Category Archives: JESC

A Champion, a Heroine: Malta’s Gaia Cauchi

Well, it was a hard-fought Junior Eurovision this year, with a dozen entries battling it out for the top spot in one of the world’s most prestigious youth song festivals, but only one pint-sized powerhouse could nab the victory.  After a nailbiter of a vote, it was Malta’s Gaia Cauchi who took the win with her power-ballad “The Start”.  Ukrainian Sofia Tarasova came in second place on her home soil, with Belarus’s Ilya Volkov taking the bronze, but the night truly belonged to Gaia, who had just turned eleven. Read the rest of this entry

JESC 2013 Preview: Part 3

250px-JESC_2013_logoThe moment of truth is just about here!  Tomorrow, November 30th, young talent from a dozen nations will set foot on stage at the Ukraine National Palace of Arts in the hopes of bringing home this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest championship trophy.  In our first two previews (viewable here and here), we looked at eight of the acts vying for the title; let’s look at our last group! Read the rest of this entry

JESC 2013 Preview: Part 2

In our first peek at who’s who in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, we got to know the crop of young talent from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Georgia.  As of this moment, the performers have converged on Kiev and rehearsals are just ramping up.  Let’s meet our next set of artists!

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JESC 2013 Preview: Part 1

Well, we’re just about at the apogee of the Eurovision calendar, when we’ve got as much time behind our last ESC experience as we do before the next one.  For some, that means that broadcasters are just beginning to publicize their plans, and the first names are beginning to be announced for a few early-bird nations.  However, as the plans for the grown-ups lie somewhat dormant, their younger counterparts are gearing up for their turn in the spotlight.

This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place on November 30 in “Ukraine Palace of Arts”, located in the heart of Kiev.  The event will be hosted by 2013 ESC representative Zlata Ognevich and 2005 JESC host Timor Miroshnychenko (try saying that five times fast!), with musical appearances from Ruslana, Emmelie de Forest, and Zlata herself. Read the rest of this entry

JESC 2012: We have a Winner! dozen young singers from a dozen nations (including a trio of newcomers) faced off in Amsterdam, all vying to take home the title of “Junior Eurovision Champion”.  We had ballads, hyperactive pop, Beatle-mania, and numbers that could have been taken straight out of a youth edition of “Glee” (I’m looking at you, Israel!).  After all of the tension, and an often-dramatic, yet ultimately decisive vote, who claimed the victory? Read the rest of this entry

Preview: Junior Eurovision 2012 (Part 2)

Over in Amsterdam, kids from a dozen nations are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their stage shows for this Saturday.  In our last post, we took a look at the first half of the running order.  Let’s take a look at the last six:

7) Albania: Igzidora Gjeta – “Kam Një Këngë Vetëm Për Ju (I Have a Song Just for You)”

  • Number of JESC Participations: 0
  • Number of JESC Victories: n/a
  • Placement at the 2011 JESC: n/a
  • Age of 2012 Participant: 11

The third of our trio of JESC debuts for 2012 is Albania, who will be represented by Igzidora, a veteran of youth musical festivals in her home country.  She beat thirteen other acts to win the ticket to Amsterdam, and while she might not have the polish of a Lerika or a Georgian production company backing her up, she genuinely looks happy to be performing, which could be enhanced even further by a more refined choreography and instrumentation.  And, let’s face it, this is Albania.  If their Eurovision entries are anything to go by, there’s always a bit of a makeover between the National Final and the big show.  Igzidora might not be Rona Nishliu quite yet, but, keep in mind…she’s only eleven! Read the rest of this entry

Congratulations, Georgia!

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The 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Yerevan, Armenia has wrapped up, and after another close result, one nation has reigned supreme.  Congratulations go out to Irinia, Mariam, Gvansta, Ana and Irina (again!) from Georgia.  Claiming the nation’s second victory with 108 points, girl-group Candy nabbed the top spot with their disco-throwback number, “Candy Music”.

Coming in a very close second place was pre-contest favorite Rachel, representing the Netherlands, with “Ik ben een Teenager”:

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2011 Junior Eurovision Round-Up!

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For some, the idea of “Eurovision” simply refers to an event in May, where veteran singers of varying levels of quality duke it out for supremacy.  For others, the passion extends to the National Finals, where networks from all over the Eurovision sphere pick the song that will represent their nation.  For the most devoted, however, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest gives young, up-and-coming talent the chance to shine.  These performers, all of whom are between the ages of ten and fifteen, will perform their self-penned numbers in front of a live audience and jury, all for the chance at a bit of glory (not to mention a week of skipping school back home!).  Now in its ninth year, Junior Eurovision (or “JESC”) will be held in Yerevan, Armenia this Saturday, December 3rd.  Multitalented kids from thirteen nations will take the stage, with musical styles ranging from teen pop to ballads to disco to ’50’s throwback.  Let’s take a quick look at what’s in store for the weekend:

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