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18June Belarus in 2014
woensdag 18 juni 2014 11:13

belarus nf

Ten finalists for Belarus's national final have been announced. 48 kids sent in songs, they had to reject two of them for being from Russia, but out of the other 46 entries, a jury chose the top 10. The top 10 are:

 

1. Daria Atroshenko (17.09.2000, Molodechnensky region) - Daria has already taken part in the 2011 and 2012 national finals.

2. Anthony Konoplyanik (11.09.2001, Minsk) - Anthony took part in the 2012 final.

3. Angelina Pipper (14.05.2000, Brest region, v. Ostromechevo) - You will recognise Angelina from last year's final.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxPrzQ9SGuQ - here is her song, it's a great one

4. Anna Ermakovich (11.08.2000, Brest)

5. Ksenia Lashevsky (15.09.2001) and Pavel (11.01.2003, Grodno region, Slonim)

6. Anna Zaitseva (05.10.2000, Minsk) - You'll know Anna from 2011 and 2013 national finals.
Anna's song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8olGx2mNh0Q

7. Vladislav Doroshevich (12.04.2004, Minsk)

8. Elena Titova (22.03.2004 Mogilev)

9. Julia Levina (29.07.2003, Brest)
(here is her song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuVZefg5e_o)

10. Nadezhda Misyakova (01.06.2000, Minsk) - She participated in the 2013 national final.
Here's her nice folky song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Twfz2H1YEA

 

The final will be held on August 29th on Belarus 1 and the winner will be decided by 50/50 jury/televote. It's a bit unclear if they have submitted songs or just auditioned because one official article said 46 people tried to take part and they were judged by vocals.

 
07June Julia wins for Sweden!
zaterdag 07 juni 2014 02:58

julia lilla melodifestivalenThe final of Lilla Melodifestivalen was held last night (June 6th) and the winner was Julia Kedhammar with her self-written song 'Du är inte ensam'. Julia is 14 years old from the city of Skogås and won on her 3rd try for Junior Eurovision which she calls "proof that you should never give up". When she won she was so happy that she started crying right away but she had to sing the winner's reprise, she said "it was really hard to sing when I was crying".

It was not clear how her performance would go as she had a cold in the leadup to Lilla Melodifestivalen. As she told Expressen - "I've been a little sick lately and taken medicine. I have had a fever and had a cold". Luckily the cold didn't stop her from winning. She celebrated her win with her family and friends who were all in the audience, they went to ride the rides in Grona Lund together.

Julia attends a music school and has been involved in music for as long as she can remember. "It is really cool - I've been singing since I started talking and dancing since I started walking. I've been writing songs since I was really little", she says. She was chosen by a jury consisting of Christer Björkman, Carolina Noren (host of Swedish charts) and Malin Olsson (children's channel host). Jury chairman Christer Björkman said that "it was difficult to choose, they are so good in such different ways, but they all really delivered here and now. We are in full agreement on the jury, but it was really smoothly". All the contestants had training from coaches in Stockholm for things like writing text to music, and each had two coaches to support them. It was a positive experience for them all, even the ones who didn't win - "I'm very happy for her sake, I've made amazing friends during the day in Stockholm", said Paulina Pancenkov.

The interval act at the national final, which was held at the themepark Grona Lund, was JEM from Melodifestivalen 2014 with 'Lovetrigger'. 
You can watch Julia's entry here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cKG_0ycsvQ

 
27May What is happening with Russia?
dinsdag 27 mei 2014 10:44

voice kids russiaMany Junior Eurovision fans have been wondering what Russia’s plans are for JESC this year, usually we have heard news about their national final by now. Well, I can tell you all this - The Russian broadcaster has stated that this year their national final will be organised by the children’s channel ‘Karusel’, which is a joint project between RTR and Channel One.

The selection will include two stages – first there will be online voting between selected acts, and then there will be a final which will be aired on TV. It is expected that kids from ‘The Voice Kids’ will be invited to enter due to the partnership with Channel One, so perhaps winner Alisa Kozhikina is a likely candidate. This is positive as the Voice Kids was the most watched program in Russia in the week of the final (27.8% share).

Previously the show was aired on the 2nd most watched channel in Russia, but Karusel is only the 14th most watched channel, meaning the viewing audience is likely to drop significantly (programs rarely reach even 1% of Russia’s audience). Not all people even have this channel in Russia. This is a bit worrying, after Belgium moved JESC to kid’s channel KETNET, they withdrew due to lack of interest. Karusel is the most popular children’s channel in Russia though so it may still reach many children, but this doesn’t fit in with the EBU’s plan to make JESC geared more towards teenagers than younger kids. It will be interesting to see Russia's selection this year, we hope it is a success.

 
23May Greece return to JESC!
vrijdag 23 mei 2014 04:25

Greece jesc 2014

It appears that Greece have confirmed a return to Junior Eurovision for the first time since 2008 (perhaps they've just been after a warm climate all this time). We can thank the new Greek broadcaster NERIT for this wonderful news, and can expect more information on their selection method soon, though it seems an internal selections such as Malta does is likely. Greece was the first country to EVER perform in Junior Eurovision, so it's nice that they're back!

Also tipped to return is Cyprus, though as they didn't enter Eurovision we cannot yet rely on this. Iceland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have all also considered joining, let us wait and see. Unfortunately it seems Spain's head of delegation is against joining the Junior contest which is a shame considering Eurojunior got rather good ratings in Spain from 2003-2006. (Source)

 
27April Junior Song Festival Finalists Announced
zondag 27 april 2014 11:27

I feel it is high time I give some attention towards one of Junior Eurovision’s most loyal countries – The Netherlands. They have announced the eight acts who will make up Junior Song Festival 2014, with all eight eager to follow in the footsteps of Mylene & Roseanne. Junior Song Festival will be held in September but we can expect revamps of all the songs to come before then! The finalists are:

 

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Anique & Anne – Dromen – They are from Spanbroek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNrCQ-8v9Kk

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