Welcome to the second part of our preview of the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place on 30 November.If you missed Part One – fear not as here is the link to it. Twelve countries will be hoping to win the 11th contest, coming from Kyiv.
Down the years, 31 countries have participated in the 10 contests to date. Eight of them have won. Belarus and Georgia have two victories each, with one each for Croatia, Spain, Russia, Netherlands, Armenia and Ukraine. Since it began, the balance is shifting further eastwards.
But one thing is sure: the Junior Eurovision is an interesting showcase of the future of musical talent in Europe.
Here are the next four entrants.
Macedonia – Barbara Popović – “Ohrid i muzika” (Охрид и музика)
Barbara is 13 years old and has been studying the piano since she was six. She’s worked on the talent show Super Zvezda (Super Star). So far in her short career, she’s also worked with Eurovision performers Elena Risteska and Kaliopi.
The song for FYR Macedonia was chosen internally by broadcaster MKRTV. The video is a stage performance of her song.
Malta – Gaia Cauchi – “The Start”
The Maltese are back after a two year absence with a song and performer also selected internally. Gaia is 11 and has already performed as music festivals and shows in Malta and Italy. Success came during the 2012 San Remo Festival when she came first in her category.
This video shows her on the popular Maltese TV show ‘Xarabank’.
Moldova – Rafael Bobeica – “Cum să fim”
Moldova return to JESC for the fourth time with another male singer. Success has yet to come to this country, but Rafael is hopeful of a good result. He was chosen during a live sing-off in October, beating three other acts.
The video is his sing-off performance.
Netherlands – Mylène and Rosanne – “Double Me”
Dutch broadcaster AVRO held a series of shows to pick the song for Kyiv. They consisted of two semi-finals, each with four acts. The top two in each semi, plus a wild card made it to a five-song final on 28 September. Mylène and Rosanne won a narrow victory.
They are 13 year old twins from Badhoevedorp near Amsterdam. Their song is about being a twin, in that while they’re very similar they’re also quite different.
The video is their national final performance.
The third and final part of our preview will appear in a few days time.
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For more information on The Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Make sure to check out our interview with the Head of Press for the contest Ms Katherine Lockett with full details of their social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Their Official Website.
Author: John Stanton
Source : Eurovision Ireland