Over the last few weeks viewers on the tv channel, S4C, have been searching for potential stars to represent Wales for the first time at the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The contestants have been narrowed down gradually and last week we saw 12 young singers take to a stage in the Quadrant Shopping Centre in Swansea. This was to give the kids a taste of performing to the public.
Six singers were selected for the grand final of the 2018 Chwilio am Seren national selection to be broadcast on Tuesday 9 October in Llandudno in Wales.
Let us take a look at the finalists and their performances (all in the Welsh language and including a version of the winning ESC song of 2014 by Conchita Wurst – Rise Like A Phoenix) in Swansea –
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.
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.