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Czech Republic are back for Eurovision 2015

After an absence of five years Czech Republic will return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. Jan Ola Sand, Executive Producer of the contest said “We are very excited to have Czech Republic return to the Eurovision Song Contest after 5 years of absence, making the Eurovision Family even more complete for the 60th anniversary edition.”

There will not be a national final to select the song for Vienna. The local broadcaster,  ČT, will select internally the entry to carry the flag.

The last Czech entry for Eurovision was Aven Romale by ČT have taken part on three occasions in total so far. The first entry was in 2007 with the rock band Kabát and their entry Malá dáma. In 2008 Tereza Kerndlová sang Have Some Fun, where she was accompanied on stage by the Twiins (who later represented Slovakia at the Eurovision Song Contest with I’m Still Alive in 2011). You can see the video for Have Some Fun here


Czech Republic flag
Czech Republic flag

Italy win 2014 Junior Eurovision

Italy have won the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The only boy in the contest, Vincenzo Cantiello, won with the powerful ballad Tu primo grande amore. The runner up position went to Bulgaria with Planet Of The Children by Krisia, Hasan & Ibraham and the third position prize was taken by Armenia with People Of The Sun by Betty.

16 countries participated for the big prize at the contest held in Malta –

  1. Belarus – Nadezhda Misyakova Sokol – An ethnic upbeat song performed very well by Nadezhda and her dancers.
  2. Bulgaria – Krisia, Hasan and IbrahimPlanet Of The Children – A massive performance from the trip with great vocals by Krisia.
  3. San Marino – The PeppermintsBreaking My Heart – An upbeat an lively pop song from the five member girl band.
  4. Croatia – Josie – Game Over – Upbeat dance song for Josie.
  5. Cyprus – Sophia Patsalides I pio omorfi mera – This is a very strong commercial dance song and Sophia has a very strong voice.
  6. Georgia – Lizi Japaridze (Lizi Pop) –  Happy Day – Lizi was really enjoying her performance on the big stage. Great show.
  7. Sweden – Julia Kedhammar – Du är inte ensam – Another great pop dance song by Julia. Very strong production.
  8. Ukraine – Sympho-NickPryyde vesna – The female trio gave a strong performance to this mid tempo pop song.
  9. Slovenia – Ula Ložar Nisi sam – Ula was alone on stage and performed this ballad very well.
  10. Montenegro – Maša Vujadinovic & Lejla VulićBudi dijete na jedan dan – A fun and catchy song for the female duo.
  11. Italy – Vincenzo Cantiello Tu primo grande amore – A big performance from Vincenzo with this strong ballad.
  12. Armenia – Betty People Of The Sun – A great stage performance by Betty and her dancers. Very catchy song.
  13. Russia – Alisa KozhikinaDreamer – A wonderful and emotional ballad very well performed by Alisa.
  14. Serbia – Emilija DjoninSvet u mojim očima- This was a very mature performance to a gentle ballad.
  15. Malta – Federica FalzonDiamonds – Federica had the performance and voice of the night. Absolutely amazing show.
  16. The Netherlands – Julia – Around – A great upbeat dance song to close the show. Solid and fun performance.

All 16 acts then performed the official theme song of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Together. Then last year’s winning act for Malta, Gaia Cauchi performed in the interval.

Congratulations to Malta for holding a wonderful show and to Vladislav Yakovlev and his team for an excellent production. Finally well done to Vincenzo and Italy for winning the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. You can see Vincenzo perform his winning song here


Vincenzo Cantiello {copyright: EBU/Elena Volotova/Maria Mifsud}
Vincenzo Cantiello {copyright: EBU/Elena Volotova/Maria Mifsud}

Nicole Azzopardi – what she has been up to since Minsk 2010

Nicole Azzopardi represented Malta at the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Knock Knock! …. Boom! Boom! With the focus now on the 2014 Junior Eurovision in Malta let us take a look at Nicole and what she has been up to since her big moment in Minsk four years ago.

Nicole has been busy with singing, acting and some modelling as well as of course keeping up with her important studies. She has recorded several songs including My Heart Beats For Love and Simply Hi and has participated with success in music festivals in Estonia, Armenia and Italy.

Acting has also played a big part in Nicole’s career including a major role in the popular teen drama, Dreams. Now she is taking part in a new popular Maltese soap drama, Hbieb u Ghedewwa (Friends and Enemies). Nicole has been doing some modelling work too including a recent shoot for a wedding fair where she had to pose as a bride.

Nicole has this week been performing as part of the Junior Eurovision celebrations taking place in her country. She performed two Eurovision songs to the performers and journalists and fans at the Euroclub. She gave her own unique version of Glorious (Cascada ESC Germany 2013) and Only Teardrops (Emmelie de Forrest ESC Winner Denmark 2013).

You can see Nicole’s performance of Glorious here and Only Teardrops whahere courtesy of

Nicole is very ambitious and hopes to one day soon represent Malta at the adult Eurovision Song Contest.


Nicole Azzopardi {copyright: Nicole Azzopardi/Facebook}
Nicole Azzopardi {copyright: Nicole Azzopardi/Facebook}

Kejsi Tola returns with Iceberg

Kejsi Tola represented Albania at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with the popular Carry Me In Your Dreams. Now Kejsi returns with her brand new song, Iceberg. She is participating with this song in the 2014 edition of the Kenga Magjike competition in Albania.

Since representing her country at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, Kejsi has been busy releasing several songs and having success in the popular music competitions in Albania such as Kenga Magjike and Top Fest as well as also appearing again in the pre-selection Festivali i Këngës for the 2010 and 2013 editions of Eurovision.

Kejsi is back now in 2014 with Iceberg. A dramatic  and powerful song that shows off her crystal clear vocals. Iceberg is composed by Darko Dimitrov (music) and lyrics by Olti Curri. The publisher is OnAir Music. Darko Dimitrovic is a famous songwriter and producer from FYR Macedonia. He composed the 2006 Eurovision entry for Elena Risteska, Ninanajna, and also worked with some of the biggest stars and festivals in the Balkan countries.

You can see Kejsi perform Iceberg here

Source: TV Klan;

Kejsi Tola {copyright: TV Klan}
Kejsi Tola {copyright: TV Klan}

Eldar sends his support for Sympho-Nick

Eldar Gasimov was part of the winning act (Ell & Nikki with Running Scared) at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest for Azerbaijan. Eldar has sent a message giving his support the Ukrainian girls Sympho-Nick for the forthcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta on 15 November. Azerbaijan will not be taking part in the contest this year. You can see Eldar’s message here

Sympho-Nick will perform Pryyde vesna (Spring will come) after winning the right to represent Ukraine at Junior Eurovision. The group are Sofiya Kutsenko, Marta Rak and Amalia Krymskaya.

Sympho-Nick {copyright: NTU}
Sympho-Nick {copyright: NTU}

Source: NTU


Betty releases the official video for People Of The Sun

Betty won the right to represent her country, Armenia, at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta on 15 November. Now she has released the official video for her catchy song, People Of The Sun.

Betty is 11 years old and her full name is Elizabeth Hakobi Danielyan. She is already a popular young tv presenter on Armenian tv and also finished in the runner up position in the Armenian Junior Eurovision selection in 2013 with the group, Happy Day.

People Of The Sun is composed by Mane Hakobyan with words by Avet Barseghyan and arranged by Martin Mirzoyan. You can see the video here


Betty {copyright:}
Betty {copyright:}



Knez will represent Montenegro in Vienna Montenegro

The local broadcaster, RTCG, announced yesterday at a special press conference that Knez will represent Montenegro at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Knez, whose full name is Nenad Knežević, was selected internally by RTCG and the details of how his song will be selected for Eurovision will be revealed at a later date. He said at the press conference “I’ll do my best and invest all my experience and knowledge. At the same time I’m hoping to have a perfect song which will represent Montenegro in the best possible way. Ballads were doing well in the last few years, but I wouldn’t exclude having an up-tempo song with some catchy melody.”

Knez first came to the spotlight in 1992 at the Belgrade Pop Festival and his song Da l’ si ikada mene voljela. He also released his first album, Kao magija in the same year. Knez has since gone to to record several hit albums in his home country and has even released a best of compilation album.

Knez {copyright:}
Knez {copyright:}

You can see Knez’s official video of one of his hits, Donna, here


Jessica Mauboy duets with X Factor Australia winner, Marlisa

Jessica Mauboy was the headline act of the Australian themed interval at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark at the second semi-final. There she performed the anthemic, Sea Of Flags. She also performed the song at the closing ceremony at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jessica has recently performed a duet on the X Factor Australia stage with the winning act, Marlisa Punzalan. They sang the song Never Be The Same. You can see the performance here

Marlisa is the youngest contestant to win the X Factor in Australia at just 15 years old. She was born in Sydney in 1999 and her parents are from the Philippines. Her mentor on the X Factor was Ronan Keating, who was a presenter at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland. He is also a member of the popular group, Boyzone.

Source: Mica Reyes; Fremantlemedia Australia;

Jessica Mauboy & Marlisa {copyright: X Factor Australia/Fremantlemedia Australia/Seven Network}
Jessica Mauboy & Marlisa {copyright: X Factor Australia/Fremantlemedia Australia/Seven Network}

Nikki Jamal releases new single – Yalan

Nikki Jamal was part of the duo with Eldar Gasimov (Ell & Nikki) that won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest for Azerbaijan with Running Scared. Nikki and Eldar have since gone to release several solo singles and videos.

Now Nikki has released her latest song, Yalan (False), accompanied by an official video

Yalan is composed by  Isa Melikov and Paulina Volodkovskaya-Melikova. The song and video are released through Baku Music Factory records. You can see the video for Yalan here

Source: Baku Music Factory;


Gaia Cauchi showcases the official JESC 2014 theme song – Together

Gaia Cauchi was the popular winner of the 2013 Junior Eurovision with The Start. Gaia has showcased the official theme song of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Malta on 15 November. The song is called Together. She performed the song today her own St. Francis School in Sliema, Malta.

Students and journalists were at the school to see Gaia sing Together. The song is composed by Elton ZarbGordon Bonello and Matt Muxu. The song is an upbeat number and the sixteen participants will each sing part of the song on the night of the contest.

Gaia Cauchi {copyright: PBS/}
Gaia Cauchi {copyright: PBS/}

You can see Gaia perform Together with her dancers here

Source:; PBS