Tbilisi Calling!

2017venueThis week the EBU announced that Georgia will indeed host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. This is great news considering Georgia has won the contest more times than any other country (three times – 2008, 2011, 2016), and it’s always nice to see the contest head to the winning country, as in adult Eurovision. What can we expect from Georgia?

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O’G3NE to go to EUROVISION

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Very exciting news, it has just been announced that Lisa, Amy & Shelley Vol who represented the Netherlands in Junior Eurovision 2007 will represent their country once again in Eurovision 2017, a decade after their 11th place in JESC. They are now known as O’G3NE and have shot to fame in the Netherlands after winning The Voice. They are known for their wonderful harmonies as a trio. Three cheers for the next JESC kids in ESC!

Tarber is here!

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Anahit Adamyan & Mary Vardanyan have released ‘Tarber’ (Different)! It was written by Nick Yegibyan and Avet Barsedghyan and is a modern R&B/pop song, designed to show off their powerful voices in a fun way. Says Avet:

“After several discussions with our team, we decided that it would be interesting to present the girls just the way they are. Each of them have their unique style, their personality, and that is what they sing about. Mary is elegant and stylish, while Anahit loves to experiment with new looks and trends. But in the end it is their passion for music that unites them.”

Will they get Armenia’s third top 3 in three years?

Parachute is Released!

malta2Christina Magrin’s much awaited song ‘Parachute’ has just been released! The lyrics were written by Matt Muxu (author of their 2013-2015 JESC songs) and the music by Florent Boshnjaku (composer of Albania ESC 2012 ‘Suus’), who requested to work with Christina after hearing her cover Suus on a Romanian talent show. Watch it here!

Meet Shir & Tim

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Shira is 13 years old from Atzmon-Segev. She likes singing, dancing & acting and has taken part in many film courses. She also plays the saxophone and does jazz dancing. A year ago, Shira participated in the third season of Israel’s prime time TV singing competition for children – Music School, where she worked with various singers and composers, and played with some of Israel’s best musicians. “While participating in the show I learned I am able to face even difficult challenges, and always stick to what I think is true” she says.

Following her appearance on the show, Shira was casted into quite a few stage productions such as Musical Festival in Bat-Yam, tribute shows to the late Ofra Haza and Uzi Chitman, and The Ladino Festival. Shira also gives her voice in dubbing work, such as in the Hebrew version of Disney’s Finding Dory. Shira especially loves Israeli music, and enjoys listening to classics such as Hava Alberstein, Arik Einstein and Shlomi Shabat. “I actually don’t know what I’ll do when I grow up, but I’m sure music will always be part of me.”

Tim is 13 years old from Bat Yam. He’s an 8th grade student at the Israeli-French school Mikve Israel. In addition to Hebrew and French, he speaks Russian and English and can sing in 8 different languages. From a very young age, TimoTi’s been learning to play the piano and the organ. He writes and composes songs, takes professional voice lessons since the age of 7, and takes dance lessons in various genres – breakdance, classic, freestyle and tap dancing.
TimoTi has participated in various local performances and competitions in the past several years such as Being A Star and Family Performance on Channel 24 and international competitions such New Wave Junior, Slavic Bazaar and other international festivals in Italy, France, Czech Republic and Latvia.
TimoTi is part of the live team of Ukraine’s The Voice Kids third season broadcasted these days.
As of June 2016, TimoTi is part of the cast of the Israeli rendition of the musical Billy Elliot. He plays the character of Billy’s best friend, Michael. The rehearsals took about 10 months, and the show is a huge commercial hit in Israel. TimoTi is awarded praises and applause every night.
Besides the performing arts, TimoTi enjoys playing soccer, swimming, climbing walls and going on family trips. “But most of all I love to sing and dance, be on stage and entertain the crowd in front of me.”

Shir & Tim for Israel!

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Shira Frieman and TimoTi Sannikov will represent Israel in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest! They will form a duet known as “Shir & Tim” and will sing ‘Follow my Heart’ (that sounds like an upbeat ballad, perhaps?). The song was written by Noam Horev (who also wrote ESC 2010 Israel ‘Milim’). The composer was Dor Daniel. The music video should be released in the next two weeks.

Auditions to find Israel’s representative in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest were held in October. Participants were scouted from various youth groups, competitions and stage schools.

They already have an official Facebook page!

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Listen to Georgia’s Song – ‘Mzeo’

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Georgia has released their entry and it’s unlike anything we’ve heard in JESC before. It’s sung entirely in Georgian and has strayed away from their usual pop songs. It’s a old-style ballad, reminiscent of old Disney movies or Eurovision in the 50s. The song shows of Mariam’s voice which is a smart move considering Junior Eurovision is now 100% jury voting, however it’s certainly a brave entry, no one can tell how this retro style will fare in a junior contest. You can listen to it here: Mariam Mamadashvili – Mzeo

Olivia Will be Poland’s 1st Singer Since 2004!

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Olivia Wieczorek has been chosen as the winner of the Polish national final! She was the frontrunner ahead of the contest, gaining the most internet support, so it’s no surprise her nation got behind her. She was chosen by 50/50 jury/televoting. The jury was comprised of Margaret, Anny Wyszkoni & Marcin Kusy.

The nine acts were:

WAMWAY – Zróbmy halas
Ania Dabrowska – Fryzurka
Dominika Ptak – Jak kropla
Julia Chmielarska – Na skrzydlach dni
ASMki – Do konca swiata
Urszula Dorosz – Zycie to nie gra
Amelia Andryszczyk – Marzenia
ARFIK – Kocie tango
Olivia Wieczorek – Nie zapomnij

Watch the song here!

Meet Christina Magrin

maltaChristina Magrin has won the right to represent Malta this year in Valletta! She is 13 years old and has only been taking professional singing lessons since October 2013, alhough
she has been singing ever since she was born. At three years of age she was chosen to play the part of ‘Dora the Explorer’ and sing a solo as part of a University of Malta Theatre Production ‘Infanta’ under the direction of Dr Isabelle Gatt where she experienced her first song recording at Mro Philip Vella. Since then she solo-sings regularly at Mass where her mother plays the organ, and has taken part in various theatrical productions and pageants. She took Royal Schools of Music piano lessons with Ms C Amodio where she always obtained Distinction results. She also takes ballet Royal Academy of Dance lessons at Ms J Rummolino where she has also always obtained distinction results. Christina also studies vocal technique under her mother’s tuition and has recently obtained her vocal Grade 8 level with the Trinity College of London this year where she has achieved the highest distinction ever achieved. She was also the youngest student to ever take this exam.

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