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2003

Winner - Dino (Croatia)

Runner-Up - Sergio (Spain)


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Details of the contest - here.
Greece - Nikolas Ganopoulos (15/06/95) - Fili gia panta (Friends forever)

Νικόλας Γανόπουλος -
Φίλοι για πάντα

Nicolas was born on 10.7.95 in Macedonia of Northern Greece, in the city of Veria. He now he lives in Korinos, a small village outside the city of Katerini, and he is a third grade pupil.
He loves going to school and his favorite subject is: foreign languages.
On his spare time he enjoys singing and listening to music. The whole family is singing and listening to music all day long, while his younger sister, who is only 5, cries whenever she hears a song she doesn’t like.
He loves Eminem. It is the personality that he would like to meet.
He is a dedicated fan of the Greek football team of Panathinaikos.
His father is an army officer and the family moves a lot from town to town. Nicolas appreciates very much friendship, but he finds it hard to keep his good friends.

Archive: www.ert.gr

 

Name: Nicolas Ganopoulos
My place and date of birth: Veria 10/ 7/ 95
Colour of my eyes: brown
My astrological sign: Cancer
My height: 1,30 cm
I have a sister; she is 4 1/2 years old

My favourite band or artist is: Eminem and Rakitzis
My favourite food is: spaghetti bolognese
My favourite film is: Men in Black
What music means to me: I absolutely adore it
I would like to meet: Eminem because I like his songs
For no money in the world would I betray a friend
I am perfect in nothing at all because Iґm still very young
I absolutely canґt destroy other peopleґs things
My favourite subject at school is maths
My biggest fear is nothing
I can cook eggs pretty well
My friends say that my worst character trait is that Iґm not naugthy
If I win the J-ESC contest, this is what I would like to say to the other participants: congratulations, you were all very able competitors
Anything else I would like to mention: May the best kid win and may friendship always wins!
06/10/2003, Cine Keramikos Athena. Hosts: Masa Fasoula and Themis Georgantas

01. Evelin (15) - Megalono (I grow up) (written by Dimitris Thomas (13) & Evaggelia (Evelin) Gerakiti) 3rd 4207 7.6%
02. Katerina Sotiriadi (15) - Sinefa ston ourano mas (Clouds in our sky) 7th 1766 3.8%
03. Efithia & Marina Manolakari (12) - Ta didimakia (The little twins) 6th 2558 4.6%
04. Nicolas Ganopoulos (8) - Fili gia panta (Friends forever) 1st 5009 12%
05. Erofiliu Kleanthi - Kante kati (Do something) 3rd 2752 7.6%
06. Chloi-Sofi Boleti (10) - Mazi me esena (With you) 2nd 4224 9%
07. Zachos (Zaharias Xatziloukas) (12) - Ke mi se niazi (Do not care about it) (Written by Agni Hatzilouka (15)) 10th 457 1%
08. Ionna Spanou (11) - Mia efhi (A wish) 9th 1358 2%
  
09.
Georfia Vassiliou (11) - Ma protimio ti tzaz (But I prefer jazz) 8th 1844 3.6%
10. Evi Mpourantoni (12) - Soste ti Gi (Save Earth) 5th 3792 6.6%

50/50 Jury: Dafni Mpokota (presenter), Fokas Evaggelinos (choreographer), Thanos Kalliris (singer-composer), Stavros Papastauvrou (composer-lyricist), Sokratis Soumelas (musical producer), Ilias Philippos (lyricist) and two children: Vasia Giannakopoulou and Giorgos Gkontevas.
Guests: Evridiki, ONE, Theodora Raftis and Anne Gadegaard.
Echo ena filo, adelfo mou kollito
pou magapai ma ki ego ton agapo
proi pigenoume parea sto sholio
ki otan vradiazi
i mama apto balkoni mas fonazi.

Echo ena filo pou mazi kalopername
ti mia pezoume, tin ali tragoudame
ke den iparhi pouthena tetia filia
de ti grafoune oute sta vivlia.

Fili gia panda
tha imaste emis i dio- fili gia panda
thaise o dikos mou filos, gia panda
stis diskoles stigmes mas
sto gelio, sta panda
fili gia mia zoi.

Echo ena filo, pou sta matia me kitazi
ke sas to leo pos katholou de pirazi
ama malosoume gia ligo thimomena ta moutrakia
ke meta pali moniasmeni.
An thelis mathima filias ela edo na mou zitisis
keg ia tous filous sou mazi mou ki esi na tragoudisis

toxeris tha minoume fili gia panda
fili gia panda, gia panda
ego ki esi grothia demeni gia panda
fili gia panda, gia panda
soutopa tha imaste fili gia panda
fili gia panda, fili gia panda
fili gia panda, fili gia panda
I have a buddy, more of a brother than a friend
Who cares for me and I care for him as well
Each morning we walk to school together
And at night
Mummy shouts at us to try to keep it quiet

I have a buddy, we have fun together
We play outside regardless of the weather
And I swear to you, you can't find friends like us
At least not in the history they teach to us in class

Buddies forever
We two are going to stay buddies forever
You're gonna be my best buddy forever
When times are hard, when we have fun
Buddies for all our life

I have a buddy, who always looks me in the eyes
And cross my heart, he never says no lies
We never fight, but when we do it is so silly
And in a while
We both look at each other and smile

If you want to learn about friendship
Well, I'd be glad to give you some advice
And together with your friends
We'll sing a song of friendship sweet and nice.

Refrain

Rap You know we're gonna stay, buddies forever
Buddies forever forever forever
We are gonna be like one forever
Buddies forever forever forever
Just like I said we 'll be buddies forever
Buddies forever forever forever
Buddies forever forever forever,
ooh-ooh-ooh
Croatia - Dino (04/06/92) - Ti si moja prva ljubav (You're my first love)

At the age of eleven, Dino is an old hand at show biz. Music’s been his passion ever since his earliest childhood days. And for someone who knew all of the Croatian singer Gibonni’s songs by heart before his third birthday, a singing career must surely be predestined?!
Dino has written the song „Ti si moja prva ljubav“ especially for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. And with great success: he managed to decide the pre-contest in Zagreb on the 5th of July in his favour with the maximum number of 50 points in the televoting.

But this is just the most recent success of his: Dino has been on stage since his earliest childhood, impressing not only audiences and juries, but his role models Gibonni and Tony Cetinski as well. So it was a special highlight when Dino went on stage with Tony, and the two of them, dressed as twins, presented Tony’s Eurovision Song „Zbog nje“ at a Revival Night of the Croation Eurosong Contest. After that, nothing could hold Dino back as he got ahead in the papers and on TV.

His vast experience will help Dino deal with the excitement of the J-ESC. After all, he’s already been successful at lots of similar events. And there are plans for the future already: After the J-ESC in Copenhagen, Dino will bring out his first CD!

And because Dino, as the real young star that he is, takes his responsibilities seriously, he ‘s recorded a Band Aid-single for UNICEF Croatia: On this single, called “We need love”, he sings a song against violence, together with all the participants of the pre-contest. So that all children in his country can grow up with song on their lips.
Participant's name: DINO
My place and date of birth: Croatia, Zagreb, 04.06.1992.
Colour of my eyes: Blue
My astrological sign: Twins
Colour of my hair: Black
My height: 156 cm
I have ... 1 sister
My favourite Band or Artist is: Bon Jovi, Freddy Mercury, Phil Collins, Europe, Queen, White Snake, Iron Maiden
My favourite Food: Spaghetti with tuna
My favourite Film: Ditry Dance, Pitats of Caribe, Oliver Twist
What music means to me? another world and happy wish
I would like to meet ... Bon Jovi and local singer Gibonni
For no money in the world would I ... ***
I am perfect in ... nothing
I absolutely can’t ... forget all the time in another countries on children festivals
My favourite subject at school is ... History and Croatian
My biggest fear is ... ***

I can cook ... a cake (coconout)
My friends say that my worst character trait is ... being so kind
If I win the J-ESC contest, this is what I would like to say to the other participants ... I am happy because I meet and have friends like you
Anything else I would like to mention ... Hope to have some great time of my life on JESC 2003

Archive: www.hrt.hr

After Eurovision:
Watch ESCKAZ' interview with Dino in Minsk here.
Watch BTRC movie "Kids of Eurovision" here.
Dino has already had his first full length concert held in the Salata stadium in Zagreb in September 2004, gathering 6000 fans. In 2005 he went on a multi-city tour in Australia, entertaining Croatian communities in Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Woologong and Brisbane.
In June 2005, Dino performed as a guest star at the Langeland Music Festival beside Ronan Keating and UB40 in Denmark — the same country in which he had won the JESC two years earlier. That same year in November, his sister Lorena represented Croatia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 performing "Rock Baby". Dino accompanied her for moral support.
In 2008 he took part in CMC short for Croatian music channel with his new band. In 2009, Dino started recording new album in Melbourne, Australia, with ex Joan Jett & Paul McCartney producer Mark Berry. The came out August, 2011, titled Living My Own Life. The album has various styles of music, from Orchestral ballads like Can't stand this any longer to Metal tunes like Living my own life and Get On. In 2011 Dino perfomed in opera Carmen with his academy. Besides his solo career, Dino also has Metal project with Under Nihilo, the one man band from Croatia, and they are currently working on their first EP called Made Of Scars. Dino also performs acoustical gigs with Ivan Ivankovic, guitarst from Croatia Rock band Cota G4. Youtube: DinoOfficialYT

I live in Zagreb with my parents and my sister Lorena. I’m in the 5th grade of my
regular school ad in 3rd in my music school where I play the piano. I also take singing lessons and practice drama in my free time.
I started singing very early. At the age of 2 Ѕ, I knew all the songs of my favourite Croatian singer, Gibonni (all 3 albums at that time) by heart, and was singing in kindergarten and for our friends.
At the age of 5 1/2 , I went to an audition for "Turbo Limach Show", the best children’s show on Croatian TV, where children sing live. Out of 5700 participants, they picked 64, and I was one of them.
In the first round, I won with a rock song (by Gibonni), in the semi finals (16 singers), I won with the song "Zbog nje" by Tony Cetinski, who was the Croatian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest a few years ago.
In the finals held in February 1999 (featuring only 3 singers and 1 dance group), I made a fantastic live appearance on stage, which gave me the chance to sing in a lot of places.
Mr. Tony Cetinski congratulated me for my performance of his song, and asked me to sing with him at a revival night of the Croatian Eurosong Contest (reserved for all Croatian winners of the past years). Dressed like Tony and with the same hairstyle as his, I attracted the media, and was in all the newspapers and a few TV shows.
After that, I sang on Mothers day in the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, at a special concert in the Croatian National Theater in Varazdin, at the ATP challenger tennis tournament Zagreb Open and many other occasions.
In October 1999, I went to the International Nile Song Festival in Cairo, Egypt where I made 4th place in the group of the 5 - 8,5-year-olds with the song "New Millennium Kid" , written by my father Dario.
In April 2000, I sang at the Bjelovar Children's Festival in Croatia and won 1st place by audience vote and 2nd place by jury. I was awarded for music (Dario Jelusic, my father), and for arrangement (Tihomir Preradovic, my music producer).
In July 2000, I won a contest organised by McDonald's Croatia, winning the first round ahead of 29 other kids and the final ahead of 29 more with 60 points out of 60.
In January 2001, I was in the finals of the Croatian festival "Dorica" in Opatija, and just a few days later, I participated and received 3th place in the INF in Cairo, Egypt.
In March 2001, a festival called "Turbovision" was held. It was a live music show in which a few of the best kids in Croatia sang the winning songs of the Eurovision Song Contests of past years. I participated with Johnny Logan's "Hold me now".
In July 2001, I participated in the International Kids Festival in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, and won a Grand Prix with my song "Dijete novog vremena".
In September 2001, I had my first solo concert and all the money collected went to a kids’ hospital in Zagreb. It was powered by McDonald's, Family radio, Nesquick and Sunnypress.
In November 2001, I participated in the 1st Golden Star Festival in Bucharest, Romania, with the song "Emily" and received the popularity award and the press award.
In 2002, 4 international festivals followed: Veo-veo in Alicante, Spain; Super Grand prix in Igea Marina, Italy (1st place); 2nd Golden Star Festival in Bucharest, Romania with my new song "My life is rock'n'roll" (3rd place) and the International Festival in Kaunas, Lithuania (1st place).
I started the year 2003 with a Fidof (international children's festival organization) Award for Outstanding Performance for my new song "Oh, Lord" at the 4th INF in Cairo.
After that, I learned about the 1st Junior Eurovision Song Contest. I started writing a song that finally became a winner in the national finals in Zagreb on the 5th July. I got a maximum of 50 points in televoting.
At the moment, my team is preparing material to publish my first CD just after the finals of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen on November 15th. They have also produced a new song («We need love») for a Band Aid performance, made up of all participants of the Croatian Junior Eurovision Song Contest as a contribution to the campaign of UNICEF Croatia against bullying.

What an evening! Dino couldn’t believe it. HE had won! Yes, HE! He is the world’s first J-ESC Star ... and that’s thanks to TV viewers in all 16 countries who decided per televoting. Especially Belarus, FYR Macedonia and Spain let themselves be charmed by the 11-year-old’s wink.
Hope grew after a professionally done performance, in which something definitely clicked between the audience and Dino rocking the stage. (Admit it – who wasn’t at least tapping their feet???)
“Well, yes, it would be nice...”, admitted a modest Dino when interviewed by Camilla in the Green Room .

Then, 14 songs and a nerve-wrecking voting later, it was certain: Dino had put Sergio from Spain and Tom from the UK in their places – behind him...
Now everything was spinning around him, and he was the centre of everyone’s attention.

Camilla and Remee presented him with the trophy, the girls in the sold-out Forum arena were screaming their hearts out and giving the press an impressive sample of the “law of the jungle”. Bruises, schmuises – “Dino, DINO, DIIIIIINNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!” – only those who made it to the very front had a chance to get hold of one of the coveted autographs.

And on it went: press questions, photos, smiles, showing the trophy to the cameras, a moment’s break to accept his father Dario’s enthusiastic congratulations, finally off to the party at the town hall.

And here Dino made the unwanted experience of finding out what it means to be the prince, and unable to evade the superior might of the girls. Marija, Volha, Victorija, Julia, Charlot, Katarzyna, the Latvian dancers – all wanted “their” dance with Dino. But he just wanted one thing: “How do I get out of here?” Sorry, escape route blocked!

But junioreurovision.tv did manage somehow to get a picture of the new mega star on the red carpet. You can find this pic and all the others we took at the event in the Photo Gallery in the Media Lounge.

The next afternoon, the plane was waiting to take Dino back to Zagreb via Munich. Once landed: red carpet treatment again!
Everyone was there: The press, the fans, TV, family, friends...
Mr. Galic, the Croatian TV General Manager, had insisted on congratulating Dino personally. And he had brought a large package with him – the collected works about Harry Potter!

That just leaves us with the question when Dino is going to have the time to read those heavy tomes?! The press is queuing up to talk to him, and he’s already got his sights trained his next plans: his first CD!
07.07.2003, Tvornici, Zagreb. Hosts: Iva Sulentic and Frano Domitrovic

01. Lovro Matošević (singer), Luka Matošević (guitar) - Zašto si otišla (Luka Matošević - Lovro Matošević)
02. Snježana Pandl - Treba mi vremena
03. Grupa "Mania" (Iva Galešić, Ana Klabučar, Nikolina Sekušak, Andrea Karin, Borna Mahlović, Martina Vasilj) - Nedodirljiva (Filip Šljivac - Ana Klabučar)
04. Sara-Elena Menkovska - Suzice
05. Romana Brajša - Ovisna
06. Ivana Mrkonjić i Šime Košta - Anđele (Ivana Mrkonjić)
07. Kristina Jarić - Ptica
08. Hana Mašić - Otkucaj srca tvog (Filip Šljivac - Marija Kulušić)
09. Marina Lijić - Što je bilo
10. Dino Jelusić - Ti si moja prva ljubav

100% televoting: 1 Slavonia, 2 Dalmatia, 3 Istria, Primorje, Gorski Kotar and Lika, 4 Northwest and central Croatia and 5 Zagreb County and Zagreb.
Guests: Davorin Bogovic, Nina Badric, Jacques Houdek, Ivana Kindl and Claudia Beni.
Preselection jury: Alan Bjelinski (conductor), composers Rajko Dujmic, Boris Рurdevic, writer and editor at HR Mladen Kusec, Marin Margitic (representative of Croatian Radio), singer and composer Ivana Plechinger and singer Maja Vucic from the group 'Divas'.
Budim se
prestaje jedan divan san
oblačim se na brzinu
da odjurim s dečkima van

al' je tata stao na vrata
i rekao: "Ne možeš van,
nedjelja je dragi sine
ideš s nama u restoran".

Kad sam je vidio u restoranu
promjenilo se sve
nisam više mislio na hranu
nego kako doći do nje.

Pokušao sam stari trik
kao: "Možete mi dodati sol?"
srećom tata joj je bio frik
i rekao: "Sjedni s nama za stol".

Ti si moja prva ljubav
ovu pjesmu tebi pjevam ja
cijelog si me smotala, zaludila
i više ne znam koliko je dva i dva

Ti si moja prva ljubav
i to dobro znaš
Ti si moja prva ljubav
super mi je kad me pogledaš

Znam da izgleda kao čudna priča
ali tako bilo je
još i danas mi se sviđa
sve bi dao da sam kraj nje

Dobar bio mi je onaj trik
kada sjeo sam s vama za stol
ti postala si glavni lik
mojih priča i pjesama sto

Ti si moja prva ljubav
ovu pjesmu tebi pjevam ja
cijelog si me smotala, zaludila
i više ne znam koliko je dva i dva

Ti si moja prva ljubav
i to dobro znaš
Ti si moja prva ljubav
super mi je kad me pogledaš

*Arrangement by Tihomir Preradovic

I woke up
in the middle of a lovely dream
I jumped out of my bed
to go out with my friends

But dad stopped me at the door
and asked me "where are you going?"
Today it's Sunday
come with us to the restaurant

When I saw you at the restaurant
everything changed
I no longer thought of food
but how to get to you

I tried the old trick
asked "could you please pass me the salt"
but her dad was a freak
and said "sit with us at the table"

You are my first love
I sing this song to you
confused, infatuated
I don't even know much equals 2+ 2

You are my first love
I hope you know it too
You are my first love
I'd be great if you looked at me

I know it sounds like a strange story
but every single word is true
Still I liked how
at the end it worked

It was a good trick
when I sat down with you at the table
and I managed to impress you
with the stories and poems I told
Morning sun
wakes me up in the middle of a dream
It seemed like it really happened
I didn't know what it means

I jumped out of my bed
and put my new blue jeans
with just one thought in my head
to find the girl from my dreams

I was running from place to place
with only one thing in my mind
just to see your pretty face
you are all I wanna find

Then I saw you standing there
on the other side of the street
you took my breath away
and swept me off my feet

You are my one and only
you are the one I'm dreaming of
without you I'm lost and lonely, lost and lonely
can't even find my way back home

You are my one and only
I hope you know it too
You are my one and only, one and only
I go crazy when I look at you

I know it sounds like funny story
but every single word is true
you filled my day with joy and glory
Oh, I fall in love with you.

When I saw you standing there
on the other side of the street
you took my breath away
and swept me off my feet

You are my one and only
you are the one I'm dreaming of
without you I'm lost and lonely
can't even find my way back home

You are my one and only
I hope you know it too
You are my one and only, one and only
I go crazy when I look at you
Cyprus - Theodora Raftis (24/05/92) - Mia eyhi (The wish)

Theodora is eleven years old and she attends the last grade of Elementary School. She lives in Limasol, the second biggest city of Cyprus, with lovely beaches and a beautiful sea. Theodora has attended for years of singing lessons and three years of piano lessons. She is currently a member of a choir calles diasteses, in which she often performs solo.

Participant’s name: Theodora Raftis
My place and date of birth: 24 / 05 / 92, London
Colour of my eyes: brown
My astrological sign: gemini
Colour of my hair: brown
My height: 1.35 m
I have 1 brother and 1 sister
My favourite band or artist is: Hi 5, Deborah Myers, Mando
My favourite food: mushroom soup
My favourite film: The Lion King 2
What music means to me: a lot
I would like to meet: Mando from Greece because she’s brilliant, and she’s got a beautiful voice
For no money in the world would I: allow a dog to lick my face
I am perfect in… screaming
I absolutely can’t… eat beans
My favourite subject at school is… art
My biggest fear is… large dogs
I can cook… pizza
My friends say that my worst character trait is… that I scream too much

If I win the J-Esc contest, this is what I would like to say top the other participants: “well done”, for getting this far!
Anything else I would like to mention: Good luck to everyone!

junioreurovision.tv: Hi, Yvonnie and Stephanie! Are you still enjoying Copenhagen?
Yvonnie & Stephanie: Oh, yes – this is great!

junioreurovision.tv: So what have you been doing, apart from rehearsing, of course?
Yvonnie: Mostly shopping! Copenhagen has the coolest shops!

junioreurovision.tv: Oh, yes, it does! What did you get?
Stephanie: Clothes, more clothes…
Yvonnie: …and accessories!

junioreurovision.tv: You two look like you’ve been friends for a long time – is that true?
Stephanie: Yes, we met three years ago.
Yvonnie: We’re in a choir together, that’s where we met.

junioreurovision.tv: Being so passionate about music, do you have a favourite star?
Stephanie: Hmmm, well, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake are really cool. (Yvonnie nods)

junioreurovision.tv: And what about favourite web sites?
Yvonnie & Stephanie: Everything about music, and junioreurovision.tv, of course!

junioreurovision.tv: Well, thank you girls! And all the best for the rehearsal later

After Eurovision:
Theodora is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she is studying voice under the guidance of Mrs Catherine Benson as well as continuing her studies in piano. Her most significant operatic roles include Greta Fiorentino (in “Street Scene”) and Olympia (in the “Tales of Hoffmann”) as well as a chorus member in the operetta “Candide”. She has also performed “Der Holle Rache” from “The Magic Flute” in a concert by Eliconas Conservatoire in Limassol. Recorded several tracks with British musician Ben Adam Weatherill which can be heard here.

Theodora Rafti was chosen from 29 entries submitted to CyBC on 12th of September. Her entry was presented on TV in Ora Kyprou (Cypriot Time) program on September 15th.
Ena asteri pefti kai mia efhi anevainei
Ston ourano apopse mesa ap’tin psihi
Erxonte sto nou mou ta paidia tou polemou
Me minima agapi stous laous olis tis gis

The mou dose dinami sta paidia tou polemou
Na anteksoun mehri ekeini ti stigmi
Pou i efhi ginete panta alithini

Efxomai i agapi stis psihes ton anthropon
Na ferei tin eirini hara kai eftihia
Fotiste tous asteria mou kai aggihte tis kardies tous
Na meinoun panta fotines opos kai ton paidion

Thee mou dose dinami sta paidia tou polemou
Na anteksoun mehri ekeini ti stigmi
Pou i efhi ginete panta alithini

Dos sta prosopakia tous yo yelio na astrafti
Kai oi fonoules tous na akougontai stin geitonia kai pali

Thee mou dose dinami sta paidia tou polemou
Na anteksoun mehri ekeini ti stigmi
Pou i efhi ginete panta alithini

Thee mou dose dinami sta paidia tou polemou
Na anteksoun mehri ekeini ti stigmi
Pou i efhi ginete panta alithini
Pou i efhi ginete panta alithini
A star is falling
And a wish is rising
In the sky tonight
From within the soul

And to my mind
Come the children of war
With a message of love
To all people on earth

God give strength to the children of war
So they last until the moment
My wish comes forever true

I wish that the love
Within people's souls
Will bring peace
Joy and happiness

Give them your starlight
And touch their hearts
So they stay always bright
Just like children's hearts are

God give strength to the children of war
So they last until the moment
My wish comes forever true

God give strength to the children of war
So they last until the moment
My wish comes forever true

Let me see a shining smile
On their faces
And to hear their voices
In the neighbourhood again
God give strength to the children of war
So they last until the moment
My wish comes forever true

God give strength to the children of war
So they last until the moment
My wish comes forever true
Belarus - Volha Satsiuk (02/08/93) - Tantsui (Dance)

Volha is ten years old and is in the forth grade. She studies piano in a musical school. She sings many songs in Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish. Recently, she started to learn English songs. She likes singing, dancing, drawing and above all performing on a big stage in front of many people.

Katsiaryna Lipouskaya was born on 2 October, 1987 in Kozlovichi of Belarus. She first appeared on stage at the age of seven and in 2003 she became laureate of the national TV contest of young talents Constellation of Hopes. She graduated from Children Art School with major in piano and choreography, and writes verses and composes music.

Belteleradiocompany was responsible for selecting a performer and song for the contest on behalf of Belarus as a member of the EBU, the organizer of the event. It was owing to the young talent show Constellation of Hopes shown on the Belarusian television that it was possible to select the most promising and aspiring young artist - Volha Satsuk.
The terms and conditions of the Eurovision children’s contest are quite complicated because participating states are not only to furbish a singer, but also to have him/her sing …another child’s song! It means whoever writes this song is not a professional aged under 15.
"We had our difficulties there quite obviously. It is one thing to book a solid professional to write a song, but finding a peer capable of putting together nice lyrics was a pretty tall order, - Executive Producer L.A.Borodina says. - We are lucky to have a TV contest Constellation of Hopes which gives us the opportunity to select from among talented and versatile kids. One of the participants who could be nominated to the Eurovision contest was Katsiaryna Lipouskaya from the village of Kozlovichi, Slutsk District, who sang her own song. But she has turned 16 this October and the country is always better off presenting someone younger than that…".
The rules of the Junior Contest are fairly democratic and considerate to child composers. Both a composer and performer have been invited to Copenhagen. Katsiaryna Lipouskaya was also on stage.

Archive: olgastar.mirahost.ru, www.olga-s.by.ru
www.esckaz.com/belarus/index2.htm

Participant's name: Volha Satsiuk (singer)
My place and date of birth: Kobrin (Belarus), 2 Aug 1993
Colour of my eyes: light green
My astrological sign: Leo
Colour of my hair: light bright
My height: 129 cm
I have ... 1 sister
My favourite band or artis: Lara Fabian
My favourite food: shashlik (shish kebab)
My favourite film: Pretty Woman
What music means to me? Music is part of my life
I would like to meet: ... Celine Dion because she has a marvellous voice
For no money in the world would I ... betray my relatives
I am perfect in ... turning into different roles
I absolutely can’t ...live without musical tours
My favourite subject at school is Computer Science
My biggest fear is to lose the talent for singing
I can bake pastry "Fantasy"
My friends say that my worst character trait is changeability of mood
If I win the JESC, this is what I would like to say to the other participants: It’s important to work hard and perfect yourself
Anything else I would like to mention: I wish everyone only good luck and success in Eurovision Junior Song Contest 2003!

Katsiaryna Lipouskaya
Country: Belarus
Participating song: Tantsui (Dance)
Participant's name: Katsiaryna Lipouskaya (author, keyboard)
My place and date of birth: Kozlovichi (Belarus), 2 Oct 1987
Colour of my eyes: brown
My astrological sign: Libra
Colour of my hair: light brown
My height: 166 cm
I have ... 1 brother
My favourite band or artist: Britney Spears
My favourite food: ice cream
My favourite film: Pretty Woman, Titanic
What music means to me? It’s my second life
I would like to meet ... Julia Roberts because she’s a perfect actress
For no money in the world would I betray my family or friends
I am perfect in ... getting on people’s nerves
I absolutely can’t ... be one and the same all the time
My favourite subject at school is ... English
My biggest fear is ... to lose my relatives and be all alone
I can ... bake a cake with jelly
My friends say that my worst character trait is ... amorousness towards actors and singers
If I win the JESC, this is what I would like to say to the other participants: I will always remember this day when I stood on the same stage with people who are the best from the best
Anything else I would like to mention: I believe in my strength and will do everything just not to let my friends down
After Eurovision:
Watch BTRC movie "Kids of Eurovision" about Olga Satsiuk here.

After a successful performance at the "Eurovision" Olya's television career went high: she has become hostess of Belarusian TV contest of young talents "Constellation of Hopes" and qualifying contest "Song for Eurovision" on the First National Channel (2004-2007), the program "Sportlandia calls you!" on TV Lad, as well as the International Children's contest "Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk "(2006-2008). Solo and as part of the popular children's group "Verasyata" took part in major cultural events at home and abroad.

Today Olga Satsyuk is winner of the professional vocal competitions in fifteen countries around the world (2004 - contests in Bucharest "Golden Star", Hungary "Stars of Budapest" - 1st place, Poland "Spring Stars" - 1st prize, Macedonia "Zvezdicki" - 2nd place, Bosnia and Herzegovina "Durdevo festival", 2005 - in Latvia "Sunny Bunny", Poland "Presentation" - 1st place, Ukraine "Youth Delphic Games" - Bronze medal, 2006 - in Estonia "Star songs", Poland "With new songs to the new millenium" - Grand Prix), 2008 - in Russia "World Delphic Games", Egypt "Nile Song Festival" - 2nd prize), three-time winner of the Grand Prize of the Special Fund of President of Belarus on support of talented youth.

In 2009-2010 lead singer of "Kraski band". Olga connects her future with professions of singer and host of events. She also is know as painter.
Зноў ты зусiм адзiн… Дзе яны, дзе - сябры?!
Дома самотна быць, гэтак жа i ў двары...
Ну дык i што з таго, смутак свой праганi,
Зорку вазьмi ў далонь i танцаваць пачнi.

Прыпеў:
Танцуй о - у - о! Танцуй ва - ва - ва!
I хай не аб чым не балiць галава!
Да сонца ажно танцуй у начы,
А я паспрабую табе дапамагчы!

Як бы там нi было, але жыццё адно,
Радасць падараваць можа только яно!
Гэта не забывай, радасць не падманi,
Зорку вазьмi ў далонь i танцаваць пачнi!

Слухай мяне: не стой, а танцуй,
Iншы сумуе, а ты не сумуй!
Управа, улева, угору, на дол!
Скачок, паварот - зiрнi навакол!
Слухай мяне: не стой, а танцуй,
Я не сумую i ты не сумуй!

Прыпеў:
Танцуй о - у - о! Танцуй ва - ва - ва!
I хай не аб чым не балiць галава!
Да сонца ажно танцуй у начы,
А я паспрабую табе дапамагчы!

Znou ty zusim adzin… Dze yany, dze - syabry?!
Doma samotna byts', getak zha i u dvary…
Nu dyk i shto z tago, smutak svoy pragani,
Zorku vaz'mi u dalon' i tantsavats' pachni.

Tantsuy o - u - o! Tantsuy va - va - va!
I hay ne ab chym ne balits' galava!
Da sontsa azhno tantsuy u nachy,
A ya pasprabuyu tabe dapamagchy!

Yak by tam ni bylo, ale zhytstsyo adno,
Radasts' padaravats' mozha tol'ko yano!
Geta ne zabyvay, radasts' ne padmani,
Zorku vaz'mi u dalon' i tantsavats' pachni!

Tantsuy o - u - o! Tantsuy va - va - va!
I hay ne ab chym ne balits' galava!
Da sontsa azhno tantsuy u nachy,
A ya pasprabuyu tabe dapamagchy!

Sluhay myane: ne stoy, a tantsuy,
Inshy sumue, a ty ne sumuy!
Uprava, uleva, ugoru, na dol!
Skachok, pavarot - zirni navakol!
Ya ne sumuyu i ty ne sumuy!
Sluhay myane: ne stoy, a tantsuy,

Tantsuy o - u - o! Tantsuy va - va - va!
I hay ne ab chym ne balits' galava!
Da sontsa azhno tantsuy u nachy,
A ya pasprabuyu tabe dapamagchy!
Once again you are sad… Where are you, friends of mine?!
It's so sad in my home, outdoors not so fine!
Well, and what? Drive the sadness away
Take the star in the hands and let's dance all the way.

REFRAIN: Let's dance o - woo - o! Let's dance, yo -ho - ho!
Free your head from the sad thoughts!
Dance all the night, dance all the day
And I will help you in your life's way!

All the same, life is fine, life is given but once
Joy is life's greatest gift, this is life, so let's dance!
Don't forget it, my friend, don't betray this romance
Take the star in the hands once again and let's dance!

Look, don't stay, be so happy and glad
Other people are sad, but not you, don't be sad!
To the left, to the right, up and down you can go
Jump and turn, look around, be so happy to row!
Look, don't stay, be so happy and glad!
Other people are sad, but not you, don't be sad!

REFRAIN: Let's dance o - woo - o! Let's dance, yo -ho - ho!
Free your head from the sad thoughts!
Dance all the night, dance all the day
And I will help you in your life's way!
Latvia - Dzintars Čīča (23/01/93) - Tu esi vasarā (You are in summer)

Among the “grown ups ”, the participants of the Eurovision Song Contest, participants from the Baltic States are a definite constant. Pop from the Baltics – an enrichment for European music culture, and very successful at that. “Everybody” and “I Wanna” are still tunes everyone hums along to.
Now Dzintars Cica, who managed to decide the J-ESC precontest in Latvia in his favour with his band „Visbija“, is following in these famous footsteps. Dzintars is from Sabile, a city in western Latvia, and he is a real outdoors guy.

As soon as summer comes, nothing can keep him inside the flat, swimming and running are his hobbies. On his outings into nature, his generous heart takes over – if he finds abandoned or hurt animals, he won’t leave them to their fate, but takes them home to care for them, something his parents aren’t always too happy about.

Apart from his hobbies, Dzintars of course works on his great talent as a singer and songwriter. The ten-year-old almost always is humming a tune, he writes down his ideas and shares them with the members of his band “Visbija”. This is also how the song “You are in Summertime”, which convinced the Latvians to send him to Copenhagen to the J-ESC, came into being.

And Dzintars is happy – the more audience, the better. “When I’m up there, singing in front of people, I can feel the energy going out from all of us”, he describes his feelings on stage. And, as a message to encourage his competitors, he tells them: ”Come what may in Copenhagen – there will be no losers. We have come so far, we are all winners.”

Even though he is on the right track to becoming a musician, Dzintars also thinks of his future. To make his parents and his sister Santa proud of him, he studies math in school with enthusiasm, but of course he’d rather make his dream come true than become an accountant. And after all, his great idol, Jean-Claude van Damme, whom he follows suit in karate, also made it all the way to the top using his talent and willpower.
Name: Dzintars
My place and date of birth: Talsi (Latvia) - 28.01.1993
Colour of my eyes: dark brown
My astrological sign: Aquarius
Colour of my hair: black
My height: ?
I have ... an older sister and her name is Santa.
My favourite Band or Artist is: Robbie Williams
My favourite Food: fried chicken
My favourite Film: all films with Jean-Claude Van Damme
What music means to me? That is the best way to show my joy for the life.
I would like to meet ... Jean-Claude van Damme because he knows how to fight and how to protect himself and others.
For no money in the world would I ... betray my friends.
I am perfect in running.
I absolutely can’t eat onions.
My favourite subject at school is math.
My biggest fear is: I am not afraid of anything.
I can cook pancakes.
My friends say that my worst character trait is that I can’t wake up early in the mornings.
If I win the J-ESC contest, this is what I would like to say to the other participants: there are no losers in this contest – we all are winners.

Backing dancers: grupa ABC - Krista Belova, Tīna Treiģe-Treide, Miķelis Ābols un Jānis Kolangs (choreograph Gints Skribāns), backing vocalists Sabīne Berezina (Īslīces popgrupa Sapnītis) and Mārtiņš Tālbergs (Ventspils popgrupa Jūras akmentiņi).

After Eurovision:
After taking part in "Young Stars" project in 2005, Dzintars had disappeared from the TV screens for several years and had returned to the limelight only in 2008 taking part in "Choir Wars" and shortly after releasing album with gypsy romances "Barvalu rom" in 2009. In 2010 followed single Uz tilta, and in 2011 started successful cooperation with Kaspars Antess. The duet has recorded hit "Atkal kopa", toured together in Latvia with "Together Again" program. In 2012 Dzintars also released single with old Latvian waltz "Vasara sauc".

08/06/2003, hosted by Linda Leen and Horens Stalbe
01. Sabine Berezina - Saules stari 3rd 3132
02. Eva Burtniece - Dažkārt
03. Dzintars Čīča - Tu esi vasara 1st 11993
04. Līvija Daudze - Smilšu pils
05. Miks Dukurs - Mana sirds 2nd 4610
06. Gatis Freimanis - Afrika
07. Alina Razumnaja - Es...
08. Edgars Šmiukšis - Bungas dzied
09. Ieva Stamere - Zvaigznes un melodijas
10. Madara Viktorova - Es gribu zinat
Reserves: Svetlana Švilpe - Veltijums draugiem
Santa Kanceviča  - Par sapņiem
Agrita Alkšere, Anete Volkova and Eva Mauriņa - Saulrietā
56 entries received
100% televoting: 29324 calls received
Guests: F.L.Y.
(piedz.)
Vējš, kas jūras vējš,
Mums smiltīs pēdas dzēš,
Vējš, kas viļņus plēš,
Mūs aiznes vasarā.

(1.pants)
Vai dzirdi kā putni no rītiem dziesmas dzied,
Vai redzi kā bite pa ziedu ceļu iet,
Vai jūti kā elpo zeme vakarā,
Tu esi, tu esi vasarā!

(2.pants)
Vai dzirdi kā upe siltu dziesmu dzied,
Vai redzi kā jūrā baltas putas zied,
Vai jūti kā elpo zeme rītausmā,
Tu esi, tu esi vasarā!

(piedz.2x)
Vējš, kas jūras vējš,
Mums smiltīs pēdas dzēš,
Vējš, kas viļņus plēš,
Mūs aiznes vasarā.

(3.pants)
Vai dzirdi kā sirds mana dziesmu vējam dzied,
Vai redzi kā saule no rītiem lec un riet,
Vai jūti kā zeme elpo diendusā,
Tu esi, tu esi vasarā!

(2.pants)
Vai dzirdi kā upe siltu dziesmu dzied,
Vai redzi kā jūrā baltas putas zied,
Vai jūti kā elpo zeme rītausmā,
Tu esi, tu esi vasarā!

(piedz.2x)
Vējš, kas jūras vējš,
Mums smiltīs pēdas dzēš,
Vējš, kas viļņus plēš,
Mūs aiznes vasarā.

(chorus)
Wind, O wind of the sea
Set our sandy footprints free
Wind that tears the waves alee
Sweep us into summertime

(1st verse)
Can you hear the birds sing in the early hours,
Can you see the bee follow a path of flowers
Do you feel the earth breathing at night
You are, you are in summertime

(2nd verse)
Can you hear how the river sings its warm song
Can you see the white sea foam blossoming strong
Do you feel the earth breathing at dawn
You are, you are in summertime

(chorus x 2)
Wind, O wind of the sea
Set our sandy footprints free
Wind that tears the waves alee
Sweep us into summertime

(3rd verse)
Can you hear my heart's song to the wind
Can you see the sun rise and set
Do you feel the earth breathing in middle of day
You are, you are in summertime

(2nd verse)
Can you hear how the river sings its warm song
Can you see the white sea foam blossoming strong
Do you feel the earth breathing at dawn
You are, you are in summertime

(chorus x 2)
Wind, O wind of the sea
Set our sandy footprints free
Wind that tears the waves alee
Sweep us into summertime
FYR Macedonia - Marija (25.12.88) & Victorija (17.10.88) - Ti ne me poznavas

Marija is fourteen years old and has been singing since she was five. She is in two choirs - the Golden Bird choir for about eight years and has performed in many countries like France, Montenegro, Srbija, Italy, Greece and America and the Spring Wind choir and with them she has won many prizes in Europe.

Viktoria is fifteen and was born in Russia but moved to Macedonia when she was nine years old. She sings in the school choir and performs in festivals in Macedonia. She also goes to a Russian music company for kids every saturday called Kalina.

Interview with the FYR Macedonian team

junioreurovision.tv: What did you like best in Copenhagen? What is your feedback on the J-ESC event?
Everything was great in Copenhagen. The company, all the performances, the beautiful stage, the people, the whole town - everything.

junioreurovision.tv: What are your next plans?
We - all 7 of us (Marija, Viktorija, Irena, Bisera, Bojana, Elena and Mimi)! are planning to work hard for the music and ballet school.

junioreurovision.tv: How was your welcome back home (at school, in the media, with your family)?
It was wonderful. Everyone congratulated us; it started with our friends at school, and went on especially at home with our families, and with the journalists. The manager of Macedonia Television sent us his best wishes, too.

junioreurovision.tv: Give us an idea of how to write a song. How do you do it? What is the first thing to do? What do you have to take into consideration?
Irena: I’ve got ideas all the time. When I was in Copenhagen, I often had ideas for songs. It’s just a very spontaneous thing. It can be the surrounding, people, situations that inspire me. But the writing is always the same: First I write a text and after that, the music.

junioreurovision.tv: Where do you get the idea for a song?
I live near a lake, and often when I walk along the shore, an idea for a song comes up.

junioreurovision.tv: How do you develop the choreography for your songs? Is there any professional help involved?
Elena and Mimi (dancers): Both of us go to ballet school and get a professional education in dancing and doing choreographies. And of course, we have some experience and have done a lot of performances already. For new projects, we have a choreographer, Katerina Jolakovska. She helps us very much. She owns the ballet studio where we prepare our performances. For new projects, we start a long time beforehand – sometimes 4 months before the first show.


junioreurovision.tv: In your opinion , what character traits and / or knowledge is important as a musician / star in show biz?
For a perfect music performance, it is necessary to have a good song, good voices and singers, a good choreography and to be a team. We can only be good together.

Marija Arsovska (Lead Vocals)
Marija Arsovska has dedicated her life to singing. She’s been on stage for 8 years now, and with great success! Performances in France, Montenegro, Italy, Greece and the USA as well as prizes she has won in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland go to show that her competitors will really have to watch out.

Viktorija Loba (Lead Vocals)
Native-born Russian Viktorija regularly proves her musical talent in the school choir and at festivals in Skopje, where she’s been living since 1994.

Bojana Ilijoska / Bisera Ilijoska (Backing Vocals)
Marija and Viktorija are getting support from the twin sisters Bojana and Bisera. Both have music flowing through their veins, and their most fervent wish is to become famous singers. So what would be more obvious than to join a music academy for solo-vocalists soon???!!!

Irena Galabovska (Music, Lyrics, Backing Vocals)
Irenas imagination is not only the source of the lyrics for the Macedonian contribution 2003, but also that of the music. But it doesn’t stop there: Irena will also be on stage in Copenhagen as one of the backing vocalists. And it still doesn’t stop here: Would you believe that Irena taught herself how to read music and write songs!
Whenever she is on her 40-minute way to or from school in her little home town Bitola in the South of Macedonia , taking a walk around the lake, or meeting friends, Irena thinks about new songs – composing music in her head and making up lyrics.

Elena Maksimovska (Dancer)
Cool outfits and fashion are her life – as far as that goes, Elena is pretty much a regular girl. Pretty much...but not quite. Because there is something that other girls her age definitely envy her for. It is something to get up on your toes for... because Elena dances ballet with a passion. And with success: performances in operas, ballets and at festivals in Poland, the USA and in Serbia go to prove that. And once again, on stage in Copenhagen, Elena will prove that she’s got the rhythm in her blood.

Mirjana Nikolovska (Dancer)
Mirjana dances! And has been for the past 8 years! And she’ll keep on!
What with her education in modern dance and jazz-ballet, Mirjana often hardly finds the time for her second great passion – learning English! Every summer she packs up her stuff and goes over to London, where she attends a summer school.
For Copenhagen, Mirjana’s parents and her older brother keep their fingers crossssed for her!

Archive: mtv.com.mk, taboo.com.mk

537702_10150829393882693_1582880690_n.jpg (70252 bytes)After Eurovision:
In 2004 Viktorija Loba won the festival Roza vetrov in Moscow. In early 2007 she became member of the duet Taboo with Tea Bogatinova and has recorded with it hit "Abrakadabra", but in May had to leave the band being replaced by Marija Arsova, other member of Eurovision duet. In meanwhile, Marija has finished 2nd in "M2 searches for stars" show after Lambe Alabakovski. Taboo shortly disbanded for good, and Viktorija has started her solo career and also was active as model. She was first cooperating with Robert Bilibov, releasing several duet tracks or tracks produced by him and in 2012 has signed contract to work with Tito S and started working on a debut album.  

28/06/2003, MTV Studio C

01. Teodora Trajkovska - Sonuvam (I'm dreaming)
02. Monika Kitanovska - Ljubovta dvizhi se (Love moves everything)
03. Marija Arsovska, Victorija Loba and Irena Galabovska - Ti ne me poznavas (You don't know me) (music and lyrics by Irena Galabovska) 1st
04. Angela Ljamova and Ivet Caro - Shareni peperutki (Spotted butterflies) (music and lyrics by Jovana Karalieva)
05. Bobby Simonovski and Hristijan Dimitrievski - Kako Harry Potter (like Harry Potter) (music Boban Mirkovski, lyrics Alberto Grozdanov)
06. Martina Siljanovska and Verica Spasovska - Bliznacki (Twin Girls) (music and lyrics by Sofija and Stefanija Pecevski)
07. Goran Gelevski, David Milosevski, Goce Marotov - Chuden e ovoj svet (It's a funny world) (music and lyrics by Robert Mitrov and Katerina Piseva)
08. Simona Popovska, Orhideja Dukova, Marija Hajistojanova - Do site detsa na planetava (To all the children on this planet) (music and lyrics by Robert Mitkov and Katerina Piseva) 2nd
09. Bisera and Bojana Ilioski - Ne sozdade ti (You created us) (music by Nevenka Veljanovska, lyrics my Martina Janevska)
10. Maja Mihajlovska, Renata Kralevska and Elisaveta Kosevac - Sakam da sum (I want to be) (music and lyrics by Elisaveta Kosevac)

32 entries received for song selection.
113 entrants for singers selection on 19/04, 50 proceeded to 2nd round, 25 selected as potential performers.
50/50 Preselection jury: Tatjana Gogovska (editor of children program), Ljupco Mirkovski (artistic director), Kire Kostov (composer), Vanco Dimitrov (composer), Iva Blazhevska, Ivana Talevska, Kiril Josefov, Alexandar Trposki (children).

Слушам некој уден глас од некоја дале чина
чекорам по твојта сенка само да те пронајдам.
Слушам туги зборови и стих то в срце трепери
дали ќе те најдам јас звездо моја јави се

Ти не ме познаваш
јас не сум твоја божица
го слушам твојот глас од некоја дале чина
ти не ме познаваш
јас не сум твоја божица
знај се ќе направам само да те пронајдам.

Ти си моја икона и секој ден те сонувам,
во мојта топла прегратка само ти недостигаш.
Слушам туги зборови и стих то в срце трепери
Дали ќе те најдам јас yвездо моја јави се.

Slušam nekoj uden glas od nekoja dale čina
čekoram po tvojta senka samo da te pronajdam.
Slušam tugi zborovi i stih to v srce treperi
dali ќe te najdam jas zvezdo moja javi se.

Ti ne me poznavaš
jas ne sum tvoja božica
go slušam tvojot glas od nekoja dale čina
ti ne me poznavaš jas ne sum tvoja božica
znaj se ќe napravam samo da te pronajdam.

Ti si moja ikona i sekoj den te sonuvam,
vo mojta topla pregratka samo ti nedostigaš.
Slušam tugi zborovi i stih to v srce treperi
Dali ќe te najdam jas yvezdo moja javi se.


*Arrangement by Ljupco Mirkovski

I hear a voice coming from somewhere
I walk on your shadow just to find you
I hear strange words and verses, and my heat trembles
I'll find my star that calls me

You don't know me
I am not your goddess
I heard your voice coming from somewhere
You don't know me
I am not your goddess
I'd do everything just to find you

You are my icon, and every day I dream about you
in my warm embrace I only miss you
I hear strange words and verses, and my heat trembles
I'll find my star that calls me
I want to be your friend
And bring a smile upon your face
I want to hold your hand
When tomorrow is today

We have never met before
We are languages apart
But we're sharing something more
That's the rhythm of our hearts

You and I we must remind them
What they've lost along the way
'Cause the friendship is a wisdom
It's a magic thing to say

I want to be your friend
And bring a smile upon your face
I want to hold your hand
When tomorrow is today

I want to be your friend
Together we can learn and play
We`ll share the future when
When tomorrow is today

Full of hope the world is
In the hands of every girl and boy
It is up to us to fill it up
With happiness and joy

You and I we must remind them
What they`ve lost along the way
`Cause the friendship is a wisdom
It`s a magic thing to say

Together we can learn and play
When tomorrow is the day
Poland - Kasia Żurawik (20/06/91) - Coś mnie nosi (Something makes me bustle about)

Kasia Zurawik was born on 20th June 1991, in Konin, Poland, he town of the Junior International Song and Dance Festival, organised for 24 years. When she was 7, she started singing and dancing an the Konin Community Centre under the instructor’s supervision of Ireneusz Rys and Marlena Brzezinska, and subsequently Wieslawa Wolna. Kasia attended a violin class of the local school of music for 3 years. She is the winner of numerous prizes and awards at international festivals in Bulgaria, Monte Negro, and Slovakia.

Kasia is a cheerful and nice girl, an ambitious and had-working vocalist. Her best friend is her 17-year-old sister, Agnieszka. Her favourite pet is her dog Cassy. Her true passion is singing and dancing. She has also the best fan club in the world: her own family, friends and all residents of Konin.

Dance group Rytmix

Participant's name: Katarzyna Zurawik
My place and date of birth: 20.06.1991 Konin
Colour of my eyes: green
My astrological sign: Gemini
Colour of my hair: dark-haired
My height: 1.52
I have ... 1 sister
My favourite Band or Artist is: Justin Timberlake
My favourite Food: chicken and chips
My favourite Film: Dumb & Dumber
What music means to me? Music is everything for me. I can’t live without music.
I would like to meet: Bjork because I sang her song in a TV programme
For no money in the world would I ... betray my friends
I am perfect in ... imitating different artists
I absolutely can’t ... look at suffering animals
My favourite subject at school is ... nature
My biggest fear is ... an illness of my relatives
I can cook ... small cakes
My friends say that my worst character trait is: I am garrulous
If I win the J-ESC contest, this is what I would like to say to the other participants: I am glad I could experience such a fantastic evening with my friends from all Europe. I will remember that for ever.
Anything else I would like to mention: It’s a big honour for me to represent my country – Poland at the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Archive: tvp.pl, tvp.pl, zurawik.net

Interview with Kasia after the show

junioreurovision.tv: Kasia, junioreurovision.tv kept their fingers crossed for you. You did a great performance! How did you feel during the show? Was this also your impression?
Kasia: I felt wonderful during the show. It was a really fantastic evening!!! This wonderful audience impressed me. I really loved that.

junioreurovision.tv: Did you have the possibility to make friends with other participants in Copenhagen?
Yes, I had the opportunity to meet great performers from different countries, especially Dzintars from Latvia, Bubu from Romania, Marija and Victorija from Macedonia. It was very nice.

junioreurovision.tv: What did you like best in Copenhagen?
I liked the atmosphere of the streets of Copenhagen, the many cyclists and smiling faces of the people.

junioreurovision.tv: How was your return to your home town?
Our return was very nice. The atmosphere during the journey was great. The people from my home town Konin gave me a very warm welcome.

junioreurovision.tv: What are your next plans?
I am going to take part in the International Dance Festival „Mikolajki 2003” and to perform in other song and dance festivals.

junioreurovision.tv: Anything else you would like to mention?!
My participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest gave me a lot of satisfaction. Sometimes I felt like a little star. Despite my result, I feel very happy that I could to be in Copenhagen with the other children. It was the first time I participated in such a beautiful and big event. I will
remember this time forever. A heartfelt greeting to all the people in Europe!

After Eurovision:
Competed in several local music contests, including winning Grand Prix at "Festival of Creators of Polish Songs 2008", played in Music Theater of Gliwice. After graduating from institute of art education PWCZ Katarzyna has been working as vocal coach in Konin House of Culture. In 2010 successfully competed in beauty pageants - becoming I vice miss of Greater Poland Province and II vice miss of Poland of September.

28/09/03
1. Magdalena Cwiklicska (12) (Wladyslawуw) - Bluesowe zwierzaki
2. Agata Korwin (9) (Nowy Sacz) - Dziecko na pokaz
3. Justyna Kosela (11) (Czкstochowa) - Wakacyjna niespodzianka
4. Marina Luczenko (14) (Stalowa Wola) - Sen
5. Zuzanna Madejska (15) (Krakow) - Ty
6. Marta Moszczycska (14) (Kowalewo Pomorskie) - W obronie marzeс
7. Sebastian Plewicski (15) (Legnica) - Jesli kochasz
8. Dominika Rydz (14) (Lуdz) - Mуj swiat
9. Agata Stodolna (9) (Toruс) - Kropeleczka
10. Stonoga (8-10) (Lуdz) - Trzepak show
11. Wigor - Wrzuc na luz
12. Kasper Zborowski-Weychman (14) - Suwacki met Lato
13. Katarzyna Zurawik (12) (Konin) - Cos mnie nosi

Gdy codziennie słonko wschodzi ranny ptaszek arie słodzi tanczą osy w kroplach rosy ale bal!
Bury bączek basem bzyka, mnie porywa ta muzyka
Płyną tony w rozne strony, wszystko gra!
Ja słucham od rana jak zaczarowana, uważam, by czegoś nie spłoszyc
Lecz stania mam dosyc, zaczyna mnie nośic
Wiec tancze choc jeszcze zaspana

Ja lubie tanczyc i lubie spiewac mam to co trzeba, niezły sluch
niech sobie kumple łazą po drzewach a koleżanki wciaz przymierzaja ciuch
Już lekcji final koncert zaczynam, bo kazdy uczen to moj fan
Gdy mają dosyc muszą mnie prosic, co Cie tak nosi daj spokoj Kaśka już!

Gdy harmonia jest w przyrodzie żyje w zgodzie nawet złodziej
Wyciszony, zasluchany cały świat
Moje skrzypki same grają do koncertu zapraszają
Czy słyszycie? serca bicie tak jak ja!
Ja słucham od rana jak zaczarowana uważam, by czegos nie spłoszyc,
Lecz stania mam dosyc, zaczyna mnie nosic wiec tancze choc jeszcze zaspana

Ja lubie tanczyc i lubie spiewac mam to co trzeba, niezły sluch
niech sobie kumple łazą po drzewach a kolezanki wciaz przymierzaja ciuch
Już lekcji final koncert zaczynam, bo każdy uczen to moj fan
Gdy mają dosyc musza mnie prosic, co Cię tak nosi daj spokoj Kaśka już!
co Cię tak nosi daj spokoj Kaśka już!

Every morning when the sun comes up, an early bird sings its sweet song
Wasps buzz about among dewdrops, what a ball!
A brownish bumble-bee whizzes in bass, and I get carried away by this music
Sounds are everywhere, everything sings!
Right from the morning I listen enchanted, careful not to startle
But I can stand no more, something makes me bustle about,
So I dance though my eyes are still sleepy

Refrain:   
I like dancing, I like singing, I've got what I need - good ear for music
Let'em climb trees, my buddy boys, let'em try dudes, my buddy girls
When classes are over, I start my concert, cause every pupil's my fan
When they tire of me, they've got to beg me.
Why are you so high, Kate? Come on!

When the nature is harmonious, even thieves are amiable
The whole world's silent, listening
My fiddle starts playing, inviting for a concert
Can you hear the heart beating as I can?
Right from the morning I listen enchanted, careful not to startle,
But I can stand no more, something makes me bustle about, so I dance though my eyes are still sleepy.

Refrain:   
I like dancing, I like singing, I've got what I need - good ear for music
Let'em climb trees, my buddy boys, let'em try dudes, my buddy girls
When classes are over, I start my concert, cause every pupil's my fan
When they tire of me, they've got to beg me.
Why are you so high, Kate? Come on!
Why are you so high, Kate? Come on!
)Norway - 2U - Sinnsykt gal forelsket (Madly crazy about you)

Charlot and Joakim, both eleven, have known each other since they were four years old. They live in Stavanger - Norway's fourth largest city located on the southwest coast.

Charlot and Joakim wanted to write about something that is equally important to girls and boys. They wrote three topics each on notes that they passed to each other. Since both of them had written about being in love the decision was easy! They wrote one verse each and Joakim came up with the melody.

Charlot
Charlot likes different kinds of music. Some of her favourite artists are M2M, Britney Spears and S Club 7. Charlots main interests are handball, children’s theater, singing and playing football with her friends. She also watches a lot of movies and her favourite film is “Grease".

Charlot has two eight-year-old twin brothers. Sometimes they quarrel, but mostly they get along fine. Charlot has been to China twice and thought it was amazing. She even speaks a little Chinese! Charlot has no problems getting up in the morning to go to school, but she does not like putting on a lot of clothes during winter. Summer is her favourite season. Charlot likes going to school, and gym is the class she likes the most.

Charlots dream is to be a pop star, because it sounds like so much fun! She loves to be on stage and has been performing for as long as she can remember.

Joakim
Joakim likes rap, techno and all kinds of music – as long as it’s not too quiet and slow. Currently Joakim is reading the Harry Potter books, which he think is really exiting. He is also a big film fan, and naturally he especially likes the Harry Potter films. In the summer Joakim skateboards and plays football and during the winter he likes to go skiing and snowboarding. He also plays the drums, which is very good exercise. Joakim has a brother who is two years younger, and baby sister born in April.

Joakim loves to sing and perform, and he is really looking forward to standing on stage with Charlot in Denmark!

After Eurovision:
Charlot Daysh was a guest reviewer for ESCKAZ' JESC 2011 ranking.
"After participating in the Junior Eurovision Song contest I received an Honorary Award from my hometown for winning in Norway. Since then I have actively worked with singing and modeling. I was offered a record contract with West Records and released a solo album called "Charlot". I made a music video for one of the songs "Up and down". All of the songs are available on Spotify. I have performed many different places in Norway with my CD. I also preformed at a big fund raising concert with a Norwegian Idol participant, and together we recorded a cover version of the song "Winter Wonderland". I have also recorded another Christmas song "Every time its Christmas" for the most popular mix CD for children in Norway. In 2009 I started to work as an instructor for the Norwegian Show School, teaching singing, dancing and acting. Besides singing, song writing is a big passion of mine and I write all the time". Blog

In 2009 Joakim has joined group "Partytrooperz" as vocalist and released with it several digital singles, including  "Pretty Face", "Tie on Your Head", "You're Disgusting" (feat. Manila) and "Lovebirds", all of which he also wrote. He has also been active as composer, writing songs for Toby & Helfner, Vivax and others, as well as DJ remixing several projects, and becoming head of production at Hitnation Music. In 2011 he had also composed anbd produced song "Hand in hand" in memory of victims of Utoya shootings. In addition to music competed in 2008-2011 in several weightlifting championships, becoming team champion of Norway and Nordic countries in 2008. Soundcloud

Participant's name: Joakim Harestad Haukaas
My place and date of birth: Stavanger, March 2, 1992
Colour of my eyes: Brown
My astrological sign: ...
Colour of my hair: Light brown
My height: 153 cm
I have: 1 Brother and 1 Sister
My favourite Band or Artist is: Eminem
My favourite Food: Pancakes and pizza
My favourite Film: United (a Norwegian movie)
What music means to me: Everything!
I would like to meet: Ole Gunnar Solskaer because he is my football idol. He looks like a very nice person and he is the very best footballplayer.
For no money in the world would I ...
I am perfect in ... Nobody is perfect, but I like to think that I am a good footballplayer
I absolutely can’t: 360 backflip on my skateboard
My favourite subject at school is gymnastics
My biggest fear ...
I can cook ... pancakes
My friends say that my worst character trait is ... (I don’t know)
If I win the J-ESC contest, this is what I would like to say to the other participants:
Anything else I would like to mention: I like all kinds of sports, especially football, skating and extreme sport. I also like to make music, to play drums and all kinds of musical instruments.

Participant's name: Charlot Daysh
My place and date of birth: Stavanger, Norway. Born 5th. May 1992
Colour of my eyes: Blue
My astrological sign: Taurus
Colour of my hair: Brown
My height: 1.57 m
I have Twinbrothers
My favourite Band or Artist is: S Club Seven and Guro (from the Norwegian Programme "Idol")
My favourite Food: Nachos
My favourite Film: Grease
What music means to me ... It's important part of my life, makes me extremely happy and gives me great pleasure
I would like to meet ... S Club Seven because ... I'd love to sing with them!
For no money in the world would I ...
I am perfect in ... Not being perfect
I absolutely can't ... Keep my room tidy
My favourite subject at school is ... Domestic science
My biggest fear is ...The dark
I can cook ... Nachos and pancakes
My friends say that my worst character trait is ...
If I win the J-ESC contest, this is what I would like to say to the other participants ... Thanks for a great competition and a fantastic evening. We're all winners that's why we got this far!
Anything else I would like to mention ...

Archive: home.no.net/lriibe/, www.charlotdaysh.com



MGP jr. (Melodi Grand Prix Junior 2003) - watch the show
06/09/2003, Oslo Spektrum, hosted by Stian Barsnes Simonsen
01 Kjersti Palm Reitan - Et nytt håp
02 Atle Pettersen and Stine Cecilie Hillestad - Hekta på brett
03 Spiri2 - Han er min 3rd 11546
04 Scholastica - Hun var så pissed off 2nd 14434
05 2U - Sinnsykt gal forelsket 1st 22596
06 Kaja Bremnes - RØDT
07 Alexandra Sissener - Jeg vet en dag
08 Cold Breeze - Som olje i vann
09 Tina Dahl - En sjanse til
10 Hidden Soul - Canis Lupus 4th 11163


700 entries received. 100% televoting.
(Joakim:)
Se på den jenta som sitter på platå
fikk lyst til å gå
men tør ikke nå

(Charlot:)
Se på han der borte for en stilig kar
fikk lyst til å gå bort
men ikke så fort
for han er kul å se på
tør’ke helt å spør nå
tenk om han svarer nei
da blir jeg så lei meg
for da sårer han meg
tror du at han liker meg

(Joakim:) Tør jeg å si hei til deg
er redd at du ser rart på meg

(begge korer:) meg meg meg meg

(Charlot:) Jeg er så sinnssykt gal forelsket

(Joakim:) Jeg er så sinnsykt gal forelsket

(Joakim rapper:)
Se på den jenta som sitter på platå
fikk lyst til å gå
men tørr ikke nå
tenk hvis hun svarer nei nei nei nei
det hadde ikke vært sunt for meg.

(Joakim:)
Hun er søt å se på
tør’ke helt å spør nå
tenk om at hun svarer nei
da blir jeg så lei meg
for da sårer hun meg
tror du at hun liker meg

(Charlot:)
Tør jeg spør deg her og nå
er redd at du ser rart på meg

meg meg meg meg

Jeg er så sinnsykt gal forelsket

(Joakim:) Jeg er så sinnsykt gal forelsket

(Charlot:) Skal jeg si det til ham at jeg liker deg
det kribler i magen skal jeg si det nå

(Joakim:) Skal jeg si det til hun at jeg liker deg
jeg er så forelsket tør’ke si det nå

Hun er digg å se på
jeg har lyst å spør nå
tenk om at hun svarer ja
hun må jeg bare ha
for da blir jeg så glad
jeg håper at hun svarer ja

(Charlot:) Tenk om at han svarer ja
da blir jeg så veldig glad

glad glad glad glad

(Begge:) Jeg er så sinnsykt gal forelsket
Jeg er så sinnsykt gal forelsket

(Joakim)
Look at that girl, sitting over there
I would like to go to her
But I am too shy

(Charlot) Look at the boy over there, what a handsome guy
I would like to go to him
But not yet, because he is so cute
I don't dare to ask him
What if he says no?
Then I would be so sad
Then he would hurt me
Do you think he likes me?

(Joakim) Do I dare to say hello?
I am afraid that you will think that I am strange

(Both) You You You

(Charlot) I'm madly crazy about you

(Joakim) I'm madly crazy about you

(Joakim, rap)
Look at that girl, sitting over there
I would like to go to her
But I am too shy
What if she says no, no, no?
That would not have been good for me

(Joakim)
She is so pretty
I don't dare to ask her
What if she says no?
Then I would be so sad
Then she would hurt me
Do you think she likes me?

(Charlot)
Do I dare to ask you here and now?
I am afraid that you will think that I am strange

You You You

I'm madly crazy about you

(Joakim) I'm madly crazy about you

(Charlot) Shall I tell him that I like him?
I got butterflies in my stomach
Shall I tell him now?

(Joakim) Shall I tell her that I like her?
I'm so in love, can't tell her now
She is so pretty

I want to ask her now
What if she says yes?
Then I would be so happy
I hope she does

(Charlot) What if he answers yes?
Then I would be so happy

Happy Happy Happy

(Both) I'm madly crazy about you
I'm madly crazy about you
)Spain - Sergio (Jesús García Gil) (19/10/91) - Desde el cielo (From Heaven)

Sergio Jesus Garcia Gil was born on the 19th of October 1991 in Sanlъcar de Barrameda, a beautiful vallage besides the sea in Andalusia. He loves music, football, video games and animals. His passion for music was originated following the first edition of Operacion Triunfo, although he already used to sing in festivals at his school.

Sergio recorded a demo when he went to the casting for Eurojunior, the programme for the Spanish national selection. However, he never expected to be among the thirteen finalists, and even less to win the competition. It has been the most wonderful experience that he has ever enjoyed. He likes specially the relationship that he has lived with his companions, which has given him the chance to release the best of himself.

Sergio has a little four years old brother. His father works in the construction industry. His mother passed away recently. To her Sergio devotes his song “From the heaven”.

With a very personal ballad, Sergio convinced his Spanish countrymen and –women at the national precontest for Copenhagen. With his song „Desde el Cielo“(„From Heaven“), Sergio not only tries to cope with the death of his mother, but also shows the power that the memory of her gives him. Through her, he feels closer to heaven... On the 15th of November, Sergio will have his chance to reach for the stars in the Danish capital.
Participant's name: Sergio Jesús García Gil
My place and date of birth: San Lucar de Barrameda (Cadiz) 19 october 1991
Colour of my eyes: Blue
My astrological sign: libra
Colour of my hair: blond
My height: 1.49
I have ... 1 Brother(s) and/or ... 0 Sisters
My favourite Band or Artist is: Bisbal and Luis Miguel
My favourite Food: stew
My favourite Film: Matrix
What music means to me? Another different and beautiful world
I would like to meet ... Bisbal and Luis Miguel because I love how they sing
For no money in the world would I ... leave my education
I am perfect in ... nothing
I absolutely can’t ... forget neither my friends nor my mates and my family
My favourite subject at school is ... Sciences
My biggest fear is ... not to please the people that have trusted me
I can cook ... macaroni with pizza taste
My friends say that my worst character trait is ... ???
If I win the J-ESC contest, this is what I would like to say to the other participants ... that we have a live ahead and this experience has been worthwhile
Anything else I would like to mention ... it has been worthwhile to meet my mates and I feel proud of having taken part in Eurojunior, the Spanish national selection programme.

Archive: www.portalmix.com/eurovision/eurojunior/
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After Eurovision:
After the show Sergio, with his other colleagues from Eurojunior 2003 Diego, Blanca, Maria and Irune formed band 3+2. It has released 4 albums, DVD, extensively toured the country and took part in TV shows including Eurojunior 2004-2006 shows. In 2007 Blanca left the group in order to study architecture and was replaced by Ursula Ma Amores Ruiz. After 2007 tour it was decided to dissolve the band. Sergio never returned to public eye, though in 2009 Maria and Diego have attempted a comeback with duet Juego de Dos.

junioreurovision.tv: Hi, Sergio, what do you think of the Tivoli?
Sergio: It’s great! Especially the roller coaster – I absolutely love it! I rode it twice right away!

junioreurovision.tv: Apart from singing, which you obviously love doing (Sergio nods and beams!)- what hobby do you enjoy most?
Sergio: Definitely playing soccer!

junioreurovision.tv: What do you like best about your stay here in Copenhagen so far?
Sergio: Well, it’s exciting, of course. And I like the people I meet, they’re very nice people with open hearts. I’m glad I met them!

junioreurovision.tv: Have you made a lot of friends among the other participants?
Sergio: Yes, I have, though it’s difficult sometimes because of all the different languages. But we’re having a lot of fun!

junioreurovision.tv: And do you get a little bit nervous when you think of the show on Saturday?
Sergio: No, not really…well, maybe just a little bit, but that’s good, because that gives me that little kick I need to do a good show. Nothing serious, though!

junioreurovision.tv: Ok, Sergio – thank you very much, and good luck!
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22/09/2003, hosted by Carlos Lozano
Sergio Jesús García Gil (11, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cadiz, Andalusia) - Desde el cielo
María Jesús López Valderrama (10, Almeria, Andalucia), Irune Aguirre Tens (12, Muskiz, Vizcaya, Euskadi) - Mueve el ombligo
Trebol (Úrsula Maria Amores Ruiz (13, Los Barrios, Cadiz, Andalusia), María José Romero Espinola (12, Alanis de la Sierra, Seville, Andalusia), Sara Baeza Ramos (11, El Altet, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana)) - Navegando en internet
Alberto Jiménez Catalán (13, Paterna, Valencia), Juana María Moreno Cruz (14, Baeza, Jaun, Andalusia), Claudia Steccato Helbig (13, Sant Fost de Campcentelles, Barcelona, Catalonia), Jonathan Campos Ruiz (13, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana), Sara Moya Olivares (13, Valverde del Camino, Huelva, Andalusia) - Ven, ven, ven
Diego Domínguez Llort (11, Zaragoza, Aragon) - Cachi piruli
Blanca Liquete Marcos (12, Astillero, Cantabria) - Un nuevo amanecer

Eliminated on 15/09
Sergio Jesús García Gil - Dueños del amor
María Jesús López Valderrama, Irune Aguirre Tens - Corazón boom boom
Trebol (Úrsula Maria Amores Ruiz, María José Romero Espinola, Sara Baeza Ramos Sara Ramos Baeza) - Niño malo
Alberto Jiménez Catalán, Juana María Moreno Cruz, Claudia Steccato Helbig, Jonathan Campos Ruiz, Sara Moya Olivares - Muévelo
Diego Domínguez Llort - Sin vergüenza
Blanca Liquete Marcos - Amistad


3000 candidates, 1st audition on 15/08, 42 children selected for training camp, 13 chosen for the final (introduction show on 08.09). Nearly 4 mln viewers, share of 25.8% watched the final, 100% televoting. Group song "Si yo fuera tu"
Hoy es el día de mi aniversario,
he cumplido ya los doce años
y tan sólo un deseo me persigue.

En un día así tú me esperaste
en un día así tú me abrazaste
y ahora sólo un deseo me persigue.

Que desde el cielo
tú me mires,
no te he dejado de esperar.

Que desde el cielo
tú me mimes
yo no te dejaré de amar.

Cada noche yo me escapo a verte,
las estrellas son mis confidentes
sé que en alguna estrella tú me esperas.

Necesito tanto tus palabras,
me hace falta lo que tú me dabas,
y ahora sólo un deseo me persigue.

Que desde el cielotú me mires,
no te he dejado de esperar.

Que desde el cielo
tú me mimes
yo no te dejaré de amar.

Que desde el cielo
tú me mires,
no te he dejado de esperar.

Que desde el cielo
tú me mimes
yo no te olvidaré mamá.

Arrangement by Alejandro Abad

Today is my birthday
I am already twelve years old
And one only wish chases me

One day like today you waited for me
One day like today you coddled me
And now one only wish chases me:

That from heaven
You look at me
I never stopped waiting for you

That from heaven
You fondle me
I will never stop loving you

Every night I escape to see you
The stars are my confidants
I know that in one of those stars you are waiting for me

I need your words so much
I need what you used to give me
And now, one only wish chases me.

That from heaven
You look at me
I never stopped waiting for you

That from heaven
You fondle me
I will never forget you
Romania - Bubu & Co. - Tobele sunt viata mea (Drums are my life)

It’s this thing with drummers. Every pop band has one, but they’re seldom in the spot light. Who gets to be the star of the band is something the singer and the guitarist usually settle between themselves. But this could change quickly: now there’s Bubu. Rumania’s representative in the J-ESC is a drummer, and one of the greatest fresh talents of his country.
Music has come naturally to Bubu, aka Andrei Mihai Cernea; after all, his parents are very well-known musicians in Rumania. Like his father, the famous percussionist Mihai Cernea, Bubu has fallen for the drums. But, thanks to his mother, he’s also been playing the piano since he was five, which helps him compose his songs.

In Copenhagen, Bubu will perform the song „Tobele sunt Viata Mea“. He’ll be supported by his “girl group”, consisting of Ana Vera, Giulia, and Lavinia. The three girls are enthusiastic dancers, and will take care of providing the right show for Bubu’s performance.

Especially Giulia and Lavinia, the two native-born Italian twin sisters, are real whirlwinds on stage. And Ana Vera and Bubu can look back on a long friendship – they met on the set of a TV series. Apart from that, their mothers have been friends for years.

But Bubu doesn’t just appear in front of the camera to sing. He’s been hosting TV shows since 1998, among them one of Rumania’s most well-known children’s programmes, Kiki Riki Miki. But after three years of this, Bubu is now looking for new things to do, and so, at the moment, he prefers presenting children’s festivals and talent shows like Tip Top Mini Top.
His songs and TV career have made Bubu one of the most sought-after comers of his country. And in Copenhagen, he will prove that drummers can be in the limelight, too.

17 entries received, 9 disqualified:
1. Bine ai venit! - 3'48''
2. Copilaria mea - 3'11''
3. Doi straini - 3'46''
4. Intinde-i mana, straine! - 3'52''
5. Mambo (composed by Mihai Constantinescu) - 4'03''
6. Sa nu ne despartim - 3'46''
7. Speranta - 3'26''
8. Voi oameni mari (composed by George Chira) - 3'47''
9. Apel la pace - defect CD and arrived later 15/09

1. Bine-mi sta cum m-am gatit (folk music) - 1'25'';
2. Canta chitara! - 2'35'';
3. Cantec de dragoste - 2'42'';
4. Dragostea ta - 2'27'';
5. Lasa-ma sa visez - 3'00'';
6. Muzica - 2'57'';
7. Trandafir rosu batut (folk music) - 1'22'';
8. Vreau sa cant - 2'59''

Final 06/10/03: Ioana Neaga - "Lasa-ma sa visez"
Flavia Dan - "Vreau sa cant"
Mihai Cernea "Bubu" - "Muzica"

Jury: Cornel Fugaru, George Natsis, Viorel Gavrila (composers), Alina Sorescu, Sabrina Manoliu, Diana Dedita, Beatrice Soare, Daniel Mihaly Pop (children), Diana Popescu (Adevarul), Anca Nicoleanu (Evenimentul Zilei), Dragos Vasile (Academia Catavencu), Florin Ghioca (National), Alex Revenco (Independent), Razvan Popescu, Andrei Partos, Eugen Rusu (Radio), Dan Manoliu, Liviu Elekes, Cezara Dorobantu-Radulescu (TVR)

Andrei Mihai Cernea was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands, on January 20th, 1994. Both of Bubu’s parents are musicians, and Bubu travelled all around Europe until the age of 3, when his parents once again re-established themselves in their native Romania.
At the tender age of two and a half, Bubu’s parents discovered his astonishing aptitude for playing the drums. At that point, Bubu received a real drum set as a gift, and from there on the progress was exponential, thanks to his own natural talent as well as to the lessons he took from his legendary father, Mihai Cernea, one of the most well-known musicians in Romania. When he was four years old, Bubu began to study playing the piano with his equally well-known mother. His first songs were composed in his father’s professional studio when Bubu was six. Bubu’s first public drumming performance took place on Romanian television’s top rated show “Surprise, Surprise” in 1999 with an exceptional drum solo. Ever since then, Bubu has performed all over the country with Romania’s top drummers, and has even been as far as Spain, to appear on TVE, the Spanish National Television!

His favourite musicians are Mike Portnoy (Member of Dream Theatre – whom he met in person a year ago in Romania) an David Weckel (ex-Weather Report and Chick Korea). Bubu constantly works with both of these musicians’ instructional DVDs, and his progress is unbelievable. In the beginning of 2003, Bubu founded an alternative rock band called 4 Ѕ, that he rehearses with on a daily basis. They hope to bring out a record some time next year.

Bubu laid the basis for his fame in 1998, when he became the host of the top rated children’s morning show Kiki Riki Miki. He did this for 3 years, and then went on to host other children’s festivals such as Tip Top Mini Top. He is considered Romania’s top talent in music and television.

At present, Bubu is a 4th grade student at the Dinu Lipati School of music, Piano Section. He also enjoys swimming and playing tennis, and he adores watching movies. His dream is to one day meet Emma Thompson or the girl playing Hermione in the Harry Potter series.

Bubu met the three girls of “Bubu & Co.” on the set when he was filming one of his numerous TV programmes. The children became friends there and decided to create the group.

The Girls

Ana Vera was born in Sibiu, Romania, on the 21st of September, 1994. She has been playing the piano since she was four, and she has started taking ballet classes at the same time. She speaks German as well as Romanian, and she is a 3rd grade student at the German school in Sibiu. Ana Vera had met Bubu before entering the world of show business as the two kids’ mothers have been close friends for years. In 1999, Ana Vera and Bubu participated in a well-known TV show for children, singing and dancing together.

Giulia and Lavinia are twins; they were born on the 9th of February, 1994, in Via Reggio, Italy.
From the age of five, the two girls have been studying music at a private school in Bucharest. They both study dance, and have started taking piano classes a year ago. Their hobbies are swimming and basketball, they speak Italian perfectly, and, due to their mother being a passionate hobby photographer, they both have various albums of professionally taken pictures. The girls’ goals are to become famous film stars, and they both love pizza, which they learned to prepare from their Italian father.

Archive: www.tvr.ro/jesc/

After Eurovsion:
From high school orchestra to the stage of "Latin Grammy Awards", in which he took part with Ovidiu Lipan Tandarica. Bubu has joined a rock band X-plod (later joined by Ioana Anuta from JESC 2009 as lead singer), with which he got on the stages of famous festivals in Austria and Germany and released one album "Noaptea lupilor". Now Bubu joined the  "La-La Band", the brand new musical project of MediaPro Music and TV series "Pariu cu viata" on PRO TV with several other Romanian ex-JESC contestants.

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Ce pot face
Muzica imi place
Tobele sunt viata mea
Fac de toate
Altfel nu se poate
Cine m-ar aplauda

Punte: Uneori imi vine
Sa zic: nu pot!
Temele din minti ma scot
Dar stiu foarte bine
N-am timp sa stau
Si nici sa fac ce vreau

Refren: Pare usor
Dar nu-i deloc
Muzica nu e un joc
Chiar de e greu
Eu rad mereu
Scena-i sufletul meu

Merg la scoala
Si apoi la sala
Cu baietii sa repet
Fac de toate
Stau si-nvat la mate
Maine am teza si concert

Uneori imi vine
Sa zic: nu pot!
Temele din minti ma scot
Dar stiu foarte bine
N-am timp sa stau
Si nici sa fac ce vreau

Pare usor
Dar nu-i deloc
Muzica nu e un joc
Chiar de e greu
Eu rad mereu
Scena-i sufletul meu
What can I do
If I like music
Drums are my life
I do all kind of things
I can't do anything

Bridge: Sometimes I want to say: I CAN'T!
My homework is driving me crazy
But I know very well
That I have no time to stay
And that I can't do what I want

Chorus:
It seem easy
But it isn't
Music it is not a game
It is really hard
I always laugh
The stage it is my soul

I'm going to school
And then to the gym
I'm rehearsing with my band
I do everything
I'm studying for math
Tomorrow I have an exam and a concert

Bridge:
Sometimes I want to say: I CAN'T!
My homework is driving me crazy
But I know very well
That I have no time to stay
And that I can't do what I want

Chorus:
It seem easy
But it isn't
Music it is not a game
It is really hard
I always laugh
The stage it is my soul
Belgium - X!nk - De vriendschapsband (A band of friends)

Jonas Meukens (15/12/89), Niels Meukens (02/05/91), Philip Valkiers (19/06/93), Thomas Valkiers (07/10/91).

X!NK are a punk rock group from Belgium. The band consists of two pairs of brothers: Jonas and Niels Meukens, and Thomas and Philip Valkiers. Jonas is the lead singer and occasionally the second guitarist, his brother Niels is the drummer. Philip plays the bass guitar and Thomas plays the guitar and also occasionally the keyboard. Their career took off after they won the Belgian national finals of the Eurosong for Kids 2003 and placed sixth in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest the same year. Like the other contestants they got to record their entry in a studio with a professional producer, in their case Paul Despiegelaere. Their winning song was released as a single.

07/09
Charlotte Campion (12, Mechelen): Hey kids hier (Hey kids here) 62
X!nk: De vrienschapsband (The tie of friendship) 76 2nd
Kia Franck (13, Wilrijk): Geen antwoord (No answer) 57
Martijn Vanhinsberg (13, Oostende): Ik word je popidool (I'll be your pop idol) 76 3rd
Laura Huysmans (12, Bornem): Wees zeker (Be sure) 79 1st

14/09
Twin Girls: Plezier voor twee (Fun for two) 66 4th
Remi Minnebo (13, Ukkel): Duizend dromen (Thousand dreams) 76 2nd
Tonya Schamp (8, Leuven): Hey doe maar mee (Hey join in) 77 1st
Simon MC (Simon Grandry, 12, Deurne)  : Rapklap (Fast talk) 68 3rd
Jelly Pie: Groen (Green) 63 5th

22/09, hosted by Bart Peeters en Ilse Van Hoecke
1. X!NK - De vriendschapsband 79
2. Tonya - He doe maar mee 76
3. Laura Huysmans - Wees zeker 68
4. Remi - Duizend dromen 66
5. Martijn - Ik word je popidool 61


Voting: professional jury, children jury, Radio Donna, press. Group song: Wereld vol muziek (Kris Wauters)
1.217.000 40% - 790.000 1st semi - 860.000 2nd semi

Archive: www.eurosongforkids.be www.xink.be

X!NK is the group that will represent Belgium at the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest. X!NK is the name of a product used in fly-fishing. Replace the ‘I’ with an ‘!’ and you get a drum-and-guitar-based rock band, a group of cool, dynamic dudes who have already penned more than 60 songs!
X!NK consists of two sets of brothers: lead singer Jonas (13) and drummer Niels (12), on the one hand, and guitarist Thomas (12) and bass player Philip (10) on the other. X!NK was founded in March 2002 by the three older boys. Philip joined them early this year.
The four members of X!NK are big fans of international artists such as Metallica, but they also love the Belgian punk band Janez Detd. The song they are performing, written especially for the Belgian preselections, is a little less ‘rough’ than those they usually write. It is called “A band of friends” and describes the creation and the evolution of X!NK: the brothers met each other at a party, turned out to all be crazy about music, formed a band and became friends for life. X!NK wrote the music and lyrics of “A band of friends” and played all of the instruments in the recording studio. Their great regret is that the performances on stage in Copenhagen will not be live.
X!NK has already performed to an audience of 20,000 youngsters at “Pennenzakkenrock” (Pencil Case Rock), the largest Belgian festival for kids. Their great dream is to perform at the world famous Werchter rock festival, where groups such as U2 and Simple Minds first became great.

In short: the four members of X!NK have the enthusiasm, the charisma and the stage experience to make the Junior Eurovision Song Contest a successful adventure!

"De vriendschapsband", a very special kind of tie of friendship is what X!NK are tying – the Belgian contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.
If you’re expecting the "Ring around the Rosy" from this song now, you are sadly mistaken. In fact, what the Belgian punk quartet is thinking of is getting closer to their Danish audience by stage diving.

Let’s wait and see then whether the four of X!NK will manage to pull off a smooth landing or crash…

After Eurovision:
X!NK launched their second single, named "Oh-Ho" in the beginning of 2004, signing deal with EMI Capitol. Later that year their first album, containing twelve songs was released. The album went gold in Flanders (the Dutch language area of Belgium).
X!NK often performed at rock festivals in Belgium (for example Marktrock in Leuven). In 2004, they released the song "Laat Me Vrij" (Let Me Free) which served as the theme song for the film Garfield in Flemish cinemas. For the sequel to Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown which debuted in Flemish cinemas on 31 March 2006, they recorded the song "De Andere Kant" (The Other Side) which served as the theme song for this film. Lead singer Jonas also provided the Dutch voice for the character Jimmy the Anteater in the film.
Their second album Vergif (Poison) was released on 30 September 2005. In 2006 they released the single De Andere Kant and played a bunch of shows such as Maanrock, Lokerse Feesten and 0110 (Ghent). The last X!nk project was release of theme song for Junior Eurosong 2007 - "Give Us A Future", all in all after JESC they've released 2 full albums and 8 singles. Myspace
Since then, members have concentrated on the other projects. Lead singer Jonas now sings for indie band Get Off My Shoes and studies musical management, while Thomas & Niels play in The Crackups, Niels plays also in All Demons Have Distortion.



Het begon toen ik een kleuter was
Twee dikke vrienden, in dezelfde klas
Het waren boezemvrienden, zij aan zij
En toen kwam ik er nog bij
Hij ging verhuizen, de vriendschap was verloren
Toen werd hij bij hem uitverkoren
Ze gingen wat spelen, ze voelden mekaar goed aan
En de drummer moest op de trommels slaan

Refrein
Een band gaat nooit stuk
Al heb je een ongeluk
Je ziet maar, ze hebben elkaar
Ze krijgen het telkens weer voor mekaar

Op een fuif ontmoeten ze elkaar
Toen kwam de band weer voor mekaar
Hij ging naar hem, hij had een gitaar
Maar hij was een drummer, zonder twijfel waar
De band werd groter en groter
Het bleef maar duren zonder motor
Hij ging niet stuk, hij bleef maar gaan
Hij was nooit gedaan

Refrein
De band werd groter en groter
Het bleef maar duren zonder motor
Hij ging niet stuk, hij bleef maar gaan
Hij was nooit gedaan

* arranged by Paul de Spiegelaere

It began when I was still an infant
Two good friends, in the same class
They were soul mates, side by side
And then I joined them
He moved away, the friendship seemed lost
Then he became the chosen one
They began to play together, it clicked
And the drummer drummed

A band is a bond that never breaks
Not even by accident
You see, they have each other
Together they always manage

They met again at a party
Then the band was reunited
He walked over to him, he had a guitar
He was a drummer, no doubt about it

The band and the bond both grew and grew
Perpetual motion, no motor needed
It never broke down, it just kept on going
It never came to an end

The band and the bond both grew and grew
Perpetual motion, no motor needed
It never broke down, it just kept on going
It never came to an end
United Kingdom - Tom Morley (12/06/93) - My song for the world

Ten year old Tom lives in Cumbria. About two years ago, Tom started scribbling lyrics down whenever they came into his head. It wasn't until this year that he finally put a song together - the end product being "My Song For The World". His inspiration for this song came from watching news reports of the Gulf War. Tom says he equally loves singing and writing. His currently learning how to play the guitar and his favourite singing star is Marti Pellow.

It all start when Tom was only 7 years old. He was asked to sing at his school for the head mistress who was retiring.
He sang the theme tune to 'Titanic' and there was not one dry eye in the hall. He just blew everyone away with his singing voice.


Bigger and better things was about to come Tom's way. At the age of 8, he made a last minute decision to try out for a place with the 'S Club Juniors' in Glasgow.
Tom met Nicki Chapman who told him he had the strongest voice. Tom got through to the final 20 but did not go any further because he was considered to be too small.
Tom entered a few talent contests and did very well.
He won a weekend in London at the CBBC Studios where he met Jamie Ricketts and Otis after singing Michael Jackson's hit, 'Ben'.

Tom was asked by his voice coach if he would like to sing a song he wrote. He agreed and recorded a double A Side CD for Cancer research. My Mothers Arms and Through the Eyes of a Child was a big hit and raised more than Ј1000 in less than 2 months and sales are still going strong.


Tom has the backing of his family; his older brother Jacky, who even helps Tom with backing vocals sometimes - Tom has another older brother called Jim, a younger sister called Demi and not forgetting Tom's pet dog, Machi.

Participant's name: Tom Morley
My place and date of birth: Whitehaven, Cumbria. 12th June 1993.
Colour of my eyes: Brown
My astrological sign: Gemini
Colour of my hair: Black
My height: 4 feet, 4 inches
I have 2 brothers and 1 sister
My favourite band or artist is: Justin Timberlake & Michael Jackson
My favourite food: Roast beef dinner
My favourite Film: The Mummy
What music means to me: My life
I would like to meet Justin Timberlake or Michael Jackson because they are great performers.
For no money in the world would I give up singing.
I am perfect in – I don’t think I am perfect at anything.
I absolutely can’t understand why people fight against each other.
My favourite subject at school is maths and geography.
My biggest fear is flying.
I can cook beans on toast.
My friends say that my worst character trait is talking too much.
If I win the J-ESC contest, this is what I would like to say to the other participants …I would just like to say that there are no losers here tonight – only winners.
Anything else I would like to mention ... It has been an honour to represent my country in the first ever children’s Eurovision Song Contest. I am very proud.

Archive: www.carlton.com/junioreurovision/ , www.tommorley.se

After Eurovision:
Tom attended the Harecroft school in Gosforth for three years, then he moved to Westlakes Academy in Egremont where he studied German and Science.
Tom has visited many places with his singing, Romania (Golden Star Festival), Malta, Egypt (performing for First Lady of Egypt), Sweden and Denmark to name but a few. Tom has opened the official Eurovision party in Brighton in 2004, where ABBA won the Eurovision 30 years prior. When he was 14 he made it through to the X Factor but had to pull out as he just missed the age deadline.
Since then Tom has moved to Stockholm in Sweden, and shortly reappeared in 2010 preparing come back, which didn't happen. Myspace

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06/09/03, hosted by Mark Durden-Smith and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
01.
Feature 5 (Izabella (9) and Gabriella Feld (12), Gemma McDowall (10), Siobhan Darbey (12), Erin Johnson (12), Liverpool) - "Slumberland" 35
02. Jack Brown (15, Sevenoaks in Kent) - "Back To Love" 12
03. Ellis de Bie (12, Tamworth in Staffordshire) - "I Have A Feeling" 38 3rd
04. Starrlite (Sabena Ahmed (10) Edmonton and Lucy St Louis (10) Palmers Green, North London) - "Gonna Be Fine" 10
05. Sasha Stevens  (15) (Luton in Bedfordshire) - "Little Children" 29
06. Mr Cheerful (Steven Rushton (15), Chertsey, Mark Singh (15), Shepperton and Matt Carroll (15), Walton-on-Thames) - "Winter’s Nearly Gone" 23
07. Tom Morley (Cleator Moor, Cumbria) - "My Song for the World" 64 1st
08. Uzlot (Steven (12) and Lauren Irwin (15), Jynell Murphy (12) and Kaytie Farrell (12), Liverpool) - "Please Don’t Cry" 62 2nd

100% televoting: A: HTV West, Carlton Central, Carlton Central; B: Scottish, Grampian; C: HTV Wales; D: Tyne Tees, Yorkshire; E: Ulster; F: LWT, Meridian, Carlton, Anglia, Channel; G: Granada, Border
When I wake up early in the morning
Until I go to bed at night
Peace is always what I dream of
Is it somewhere in sight

So tonight I'll close my eyes
And fly so high across the skies
And with the world held in my hand
I'll sing for souls throughout the land

If I became a star
I'd try so hard
To move this world with my heart
Singing songs of hope and peace
So people know it can be achieved
And so tonight I'll sing my song for the world

When I'm in bed and I'm dreaming
Of how it could be without war
No more fighting no hurting
And no more suffering anymore
I hope that all around the world
Every boy and every girl
Will sleep tonight with peace and love
In the hearts forever more
Denmark - Anne Gadegaard - Arabiens drøm (Arabian dream)

Some fairy tales out of the Arabian Nights really are set in the cold north, or rather, in Risskov, a small town near Arhus in Denmark. This is where 11-year-old Anne Gadegaard discovers her talent as a singer and song writer, and sets her mind on leaving behind the competition in the J-ESC precontest in Copenhagen on the 3rd of May of this year. A dream? Not so!
Inspired by Disney’s wonderful film “Aladdin”, the young talent writes the song “Arabiens drøm“ (“Arabian Dreams”), and wins the precontest with a clear gap between herself and the next runner-up. What sounds like a fairy tale is really the result of talent and early ambition.

More than in the CD racks of other girls her age, in Annes collection there already are stacks of pop CDs, her idols are pros like Kelly Rowland and Justin Timberlake. After her interest in music and singing has been formed early on, Anne adds her love of dancing, something she also proves as a figure skater on ice.

Tirelessly, she writes songs about things in her life that move her – examples are „Prinsessene p?r is“ (The Princess On Ice), „Min bedste ven“ (My best Friend), or „Festen“ (Party).

On weekends, Anne’s favourite pastime is performing with her friends and backing dancers Julie Thomsen, 12, and Sophia Evers, 12, who already rocked the house with their talent as dancers in the Danish Funk/Hip-Hop Dance Championship and who also supported Anne in the precontest. And of course, there are now even more performances since they won.

An audience of 9,000 in the Forum in Copenhagen, millions of TV viewers at home, international competition from all over Europe – a welcome challenge for the sworn trio of friends. Concentrated and all pro, for Anne this atmosphere is what really makes her go out and do the best she can.

And there is an advantage: You can make new friends who have the same interests as you. Anne is now friends with a lot of the participants of the J-ESC precontest, and after the exciting J-ESC weekend, all participants of the Danish preselection will meet to exchange news and stories.

Despite her life in the limelight, which Anne has been used to since her early childhood, she is still the friendly girl from next door. To keep it this way, she is sheltered in the circle of her parents and her two brothers. Apart from this, when school, singing and figure skating leave her a bit of spare time, she spends every minute she has taking care of animals, whom her heart belongs to.

So it’s along these lines that her “serious” job ambitions go, in case things with a career as a singer shouldn’t work out – something no one really believes in, though: to be a veterinarian or a caretaker in a zoo are top of her list. And whoever has met Anne knows that she will make it there, too. On the 3rd of November, all of Europe will have proof of her talent.

Today, she is one of the latest and youngest stars Denmark has: Anne Gadegaard, 11 years old and living in Risskov near Aarhus, Denmark's second largest town.

Inspired by - among others - the Disney movie “Aladdin”, she one day sat down to write a song with a very strong Arabian flavour to it, and called it “Arabiens drom” (“Arabian Dream”), in order to participate in the Danish song contest for children, MGP 2003.

And did she win? Yes, she did! And with maximum points from nearly all voters.

Since then, she has been very busy touring with the song - and writing down ideas for new songs. About having a very good friend (“Min bedste ven”, “My Best Friend”), figure skating as a hobby (“Prinsesserne pе is”, “The Princesses on Ice”), arranging a party for her friends (“Festen”, “The Party”), dreaming of Mr. Right (“Dine шjne blе”, “Your Blue Eyes”) - and about a pair of dogs (“Choco og Nugga”, “Choco and Nugga”).
For besides music and figure skating, her No. 1 interest is animals. If she doesn't succeed in making it as a singer and performer on a full scale, she wants to get an education as a veterinary surgeon or as a zoo keeper.

Out of all her hobbies, singing and listening to music comes first. According to her parents, not many children her age have so many albums of music in their collection - and she still keeps on wanting more for birthdays and Christmas.
She may seem young - and she is young - but becoming famous over night hasn't affected or changed her. She is still a normal 11-year-old Danish school girl with a not-so-normal job as a singer and performer on weekends.
And the thought of performing in front of 9,000 spectators at the Forum in Copenhagen - plus the millions of TV viewers all around Europe !- doesn't make her nervous in the least.
Back home in Risskov, she has her parents, her two brothers and many friends to “keep her feet on the ground”.

And though, of course, MGP is a competition, somehow the children participating in it and their parents have made it grow into much more than that!
Today, many of the participants have made new friends, thanks to MGP. Anne also has managed to keep in touch with a couple of the other girls, and in a few weeks, all the children participating in MGP 2003 are going to meet to have a fun and
comfy weekend, all arranged by the parents of one of the participants, Linette.
So the everyday life of Anne these days is a lot like a fairy tale- a fairy tale of fame and friendship.

Archive: www.dr.dk

After Eurovision:
Anne Gadegaard has released four albums (Arabians drøm (2003), Ini Mini Miny (2004), Chiki Chiki (2005), Annes Jul (2006)) and greatest hits compilation (De første og Største hits (2006)). In 2007, Gadegaard toured Italy. In 2008, she collaborated with Nicolai Kielstrup, Amalie, Sebastian and Mathias y Mark (Join Us) in the song called "En Verden Til Forskel". In 2008, plans for a sixth studio album were cancelled and Anne has disappeared from the limelight for a while. In September 2010 she had returned under stage name "Anne G" with single "Blah Blah". myspace

Anne's Interview
about the J-ESC event and next plans

junioreurovision.tv: What did you like best in Copenhagen? What is your feedback to the J-ESC event?
I liked it all. The only thing is that I wish there were more time to get to know the other children. It would also be great going to the other European countries and perform together.

junioreurovision.tv: What are your next plans?
My hopes are to get out performing a lot with the songs from my new CD. I would also love to make another album.

junioreurovision.tv: How was your welcoming home (at school, in the media, with your family)?
Everybody said, it was super ending as no. 5.

junioreurovision.tv: Where do you get the idea for a song?
The idea for my song was fairytales, Aladdin etc. I wrote down at lot of words and tried make them rhyme. Then I asked my uncle to help me with the music, I’m not good with notes, but have played piano and listenes to a lot of music.

junioreurovision.tv: How do you develop the choreography for your songs? Is there any professional help?
My uncle also helped me with the choreography. He has been a dancer for several years.

junioreurovision.tv: Which character traits / knowledge are – in your opinion - important as a musician / star in show biz?
The most important doing this is to have lot of fun and to have great funny people around you.
Christmas with Anne

junioreurovision.tv: Hallo Anne, how do you celebrate Christmas?

Every Sunday in December me and my family are together and have a gift-game. We are a very big family. On the 24th me, my family and all my mother’s sisters go to the cemetery and light a candle for my mom’s grandmother. Afterwards we visit those from the family we shouldn’t see on Christmas Eve, and give them there presents. So on that day I’ll get a lot of candy...
After eating dinner, we walk around the christmas tree and sing. Then we get presents.
Then we go to the cemetery and light a candle for min grandfather. It’s very nice with all the lighted candles in the night.
And then we go home again and have ris а l’amande, where there’s a present for the one, who finds the almond.

junioreurovision.tv: What is your favourite X-Mas song?
I don’t have a favourite x-mas song.

junioreurovision.tv: Is there a special meal you have for Christmas? Can you give us the receipe?!
We always have duck, roast pork, brown sauce, potatoes, red cabbage etc.

junioreurovision.tv: What is your deepest wish for Christmas?
I hope to get an elevation bed.
junioreurovision.tv: Dear Anne, we keep our fingers crossed for you!
Anne’s diary
Wednesday, November 5th
Dear Diary
It’s been a while since I last wrote, but I’ve been so busy.
Last Friday I performed in Ballerup, Saturday I was interviewed by the magazine “Her & Nu”, Sunday I was in Fredericia to perform, and Monday I gave an interview to the magazine “Billed Bladet”.
Besides that, we are working on our stage outfits for the J-ESC. My mum is sewing both mine and my dancers’ clothes. It’s so great that we can make all of it ourselves, so everything will be exactly the way we want it to be.
This Friday, it’s my birthday! I’m so exited about it. All my family will be there. And then there isn’t much time left until we’re going to Copenhagen. Actually, it’s on Tuesday already! It’s going to be so exciting to meet all the other participants. There’ll be a lot of fun things to do during our stay, so I’m sure it will be great.
Love, Anne

Monday, November 10th
Dear Diary
Last Friday it was my birthday, and it was a really great day. We had a lot of relatives
visiting, and I got a lot of great gifts :-)
This weekend we had more visitors, but we also practised our dance, both at home and at a dance studio.
Tomorrow we are going to Copenhagen. We are taking the train at noon, then we are picked up and taken to the hotel. I am looking forward to meeting all the other participants. And to listen to their songs! I’ve heard all of them on TV before, but it’s different when they’re live on stage. From what I’ve heard, some of them are great songs.
There’s a lot going on at my home. The costumes aren’t exactly as they should be, so my mum is re-doing them. I hope she will manage, because we are talking 7 costumes here!
There ‘s also a lot for me to do, so I’ll start packing now.
Love, Anne

Wednesday 12th November
Dear Diary
Yesterday we arrived in Copenhagen. The train got there at 3, so we had to hurry to the hotel, drop off our luggage and rush on to the Radiohouse, where were supposed to give an interview. And we had to finish up before the Welcoming Reception at 9 at Frederiksberg Town Hall.
Even though it was a busy day, it was so great finally being there and especially seeing everybody at the reception. I talked to Theodora from Cyprus a lot when I performed in Greece, so it was good seeing her again. But also Shout, Razz, B-boys (participants in the Danish song contest) and the crew from the Danish song contest, because there are a lot of the same people here again.
(By the way - I forgot to tell you that I was at Shout’s release party last Thursday. It was a great party! They arrived in limousines and everything!)
Today I’m going to the Forum to rehearse. It’s going to be exciting to be up on the big stage. And maybe I can see some of the others rehearse, too.
Will write again later.
Love, Anne

Sunday 16th November
Dear Diary
Now it’s Sunday and the J-ESC is over. It was the best experience I could have wished for! I’m very satisfied with being number 5. The very best about the evening was the audience. They supported me so much! It was a crowd already at the dress rehearsals, but yesterday it was crazy. To imagine so many people cheering for me! The applause we were met with when we went up on stage, when we went off the stage, when we received points - it was amazing, and there were banners and flags ... It was so cool to perform at the Forum last night (thank you so much, everybody who was there!)
I think Dino, the winner, was brilliant. Everybody was good, but the top ones really were pros...
It’s been a really good and fun week. During the days before the show we had a lot of great experiences. A lot of things had been arranged for us. Can you believe we went to the Tivoli and had the whole park to ourselves! After the J-ESC, there was an after party at Copenhagen City Hall. It was great! Everybody was feeling great (some had been a bit unhappy back at the Forum...), and I didn’t want to go to bed. It was almost 2 in the morning before we finally went back to the hotel!
Unfortunately, it’s all over now... I just hope I can perform more in the future - it’s so much fun!
Lots of love Anne
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MGP 2003 - watch the performances
03/05/03, hosted by Camilla Ottesen and Gordon Kennedy
01. Julie Ottesen & Sofie Vind Andersen - Vi er venner 20 5th
02. Eby (Elbret Betsayyad) - Jeg er den jeg er 6th
03. B-Boys (Keve Pour, Mathias Saabye, Sebastian Aagaard-Williams) - Vi gi'r den 44 3rd
04. Linette Damsted - Den eneste ene 6th
05. Tue Johansson - Ta' mig som jeg er 30 4th
06. Shout (Ida Holm Christensen, Stine Wojcik, Anja Sogaard Miechels, Louise Bossen Nielsen, Tinna Pagel, Pia Thomsen< Camilla Muxoll Soberg) - Jeg tror det kaldes k
ærlighed 46 2nd
07. Alexander Silveira - Super s
ød sag 6th
08. Nanna Jenner Jensen - Er der nogen der ved 6th
09. SAMI (Sara Andersen, Mille Gleerup, Nicholas Bonde) - Hvad hvis nu 6th
10. Anne Gadegaard (with Sophia Evers, Julie Thomsen) - Arabiens dr
øm 60 1st

100% televoting. Back-up jury: Rasmus Ott, Emma Thorsteinsson, Morten Filipsen, Daniel Vognstrup, Benedikte Maria Mouritsen, Frederik Christian Johansen, Rasmus Albeck
Den mørke himmel i stjernernes lys
Og månen skinner på den gyldne by
Så kom nu med mig til eventyrets land
Med karavaner i det varme sand

Kom og følg mig, ta´ nu med mig
Lad mig gi´ dig Arabiens drøm

Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai

Hils på prinsessen og find dig en skat
Aladdins lampe den lyser i nat
Mød Alibabba og alle hans folk
Sesam sesam kom nu luk porten op

Kom og følg mig, ta´ nu med mig
Lad mig gi´ dig Arabiens drøm

Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai

Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai

Close your eyes, fly with me to a place
A magic carpet takes you through the maze
And deep beneath you is the forgotten land
With golden castles hiding in the sand

Don't you feel it?
Don't you want it?
Don't you dream the Arabian Dream?

Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Aladdin's treasure is waiting for you
(Come) rub the lamp and you'll see it is true
Like Ali Baba - try whisper Sesame (udtales sжsami)
The door is locked but you don't need a key

Don't you feel it?
Don't you want it?
Don't you dream the Arabian Dream?

Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sha ba di ba da, sha ba di ba da, ai ai ai ai
Sweden - The Honeypies - Stoppa mig! (Stop me!)

The Honeypies is made of two girls, Julia Urbán (11 years old) and Rebecca Laakso (10 years old).
The winning song “Stoppa mig!” (“Stop me!”) is composed by Rebecca Laakso.

Julia and Rebecca are close friends. In the sparetime Julia enjoys riding horses, playing tennis, singing, acting and dancing. Julia has once sung and danced in front of a few thousand people at a market/local festival. Rebecca’s interests are to sing and act, and practise boxing. Rebecca has, at age 7, performed in the Swedish show “Smеstjдrnorna” (“Little stars”) on channel 4, where she mimed to one of Britney Spears’ songs. Julia was then in the audience, and it was after the show that the two girls started their friendship, thanks to their mothers who introduced them to eachother. Not only Julia and Rebecca are good friends, so are their mothers. Julia and Rebecca are two giggling girls, often doing or saying crazy things. Rebecca likes the colour pink and Julia likes blue.

04/10/03, hosted by Victoria Dyring and Per Sinding-Larsen
01. Wednesday (Paul Jacks, 13, Daniel Edenvik, 12, and Mathias Thorhede, 12) (Tumba and Uttran) - Det är så det ska va
(That's the way it should be) 28+40=68
02.
Vendela Blomgren, 9, and Vera Kebbe-Sandström, 12 (Visby) - Vänner (Friends) 22+0=22
03. Daniel Sjögren-Larsson, 11 and Lukas Jacobsson, 10 (Visby) - Data hop 44+0=44
04. Sofie Ljungberg, 12 (Otterbäcken) - Du finns i mitt hjärta
(You're in my heart) 38+30=68
05. V.ä.n.n.e.r. (Frida Jansson, 12, Julia Gustafsson, 12, and Sofia Beckman, 12) (Uttran) - För du är min vän ('Cause you're my friend) 30+0=30
06. Sebastian "Sebbe" Boström (Djursholm) - Om jag gillar nå´n (If I like somebody) 32+0=32
07. The Honeypies (Rebecca Laakso, 10, and Julia Urbán, 11) (Länna, Uppsala) - Stoppa mig! (Stop me!) 32+50=82
08.
Dragonheartz (Felicia Jeverin, 12, Maria-Pia Colton, 12, and Jennifer Larsson, 11) (Ösmo and Tyresö) - Om du (If you) 22+0=22
09.
Patrik Olsson, 11 (Täby) - Sommarsol (Summer sun) 42+10=52
1
0. Felix Hvit, 9 (Bankeryd) - För den jag är (For who I am) 20+60=80
1300 entries received. Jury+tele

Participant's name: Rebecca Laakso
Place of birth: Uppsala 1992-12-20
Hometown: Lanna
Colour of my eyes: Blue
Colour of my hair: Blonde (but has now coloured hair to brown)
Astrological sign: Sagittarius
My height: 140 centimetres
I have: 2 sisters, 1 brother
My favourite band or artist is: Jean Paul
My favourite food: Kebab in bread
My favourite film: Grease
What music means to me: (no comment)
I would like to meet: Per Gessle, and then I would tell him that my mother was in love with him when she was younger. She used to call him and talk to him, but he didn’t know who she was. He used to say like this when she called him “Hello you with no name”. Later my mother received a single from him as a gift.
For no money in the world would I: kiss Bert Karlsson (well-known Swedish recordcompany manager)
I am perfect in: acting
I absolutely can’t: play soccer
My favourite subject in school: sports
My biggest fear is: to die
I can cook: Swedish pancakes
My friends say that my worst character trait is: when I never stop talking in the classroom
If I win the J-ESC in Copenhagen, this is what I would like to say to the other participants: Hahahaha!
Anything else I would like to mention: I love candy!!

Participant's name: Julia Urbán
Place of birth: Uppsala 1992-06-22
Hometown: Uppsala
Colour of my eyes: Blue
Colour of my hair: Blonde
Astrological sign: Cancer
My height: 145 centimetres
I have: 1 sister
My favourite band or artist is: Carola, 50cent, Christina Aguilera, The Sounds, Jean Paul, Pink...etc
My favourite food: Crawfish
My favourite film: Cats
What music means to me: A lot! If my life is 10 cm, then music is half of that. But my family is more important.
I would like to meet: Carola, and we would talk about our lives and music. I would ask her which of her own songs is her favourite, and what idol she had when she was a child.
For no money in the world I would: kill someone
I am perfect in: singing, dancing, riding horses, be myself, laughing, making others happy, giving kisses to mum and dad, talking (except when sleeping).
I absolutely can’t: play soccer, use cigarettelighters, be quiet, jump from high mountains.
My favourite subject in school is: Art & music
My biggest fear is: spiders, drunk men, big guys in the 9th grade
I can cook: porridge, chocolatesauce, Swedish chocolatepastry “cocosboll”
My friends say that my worst character trait is: eager, forgetful, talk a lot
If I win the J-ESC contest in Copenhagen, this is what I would
like to say to the other participants: I would say that I didn’t see this as a contest, but something fun to be part of. To win is only a small bonus of it all. But my first reaction would be: “HOLY MACARONI!”
Anything else I would like to mention: I want to send greetings to my crazy aunt Anna in Uddevalla and my cousins. Greetings also to my school, Tiundaskolan and my class 5A. And greetings to Tora the producer of the Swedish J-ESC.

Archive: svt.se

After Eurovision
In 2010 Rebecca Laakso has finished 2nd in "Next Star" contest organized by ICA Maxi for young people aged 13-19. In 2011 she has appeared at the Idol castings. Myspace
Julia Urban has been studying in Jensen gymnasium. Her blog is here



Kan du stoppa mig, kan du hitta mig
Kan du vet vem jag är
Nej nej nej du kan inte veta
Om jag är ute eller inne
Du kan inte veta om jag finns här

Du kan inte stoppa mig, kan inte hitta mig
Kan inte veta vem jag är
Nej nej nej du kan inte veta
Om jag är uppe eller nere
För jag är här på gatan och dansar
Kom och dansa med mig

Man kan bada, man kan sporta, man kan göra vad som helst
Men jag brukar oftast bara, göra en enda grej
Som man kan göra nästan överallt och det tycker jag är ballt
Kom och dansa med mig

Kan du stoppa mig…

Men ibland när jag måste gå hem igen
Och mamma tjatar om läxor då vill jag inte komma in
Det är så tråkigt det vet ju varenda barn då säger jag så här
Kom och dansa med mig!

Det är som i sagor där man får göra vad som helst
Det borde du prova nån gång det är som att sjunga en sång
Kan du stoppa mig…

Can you stop me now? Can you find me now?
Can you tell me where I am?
No no no, you can never know
If I'm out or if I'm in
You can never know if I'm here.
But you know you can't stop me now and you can't find me now
Can never find out where I am
No no no, you can never know
If I'm up or if I'm down
'Cos I'm out here on the street 'n' dancing -
Come and dance here with me!

You can go swimming or running
You can do most anything
But me I mostly only, really,
do one single thing
That you can do most any place
And I think that's really ace!
Come and dance here with me!
Can you stop me now…

Sometimes, you know, I have to go
back home again
And when mum tells me to do my homework
I just don't wanna go inside
'Cos it's so boring - that's something
All children know.
So what I tell you is this:
Come and dance here with me!

It's like in stories where you can do whatever you want
You should try it, you'd like it, it's just like singing a song.

Can you stop me now…
Malta - Sarah Harrison (02/09/90) - Like A Star

Born on September 2, 1990, Sarah showed her showbiz potential at the early age of four years, when she took to the stage in 1994 in a production of Snow White. Sarah was among 500 hopefuls who auditioned for the 14 vacancies at the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School in London… and her bubbly character and versatility won her a place. It was after lessons and at weekends that Sarah sat at her piano to compose her winning song 'Like A Star'.

Since the 6th of September, there’s a new star shining on the pop-heaven over Malta. Sarah Harrison not only managed to completely convince the jury, but also the audience of her performance in the finals of the national Eurovision Song Contest.
With her song “Like a Star”, that she herself had written the words and music for, she left her 48 competitors far behind.
But then, who’d be surprised? Because Sarah is an old hand in showbiz. At the age of 4, she started her rocketlike career on stage in the show “Snow White”.
Until today, she has been climbing up into higher and higher spheres: She participated in 13 productions
won the Performance Award for Classical Ballet
won one of the rare and therefore all the more desired places at the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School in London
...
Apart from an extra large portion of talent and luck, what is needed to make it from just a smallish pop star to real fame is a lot of clenching your teeth, and an iron will.When her friends went on holiday, Sarah set aside her hobbies of Karaoke and swimming. She glued herself to her piano and played until her fingers hurt – practice, practice, and more practice dominated her daily routine.

For Sarah, itґs been worth it:
“It is everyone’s dream to represent their country on the international stage, and I feel very lucky to have been honoured like this,“she says, beaming...

06/09/03, hosted by Annalise Ellul
1 Christabelle Borg - "Smile" (composed and written by Louanne M. Caruana) 105
2 Marilena Gauci - "This is our Heaven" (composed by Marilena Gauci and written by Loredana Paola Caruana) 90
3 Brooke Borg feat. Brendan - "Like a Butterfly" 102
4 Decoda Buttigieg - "Little Angel" 37
5 Kylie Coleiro - "Share the Joy" 25
6 Ylenia Caruana - "In Love unite" 146
7 Klinsmann Coleiro - "Where There's a Will" (written and composed by Kylie Coleiro) 74
8 Christine Barbara - "My Dear Imaginary Friend" 49
9 Sarah Harrison - "Like a Star" 170
10 Leanne Ellul - "Prayer for Peace" 22

49 entries received
Guests: Bradley McIntosh, L13, Lyndze B, Steve Cole, junior choir of Ray Mangion's Act React; Sophie & Yasmine; the junior YADA Dance Company, Mitchel & Jessica.

Like a star
Together we'll shine
Together we'll fly
And further we'll glide.

Like a star Together we'll pass through
Together we'll sail through
Those difficult days.

Like a star
That shoots from up high
And lights up the sky
Just cannot deny

Like a star
We'll jump from a cloud
And sing out aloud
Together we'll shine

Up in the sky there's a star that comes out at night.
Deep in my mind there's a thought that gives it some light.
We can all together make it shine so bright, made up my mind
So come together we'll make it and leave the past behind.

It's fun when I play hide and seek with the moon up above
Singing with angels in heaven, sweet songs of love
Don't worry when clouds give me shelter and you don't see me shine so bright
Cos I'll never leave you alone I'll be your guiding light

If you can't make it on your own
Give me your hand and we'll be strong
We can't go wrong

Like a star
Together we'll shine

 

Participant's name: Sarah Harrison
My place and date of birth: Malta 02/09/1990
Colour of my eyes: Brown
My astrological sign: Virgo
Colour of my hair: Chestnut
My height: 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
I have ... 0 Brother(s) and/or ... 0 Sisters
My favourite Band or Artist is: Justin Timberlake & J.Lo
My favourite Food: Pizza & pasta
My favourite Film: Shrek
What music means to me? Music is my life. I can’t imagine my life without music.
I would like to meet ... Justin Timberlake because his music and talents inspire me – he is a great performer!
For no money in the world would I ... jump off an aeroplane
I am perfect in ... handing in my homework on time
I absolutely can’t ... sew
My favourite subject at school is ...Academic: Humanities- Vocational Street dance
My biggest fear is ... losing my parents
I can cook ... anything (in a microwave)
My friends say that my worst character trait is ... worrying too much.
If I win the J-ESC contest, this is what I would like to say to the other participants: You are all winners and you should all be proud to have come this far and representing your country.
Anything else I would like to mention: I would like to say to all the participants who are taking part to enjoy every minute of this wonderful experience we will be sharing together. GOOD LUCK!

Archive: www.maltasong.com, www.sarah-harrison.com

junioreurovision.tv: What did you like best in Copenhagen? What is your feedback to the J-ESC event?
Sarah: I practically liked and enjoyed every minute in Copenhagen, but mostly; making new friends, preparations for the show, and of course the show itself!!! The event was an experience of a life time for me and one that I will definitely never forget. The show was smashing!!


junioreurovision.tv: What are your next plans?
My next plans are to continue to write songs and hopefully release them!

junioreurovision.tv: How was your welcoming home (at school, in the media, with your family)?
It was brilliant. My principal and my school mates were so happy and pleased with my performance. I received many letters, cards and lots of e-mails which is very overwhelming. My family were so proud and pleased. The response was unbelievable.

junioreurovision.tv: Give us an idea of how to write a song. How do you do so? What is the first to do? What does one have to take into consideration?
Everyone has their own “special formula” of how to write a song, but here’s how I write one. Some people might start writing the lyrics before the melody, but I start with the melody. First of all, to come up with a melody, I don’t choose a certain day and decide to just spend a whole day on it. What I do is I always keep a tape recorder at hand and occasionally, I sing a tune, and immediately record it. When I have a selection of tunes, I play them on the piano and record them all once again. When I’ve heard the whole selection, I “play” with the tune. What do I mean by that? Well, some I might keep to one side, some I might decide to use for the verses, some for the chorus, and so on. I try to find a way of how I can link them together to eventually form a song!!! Finally, I take the song to a recording studio and discuss my ideas for the arrangement of the song with a producer.

junioreurovision.tv: Where do you get the idea for a song?
Now, when it comes to the lyrics it’s quite a different story. The whole idea of writing a song is to really express your feelings. The theme has to be about your personal emotions, maybe something like past experiences. It can be a message you want to give to the people. It’s amazing how a lyric in a song can change a person’s life.

junioreurovision.tv: How do you develop the choreography for your songs? Is there any professional help?
Choreographing a song is fun, but can actually be quite tricky! When you’re in a group it’s good to gather everyone’s ideas and find a way of how you can link them together. The routine has to be quite easy for people to remember. Professional advice is always helpful.

junioreurovision.tv: Which character traits / knowledge are – in your opinion - important as a musician / star in show biz?
The most important in my opinion are: to love what you do, to be dedicated in what you do, to keep your feet firmly on the ground, never believe you know everything because there’s always room for improvement, and never give up!!

After Eurovision:
During the five years at the Sylvia Young Theatre School Sarah Harrison appeared in three Harry Potter films. With other selected children she had recording sessions at the famous Abbey Road studios for the Disney and Walden Media film version of CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. She also featured as one of the subjects of the Channel 4 documentary My Crazy Life and could be seen in BBC One documentary "When Will I Be Famous?"

Sarah's skills and passion for musicianship truly flourished in the creation of a 30-minute long musical, writing the music and lyrics to the impressive storyline whilst acting as producer of the show.

2012, Sarah is on a special mission - to be the World's first female Hip-Hop Artist/Producer to crossover all boundaries beyond her humble European heritage. She declares the stage her birthplace and her eye for creative direction as a Dancer is one to admire. "I am not satisfied with being just a vocalist. The word 'Artist' demands substantial personal input of concepts and complete individual control". Youtube: MissSHarrison

The Netherlands - Roel (Felius) (25/10/88) - Mijn ogen zeggen alles (My eyes will tell)

Name: Roel
Residence: Goes, The Netherlands
Shoe size: 42
Hobby: singing, acting, reading and drawing
Pets: a fish called Tweety
What’s your favourite
- Music: pop music
- Book: ‘Briefgeheim’ (‘Privacy of letters’) from Jan Terlouw (he is a famous Dutch author of children’s books)
- Actor/actress: Bastiaan Ragas and Loes Luca (they are very famous in The Netherlands)
- Singer: Paskal Jakobsen and Trijntje Oosterhuis (they are also very famous in The Netherlands)
- Colour: red
- Clothes: skate and sportswear
- Drink: water
- Holiday destination: Italy
- Animal: cat
- Day of the week: Saturday
- Season: autumn, because my birthday is in October

Or/or
Sleep in or get up early: sleep in
Comic book or novel: novel
Television or radio: television
Save money or spend money: spend money
Exercise or being lazy: being lazy
Sloppy or tidy: sloppy
Amusement park of forest: amusement park
Dog or cat: cat
Maths or language skills: language skills
Sun or snow: snow

Characteristics
- What are your virtues? I am nice to animals
- What are your vices? I can be extremely sloppy
- What is your most funny feature? I touch my hair all the time
- What do you like the most? I really love to sing!
- What do you hate the most? Trance music! I really hate it!
- What’s your biggest dream/wish? I would like to be the voice of a cartoon character.
- What’s your biggest love? Musicals!!!

The song is about Dick - a friend of Roel's mother. As the result of a cerebral haemorrhage Dick is completely paralysed. He can only blink his eyes. Dick uses his eyes to communicate with other people.

Roel was so impressed by Dick's story that he decided to write a song about him. And the result is: "Mijn ogen zeggen alles" ("My eyes will tell").

Participant's name: Roel Felius
My place and date of birth: Oct. 25, 1988.
Colour of my eyes: Brown
My astrological sign: Scorpion
Colour of my hair: Black/brown.
My height: 1,80. M
I have ... 2 Brothers and 1 Sister
My favourite Band or Artist is: Anastacia
My favourite Food: Spaghetti and MacDonald's
My favourite Film: The Lion King
What music means to me? I can’t live a day without music.
I would like to meet ... Anastacia or Christina Aguilera because they are both great artists with beautiful songs.
For no money in the world would I ... be closed in a chamber full of spiders and snakes.
I am perfect in ... borrowing things, and then I forget to give it back.
I absolutely can’t ... hurt my pet.
My favourite subject at school is ... history.
My biggest fear is ... losing my voice before the big contest in Copenhagen.
I can cook ... an egg!
My friends say that my worst character trait is ... putting my hair right all the time.
If I win the J-ESC contest, this is what I would like to say to the other participants: We’re all winners, because we were standing in the big final of the Junior Song Contest 2003, and that is great!
Anything else I would like to mention: I just enjoy all the moments, and I know this is (one of) my best things my life, that I never forget!   

Archive: www.juniorsongfestival.nl, www.roelfelius.nl

After Eurovision:
Roel Felius was ESCKAZ' guest reviewer for Junior Eurovision 2010.
"Since my participation at the Junior Eurovision Songcontest 2003 in Copenhagen, I've released 2 self-written singles and made a music video, which was so much fun, I did a theatre tour of Narnia The Musical in The Netherlands, I wrote a poem-book, and performed a lot. In 2008 I started working for Disneyland Paris, as a dancer/singer/performer in the parades and shows. I was a singer in the show High School Musical Party in 2009, and this year I work on different shows and parades as a dancer. I've studied musicaltheatre this summer in London and I'm writing songs at the moment. I'm planning to sing on a cruiseline or make pop music again in Holland in the future, I want to travel, meet new talented people, and do what I love to do: sing, perform and make people happy with it!"
In 2010-2011 Roel has worked as a singer in amusement park in Osaka, Japan and later took part in auditions for "The Voice of Holland". Youtube, soundcloud

Junior Eurovisie Songfestival 2003 - watch the show and extras
20/09/03, Pepsi stage, hosted by Angela Groothuizen
Aylin Sancak & Remi de Beauvesier Watson - Weet waaraan je begint (Know what you are getting into) 34 6th
Aisa Renardus - 1000 dromen (1000 dreams) 23 8th
Valerie Curlingford - Leef je droom (Live your dream) 96 2nd
Claire Coleridge & Manouk Boonstra - Verliefd op een jongen (In love with a boy) 20 9th
Hedwig van Leuven - Ik ben verliefd (I am in love) 57 4th
Roel - Mijn ogen zeggen alles (My eyes say everything) 118 1st
Tom Schraven - Dansen in het licht (Dancing in the light) 84 3rd
Tessa Fillixe & Marloes Borst - Ik had het bijna gevraagd (I almost asked it) 29 7th
Jasmine Igwe - Mijn radio (My radio) 44 5th

12/09/03 internal semifinal
10. Wietske, Melinda & Chris - Jongens Zijn Net Lucht
11.
300 entries were received. Jury: singer Jamai, singer Bastiaan Ragas; singer Birgit Schuurman, radio producer Gijs Staverman, television presenter Sylvana Simons, owner of the ballet studio Lucia Marthas.
764.000 viewers, 14%
Mijn ogen zeggen alles
Vertellen wat ik wil
Mijn ogen zeggen alles
Ook al is het nog zo stil
En ook al hoor je daar misschien niets van
Je moet weten dat ik met mijn ogen
Heel goed praten kan

Het gebeurde eens geleden
Plotseling en onverwacht
Afgesloten van de woordenschat
Iets wat ik niet had gedacht
Maar voor alles is een weg
Zo ook voor een gesprek

Mijn ogen zeggen alles
Vertellen wat ik wil
Mijn ogen zeggen alles
Ook al is het nog zo stil
En ook al hoor je daar misschien niets van
Je moet weten dat ik met mijn ogen
Heel goed praten kan

Ik kan voelen horen ruiken
Aan jou vertellen wat ik wil
Ik kan ook mijn mening uiten
Ook al is het nog zo stil
Zelfs een boek heb ik geschreven
Elke letter elke bladzij
Dat is mijn geheim, helemaal van mij

Mijn ogen zeggen alles
Vertellen wat ik wil
Mijn ogen zeggen alles
Ook al is het nog zo stil
En ook al hoor je daar misschien niets van
Je moet weten dat ik met mijn ogen
Heel goed praten kan
Heel goed praten kan
Heel goed praten kan

Van letter tot letter vertel ik jou
Dat ik nog steeds van het leven hou…

* arranged by Bastiaan Ragas and Tooske Breugem

My eyes will tell
Tell what I want to say
My eyes will tell
Be it ever so quietly
You might not catch one word
But still you should know
That my eyes will tell
Tell quite well

It happened once upon a time
Suddenly and unexpectedly
Deprived of my vocabulary
Something beyond my comprehension
Still there is a means to everything
And this also applies to conversation

My eyes will tell
Tell what I want to say
My eyes will tell
Be it ever so quietly
You might not catch one word
But still you should know
That my eyes will tell
Tell quite well

I can feel, hear, smell
Tell you what I wish to convey
I can express my opinion
Be it ever so quietly
I even wrote a book
Every letter, every page
That's my secret
Mine, all mine

My eyes will tell
Tell what I want to say
My eyes will tell
Be it ever so quiet
You might not catch one word
But still you should know
That my eyes will tell
Quite well
Tell quite well
Tell quite well

From A to Z
My words will say
That I still love life
Every second, every day
JUNIOREUROVISION.TV coverage
EBU press conference

Jeroen Depraetere, Sarah Yuen
Summary – Highlights

• A dream came true! On November 15th, the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest (J-ESC) is going to take place at the sold-out Forum arena in Copenhagen with 16 participants competing for first place in the international competition.
• For the first time in the history of Eurovision song contests, the EBU is offering its members a high definition 16:9 broadcast as well as the traditional 4:3 format.

• The song contest will also be available on DVD for the first time. In this, the J-ESC will again be the precursor of the adults’ event (ESC) which has never been released on DVD to date.

• Together with the Danish Broadcaster (DR), the EBU is supporting the children as much as possible.
“The kids are all winners. What counts in the J-ESC is the fun of participating and making new friends. We protect the children as much as we can.”, points out Jeroen Depraetere, EBU Project Manager. The rules for participation in the contest are very strict. The artists must perform and have composed, their own songs and fully own the rights to the compositions.

• To guarantee the high quality of the J-ESC, the host country of the next children’s event has been chosen from the group of participating broadcasters, even before the date of the Danish J-ESC. The event is going to take place in Manchester on November 20th, 2004 and will be produced by ITV.

"Non-participating broadcasters in countries as diverse as Iceland, Finland, Estonia and Australia have also bought the rights for their territories this year.”, Sarah Yuen, EBU Executive Project Manager of Live Events, was happy to say.
The official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website is now online! What’s awaiting you there?

www.junioreurovision.tv is the official website for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, by order of the EBU, the Eurovision headquarters in Geneva. For this website, all countries participating in the J-ESC are providing their top content, which you won’t find this way on any other website.

We’re offering you all about the national precontests, and all about the winners and their songs as well. Additionally, Copenhagen introduces itself to you! What are the top sights? We’ve prepared a short description for you, and lots of pictures to go with it. Click into it in the Media Lounge under “Photo”!

You want to know how stars like Britney Spears & Co. made it? Or how your celebs do their make-up for their grand entrance? Not a problem, we can answer this question, too - have a look under “Be a star”. “Be a Star”.

Apart from loads of texts and photos, this website also offers all the audios for downloads, or just for listening. See “Audio”, in the Media Lounge.
You’d like a sneak preview of the winners’ performances? Easy, too – you’ll find all the videos of the winning songs under “Video” in the Media Lounge.
Feel like demonstrating your own show talent? Just create your own video clip with our Dance Master (link on our homepage) and send it to your friends and family.
Camilla and Remee are the hosts of the J-ESC 2003.

As far as the J-ESC goes, Camilla is an old hand - after all, she’s been hosting the Danish Song Contest for years. Camilla has gained her experience doing presentations when she was working for the music channel Z-TV, for the Danish broadcast – e.g., doing the show “Rutsj” and the summer specials “Tournesol”. These days, you can admire her as the host of “Good morning P3”.

Remee??? But...isn’t that...IT IS! The former rapper, songwriter and record producer has reappeared in front of the cameras...
Like Camilla, Remee won’t have anyone lead him up the garden path in the music department. He signed his first contract with Mega Records at the age of 15.

Ever since then, it’s been “straight up”: Two years later, he was selling heaps of records with his band “Sound of Seduction”, won three Grammies with “Thomas Blachmann meets Al Agami & Remee“, wrote for the girl duo S.O.A.P., for the Safri Duo, for Robyn, Jamelia, Blue, Holly Valance, O-Town, S Club 7 and loads more.
More than 10 million records sold definitely speak for Remee!!!

More about the two of them under www.junioreurovision.tv, starting November 10th!
Did you know that during the show up to the grand finale
• 1.5 kilometres of toilet paper will be used
• 1 ton of meat, 2 tons of potatoes, pasta, and rice, 500 kg of lettuce and 2 tons of bread will be eaten
• 20 bottles of hair spray will be used
• 12.4 kilometres of cable will be used
• 5.000 litres of water and 1.000 litres of soft drinks will be gulped down
• 28 tubes of pimple remover will be used
• 200 people will be working behind the scenes
• The contestants will have practised at least twice a day for the past three months. That means that all in all the songs for the J-ESC have been practised about 14.400 times!

(source: „Junior Eurovision Song Contest Copenhagen 2003 – DR“ magazine)

The J-ESC Trophy!!!
So this is IT … the most passionately desired object these days here in Copenhagen – the Junior Eurovision Song Contest trophy! This extraordinary prize - a 3-D version of the logo in silver - has been created by industrial designer Tobias Wandrup.
Camilla and Remee will be proud to present it to the winner of the first J-ESC ever!!!

Facts about the award and its designer:

Tobias Wandrup, 32, is one of Denmarks hottest new designers. He has shown his works in exhibitions all over Europe and already won several design awards. So what is it that he designs? You name it! There are Tobias Wandrup sunglasses, favoured by various Danish actors and TV celebs, as well as designer furniture, knives & forks and much more. What this unusual, widely travelled designer wants to achieve is a combination of functionality and fun.

November, 11th (Tuesday)

In the Morning Arrival of all participants with their delegations from all over Europe

13.30 Work will start!!! Now, the Countdown is really on!!!

13.30 – 14.10 Rehearsal Greece
14.10 – 14.50 Rehearsal Croatia
14.50 – 15.30 Rehearsal Cyprus

BREAK

16.20 – 17.00 Rehearsal Belarus
17.00 – 17.40 Rehearsal Latvia

BREAK

18.50 – 21.00 technical corrections

In the evening:
Welcome Party in Frederiksberg (this is a suburb of Copenhagen) City Hall with Razz, Shout, the B-Boys and more cool attractions

November, 12th (Wednesday) – a long day to go …

Get up early!!! Because …

9.00 – 9.40 Rehearsal FYR Macedonia
9.40 – 10.20 Rehearsal Poland
10.20 – 11.00 Rehearsal Norway

But if you think that all others could turn around once again in bed – NO – then you’re completely mistaken!!!

For those not taken part in the early rehearsals, Danish Television prepared a big surprise!!!
You have to understand that we cannot announce yet what it is …
Just a little hint: Take your bathing suits with you ?

After having fun, it’s time to work again:

12.20 – 13.00 Rehearsal Spain
13.00 – 13.40 Rehearsal Romania
13.40 – 14.20 Rehearsal Belgium

15.00 – 17.00 SURPRISE, SURPRISE (come back and check out what it is on Thursday!!!)

15.20 – 16.00 Rehearsal UK
16.00 – 16.40 Rehearsal Denmark
16.40 – 17.20 Rehearsal Sweden

17.50 – 18.40 Yummy, Yummy … DINNER BREAK

18.40 – 19.20 Rehearsal Malta
19.20 – 20.00 Rehearsal The Netherlands

20.00 - ???
Norway, Sweden and Denmark invite us all to have a party!!! (check out party pics soon!!!)

November, 13th (Thursday) – nothing for sitting lazily around …

9.00 – 9.25 2° Rehearsal Greece
9.25 – 9.50 2° Rehearsal Croatia
9.50 – 10.15 2° Rehearsal Cyprus

10.00 – 12.00 SURPRISE, SURPRISE for those not taking part in the early rehearsals (check out here on Friday about it!!!)

10.30 – 10.55 2° Rehearsal Belarus
10.55 – 11.20 2° Rehearsal Latvia
11.20 – 11.45 2° Rehearsal FYR Macedonia

12.00 – 12.45 we will all have lunch together

12.45 – 13.10 2° Rehearsal Poland
13.10 – 13.35 2° Rehearsal Norway
13.35 – 14.00 2° Rehearsal Spain

14.15 – 14.40 2° Rehearsal Romania
14.40 – 15.05 2° Rehearsal Belgium
15.05 – 15.30 2° Rehearsal UK

15.00 – 17.00 SUPRISE, SURPRISE again

16.15 – 16.40 2° Rehearsal Denmark
16.40 – 17.05 2° Rehearsal Sweden
17.05 – 17.30 2° Rehearsal Malta
17.30 – 17.55 2° Rehearsal The Netherlands

November, 14th (Friday) – one more day to go …

Get some sleep in the morning because today it’s an important day. The final dress rehearsal with audience will take place!!!

14.00 – 16.30 Dress Rehearsal I without audience

19.00 – 21.30 Dress Rehearsal II with audience
The Tivoli
The Copenhageners love their amusement park right in the middle of the city. And they go there a lot…just to have lots of fun!

The Tivoli is a quiet place at five minutes to 10 o’clock on a cold but sunny morning in Copenhagen. But not for very much longer! Because now the gates are opened for the participants of the J-ESC!

What an experience – haven’t you ever dreamed of having a fairground all to yourself just once in your life? Or, even better, with all your friends there to enjoy it with you!

And this is why the J-ESC stars are having such a fantastic morning at the Tivoli. The roller coaster is running just for them, and doesn’t stop until everyone has screamed their heart out in its dark tunnels and sharp turns.

After that, it’s off to the chairoplane – again, it goes round and round just for our stars until everyone’s had enough – or gives up for fear of being sick from the combination of the carrousel and the countless sweets “Father Christmas” is dishing out left, right and centre.

Another thing not to be missed is, of course, the beautifully painted, old-fashioned merry-go-round. And this is a dream of a romantic merry-go-round…

After this enchanted morning, the J-ESC participants are taking up rehearsals again with the usual verve – there really seems to be nothing that could stop these kids!

Who will win the battle?
It was a competition of a different kind this morning at DGI City in Copenhagen.

Buses were waiting to take the J-ESC stars to the most spectacular swimming pool Copenhagen has to offer – DGI City, attached to the famous hotel bearing the same name, not only features a beautiful squared pool, saunas and gymrooms. It also has an oval pool surrounding the “normal” one - how much more fun is this then to just go back and forth!

Apart from this, you can also find a gorgeous rock pool with 5 diving boards of different heights and even a trampoline (!) to dive off of all around it! And if that’s not enough of an attraction yet, one way to get onto the 5 metre diving board is up a climbing wall, and a pretty challenging one at that! Our stars made a brave stand, though, as you can check out for yourself in the Photo Gallery in the Media Lounge.

The J-ESC participants weren’t just there to splash around in the water, though – they had the “serious” task of winning yet another trophy to take home to their countries.

6 challenges were awaiting the teams: they had to dive off the rocks, scale the climbing wall, hold their own at a hindrance race, ride a huge rubber dinosaur, go for speed in a kayak race, and finally dive for the letters of a key word which were printed on water balls and had to be put together as fast as possible.
As a special guest, the group was joined by Razz, the winner of the Nordic J-ESC, who didn’t look tired in the least after rocking the house last night at Frederiksberg City Hall.

All the participants had great fun, and are now looking forward to the next batch of rehearsals this afternoon.

3 countries - one party
Denmark, Norway and Sweden threw the “Scandinavian Party“
7.00 p.m., Wednesday, November 12th , LevelCPH, Skindergade, downtown Copenhagen…

This was the place to be!
Those who hadn’t let themselves be scared off by the door men and the queue for the coat check but bravely fought their way down to the catacombs of the club to the bar and stage soon found out what it means when kids party!

None of the J-ESC stars stayed in their seats – the place to be was the stage – and, of course, centre stage! Norway and Latvia outgunned each other doing hip hop shows, Greece made the dance floor shake – just like FYR Macedonia, Cyprus and all the others.

But dancing makes you hungry – and not just a bit!!!!!!! But no worries – that had been taken care of as well. Two hot dog stands in the court yard were just barely able to cope with the rush. Because here, the parents and companions of the kids made themselves be noticed, too – before, they’d just been watching the stage from a safe distance. But now - hot dogs for everyone!

After a little refreshment, the hosts gave a sample of what they’re worth. Anne made an Arabian Dream come true, the Honeypies brought an entire circus in with them and Norway – well, Norway amazed the crowds with their street dance, and was then surprised in turn. Because – Norway’s now gold-plated!
>> More about this under “Participants”!!!

And whoever thought they could tire out J-ESC kids was sadly mistaken. Because the next thing on the programme was the J-ESC Intro Song. And everyone had to dance along: “…arms to the right – left – front – back – up – down – and again! – now the wave – and go! ...are you still with us?” - “Yeeeeeaaaaaaahhhh …! … …”

This is where the junioreurovision.tv team gave up. Good night!

Interview with hosts

junioreurovision.tv: Camilla and Remee, first question – have you met all of the participants yet, and what’s your impression?
Camilla: Yes, almost all of them. We welcomed them yesterday when they arrived, and have been working with them since then. And it’s fantastic! Especially the fact that almost all of them speak English.
Remee: Exactly – Bubu’s dancers even speak four languages. Just imagine! At their age – I’m really impressed.

junioreurovision.tv: Camilla, how musical are you? What song do you know by heart?
Camilla: Umm, oh…ok – actually, I’m not really very musical. And a song ??? By heart…???
(Remee jumps in to help: "You know Anne’s song.")
Oh… yes, Anne’s song, and all of the other songs of the precontest I hosted, of course.

junioreurovision.tv: Remee, as a musician – what makes a song a hit?
Remee: Easy – three things:„Good bridge, good verse, good chorus“. That’s simple, isn’t it?

junioreurovision.tv: Camilla, will you tell us what you’re going to wear on Saturday?
Camilla: Oh, alright, I’ll be nice and tell you. I’m going to wear dresses – a green one with pink in it to begin with…the next one: let me surprise you!

junioreurovision.tv: Camilla and Remee, how did this come about, the two of you hosting the J-ESC?
Remee: Well, as you know, Camilla already hosted the Nordic J-ESC and the Danish precontest. Who’d be surprised, then, to see her here. For me it’s the first job as a host -
Camilla: Right, but Remee and I have known each other for 10 years now – and we know we work together well. About Remee as a host?! He’s doing a great job – believe me, it’s not that easy for someone who’s really a musician. Remee’s great. (remark junioreurovision.tv: Camilla’s beginning to gush a bit…) We’re a perfect team and complement each other really well. When one’s got a weak moment, the other one’s right there.

junioreurovision.tv: Remee, you have worked with umph-teen artists? Who did you get along with best?
Remee: Oh, that’s really hard to say. I like all kinds of different people and styles; they were all so talented. So my work’s always been fun. Of course, things get somewhat more complex - and more stressful, too – when an artist becomes more well-known, and there are groupies screaming in front of the doors.
If I had to decide on one, it would be Shaznat Lewis, from All Saints. She’s really amazing!

junioreurovision.tv: Camilla, if you had to write a song, what would it be about?
Camilla: I’m much too untalented for that. I would never do that. No, really. I’ll leave that to these kids here!

junioreurovision.tv: Remee, a personal question at the end – you’ve had to correct the number of your brothers in your questionnaire….how shall we take that? Lost count?
Remee (laughs): I knew you were going to ask that. But when I was filling in that questionnaire, one of my brothers sort of slipped my mind. But then, I’ve only met him 2 months ago – and he’s my oldest brother! But there’s such a hotchpotch of “real” and adopted relatives, plus in-laws, that losing count is something that can happen. Sorry !

junioreurovision.tv: Camilla and Remee – thanks for this interview, and all the best for Saturday!

Interview with Amalie Bo
stage designer

junioreurovision.tv: Amalie, thank you for taking a moment to tell us about this fabulous stage! So what’s the idea behind it?
Amalie: What I wanted to do was to create something like a fantasy world, maybe vaguely like a Scandinavian landscape…most of all, I wanted it to be light and friendly.

junioreurovision.tv: And did the stage turn out the way you wanted it?
Amalie: It did, actually – it’s perfect!

junioreurovision.tv: Is this your first big project?
Amalie: It’s my biggest one, and the first one for a live event. But I’ve been working for TV productions for 5 years now.

junioreurovision.tv: If you had the chance to design the stage for another big event, which one would you choose?
Amalie: Definitely a music event! Maybe the MTV Music Awards…

junioreurovision.tv: Tell us, Amalie, what is special about designing the stage for a kids’ event?
Amalie: What I’m really enjoying the most important thing here is the lightness, the fun, the humour… It’s a playground for the imagination!

junioreurovision.tv: Thanks, Amalie, and congratulations, you’ve done a wonderful job designing this stage - you’re a winner already!

 

Greece rehearsal
The air is buzzing as participants from 16 European countries are rehearsing for the big act on Saturday.
The stage at the Forum in the centre of Copenhagen has been turned into a fantasy island, with big waves dancing around it, and the “sky” lit up with dozens of giant balloons, floating above the event like colourful bubbles.
A fireworks of a lightshow is forming the background, changing colours with every new band that comes onto the stage. The mood in the event hall is as bright as the colours – no traces of tension or nervousness.

Under the friendly, but energetic guidance of trainer and choreographer Jacob, singers and dancers are once again proving their talent in the limelight. All the performers are concentrated, but relaxed; they’re giving their best, but never forgetting to smile.

Some of the groups are dressed in matching t-shirts, like the Latvian band around Dzintars, practicing their breathtaking break dancing routine; others, like the Belarusian band supporting Volha, are practicing their smooth moves in comfortable exercising clothes.

The real stage outfits will have to wait until the dress rehearsals on Friday.
Some teams are already trying theirs on backstage, like the team from Cyprus, smiling for the photograph like a group of pink pixies. To see this – and much more! - for yourself, click on the Photo Gallery in the Media Lounge!

Fyr Macedonia: Six girls managed to thoroughly wake up the Forum this morning. At 9 o’clock, Marija, Viktorija and their backing singers and dancers pulled off a show that was far from sleepy! These girls’ amazing voices really could make the birds’ morning songs sound pale in comparison…
Poland: Explosive as ever - the band around Kasia from Konin, Poland also showed up fresh as Daisies despite partying like mad last night in front of the stage at Frederiksberg City Hall.
And if Kasia’s singing and smooth dance moves hadn’t already convinced everyone watching, her bright smile would definitely have done the trick!

Norway: You could tell these two were a tried and tested team. Their catchy duet had everyone who was listening tapping their feet and smiling along. If 2U’s performance on Saturday goes just as smoothly as this rehearsal did – well, watch out, competition!

Spain: The place fell quiet as Sergio from Spain took over the stage with his heartrending ballad. Especially after a morning of rocking the stage, this beautiful slow but powerful song touched everyone’s hearts and souls deeply…

Romania: Back to the fast lane – here comes Bubu! This unusual talent rules the stage from behind his drum set, producing a beat that goes straight into your blood while his three energetic backing dancers take care of the show part of the show.
But even an old hand like Bubu can still profit from the friendly guidance of someone like choreographer Jacob, who is going about the whole thing calmly and effectively, even despite the obvious language barriers – which goes to show that the language of music is international!

Belgium:…and Belgium unleashed X!NK…and once more, the stage turns into an energy field like few you’ve seen before! Their rough guitar sound feels like a fresh wind blowing through the event hall – once you’ve seen these boys on stage, it’ll be hard to forget them again! Rock on, Belgium!!!

United Kingdom: And here goes another ballad – Tom’s “Song for the World” is as sweet as this boy himself. Alone on the stage, which is now lit in soft shades, he seems completely absorbed in his music. Keep singing for the world, Tom, it will definitely be happy to hear from you more often...

Denmark: Once again, Anne and her crew bring all the magic of Aladdin with them onto the stage. Their Arabian belly dancer moves look as if these girls had grown up practising them, the dancers are perfectly synchronised; the rehearsal goes smoothly, and even Jacob doesn’t have much to suggest as far as improvement goes. And the magic goes on...

Sweden: “Stoppa mig” is their title, and Rebecca and Julia really do seem unstoppable! The two friends from Sweden and their support group show up for this rehearsal in a brilliant mood, take over the stage, and turn it into a whirl of quick, precise moves, bright smiles and beautifully clear singing. Seeing them, who would even think of trying to stop them??

Malta: And another strong clear voice fills the spacious event hall here at the Forum. Backed up by the dynamic street dancing performance of her group, Sarah sings her song of friendship to everyone’s satisfaction. Even the camera crew seem more than happy to film such a professional young star, and under the fantasy skies of the Forum’s stage, it’s easy to believe Sarah has found her vocation...

The Netherlands: Last but definitely not least for today – Roel’s song comes as the grand finale of today’s rehearsal. Once again, he convinces his listeners with that touching song about his paralysed friend, titled “My Eyes Will Tell”. So remember to keep an eye out for this newcoming artist – this will definitely not be the last we see of him!

Third day rehearsing – only two to go till Saturday…
Greece: Good morning, songbird! Nicolas, the first one on stage today, walks up there relaxed and smiling. Supported by his four dancers, looking great in chequered skirts and green tops, he goes through the rehearsal like an old hand at show biz as the stage lights up in blue with twirling stars in the background. A great show!

Croatia: And another powerful performance from Dino, self-confident in a flash red leather jacket, handling the microphone as if he’d been born with it. He manages the transition from the slow piano part to the faster dance rhythm perfectly, and the applause he gets for it at the end of his song is unusually loud for “just” a rehearsal…

Cyprus: After two dancy tunes this morning, here comes the sweet, almost ethereal performance of the Cyprian girls. Theodora’s voice floats through the Forum like a golden mist, enchanting the audience at the rehearsal along with the place…pixies for Europe!

Belarus: A whirlwind of colourful street wear, the Belarusian group spread party mood whenever they get onto the stage. Once again, Volha and her band mean what they’re singing: “dance!”, they go – and it’s difficult to keep your feet still while listening to Volha’s voice, so clear and self-confident. Can’t wait to watch the crowds at the show on Saturday following her invitation!

Latvia: Another highly dynamic team conquers the stage! With their brightly coloured jump suits and sneakers, Dzintars & Co. are perfectly equipped for the demanding dance routine they’re performing. Red braids are flying to the beat as Dzintars strong voice sings about summer time in the middle of cold Copenhagen – but listening to him, it’s easy to see yourself running along sunny beaches. Dzintars, more of this, please!

Fyr Macedonia: Though Marija and Viktorija had a bit of a rough start today, a moment of warming up got them right back into synch. Partly thanks to Jacob, the tireless stage coach, the girls soon mastered their difficulties – and never lost their smiles in the process!

Poland: A very relaxed Kasia lead her group up onto the stage after the lunch break today. The girls looked absolutely smashing in their bright red outfits, especially as they were dancing in front of a background all lit up in greens and yellows. But that, of course, wasn’t all there was to see! Their performance went so well that there really wasn’t much to be improved on, and director Arne was completely content with what he saw. Way to go, Poland!

Norway: So this is what the winners of a gold CD look like! Charlot and Joakim were still beaming when they walked onto the Forum stage this afternoon after receiving their award at the Scandinavian Party last night. Their triumph doesn’t seem to have gone to their heads, though – they practised their song with the usual concentration, and the two groups of “guys” and “girls” wove the two parts of “Sinnsykt gal forelsket” together beautifully. Good luck for the show, Norway!

Spain: Serenely, Sergio reaches for the microphone, and there they are again…the goose bumps covering everyone’s arms at the sound of this beautiful song. Sergio’s gestures are completely natural, as well as his smile and the sincere way he looks into the camera. And when, at the end of his rehearsal, he blows a kiss to the audience, the impression of an experienced performer is made perfect!

Romania: Time warp! The three girls supporting Bubu appear in the cutest fifties’ outfits, complete with petticoats, headscarves Audrey-Hephurn-style and large wide-rimmed shades.
But nothing can distract the attention from Bubu’s precise drumming and the stirring singing to go with it – this promising young drummer is definitely not someone to beat around the bush!

Belgium: The stage is shaking – must be X!NK rocking the house again! The four boys are pulling off their straight forward rock song without batting an eyelid… real ear candy for all those who like it a bit rougher! Needless to say that their music and voices come across loud and clear – after all, X!NK have been stars for a while now!

United Kingdom: And here he is again, the calm, self-confident boy from Whitehaven, who always seems to take over the stage effortlessly with his “Song for the World”. Unpretentious, natural, and blessed with an excellent singing voice, he floats through a flawless rehearsal. Nothing left to say but “well done, Tom”, really – and good luck as Saturday is drawing closer!

Denmark: After the last break for today, the stage turned into the scene of a fairy tale – real fire, burning in large silver bowls, was framing Anne and her dancers as they went on to perfect their Arabian dance. The flaming background – the impression supported by the red and yellow spotlights – was a wonderful setting for this magic song, taking the audience away to the 1001 Arabian nights of Sheherazade…

Sweden: Keeping up the magic feeling – after Denmark’s Arabian dreams, here come Sweden’s
unstoppable circus princesses! Against the backdrop of their group juggling, doing the wildest hand stands, walking imaginary tight ropes and taking the audience’s breath away with their devil sticks tricks, Rebecca and Julia perform their song dressed in shining silver. What a great way to take over this fantasy island of a stage!

Malta: All bright smiles, energetic Sarah does her show dressed in cool street wear, surrounded by her equally dynamic dancers, ponytails bouncing. The strobe light provides the right party feeling as Malta’s stars shine down from a colourful stage onto the Forum, ready to go for it at the J-ESC on Saturday!

Netherlands: And here he is, closing the show for today: Roel, the charismatic boy from the Netherlands with his sensitive-but-never-soppy song about someone whose eyes have to do all the talking.(If you haven’t done so yet, read all about this song on Roel’s junioreurovision.tv web site under “Participants”!)
His band of tried and tested musicians doesn’t come anywhere close to hitting a wrong note – these boys are a sworn team. Keep it up, Netherlands!

* All "After Eurovision" data is correct on July 2012
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