Minsk 2018

For all the news about the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk.

Efi Gjika to represent Albania at Junior Eurovision

Albania have become the fourteenth country to select their entrant for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Efi Gjika has won Junior Fest 2018 and will now sing her song Barby in Minsk. Sixteen artists for one ticket RTSH hosted Junior Fest to find their entrant for Junior Eurovision. A total of sixteen artists took part in the event. Only two of the entrants, Jasmina Hako and Era Rakipllari, made use of the English language for their entries. The other fourteen stuck with their native Albanian. Amongst the pack, we saw one familiar name to the fans of the Junior Eurovision Song Contet. Ana Kodra was back for a second consecutive year. Last year, she won the Albanian ticket to Junior Eurovision.  In Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, she then sang Do Not Touch My Tree. The song eventually finished in thirteenth place. Ana Kodra couldn’t repeat her success last night. Instead, she had to leave the honour of flying her country’s flag to Efi Gjika. She will now travel to Minsk to represent Albania there with the song Barby. She composed the song herself, together with Hristina Gjika. Turning their luck? Albania have not been amongst the most successful countries in the Junior Eurovision Song …

Kazakhstan reveals televote results whilst Daneliya teases new English lyrics

After winning the right to be Kazakhstan’s first ever entry at any Eurovision event, Daneliya Tuleshova spoke further about her song, “Özinge sen” – which Daneliya translates herself into English as “Believe in Yourself” as highlighted with a comment on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Instagram page last night.  An English entry for Kazakhstan début? According to a report by tengrinews.kz, the young performer has stated that her entry will be performed in English in Minsk. As we know, this would contravene the rules of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. So we infer that this means they will increase the use of English in the entry. Indeed, the winner of The Voice Kids Ukraine claims that the English lyrics will not be a direct translation from the Kazakh lyrics but the theme will remain the same. In addition, Özinge sen and its production will continue to be worked on over the coming weeks. Speaking about the meaning of her song, Daniela Tuleshova explained the following:  “This song is for teenagers because at this age, they do not believe in themselves. It’s very motivational and I think it’s very important to believe that everything will turn out right and you will …

Portugal: RTP reveals the 10 finalists of “Juniores de Portugal”

After confirming “Juniores de Portugal” as the selection method, the Portuguese broadcaster has now revealed a shortlist of 10 finalists. Seventy applications were sent to RTP, and only ten names are still in the run to represent the country in Minsk, on 25th November. Will Portugal be able to achieve its first top 10 in the competition? Juniores de Portugal 2018 Despite the poor result of the previous year, RTP has decided to use “Juniores de Portugal” for the second year in a row. The format was open to submissions for children with Portuguese nationality and with an age between 9 and 14 years old. Among the 70 received applications, a jury composed by music and media personalities has selected the 10 finalists. The 10 finalists will have to do now a presential casting, and the winner will be invited to represent Portugal in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with a song selected by RTP.  To find the song to take to the competition, RTP has invited a composer to present one or more songs with themes addressed to children, meeting a criteria of diversity, empathy and modernity. The 10 finalists Carolina Teixeira  Eva Stuart Julia OchoaLara Matos FerreiraMalia AfonsoMariana ChavesMatilde …

It’s L.E.V.O.N to Minsk for Armenia!

As Junior Eurovision draws closer, more countries are selecting their entrants. Today, after an exciting Depi Mankakan Evratesil final, L.E.V.O.N.earned the right to represent Armenia in Minsk!  He will sing the song “L.E.V.O.N.” at Junior Eurovision L.E.V.O.N. defeated the competition of 9 other entrants and will sing the song “L.E.V.O.N.” in Minsk next November 25. Depi Mankakan Evratesil consisted of 2 semi-finals and one final. It was the first time that Armenia used a national final since 2014. Furthermore, candidates also performed original songs rather than covers in the show.  The other acts competing in the final were:  Ani – ANGELSVardan Margaryan – Chanaparh (Road)Lia –  Kamats-Kamats (Little by little)Eliza –  Im Yerazank (My dream)Serzh Arakelyan – Good MoodVova – LeggoLily – Paykar (Struggle)Anahit Arakelyan –  ShabadabadamHarut Harutyunyan – Amar e (It’s summertime) Armenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Armenia made its Junior Eurovision debut back in 2007 when the contest was held in Rotterdam.  Aremik was the first to wave the Armenian flag at the contest with the song “Erazanq”. She finished second with 136 points, only a single point behind that year’s winner Belarus, narrowly missing out on a triumphant debut. After debuting in 2007, Armenia hasn’t missed out on a single contest and has enjoyed excellent results every year. They won the contest …

Daneliya Tuleshova is the first Kazakh entrant at Junior Eurovision!

Back in July the EBU announced that Kazakhstan would make a Junior Eurovision debut. Today, they selected Danelyia Tuleshova to fly Kazakh flag to Minsk after an exciting and entertaining show! Previous winner of The Voice Kids: Ukraine  Daneliya defeated the competition of 9 other acts. In Minsk, she will sing the song “Özinge sen“. Prior to the final, she was the hot favourite to win the show, having already won The Voice Kids in Ukaine. Also competing in the show were: Zere Amirbekova (14 years old)Dinar Nadirbekova (13 years old)Suikum Kabylbek (12 years old)Yerzhan Maxim (11 years old)Maria Zatvarnitskaya (13 years old)Meirzhan Zhidebai (12 years old)Zhanelya Kaldybek (12 years old)Sanat Asuat (13 years old)Binura Saudabay (11 years old) Khabar Agency put a lot of effort in organizing the show, that featured the guest performances of established performers. Furthermore, the show took place in the country’s largest city, Almaty in Almaty Arena, which is the second largest ice palace in the former Soviet Union. 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, that previously hosted it in …

Roksana Wegiel will represent Poland at Junior Eurovision 2018!

Today (21st September), Polish broadcaster TVP announced that Roksana Wegiel has been internally selected to represent Poland at this year’s Junior Eurovision in Minsk on 25th November. Roksana’s song is set to be released at a later date. Internal selection for the first time 2018 marks the first ever time that Poland has selected their entrant for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest internally. On Poland’s past participations in 2003, 2004, 2016 and 2017, they used a national final to select their entrant, however, it has been reported that due to poor results in both 2016 and 2017 (11th and 8th place respectively), they have decided to internally select Roksana this year. Poland are not the only country to select their entrant internally for this year’s contest – Australia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, FYR Macedonia and Serbia have all also selected their entrants for the contest internally. Poland’s announcement of whether they will host a national final again or opt for internal selection has been long awaited, after they confirmed for the contest back at the start of January this year. Who is Roksana Wegiel? 13-year old, Roksana Wegiel, was born in Poland on 11th January 2005. Roskana rose to fame after winning …

Albania’s Junior Fest participants revealed. Ana Kodra returns!

From more than 40 songs submitted to RTSH for the Junior Fest Albania 2018, 16 have been selected to participate in the final of the contest. About the 16 songs competing, the Albanian Head of Delegation, Kleart Duraj said. The sixteen songs are trying to tackle social issues affecting children, some of them are songs dedicated to children’s dreams and games. There are so many different singing styles and genres, from dance to pop and beautiful ballads.  Kleart Duraj, HoD of Albania. The Runners and Riders The 16 finalists who will be competing to represent Albania at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus, are: “Melodi pranverore” (Spring melody) – Hera Hysi (music: Diana Ziu lyrics: Mimoza Bici)“Mbrëmje feste” (Celebration night) – Emmi Rushiti (music: A. Kaloshi lyrics: Irma Kurti)“Sot” (Today) – Kristiana Veshaj (music & lyrics: Vasil Cuni)“Barby” – Efi Gjika (music: Efi Gjika lyrics: Hristina Gjika)“Happy” – Jasmina Hako (music & lyrics: Adrian Hila)“Me tinguj fantazi” (With fantasy melody) – Sindi Goga (music & lyrics: Arber Kocllari)“Çdo gjë do dashuri” (Everything needs love) – Iris Sula & Samanta Qoshku (music: Edmond Rrapi lyrics: Leidi Shqiponja)“Panorama” – Era Rakipllari (music: Endrit Fusha lyrics: Mishela Rapo)“Botë e re” …

Helena Meerai and Ruslan Aslanov among 10 still in the run to host Junior Eurovision

As we reported back in August, BTRC has been holding audition rounds to select the host of Junior Eurovision 2018. From 100 only 10 remain in the run to host, including 2 previous Belarusian Junior Eurovision entrants. English fluency and comfort in front of camera essential The last round of audition took place on Monday in Minsk and featured the last 10 remaining candidates to host the show in November. Among the 10 are some known Junior Eurovision faces. In fact, both the 2015 entrant Ruslan Aslanov and 2017 entrant Helena Meerai participated in the auditions. Both achieved excellent results at the contest coming 4th and 5th respectively. Besides, they were the recent hosts of the Green Room during Belarus’s national final for Junior Eurovision. However, according to both BTRC and Show Producer Gordon Bonnello English fluency and being comfortable in front of the camera will be the main selection factors. On that note, Mr. Bonnello stated that:  I’m looking for a host with energy, excitement. Millions of viewers should see the person on their screens. Confidence also plays a big role, so we selected candidates with live experience. I know that for them it’s not just an English show. …

FYR Macedonia’s Marija Spasovska will have song ready by end of September

Macedonian broadcaster MRT has confirmed to eurovoix.com that Macedonia’s entry for the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be completed by the end of this month. Nevertheless, the title and release date of the song has yet to be confirmed. “Extraordinary singing abilities” Last month, MRT internally selected 13-year-old Marija Spasovska as Macedonia’s representative for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk on November 25th. After an audition featuring ten shortlisted performances, the jury chose Marija as a result of having “the best performance” and possessing “extraordinary singing abilities”. Commitment to the contest Marija will become Macedonia’s 14th representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Indeed, only Belarus and the Netherlands have participated on more occasions, appearing in all sixteen editions of the contest including the 2018 contest later this year. F.Y.R. Macedonia’s best result at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest came courtesy of Rosica Kulakova & Dimitar Stojmenovski and Bobi Andonov’s fifth-place finishes in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Last year in Tbilisi, Mina Blažev gave her nation their second consecutive 12th place finish with Dancing Through Life, matching Martija Stanojković’s placing the previous year in Valletta. So, are you looking forward to hearing Macedonia’s …

Fidan Huseynova to fly the Azerbaijani flag in Minsk

The Junior Eurovision news is coming rapidly now the contest is only a few months away. The next country to reveal their artist for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is Azerbaijan. They have chosen to send Fidan Huseynova to Minsk. Lara Fabian’s favourite 11 year old Fidan Huseynova is a well known name in Azerbaijan’s child singing culture. The young singer clearly has a preference for ballads. Despite her young age, she was already invited to perform together with Lara Fabian during her Baku concert. Fidan then sang Je T’Aime and Je Suis Malade together with the 1988 Eurovision entrant. The performance together with Lara Fabian sure isn’t the only highlight in Fidan’s young career. In 2016, the president of Azerbaijan awarded her with a presidential scholarship for extraordinary young talent. Quite a tag to live up to… “I’m ready!” Upon her selection, Fidan Huseynova also commented on her selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. She stated that she is ready to fly her flag and that she wants to be successful for Azerbaijan, as she hopes to win the contest for the first time. Leyla Guliyeva, responsible for Junior Eurovision at Azerbaijan’s broadcaster ITV, explained why the country is …