Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003
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|Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003
|Final date||15 November 2003|
|Venue||Forum Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Host broadcaster||Danmarks Radio (DR)|
|Interval act||Sugababes performing Hole in the Head,
Busted performing Crashed the Wedding
|Number of entries||16|
|Debuting countries|| Belarus
|Winning song|| Croatia
"Ti si moja prva ljubav"
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest|
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003 was the first Eurovision Song Contest for young singers aged eight to fifteen. It was held on 15 November 2003, in Copenhagen, Denmark. With Camilla Ottesen and Remee as the presenters, the contest was won by the then eleven-year-old Dino Jelušić, who represented Croatia with his song "Ti si moja prva ljubav" (You are my first love) while second and third place went to Spain and the United Kingdom respectively. The next time that a country would win on its first attempt was Italy in 2014.
It was the first Eurovision to be broadcast in the 16:9 widescreen format. It was also the first Eurovision Song Contest where a DVD of the contest would be released. It was decided that the country that won the contest would not necessarily host the next contest, in order to reduce the pressure on the contestants.
16 countries competed in the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In an original press release for the contest, then entitled the "Eurovision Song Contest for Children", a draw was held to select 15 countries to take part in the inaugural contest, with Slovakian broadcaster Slovenská televízia (STV) and German broadcaster ARD being drawn to compete along with 13 other countries. These countries would eventually be replaced by entries from Poland, Cyprus and Belarus, in their first ever Eurovision event. The Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio (YLE) also expressed a debut in the first contest, but went on to just broadcast it instead.
The draw for the running order of the contest was held on 6 October, with Greece drawn to open the contest and the Netherlands drawn to close.
|01||Greece||Greek||Nicolas Ganopoulos||"Fili gia panta" (Φίλοι για πάντα)||Friends forever||8||53|
|02||Croatia||Croatian||Dino Jelušić||"Ti si moja prva ljubav"||You are my first love||1||134|
|03||Cyprus||Greek||Theodora Rafti||"Mia efhi" (Μια ευχή)||One wish||14||16|
|04||Belarus||Belarusian||Volha Satsiuk||"Tantsuy" (Танцуй)||Dance||4||103|
|05||Latvia||Latvian||Dzintars Čīča||"Tu esi vasarā"||You're in summer||9||37|
|06||Macedonia||Macedonian||Marija & Viktorija||"Ti ne me poznavaš" (Ти не ме познаваш)||You don't recognise me||12||19|
|07||Poland||Polish||Kasia Żurawik||"Coś mnie nosi"||Something wears me||16||3|
|08||Norway||Norwegian||2U||"Sinnsykt gal forelsket"||Insane crazy in love||13||18|
|09||Spain||Spanish||Sergio||"Desde el cielo"||From heaven||2||125|
|10||Romania||Romanian||Bubu||"Tobele sunt viaţa mea"||Drums are my life||10||35|
|11||Belgium||Dutch||X!NK||"De vriendschapsband"||The bond of friendship||6||83|
|12||United Kingdom||English||Tom Morley||"My Song for the World"||–||3||118|
|13||Denmark||Danish||Anne Gadegaard||"Arabiens drøm"||Arabia's dream||5||93|
|14||Sweden||Swedish||The Honeypies||"Stoppa mig"||Stop me||15||12|
|15||Malta||English||Sarah Harrison||"Like a Star"||–||7||56|
|16||Netherlands||Dutch||Roel||"Mijn ogen zeggen alles"||My eyes say everything||11||23|
The half time entertainment was provided by two acts from the UK. Busted performed "Crashed the Wedding" but Charlie Simpson was absent due to illness. However, the following day he was present for a radio interview in the UK where it was implied by both himself, and the other band members, that this was in fact a lie. The real reason for his absence was that he hated Eurovision. The Sugababes performed "Hole in the Head". The opening number was Fu:el and Dance Faction.
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another:
|3||Croatia||Macedonia, Norway, Romania|
|United Kingdom||Belarus, Denmark, Malta|
|Spain||Latvia, United Kingdom|
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- Greece – Masa Fasoula and Nikos Frantseskakis (ERT)
- Norway - Stian Barsnes Simonsen (NRK1)
- Spain - Fernando Argenta (TVE1)
- Belgium - Ilse Van Hoecke and Bart Peeters (VRT TV1), Corinne Boulangier (RTBF La Deux)
- United Kingdom - Mark Durden-Smith & Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (ITV)
- Denmark - Nicolai Molbech (DR1)
- Sweden - Victoria Dyring (SVT1)
- Netherlands - Angela Groothuizen (Nederland 1)
- Poland - Jarosław Kulczycki (TVP2)
- Finland – Henna Vänninen and Olavi Uusivirta (YLE TV2)
- Macedonia - Milanka Rašik (MTV 1)
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