The Dawn of ChildrenWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
The European Broadcasting Union is always aiming towards producing more friendly European fronts and that is why a couple of years ago, it devised a new song contest with the aim of bringing together a number of children. This event was given the title name The "Junior Eurovision Song Contest" and it has taken place every year since it's inception back in 2003. The format has been changing with each and every passing year yet success is still being proven in every edition.
The initial Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place within the city of Copenhagen, Denmark which was also host to the annual Eurovision Song Contest just two years before and the Congratulations show just two years later. The event was being organised by the broadcaster DR who believed that children deserved such opportunities. The contest in itself was a true spectacle and the European Broadcasting Union wanted to make sure that it is successful by opting to choose two big interval acts in the form of the British Boy Band Busted as well as the Girl Band, The Sugababes. The inaugural event was actually won byfor Croatia.
Moving onto neighbouring country Norway and specifically the city of Lillehammer, 2004 marked the debut of another two nations including France and Switzerland. The latter did not do so well but scored four points (4) thanks to the Island of Malta whilst the former finished in an extremely respectable sixth place. The show was organised by the broadcaster NRK which would play host to the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. The interval act during this festival was none other than Boy Band Westlife as you can see . In the meantime, the winning entry came from the Big 4 nation of Spain thanks to Maria Isabel who came up with .
The bid to host the 2005 event was won by broadcasters VRT/RTBF from Belgium and therefore the contest moved into the city of Hasselt. Unfortunately for the European broadcasting Union, four countries decided to withdraw from the event and these included Cyprus, France, Switzerland and Poland but it also marked the debut of Serbia & Montenegro as well as Russia. During the interval act, the previous winner came back to the stage and performed a medley of her latest songs as you can see . In the meantime, the final results saw Belarus easing to their first ever victory with . They have become the most successful country in the event.
The 2006 bid was eventually won by Romania and the broadcaster TVR which had entered every edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since that period. Bad news came about with the withdrawal of previous hosts Denmark and Norway along with Latvia, the United Kingdom and Serbia & Montenegro. In the meantime though, Serbia, Portugal, Ukraine made their debut with Cyprus making their return. Mihai who represented Romania in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest made an appearance along with the previous years' winner Ksenia. The event was comfortably won by Russia beating Belarus into second place. The song which the twins performed could be seen .
The Western front won yet another bid for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as the contest took place in the Rotterdam within the Netherlands thanks to a strong bid by the broadcaster AVRO. It marked the withdrawal of the most successful country in the event at that time being Spain as well as Croatia which also meant two former champions. It marked the debut of Armenia, Georgia, Bulgaria and Lithuania so not all was lost. The interval act during this event were the group Chipz from the Netherlands along with British/Georgian singing sensation Katie Melua whose performance you could view . The winner of this event was none other than the boy Alexeiy from Belarus whose song you can seen .
The Mediterranean was vital to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 as CyBC, the Cypriot broadcaster won the bid to host the event in an aim to increase support and viewership from the country. Both Portugal and Sweden decided that this was the time to withdraw and to make matters even worse, there were no countries which decided to either debut or return and that is why the contest was left with fifteen (15) participants. The event which saw the performances from Dima Bilan, Evridiki and Dimitris Korgialas was eventually won by none other than Georgia whose imaginary language seemed to have done wonders with the rest of Europe having annihilated the competition completely. You can hear the song .
Last years' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took us back to the Eastern nation of Ukraine with the city of Kiev playing host to the event thanks to NTU. The venue was the same which hosted the 2005 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore quite large indeed. The withdrawals came in the form of Bulgaria, Greece and Lithuania whilst Sweden returned to the contest thanks to TV4. The interval act was none other than Ani Lorak who performed a number of tracks from her latest musical album as you can see . In the meantime, the winners of the event which saw the introduction of 50% Jury and 50% Tele-Voting were The Netherlands thanks to Ralf and his entry .