Give me a ‘J’!
Give me an ‘E’!
Give me an…uhh, I can’t be bothered. Basically, it’s back to the topic of JESC today, which may send some of you running away screaming just in time for Halloween. For those of you who would never do such a thing or are just too comfy to move, here’s the next installment of the Junior recaps – Part V: Rotterdam.
When: 8th December, 2007
Where: Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Motto: ‘Make a big splash!’
Hosts: Kim-Lian van der Meij & Sipke Jan Bousema
Debutants: 4 – Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Lithuania
Withdrawals: 2 – Croatia, Spain
Interval acts: Katie Melua, Ch!pz, and all of the contestants performing One World
First place: Belarus
Last place: Greece
Most douze points: 7 – Armenia
Georgia/ Odelia Ranuni by Mariam Romelashvili
Belgium/ Anders by Trust
Armenia/ Erazanq by Arevik
Cyprus/ I Mousiki Dinei Ftera by Yiorgos Ioannides
Portugal/ Só Quero É Cantar by Jorge Leiria
Russia/ Otlichnitsa by Alexandra Golovchenko
Romania/ Sha-La-La by 4Kids
Bulgaria/ Bonbolandiya by Bon-Bon
Serbia/ Piši Mi by Nevena Božović
Netherlands/ Adem In, Adem Uit by Lisa, Amy & Shelley
Macedonia/ Ding Ding Dong by Rosica & Dimitar
Ukraine/ Urok Hlamuru by Ilona Galytska
Sweden/ Nu Eller Aldrig by Frida Sandén
Malta/ Music by Cute
Greece/ Kapou Mperdeftika by Made In Greece
Lithuania/ Kai Miestas Snaudžia by Lina Joy
Belarus/ S Druz’yami by Alexey Zhigalkovich
- Belarus – 137
- Armenia – 136
- Serbia – 120
- Georgia – 116
- Macedonia – 111
- Russia – 105
- Bulgaria – 86
- Sweden – 83
- Ukraine – 56
- Romania – 54
- Netherlands – 39
- Malta – 37
- Lithuania – 33
- Cyprus – 29
- Belgium – 19
- Portugal – 15
- Greece – 14
My top 5…
Armenia – I would have been a very happy woman if this song had won (or at least not come second by one measly point). It’s a catchy, polished entry, and makes great use of that traditional Armenian instrument that seems to appear in all Armenia’s entries but that I do not know the name of.
Belgium – I tend to recoil at the sound of most of their ESC entries, but I majorly heart Belgium in Junior Eurovision. The love well and truly extends to Trust and their meaningful ballad. It deserved a much better place on the scoreboard, IMO.
Georgia – like Serbia’s did the year before, this song reminds me of Sesame Street for an unknown reason. That could be the reason I like it so much. It’s bouncy, it’s catchy, it’s fun, and it’s ethnic. Oh, and it doesn’t include buzzing, which is a definite plus.
Sweden – say hello to my least favourite song by a Sandén sister. Yes, I said least favourite, but the fact that it still makes my top 5 is proof of the power of the Sandén sisterhood, a.k.a. the Swedish Atomic Kitten.
Belarus – This song is super retro and quite cheesy, but I can’t help head-banging to it. Seeing as it won and all, I guess/hope I’m not alone.
Serbia – Nevena may need a smiling class or two, but she certainly doesn’t need singing lessons.
Ukraine – diva in the making much?
Georgia – I swear there is some magical chemical in the Georgian water that makes everyone between the ages of 10 and 15 a supremely talented vocalist.
Portugal – some things about this entry (the song, the excessive use of hair gel…) were too grown-up for Jorge. But you’re never too young to be able to hold a tune. In fact, the younger you are, the more likely you’re going to end up on TV.
Belgium – lead singer Eva has a talent for the high notes.
Armenia – nautical-themed outfits for the win! Or for second place, as it turned out. Whatever. They’re totally cute, and it’s 64.3% likely that Soluna Samay took inspiration from them for her Eurovision look.
Georgia – once again, the combo of red and white spells success. I remember desperately wanting one of those fur hats, but opting out of sourcing one because a) I live in a place where the weather rarely permits such a thing and b) I’m not sure when it would be appropriate to wear it.
Ukraine – I LOVE costume reveals, unless they involve one hideous costume being ripped off to reveal another (but I’ll get to Greece in a minute). Bonus points for including the hair.
Russia – fancy! That is all.
Serbia – pretty, floaty, and everything you would expect to see with a song like Piši Mi.
My bottom 5…
Greece – I don’t like to be mean to children, but I’m gonna be anyway: pretty much everything about this entry sucks, song well and truly included. If you think you can convince me otherwise, go ahead.
Malta – I know the group is called Cute. But this is just way too cute. As in, I’m-going-to-bring-up-my-lunch cute.
Russia – anybody else find this very aggressive and shouty?
Greece – no explanation necessary.
Greece – like I said before, if you’re going to wear something gross and then rip it off, you could at least make an effort with what’s underneath.
Cyprus – here we go again with the sportswear! Why?
Bulgaria – there’s nothing that wrong here. I just think the Bon-Bon girls could have used the confectionary theme to their advantage, like Georgia (eventually) did last year.
What was ‘wow!’ and what was oh-so-wrong in Rotterdam? Let me know below!
PS – random side note alert…if you’re a fan of JESC and you haven’t already, you’ve got to check out Sounds Like Teen Spirit, a documentary that follows four of the 2007 contestants (Trust from Belgium, Marina from Bulgaria, Yiorgos from Cyprus and Mariam from Georgia) from their national finals all the way to the contest. It’s a seriously good watch, and you can believe me when I say that because I am getting absolutely no money for doing so (damn it). The DVD is available online.