Eurovision 2018

#JESC: Looking Back – 2003 to 2006

Junior Eurovision

Today we start a brief look back at the Contest we are all celebrating this week – the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This year, Tbilisi is hosting the 15th edition  of the Contest after winning the competition a record third time.

Copenhagen 2003

Copenhagen set the scene for the first ever edition of the Contest back in 2003. The Contest took place in the Forum on Saturday 15th November – hosted by Camilla Ottesen and Remee. Sixteen countries took to the stage in the Forum – they were Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Only Belarus and the Netherlands have taken part in every edition of the show so far.

Croatia took the first ever victory with the song “Ti is moja prva ljubav” and was performed by Dino Jelusic. He scored 134 points – only 9 ahead of Spain who scored 125.

Source: YouTube/EBU

The United Kingdom’s entry was performed by Tom Morley with his entry “My Song For The World” and scored 118 points and finished third place.

Source: YouTube/JESCUnofficial

Lillehammer 2004

Lillehammer set the scene for the second edition of the Contest back in 2004. The Contest took place in the Hakons Hall on Saturday 20th November – hosted by Stian Barsnes Simonsen and Nadia Hasnaoui. Eighteen countries took to the stage in the Hakons Hall – France and Switzerland debuted this year.

Spain took the victory with the song “Antes muerta que sencilla” and was performed by Maria Isabel. She scored 171 points – 31 ahead of the United Kingdom who scored 140.

Source: YouTube/EBU

The United Kingdom’s entry was performed by Cory Spedding with her entry “The Best Is Yet To Come”.

Source: YouTube/JESCTV 2004

Hasselt 2005

Hasselt set the scene for the third edition of the Contest back in 2005. The Contest took place in the Ethias Arena on Saturday 26th November – hosted by Marcel Vanthilt and Maureen Louys. Sixteen countries took to the stage in the Hakons Hall – Russia and Serbia & Montenegro debuted this year, while Cyprus, France, Poland and Switzerland withdrew.

Belarus took the victory with the song “My vmeste” and was performed by Ksenia Stinek. She scored 149 points – only 3 ahead of Spain who scored 146.

Source: YouTube/EBU

The United Kingdom’s entry was performed by Joni Fuller with her entry “How Does It Feel?” and scored 28 points and finished 14th place.

Source: YouTube/JESCTV 2005

Bucharest 2006

Bucharest set the scene for the fourth edition of the Contest back in 2006. The Contest took place in the Sala Polivalenta on Saturday 2nd December – hosted by Andreea Marin Banica and Ioana Ivan. Fifteen countries took to the stage in the Sala Polivalenta – Portugal, Serbia and Ukraine debuted this year, while Cyprus returned and Denmark, Latvia, Norway, Serbia & Montenegro and the United Kingdom withdrew.

Russia took the victory with the song “Vesennly Jazz” and was performed by the Tolmachevy Twins. They scored 154 points – only 25 ahead of Belarus who scored 129.

Source: YouTube/EBU

Author: Richard Taylor – LIVE in Tbilisi

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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