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05April What can we expect for JESC 2014?
Saturday, 05 April 2014 15:11

 
Executive supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev has stated that the contest started to decline after 2006 when they failed to keep several countries in and says that his focus for 2014 will be to keep the 2013 competitors in and hopefully introduce some new countries. Possible entrants could be Germany and Hungary who sent people to Kiev last year, Poland who has returned to both ESC and Young Dancers, as well as much talked about Spain and Italy. Spanish fans especially have been clamouring for Eurojunior to return for years.
 
The steering group has recently met in Malta to discuss the planning of the event. The steering group is comprised of:
Ekaterina Orlova (Chairwoman)
Vladislav Yakovlev (EBU Executive Supervisor)
Viktoria Romanova (NTU, as organiser in 2013)
Anja Zegwaard (AVROTROS, as organiser in 2012)
Tine Matulessy (SVT)
Olga Salamakha (BTRC)
Anton Attard (PBS, as organiser in 2014)

So far we have heard these rules:
The running order will be determined by a random draw held at the Opening Ceremony as in 2013. The kids will pick their positions in the show out of a hat. In a slight change, there will be no wildcards or host country preference – so all countries will be drawing their starting positions at random.
2013 was also the first time that trophies were awarded for the artists finishing in second and third place. This will continue in 2014, although it won’t be part of the ‘on-screen’ television show. The participants finishing second and third will be awarded their trophies in the press conference after the show.
Songs eligible for the competition may be between 2:45 and 3:00 minutes in length, and may only be released from 1 May 2014.

 
05April The Tolmachevy Twins are back
Saturday, 05 April 2014 15:06
 tolmachevy
Many past JESC singers have entered national finals for JESC, indeed this year in Malta entrants from three different Junior Eurovision entries all performed in the same song (Sophie Debattisa from Malta 2006,Charlotte Debattista from Malta 2004 and Nika Turkovic from Croatia 2004 – all were part of Sophie’s ESC 2014 attempt). Not to mental Daniel Testa (JESC 2008 Malta), Thea Saliba (JESC 2005 Malta) and Gaia Cauchi (JESC 2014 Malta) were all present. Until 2010 though, no JESC singer went to ESC. In 2010 Weronika Bochat from Poland (KWADro 2004) was part of the team singing “Legenda” for Poland in Eurovision. Then last year, Nevena Bozovic (Serbia 2007) was part of Serbia’s Eurovision trio. 2014 will mark the first year that a JESC singer is the only performer in a Eurovision act, AND the first year a JESC WINNER will compete in ESC. I am talking about the Tolmachevy Twins who won JESC in 2006 – they are back to represent Russia this year in Eurovision with a song called “Shine”, now as the “Tolmachevy Sisters”. Neither Nevena or Weronika managed to qualify with their entries in ESC, can the twins be the first JESC singers to make the Eurovision final?
 
Here is a news report on their participation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxFW2awJ_2I
Here is the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHRBm3Fe66w

 
05April Sweden join for JESC 2014
Saturday, 05 April 2014 13:38
 lilla melodifestivalen
 
Sweden have confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2014. They received over 1000 submissions for their NF “Lilla Melodifestivalen” and a jury picked the 8 best to go to a national final on June 6th. Finalists were informed on March 28th so if you entered and didn’t hear back, try again next year.
 
Also something interesting – did you know that ESC 2013 entrant for Sweden Robin once entered JESC? When Robin Stjernberg was 10 years old, he sent a song to Lilla Melodifestivalen. It came to the top 20, but not the final. It was a song about when Robin was unhappily in love with a girl.

 
05April Belarus are in for 2014
Saturday, 05 April 2014 13:37
One of the original jESC countries Belarus is officially in once again to Junior Eurovision. They will hold a national final (click read more for more info) on August 29th. 
 
Click here for the official site: http://www.tvr.by/rus/juneuro2014.asp
 
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05April Malta to host JESC 2014
Saturday, 05 April 2014 13:33
malta jesc
Very exciting news for Junior Eurovision fans! The rumours are true, the Maltese broadcaster PBS has been confirmed as the host of JESC 2014! Yesterday evening Anton Attard, CEO of the Maltese broadcaster PBS, signed the paperwork to confirm PBS’ undertaking as the host broadcaster for next year’s competition.“We’re proud of our local girl, Gaia Cauchi winning Junior Eurovision in Kyiv in December and want to continue to showcase our talents here,” he said. The event will be held on November 15th, tied for the earliest JESC ever.
 
Malta plans to make it a big event - Mr. Attard, the CEO of PBS, stated how important JESC is for Malta: “Eurovision is a big deal in Malta, and we are looking forward to hosting Junior Eurovision big time!”. He promised a big event for November! He said that their large-scale national final for Eurovision 2014 was a kind of ‘dress rehearsal’ for what they want to do in Junior Eurovision, which is good for JESC fans because they had a rather large and good looking stage.
After taking a break in JESC 2011 and 2012, we received the brilliant news that Malta would return for JESC 2013.  They didn’t hold a national final unfortunately, but they managed to produce a winner in Gaia Cauchi – The Start, and so for the 2nd year in a row the winning country will host jESC the next year, as in adult Eurovision.
 
PBS Chairman Tonio Portughese says the announcement caps off a year of musical celebration for Malta, which plans to engage thousands of school children in activities connected to next year's event. "The JESC is a competition, but it is also a celebration of youth achievement," said Mr Portughese. "As a public service broadcaster and also a small island, our vision is to unite Europe in a musical feast." This is the first time Malta has hosted Eurovision and they will introduce an interesting concept - there will not be a designated ‘host city’ for the event but the entire island of Malta will the host of Junior Eurovision 2014!

 
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