New kids on the block: the 2007 JESC is knocking on the door with fresh strength


17 countries will compete for the trophy at the fifth anniversary Junior Eurovision Song Contest, to be held on 8 December in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Here is the final running order:

  1. Georgia – Mari Romelashvili – Odelia Ranuni
  2. Belgium – TRUST – Anders (Differently)
  3. Armenia – AREVIK – Erazanq (A Dream)
  4. Cyprus – Yiorgos Ioannides – I Musiki Dini Ftera (Music Gives You Wings)
  5. Portugal – Jorge Leiria – Só Quero É Cantar (I Only Want To Sing)
  6. Russia – Alexandra Golovchenko – Otlichnitsa (An Excellent Pupil)
  7. Romania – 4KIDS – Sha-la-la
  8. Bulgaria – BON-BON – BonBolandia (Land Of Candy)
  9. Serbia – Nevena Božovi? – Piši Mi (Write To Me)
  10. Netherlands – Lisa, Amy & Shelley – Adem In, Adem Uit (Breath In, Breath Out)
  11. FYR Macedonia – Rosica & Dimitar – Ding Ding Dong
  12. Ukraine – Ilona Galitska – Urok Glamuru (Lesson Of Glamour)
  13. Sweden – Frida Sandén – Nu Eller Aldrig (Now Or Never)
  14. Malta – CUTE – Music
  15. Greece – MADE IN GREECE – Kapou Mperdeftika (Confused)
  16. Lithuania – Lina Joy – Kai Miestas Snaudžia (When The Town Is Asleep)
  17. Belarus – Alexey Zhigalkovich – S Druzyami (With Friends)

JESCThe hosts from Holland have come up with an environmental topic, which involves everyone on the Planet. The song of the Belgium band tells about the stormy life of teenagers and how they manage through the difficult emotions the teenage age brings. The Cypriot, Maltese, and Portugal songs are inspired by the artists’ desire to sing and how important music is in their lives. Some of the songs are about friendship, loved ones, or school. The elder kids, naturally, sing about love, such as the Serbian, the Swedish, and the Greek songs.

One cannot but notice the hard core of the Contest: Belgium, Cyprus, Romania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Malta, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, and Greece are among the loyal participants in the “Kids’ Eurovision”, who have been on the JESC stage since the very beginning. Others like Armenia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Lithuania have just joined the show.

Still others, such as Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Norway, Switzerland, France, Denmark, the UK and Spain have given up participating in the JESC for various reasons. We hope they are coming back. Obviously, the ebb of participation on the part of these countries has not affected the popularity of the Contest, as this year we have 17 countries again. Has it not been for the last-minute withdrawal of Spain, the number would have been 18.

All children at the 2007 JESC are professionals: they go to piano, dance, singing, etc classes, study at music schools and their lives are fully focused on a future music career. Up till last year the kids couldn’t be professionally involved in a music career, but this year, the EBU has decided the other way round, which in my mind, makes the Contests all the more interesting.


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