Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004

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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004
JESC 2004 logo.svg
Dates
Final 20 November 2004
Host
Venue Håkons Hall, Lillehammer, Norway
Presenter(s) Stian Barsnes Simonsen
Nadia Hasnaoui
Director Gitte Calmeyer
Executive supervisor Svante Stockselius
Executive producer Ivar Ragne Jensen
Host broadcaster Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)
Interval act Westlife performing "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
Participants
Number of entries 18
Debuting countries  France
  Switzerland
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries None
Vote
Voting system Each country awards 1-8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song  Spain
"Antes muerta que sencilla"

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the second Eurovision Song Contest for young singers aged 8 to 15. It was held on 20 November 2004, in Håkons Hall, Lillehammer, Norway and lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. It was presented by Stian Barsnes Simonsen and Nadia Hasnaoui, broadcast in 20 countries and viewed by 100 million people. 18 countries participated, France and Switzerland participated for the first time. Originally 20 countries had applied to take part but Germany and Israel later pulled out.[1] There were also reports that Ireland had planned to enter the programme.[2] Israel and Ireland would later debut in the contest in 2012 and 2015, respectively.

The contest was won by 9-year-old María Isabel with her song Antes muerta que sencilla (Better Dead Than Plain). Dino Jelusić, who won the 2003 contest, presented the award to María. Since then, María Isabel has entered the charts in not only Spain but France, Italy, Scandinavia, Latin America and released a second album. Greece, who came ninth received more sets of twelve points than the United Kingdom, who came second. France, who came sixth, were voted by all the other countries that took part, which is more than the number of countries that voted for Romania, who came fourth and Croatia, who came third.

Incidentally, the same three countries occupied the top three places as last year, just in a different order. These three countries were Spain, the United Kingdom, and Croatia.

This was the last contest that Poland took part in before their withdrawal in 2005. They would miss the contest for 12 years until 2016 when they announced their return.[3]

Origins and history[edit]

The origins of the contest date back to 2000 when Danmarks Radio held a song contest for Danish children that year and the following year.[4][5] The idea was extended to a Scandinavian song festival in 2002, MGP Nordic, with Denmark, Norway and Sweden as participants.[6][7] The EBU picked up the idea for a song contest featuring children and opened the competition to all EBU member broadcasters making it a pan-European event. The working title of the programme was "Eurovision Song Contest for Children",[8] branded with the name of the EBU's already popular song competition, the Eurovision Song Contest. Denmark was asked to host the first programme after their experience with their own contests and the MGP Nordic.

Location[edit]

For more details on the host city, see Lillehammer.
Locations of the bidding countries. Countries which withdrew from hosting are marked in red. The chosen host country is marked in blue.
Håkons Hall, Lillehammer. Venue of the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Norway was the third country of choice for this contest as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) had originally chosen ITV of the United Kingdom to host it in Manchester. However, ITV pulled out in May 2004 due to finance and scheduling problems.[9] The venue was therefore moved to Croatia, the winning country of 2003,[10] but the Croatian broadcaster HRT reportedly forgot that the prospective venue for the event was already booked for the period the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was to take place.[11] NRK therefore offered to organise the next contest.

Håkons Hall, sometimes anglicized as Håkon Hall and Haakons Hall, is an arena located at Stampesletta in Lillehammer, Norway. With a spectator capacity of 11,500 people, it is the largest handball and ice hockey venue in the country. Håkons Hall is regularly used for handball and ice hockey tournaments, concerts, exhibitions, conferences and banquets. The venue is owned by Lillehammer Municipality via the subsidiary Lillehammer Olympiapark, which owns all the Olympic venues in Lillehammer. The Norwegian Olympic Museum is located in the arena, which is located next to the smaller Kristins Hall. The hall opened on 1 February 1993 having cost 238 million Norwegian krone (NOK).

Voting structure[edit]

All countries used televoting to decide on their top ten. In normal Eurovision fashion, each country's favourite song was given 12 points, their second favourite 10, and their third to tenth favourites were given 8-1 points.

Results[edit]

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01  Greece Secret Band "O palios mou eaftos" (Ο παλιός μου εαυτός) Greek 9 48
02  Malta Young Talent Team "Power of a Song" English 12 14
03  Netherlands Klaartje & Nicky "Hij is een kei" Dutch 11 27
04   Switzerland Demis Mirarchi "Birichino" Italian 16 4
05  Norway @lek "En stjerne skal jeg bli" Norwegian 13 12
06  France Thomas Pontier "Si on voulait bien" French 6 78
07  Macedonia Martina Siljanovska "Zabava" (Забава) Macedonian 7 64
08  Poland KWADro "Łap życie" Polish 17 3
09  Cyprus Marios Tofi "Onira" (Όνειρα) Greek 8 61
10  Belarus Egor Volchek "Spiavajcie so mnoj" (Спявайце со мной) Belarusian 14 9
11  Croatia Nika Turković "Hej mali" Croatian 3 126
12  Latvia Mārtiņš Tālbergs and C-Stones Juniors "Balts vai melns" Latvian 18 3
13  United Kingdom Cory Spedding "The Best Is Yet to Come" English 2 140
14  Denmark Cool Kids "Pigen er min" Danish 5 116
15  Spain María Isabel "Antes muerta que sencilla" Spanish 1 171
16  Sweden Limelights "Varför jag?" Swedish 15 8
17  Belgium Free Spirits "Accroche-toi" French 10 37
18  Romania Noni Răzvan Ene "Îţi mulţumesc" Romanian 4 123

Interval acts[edit]

During the interval, boy band Westlife performed "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" live on stage.

Score sheet[edit]

Results
Total Score Greece Malta Netherlands Switzerlands Norway France Macedonia Poland Cyprus Belarus Croatia Latvia United Kingdom Denmark Spain Sweden Belgium Romania
Contestants Greece 48 12 1 2 1 3 12 3 5 1 2 6
Malta 14 2 3 4 4 1
Netherlands 27 3 3 1 1 3 1 5 2 1 7
Switzerland 4 4
Norway 12 7 5
France 78 6 1 5 6 2 2 4 4 6 4 7 2 6 8 4 8 3
Macedonia 64 6 6 5 5 4 5 3 8 3 3 5 3 3 3 2
Poland 3 2 1
Cyprus 61 12 8 3 1 6 4 5 2 8 1 5 1 5
Belarus 9 1 3 1 4
Croatia 126 4 8 8 10 8 12 7 6 8 8 12 8 6 8 6 7
Latvia 3 2 1
United Kingdom 140 5 10 12 7 6 6 5 10 5 10 7 10 10 10 7 10 10
Denmark 116 7 5 7 3 12 5 8 8 7 5 6 4 10 7 10 4 8
Spain 171 10 7 10 12 8 12 10 12 10 7 12 6 7 12 12 12 12
Sweden 8 4 1 3
Belgium 37 3 4 4 7 4 2 2 2 2 1 4 2
Romania 123 8 2 10 7 10 7 6 8 12 10 12 6 2 12 6 5

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another:

N. Contestant Voting nation
8 Spain Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland
3 Romania Belarus, Latvia, Spain
2 Croatia Macedonia, United Kingdom
Greece Cyprus, Malta
1 Cyprus Greece
Denmark Norway
United Kingdom Netherlands

Commentators[edit]

Official album[edit]

Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Lillehammer 2004
JESC 2004 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Released November 2004
Genre Pop
Length 43:51
Label Universal
Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology
JESC: Copenhagen 2003
(2003)
JESC: Lillehammer 2004
(2004)
JESC: Hasselt 2005
(2005)

Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Lillehammer 2004, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on November 2004. The album features all the songs from the 2004 contest.

No. Title Artist Length
1. "O palios mou eaftos" Secret Band (Greece) 2:42
2. "Power of a Song" Young Talent Team (Malta) 2:36
3. "Hij is een kei" Klaartje & Nicky (Netherlands) 2:45
4. "Birichino" Demis Mirarchi (Switzerland) 2:45
5. "En stjerne skal jeg bli" @lek (Norway) 2:46
6. "Si on voulait bien" Thomas Pontier (France) 2:33
7. "Zabava" Martina Smiljanovska (Macedonia) 2:44
8. "Łap życie" KWADro (Poland) 2:42
9. "Oneira" Marios Tofi (Cyprus) 2:40
10. "Spiavajcie so mnoj" Egor Volchek (Belarus) 2:39
11. "Hej mali" Nika Turković (Croatia) 2:42
12. "Balts vai melns" Mārtiņš Tālbergs & C-Stones Juniors (Latvia) 2:45
13. "The Best Is Yet to Come" Cory Spedding (United Kingdom) 2:39
14. "Pigen er min" Cool Kids (Denmark) 2:47
15. "Antes muerta que sencilla" María Isabel (Spain) 2:32
16. "Varför jag?" Limelights (Sweden) 2:47
17. "Accroche-toi" Free Spirits (Belgium) 2:45
18. "Îţi mulţumesc" Noni Răzvan Ene (Romania) 2:42
Total length: 43:51

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