Day 16: Best costume
Alina Eremia (Romania 2005)
Arevik (Armenia 2007)
Ralf (Netherlands 2009)
Mariam Kakhelishvili (Georgia 2010)
But the best costume belongs to:
Luara Hayrapetyan (Armenia 2009)
It’s not often that backup dancers get as good, if not better costumes than the main performer. It’s also not often that I think soccer outfits are fashionable. But these ones are pretty darn close. Where can I get one?
Day 17: Worst costume
Made in Greece (Greece 2007)
Daniil Kozlov (Belarus 2010)
Hmm, to pick the poofy wedding dresses that were ripped off to reveal possibly even more hideous outfits OR the velvet jacket/turtleneck/medallion combo that succeeded in making a child look like a 1970s porn producer? I just can’t choose…
Day 18: Best stage act
Matrosy by Victoria Petryk (Ukraine 2008)
Barcelona by Luara Hayrapetyan (Armenia 2009)
Try Topoli, Try Surmy by Andranik Alexanyan (Ukraine 2009)
But the best is:
Urok Hlamuru by Ilona Galytska (Ukraine 2007)
Because I love costume reveals. And hairdo reveals. And chair choreography. Oh, and anything that reminds me of Daz Sampson’s performance in Athens.
Day 19: Best last-placed song
Ai Puterea în Mâna Ta by Ioana Anuţa (Romania 2009)
I suppose this is not the most exciting thing to ever have graced the JESC stage, and I also suppose the creepy cardboard cutouts would have frightened many small children (and one then-18-year-old), but I’m still a fan of this song.
Day 20: Your guilty pleasure song
Povestea Mea by New Star Music (Romania 2006)
This entry is one of my first and fondest memories of the Junior contest, even though I feel like I shouldn’t want to boogie on down (or, using more age-appropriate terminology, hit replay on my iPod) to a song that’s chorus consists mainly of adequately costumed children shouting out ‘Peter Pan!’ and ‘Harry Potter!’ and ‘Spider Man!’ and ‘Spongebob Squarepants!’. Okay…I may have made that last one up.
Day 21: Best voice
Dino Jelusić (Croatia 2003)
Molly Sandèn (Sweden 2006)
Nevena Božović (Serbia 2007)
Ioana Anuta (Romania 2009)
Sonja Skorić (Serbia 2010)
But the best is:
Nicole Azzopardi (Malta 2010)
Watching Nicole in Minsk last year was almost like watching Celine Dion in Dublin in 1988 (well, it would have been had I been alive in 1988). The outfits were (slightly) less offensive, and the hair a lot less voluminous, but the voice was just as spectacular. Maybe in ten years Nic will be hugely famous and enlisted to sing the theme song for a James Cameron disaster movie.