ESC Covers had plans to report direct from Minsk, Belarus on the 2918 Eurovision song contest where 20 countries will be taking part.
Roy van der Merwe will unfortunately not be in Minsk due to the fact that an invite from the organizers was not issued in time for him to apply for a visa to enter the country despite the fact that he asked for it as far back as July.
We still hope Ian Fowell will be able to attend and report as, he being a citizen of the UK, can enter visa free.
ESC Covers had several plans for promotion, among them a BARBIE DOLL competition in celebration of the Albanian entry and we had someone designed a dress typical of South Africa. Now that Roy is not going to Minsk, this promotion is not happening and he handed the Barbie doll today to some girl in a near by orphan home.
Efi Gjika won the 2018 Junior Fest Albania and will represent her country at the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Belarus in November with the song, Barby.
16 acts took part in the show including last year’s representative, Ana Kodra. There was also the song Panorama by Era Rakipllai was composed by Mishela Rapo, who represented Albania at the 2015 Junior Eurovision.
Hera Hysi – Melodi pranverore
Emmi Rushiti – Mbremje feste
Kristiana Veshaj – Sot
Efi Gjika – Barby
Jasmina Hoko – Happy
Sindi Goga – Me tinguj fantazi
Iris Sula & Samanta Qoshku – Çdo gjë do dashuri
Era Rakipllai – Panorama
Merlin Xhai – Bote e re
Laura Boriçi – Eshtë koha
Iris Dollani – Ylberi im
Sajana Kodheli – Ylim
Ana Kodra – Prindër ju lutem
Melodian Mancala – Enderroj
Speranca Bregasi – Ditari
Uendi Goga – Olellin dhe yjet i dua
Voting was courtesy of an expert jury.
The show will be broadcast on Albanian tv on 27 September. In the meantime check out the video below.
Poland picked a 13 year old female ROKSANA WEGIEL to represent them at the 2018 Junior Eurovision in Minsk, Belarus. The song will be selected later, but we published a song of her so people can get an idea how she sounds.
ESC Covers got the following report from the head of delegation of Albania.
For the third time, Junior Fest Albania will be used to select the Albanian representative for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. It will be Albania’s 5th participation in Junior ESC, since our debut in 2012 with Igzidora Gjeta. After a two-year absence, in 2015 Albania competed in JESC with Mishela Rapo, Klesta Qehaja (2016) and Ana Kodra (2017).
From more than 40 songs submitted to RTSH for the Junior Fest Albania 2018, 16 have been selected to participate in the final of the contest.
The sixteen finalists who will be competing to represent Albania at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus, are:
Ana Kodra comes back in Junior Fest Albania. Last year in Tbilisi, she held the Albanian flag on the Junior Eurovision stage with the song “Don’t touch my tree”. Another comeback is that of the singer Mishela Rapo, the representative of Albania in JESC 2015, who this year has written the lyrics of the song “Panorama”. Adrian Hila, the composer of “Dambaje” in JESC 2015, has composed and written the song “Happy”. A number of the songs are written or composed by the young singers themselves. Efi Gjika has written the melody of her competing song.
The sixteen songs tried to tackle social issues affecting children, some of them are songs dedicated to children dreams and fun games. There are so many different singing styles and genres, from dance to pop and beautiful ballads.
The final of Junior Fest Albania which takes place on September 23-rd, will be held at the Amphitheater of the Lake Park in Tirana, Albania.
Belarus recently held the national selection to pick the song to represent them in the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be held on home territory in Minsk. Daniel Yastremsky was chosen to sing for the home team and we will see how he progresses in November.
However, ESC Covers would like to draw your attention to a wonderful song in the national final by Mariya Zhilina entitled Welcome To My Belarus. It seemed perfect for Junior Eurovision with a strong melody and production with also some ethnic tones. Mariya gave a strong and energetic performance on the stage with her dancers.
I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of Mariya in the future. In the meantime check out the live performance of Welcome To My Belarus and also the official video clip.