Do you remember Viktoria Petrik who came 2nd in Junior Eurovision 2008 with her sailor song 'Matrosy'? Lately she has been getting quite popular both inside Ukraine and abroad, her and sister Anastasiya (JESC 2012 winner) have even developed somewhat of an American fanbase.
This week, Viktoriya has been competing in New Wave 2014. New Wave is a contest made to encourage upcoming singers which lasts for one week. It is held in Jurmala, Latvia, and has been host to many popular singers such as Alla Pugacheva and Eurovision 2014 entrant Mariya Yaremchuk. Notable entrants this year are Viktoriya and Antonio Maggio who had arguably the best song in the Italian 2013 San Remo national final.
The first day of the competition has been completed and Viktoria placed a tied 2nd place with her performance of Queen of the Night. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE6gfVo8rYI
If you want to follow the sister's singing careers, check out their website here: http://www.petryksisters.com/#!main
Cyprus has selected who they will send to Junior Eurovision! The lucky singer is 13 year old Sophia Patsalides from Nicosia (born December 16th, 2000). The song will be called "I pio omorfi mera" which means "The most beautiful day", and was written by her with help from Alexandros Panayi (Cyprus 1995, 2000 Eurovision and backing singer for the winning Eurovision entry in 2005) and Stavros Stavrou (who has written many succesful hits in Cyprus including kid's musicals). The song will be sung mainly in Greek but with English parts. Charis Savvas will work on her choreography (so perhaps not a ballad if there is choreography?).
Sophia has been singing already in Cyprus and she attends The English School in Nicosia.
You can find her Youtube channel here (https://www.youtube.com/user/apoel1997rock).
We have some great news for you all today! Another country will debut in Junior Eurovision this year - welcome, Montenegro!
Their national broadcaster Radioi Televizija Crne Gore will enter, hoping to do what they have not yet done in Eurovision, take home the crown. Montenegro has entered JESC once before in 2005 with Filip's football inspired entry, however he represented "Serbia and Montenegro", so this will be the first time an independant Montenegro enters.
“I’d like to welcome Montenegro to the Junior Eurovision family,” says Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev. “They qualified to the Eurovision Song Contest final for the first time this year, and I hope they will also enjoy the experience of participating in Junior Eurovision as well.” We don't yet have details on how they will select their song, but that will come soon.
So far we have 11 countries confirmed for 2014 which is enough to host the contest, but we hope for more. 8/12 participants from JESC 2014 have confirmed, we're still waiting on Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Moldova and San Marino to enter).
So the entrants so far are: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Malta, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, Cyprus, Italy, Montenegro.
We're very excited to welcome a Balkan nation to JESC and await their entry eagerly! Now the question is - can we get 15 entries for JESC?
Since Junior Eurovision 2013, Dutch entrants Roseanne and Mylene have been busy! Still popular in their home country, they have had a 128 page book published about their JESC adventue. It is written by Gonneke Huizing and costs 12.90 euros (you can order it here: http://www.bol.com/nl/p/double-me-double-you/9200000025535171/).
You can watch an interview (in Dutch) with them, Femke from 2012 and Ralf Mackenbach where they talk about their summer holidays - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdPW0pBrrsI#t=34
Finally, they released a new song "Me and My Selfie", very similar to Double Me, you can listen here: https://play.spotify.com/album/4O80pN2ngriirqo3AsAV4X
The Netherlands: The group themesong has been released, it is called 'Connected'.
Ukraine: You can listen to all the national final songs here - http://1tv.com.ua/uk/eurovision/2014/junior/national_candidate
Tickets: Tickets for the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be out for sale in August. The tickets will be available online via a third party website, likely the same as what is used for Eurovision. The arena where JESC will take place will have a capacity of 4500 with 800 standing spots.
Volunteer: If you want to volunteer at JESC 2014 and you are aged 18 or over, look here http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/blog?id=pbs_calls_for_volunteers - Interestingly they want Macedonian language, so hopefully this means Macedonia is in.