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.
Ela Mangion won the Malta Junior Eurovision national selection last Saturday and will represent her country at the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her song Marchin’ On. The song is composed by Emil Calleja Bayliss and Cyprian Cassar,
Ela is 12 years old and has represented Malta several competitions such as the 2016 New Wave Junior in Russia, where she took the runner up prize. She also won the Euro Pop Contest in Germany in 2017. Ela also had success in Muzikos talentų lyga 2017 in Lithuania.
Let us look at some Ela performances starting with her Junior Eurovision song, Marchin’ On –
If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
Ela performs Think by Aretha Franklin in Lithuania.
we see her perform Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing (by Incognito / Tori Kelly) at a showcase event.
The first semi-final of the 2018 Depi Mankakan Evratesil (Junior Eurovision national selection) took place in Armenia with five acts making it through to the grand final.
Dalita Avanessian and Mika Varosyan were the presenters of the show. They sang a duet at the beginning. Dalita represented Armenia at the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the Welcome To Armenia. She is a top recording artist and tv personality and recently released a duet of Heroes (the 2015 Eurovision winning song of Sweden) with Sergey Sysuev from Ukraine in a joint combination of Armenian, Ukrainian and English languages.
11 acts competed in the first semi-final and they were –
1. Anna – 1 2 3 4
2. Arpi – Par
3. Nare Elizbaryan – Du karogh es
4. GorX – Why Don’t?
5. Vardan Margaryan – Chanaparh
6. 1+1 – Misht miasin
7. Eliza – Im Yerazank
8. ANI – Angels
9. Maria Petrosyan – Happy Birthday
10. L.E.V.O.N – L.E.V.O.N
11. Lia – Kamats-Kamats
Voting was a combination of jury and televoting.
The five acts to qualify for the final are –
The second semi-final will take place on Sunday 16 September.
Last week we were advised there would be a record 19 countries taking part in the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Well make that now 20 !! Ukraine have decided after all to take part in the contest.
This is great news for the contest and Ukraine are also a previous winner back in 2012 with Anastasiya Petryk and Nebo. Can they do it again?!!
Tamar Edilashvili has been chosen to represent Georgia at the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Belarus after winning the special selection show Ranina
Tamar won through a tough competition where the acts performed with an orchestra and established Georgian singers each week.
Tamar is 12 years old and made it through to the finals of the 2017 X Factor Georgia.
In the grand final of Ranina, Tamar performed the Georgian winning song of the 2016 Junior Eurovision, Mzeo, by Mariam Mamadashvili.
The song for Tamar for the 2018 Junior Eurovision will be chosen later in the year.
You can see the moment Tamar was announced as winner of Ranina show below and also see her perform on X Factor Georgia in 2017. She has a very strong voice and will be a great competitor for Georgia at the Junior Eurovision.