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|Winner - Dino (Croatia)
Runner-Up - Sergio (Spain)
pictures - junioreurovision.tv
Croatia - 134 points, Spain - 125 points, United Kingdom - 118 points, Belarus - 103 points, Denmark - 93 points, Belgium - 83 points, Malta - 56 points, Greece - 53 points, Latvia - 37 points, Romania - 35 points, The Netherlands - 23 points, FYR Macedonia - 19 points, Norway - 18 points, Cyprus - 16 points, Sweden - 12 points, Poland - 3 points
|This year for the very first time Junior ESC
or ESC for Kids will take place. Though this event is not in main course of this site,
there were many requests that we should do some reviews of it. So this page appeared.
So, on November, 15, 2003 in Copnhagen, Denmark, the first edition of Junior ESC will take its place. As it was reported interest to the participation in the event was so high that EBU had to make a draw to determine what countries will participate. So this 15 countries appeared to be winners of that draw:
Belgium (VRT/RTBF), Croatia (HRT), Denmark (DR), Germany (ARD/NDR), Greece (ERT), Latvia (LTV), FYR Macedonia (MKRTV), Malta (MT/PBS), Netherlands (NPB/AVRO), Norway (NRK), Romania (RO/TVR), Slovakia (SK/STV), Spain (TVE), Sweden (SE/SVT), and United Kingdom (UKIB/ITV).
Cyprus was then added as 16th country. Slovakia and Germany later withdrew from the event, Ireland and Israel were invited next, but declined participation, so final spot went to Belarus.
Prototype of Junior ESC was Nordic Junior Song Contest, that is taking place in Denmark, that's why this country was selected to host European-scale event. Venue will be Copenhagen Forum, with 8000 seats.
Hosts of the first contest will be Camilla Ottesen and Remee. Previous report suggested that this role should go to Ronan Keating, who also hosted Adult ESC in 1997. Also as Guest Stars were invited such singers like Robbie Williams, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, but none of them confirmed participation and instead of them performed Busted (without Charlie Simpson) with Crushed The Wedding and Sugababes with Hole in the Head.
Rules of the contest are almost same with senour Eurovision ones. All participants should not be older than 15 years. Questionable moment is that same limitations are applied to authors of the song too.
It was the first Eurovision
to be broadcast in the 16:9 widescreen format. It was also the first Eurovision Song
Contest where a DVD of the contest was released.