The Bulgarian song has been released! Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim sing (and play) 'Planet of the Children'. The song is a powerful ballad that is actually quite catchy. If she sings as well as she usually does, and Bulgaria uses good staging and such, this one is definitely one to watch. They must hope for a late draw however, as one does not want to be followed by another several ballads.
Who is Krisia? Born on 1 June 2004 in Varna, Krisia Marinova Todorova now lives in the town of Razgrad – and has become a very famous young Bulgarian singer. She started studying music when she was six years old in different music schools in Bulgaria, and is currently studying music at the "Centre for work with Children" in Razgrad with vocal teacher Svilena Decheva, where she sings and plays the piano. Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatov will play piano for her at jESC, completing the trio.
Slovenia has premiered their song on national television show Nedeljsko popoldne z Ulo. Ula Ložar is the singer, and her song is Nisi sam (Your Light), composed by Ula with the help of producer Raay and Marjetka Vovk. During the show we saw Ula premiere her song, as well as perform the Slovenien Eurovision 2014 song with Tinkara Kovac. When she heard she was chosen to go to JESC, there was a very sweet moment where she started jumping up and down in excitement, which we also saw on the show.
Ula is from Ljubljana, plays piano, and has been studying solo singing since she was seven years old with music teacher Marjetka Vovk. Ula has taken part in many festivals, both in Slovenia and abroad - finishing second in the Slovenian elementary school contest, and fourth in the Europop competition held in Hungary. Next summer she will take part in 'Tra la la' festival in Bitola.
During the short interview on RTVSlo, Ula said that she loves being on stage, that she loves singing ballads. She saw last year's Junior Eurovision, and Gaia was her personal favourite as well. When Ula grows up, she wants to become a successful singer. Her favourite singers are Jessie J, Beyonce, and Little Mix. They have said that they don't want any backing dancers for her, as she is sweet and innocent on her own and they are relying on her voice to blow everyone away.
Italy is another country to debut in Junior Eurovision this year and we finally have their song. Vincenzo Cantiello will sing the song 'Tu primo grande amore', which is a traditional Italian ballad about one's first great love in life. This one is a likely contender to take many jury and possibly public votes as it is quite classy. What do you think about it? Tell us here.
Montenegro have released their debut entry into the Junior Eurovision 'Budi dijete na jedan dan', sung by Maša Vujadinović & Lejla Vulić. The song means "Be a child for a day", it's sending a message to everyone to remember the innocence of childhood, to be happy and forget your problems. A very nice message we think!
Emilija Đonin, from Vršac, will represent Serbia in Malta. She was born on August 8th, 2000, making her 14 years old. Her song is called 'Svet u mojim očima', or "The World Through my Eyes". Nikola Čuturilo wrote the lyrics, while the arrangement and production was done by Dušan Alagić. The song is about love, and the fantasies of a young girl, who asks herself "are you the boy of my dreams or just a daydream?".
"I'm very happy and excited, it is a great honour to perform and represent Serbia at the 'Children's Eurovision Song Contest' and I'm very pleased," said Emilia in presenting the morning program at RTS. "All this took place quite quickly but we put lots of hard work into it. Dragan Ilic's wonderful composition is very beautiful and Alagić did a good job, and Čuturilo on the lyrics, so all together, with my small contribution, it turned out just great."
The team also explained that there will be no choreography, but in the first part of the song she will just be playing the piano, and then get up to sing. "Everybody's a lot of support, they are happy and satisfied, we look forward to together and all I care about is that I have the support of them."
Emilija is in the eighth grade elementary school "Vuk Karadzic" and the second grade of secondary music school "Josif Marinkovic" in Vršac. She has been singing since she was young and has been in many Serbian festivals. She came 2nd in Ja imam talenat in 2011 and overnight became an idol to young people, especially in her native Vrsac, and much was said and written about in the local media. Since then she has participated in many festivals and is known for her involvement in many charity events in the country and abroad. She has participated in the implementation of the video for eco save the planet "Miracle,". She has also performed with stars like Hari Mata Hari!