomimyye (Tireless) Anna Filipchuk – Nepobedimy (Invincible) Anya Yakubuk – Vselennaya (Universe) The winner was decided by 50% jury voting and an 50% online public vote. The final result was as follows: Anna Filipchuk – “Nepobedimy …

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