Ula Ložar has been chosen to represent Slovenia in their debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest!
She is 12 years old from Ljubljana and has been taking singing lessons with Marjetka Vovk since she was 7. She also plays the piano and has taken part in many festivals in Europe. She finished 2nd in the Slovenian Elementary singing contest Korajza velja and 4th in the Europop competition in Hungary. In 2015 she's going to participate in the Tra La La festival in Bitola. Ula is like any teenager in that she has many hobbies - like crochet, knitting and painting, a very artistic girl. She also likes to cook.
Here she is singing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzM-HkSMIXw
Excellent news! Carlo Romeo (the general manager of San Marino RTV) has been photographed signing the papers for JESC 2014 - meaning that San Marino is the 15th country to confirm for 2014! They will likely choose internally and will announce their singer on September 29th. 15 countries makes this the biggest JESC since 2008. Funnily enougj, Russian is now the majority language in JESC (as Belarus is not singing in Russian this year and only Malta sings entirely in English). It's also likely that the San Marino singer will be from the same show that Federica, Michele & Vincenzo came from. Yay for San Marino!
Hurry, everyone, the tickets have unexpectedly gone on sale! They cost 20 euros for the back, and 40 euros for the front. However the very front sections are reserved for friends, family, delegations and the local schools.
Here is the link: http://www.ooii.com.mt/Ticketing/Ticket.aspx?EventID=ca51a5ad-9463-49d7-8402-8daa9e3311f5
All you need to do is click on the link for 'Junior Eurovision, and you will be redirected to the page from where the tickets can be purchased. You will be able to select the area in which you would like to purchase the ticket and enter the amount of tickets you would like to purchase. The final step is to proceed to the Checkout, where the payment is done and then a confirmation e-mail together with the tickets are received in your mailbox.
Tickets for international visitors
A small number of tickets have been reserved for foreign visitors to Junior Eurovision in Malta. If you are travelling to Malta from abroad, and are unable to buy tickets in the open sale, you will be able to contact PBS at a later date to purchase tickets. However, please try to buy them in the open sale!
If you need additional assistance, please contact:
Phone: +356 21 420 234 (for overseas calls)
Freephone 800 74 117 (local only)
Congratulations must go to Elizabeh Danielyan (who goes by the name Betty) for winning the Armenian national final. She sings an upbeat, anthemic song called 'People of the Sun'. It really gets you dancing, especially the chant near the end, and has good chances to do better than Choco-Fabric did, if she puts in a strong performance in Malta. Monika Avenesyan performed Choco-Fabric to open the show, while 2010 winner Vlad Aruzumanyan performed in the interval act. Past Armenian Eurovision singers performed past JESC songs in what was one of the most enjoyable interval acts in a long time. And no surprise, Gohar Gasparyan (Armenian HoD and JESC 2011 host) hosted the show. When Betty was announced as the winner, it was an emotional moment with her visibly singing through her tears of happiness.
The first semi-final of Junior Song Festival 2014 was held last night. The results were:
1st - Suze - Holiday (12 from kids/adults, 10 from televoting)
2nd - Chelsea - Waarom (10 from kids, 8 from adults, 12 from televoting)
3rd - Sem - Jij staat op nummer 1 (9 from kids, 10 from adults, 8 from televoting)
4th - Bobby en Ella - Hard to Explain (8 from kids, 9 from adults and televoting)
Interesting to note how juries ranked the slow ballad last, which is unusual for juries, while televoting gives it 12, perhaps hoping she can do a Gaia.
Suze and Chelsea qualified for the final. Sem and Bobby/Ella still have a chance to make the final if they can win the wildcard spot.
The qualifiers were selected by an adult jury comprised of Xander de Buisonje, Yvonne Coldeweijer and Niels Geusebroek, and a kids jury chaired by Mylene & Roseanne, and televoting. The proceeds from the televoting were donated to Cordaid Kinderstem charity. The semi only got 160,000 viewers and a 3.8% market share which means it is the lowest viewed JSF semi ever, however perhaps not surprising as semi 1 was considered rather weak.