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Saturday, 30 November 2013 17:23

Junior Eurovision 2013: The Final - LIVE

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Good Evening! Welcome to the eleventh edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine which also played host to this event back in 2009, when The Netherlands swept to victory with Ralf and his entry Click Clack. It has been an intriguing week and one has to denote that there will definitely be a series of expectations from a global perspective as eyes will be on the European Broadcasting Union to make sure that the show runs as smoothly as possible and thus lead to an expansion of the event in the years to come. The Public Broadcasting Services confirmed Malta's return to the event less than two months ago with Gaia Cauchi selected as the representative and The Start co-written alongside Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb and Gillian Attard chosen as the entry.

Whilst the event is being broadcast in each of the twelve (12) participating countries, renewed interest is being shown in Greece and Kazakstan who will also be airing the show. In Malta, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on TVM 2 due to the earlier time slot with commentary set to be provided by comedian, Daniel Chircop as well as Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 participant, Corazon Mizzi. For a more detailed review on each of the competing entries, we urge you to follow the rolling blog on escflashmalta.com as two former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Daniel Testa (2008) and Sophie DeBattista (2006), both of which will compete in the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as well as Trevor Fenech, manager of the former and Emil Calleja Bayliss, Head of Communications and lyricist to one of the entries at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Running Order

Sweden: Det är dit vi ska - Elias

Emil: The stage looks great and the first number is a good opener but the excitement seems to be a bit too much for him to handle. He sounds a bit off and his voice seems to be cracking – might be the age in this matter. I can see this song on the radio though but I don’t expect it to do really well tonight.

Sophie: This guy has got talent! He has a lovely voice however you can hear a little bit of nerves in there too. A great young performer. The song is very catchy and staging is simple but perfect!

Trevor: The singer is good however the song does is not fit in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, in my opinion.

Daniel: The singer has a very good voice, but the song would be better in Eurovision rather than in the Junior.



Azerbaijan: Me and My Guitar - Rustam Karimov

Emil: This kid is so cute, it is impossible not to like him. The song itself is fun and has a good junior feel to it. The boy seems a bit out of breath in some parts of the songs, it might be the choreography or the excitement. I think this might do well tonight – the key here is being cute.

Sophie: What a cutie!!! This kid rocks, so much confidence. Great stage performance - I love all the dancing, he has great stamina! I enjoyed the english bits, but the song didn't really need it.



Armenia: Choco Factory - Monika

Emil: The staging is perfect for this number, the props they use make sense with the number and the costumes are fun although they might be seen as a bit overdone. The vocals are generally good, the only thing I can criticize is that the song itself is a bit repetitive and reminds me of other entries.

Sophie: Monica has a great song - easy to sing along to. Love the props used on stage, they're perfect for Junior Eurovision. This will be very memorable and I now want that violin and some chocolate!!

Trevor: I liked the way they presented the song, especially during the violin part. I think it will do well. 

Daniel: A good teen song I like the overall performance and song theme.



San Marino: O-o-O Sole Intorno a Me - Michele Perniola

Emil: This is their debut and they clearly want to start off with a great result. There is much to much criticize in this song. The song itself is catchy, the choreography is sleek and the camera work is brilliant. He seems to be enjoying himself and his vocal interpretation is solid. Only disadvantage is that he might look a bit too old for Junior Eurovision but should do well tonight.

Sophie: Michele has got an amazing voice, he can probably go higher than I can! :) Another great song. Would prefer if he wasn't dressed up like Michael Jackson though, it doesn't really go with the song and I prefer it when people are just themselves! He's done a great job and is super talented!

Trevor: Performing in Italian language, I expected more. Average song.

Daniel: A great feel good song! I think it will do very well. 



FYR Macedonia: Ohrid i Muzika - Barbara Papovic

Emil: The choreography is good and the song isn’t bad either but after the previous song this lacks something. The stage presence of the singer is something to be admired though as she performs with so much confidence. Her vocals leave much to be desired and seem to get worse as the song progresses.

Sophie: Although this song is good and has great potential, I don't think that it will stand out enough - especially with the high standard that has been achieved so far tonight! Also I think her nerves got the better of her voice during the song, although it didn't effect her on stage performance - which was awesome!

Trevor: Not my piece of cake.. Next please.

Daniel: Not my type of song, don't think it will do so well.



Ukraine: We Are One - Sofia Tarasova

Emil: Can’t really fault anything here. It is surely the best song so far. The girl has great vocals, the shots and the graphics are perfect whilst the song itself is a strong dance track. Considering what we’ve seen so far this can challenge at the top tonight. The home support surely helps.

Sophie: Sofia has got so much charisma! Could watch her all day. What a vocal!! Wish this song was all in English so I could really understand the message of the song better - but that takes nothing away from the talented little star that Sofia is! Could hear this song in the charts and on the radio right now!!

Trevor: A good song, great performance, I like.

Daniel: A good dance song, great voice, my favourite till now.



Belarus: Poy so Mnoy - Ilya Volkov

Emil: The boy is a star in the making, he surely can dance, he seems to be enjoying every second on stage and making the best out of this experience. The song is itself is catchy and I think this should do well tonight. He reminds me of Sakis Rouvas – his stage presence and his confidence is surely a great asset.

Sophie: Another strong song! Ilya is such a great funky performer, so much confidence for such a young man :) The dancers are tight, which is lovely to see and I like the way Ilya fits in so well with the whole package! Impressive!

Trevor: The kiddo is full of confidence .. one of my favourites!

Daniel: A good catchy song, one of the best so far. Will do pretty well.



Moldova: Cum Să Fim - Rafael Bobeica

Emil: Not a fan of the song itself but the boy has got a great set of pipes. Thea Garrett’s bird found itself in the Junior Eurovision. This might do well thanks to the jury because his voice is surely remarkable.

Sophie: A very interesting and clever staging of this song! What a voice - there are so many young superstars performing tonight. Rafael, his song and his performance will definitely stand out when it comes to the voting later, it is very memorable package.

Trevor: Not a JESC song, the singer had a great performance but the song was very poor.

Daniel: The singer is good but the song is not my type. Vocal performance was very good.



Georgia: Give Me Your Smile - The Smile Shop

Emil: Okay, this is weird. I’m doing this with Daniel Testa and Sophie DeBattista, and I had a déjà vu at the beginning of the song – the black and white retro feel was similar to Daniel’s and the first few beats reminded me of extra cute at one point. The song itself is good and the harmonies are really strong. They really make you smile.

Sophie: Wow these kids did so well to keep up all the harmonies whilst moving around so much. They're all very strong performers. Love the name of the group - 'The Smile Shop'! The song reminds of something out of hairspray, was nice to have a change of style.

Trevor:  An average song, the black and white effect in the begging was a good idea, but was already used in the past!

Daniel: A feel good swing song, I like it a lot, sing along song! Performance went very well.



The Netherlands: Double Me - Mylene and Roseanne

Emil: ‘Double Trouble’ becomes ‘Double Me’ and it seems we’re all seeing double. I love the intro and the refrain is catchy, fun and memorable. It’s a strong entry although in the verses there seems to be something missing vocally. Great effort from the Dutch, will they challenge for victory? They might.

Sophie: Mylene & Rosanne are adorable! Great staging idea - lots of energy! My favourite part of the song is the 'Double Me, Double You' bit, it was such a catchy phrase! And I really love the fact that the song reflects their relationship (twins).

Trevor: A very JESC song, top 3 in my opinion, perfect combination! Vocals could be a bit better.

Daniel: Quite a good song in my opinion, the performance was good , should do pretty well.



Malta: The Start - Gaia Cauchi

Emil: Erm… GOOSEFLESH all over. I think she blew everyone away with her power vocals. She filled the stage with her incredible vocals – she is Malta’s next big star for sure. All she needs to do is learn to control her voice more and pay more attention to her diction. Loved the dress and the simplicity in the performance – removing the bow was a huge improvement. Should do well tonight.

Sophie: Wow! What a little star! Such an awesome voice - wish I could sing like that. This song is really strong - Gaia gave me shivers down my spine in the last chorus! Absolutely beautiful - this girl is going places!

Trevor: Well done Gaia, hit the notes perfectly a big improvement diction wise. Once again well done. Forza Malta! Hope she wins!

Daniel: A fantastic vocal performance from Gaia well done, one of the best so far.



Russia: Mechtay - Dayana Kirillova

Emil: This is Malta’s main contender I guess. The perfect junior song with a great vocal interpretation, catchy song and great stage performance. The back drop is effective too. The performance is fun and should go down well with kids and the jury too.

Sophie: Dayana is a beautiful girl and great singer! Although I enjoyed it, the song was unfortunately not memorable enough - especially following such a strong performance from Malta! However the on stage performance was awesome, which made up for it! All the acts were great tonight. I know how scary it is to do what they just did, they should all be so proud of themselves!

Trevor: I love the singers' attitude and I must say that this performance was epic!

Daniel: Not my style of music, might do well since it's Russia.. Vocal performance was very good.



Interval Act

Glen Vella, Fleur Balzan, Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci, Maria Muscat and Chloe Cortis were the jury members on behalf of Malta at this evenings' edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, we've seen a host of special guests this evening, including the reigning winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Emmelie de Forest and also last years' winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Anastasia who had won with the song Nebo. At the last minute, Zlata seemed to have replaced Ruslana due to the recent political upheavals although no official announcement was made. Malta has just WON the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Last modified on Saturday, 30 November 2013 20:04