Lidia Ganeva was chosen by Bulgaria to represent them in Junior Eurovision 2016. She was selected on 11th June through the televised national selection "Decata na Bulgaria sa super", organised by the Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT). The song will not be released until September but it has been revealed it will not be written by the same team as last year. The national selection was done in three stages with some kids being knocked out every stage.
The top 5 who made it to the finals wer Preslava Petrova, Simona Krusteva, Bon-Bon, Lydia Ganeva and Dimitrina Germanova. Lidia is only 10, making this year a very young year so far with Albania's entrant being only 9.
Lidia hails from Plovdiv where she has been singing at Art Voice since age 6. So far she has received a total of 22 first prizes in various competitions. At the age of 7 she won the international singing competition Golden Dolphins in Romania, an achievement she is very proud of. Last year she won the Sofia Grand Prix Contest. She has been a special guest of the international competition Zlatno Slaveyche in Skopje and later her performance was included on the anniversary album of Macedonian Radio and Television (MRT). Last year she was also part of the celebrations of the winning bid of Plovdiv for European Capital of Culture 2019, where she performed.
Following the success of Mishela Rapo in last year's Junior Eurovision, Klesta Qehaja will be aiming for the crown come November as she won the Albanian national final for 2016. Praise must be given to Albania as they made a good effort in their national final this year and even had last year's winner Destiny appearing, singing Dambaje with Mishela.
The kids who were competing were:
Zhaklina Veizaj – “Bote miresie kerkoj” Dario Zela – “We need love” Rajan Kukaleshi – “Vetem nuk je” Jasmina Hako – “Si fluturim” Michelle Prodani – “Prinder” Xhesika Pengili – “Largoje trishtimin” Marko Strazimiri – “Music makes my day” Vivian Biaxhorni & Xhamerino Bollati – “Ne mes yjesh” Endi Muça – “Dua te jem” Klesta Qehaja – “Besoj” Klea Mema – “Dua te jem e lire” Eda Muça – “Lulja qe me dhurove” Dea Çobo – “Mirese erdhe flutur” Vivian Kokeri – “Portat e gëzimit”
Lucky Klesta won with her song Besoj and this is not her only success, she recently gained 2nd place in Gjeniut të vogël (Little Genius), singing Suus in the final round. Funnily enough, Besoj is very similar to Suus. So expect some powerful vocals from this little nine year old (the youngest kid in JESC since they changed the age rule to 10+!).
You guys voted, and these are the results of the Junioreurosong.net 2015 poll! With a whopping 35% of the votes, Destiny from Malta won not only the JESC itself but our vote! Lina from Slovenia came in 2nd, with a 3rd place in the real JESC. Not bad! Fans of San Marino might be disappointed in her placing, but at least she did well here!
We got to chat with Jana right before the final. She didn't speak English but luckily her team was on hand! Sadly for the Montenegro delegation they had many sound problems in the final and the earpiece of Jana was not working. They still managed a respectable performance though, enjoy the interview!
We had the chance to interview Kamila from San Marino. Find out about her Junior Eurovision experience, what she'd do if she were invisible, her funniest moment of the week and hear her sing Polina Gagarina's Eurovision song!