Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007

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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007
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Final8 December 2007
VenueAhoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Presenter(s)Sipke Jan Bousema
Kim-Lian van der Meij
Directed byEduard Huis in 't Veld
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerJosé van der Mark
Host broadcasterAlgemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO)
Opening act60 young dancers performing to "One World"
Interval actKatie Melua, Ch!pz, all JESC 2007 participants singing "One World"
Number of entries17
Debuting countries
Returning countriesNone
Withdrawing countries
Voting systemEach country awards 1–8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul pointsAll countries get 12 points from start
Winning song Belarus
"S druz'yami"

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 was the fifth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in the Ahoy indoor sporting arena in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 8 December.[1] The host country was chosen by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on 13 July 2006. The host city was announced on 11 September 2006. AVRO won the rights to host the show over Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) of Croatia (who didn't actually participate in this contest) and the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) of Cyprus.[2] The budget for the contest was stated to be more than €2,000,000.[3][4]

Belarus won the Contest by a single point over Armenia. The winning performer was Alexey Zhigalkovich, singing "S druz'yami" (With friends). This was Belarus' second win; they won for the first time in 2005. This is the only contest to date where the winning song did not receive points from all of the participating countries.


Locations of the bidding countries. The eliminated countries are marked in red. The chosen host country is marked in blue.

Bidding phase and host selection[edit]

Three countries bid for the rights to host the fifth Junior Eurovision Song Contest; Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) for Croatia; Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) for Cyprus; and Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) for the Netherlands.[2] AVRO were awarded the rights to host the contest in 2007, with a budget of more than 2,000,000 € being spent to stage the event.[3][4]


Ahoy, Rotterdam. Venue of the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

The base of the present Ahoy was laid in 1950. After the devastation caused by the Second World War, the city of Rotterdam had worked on reconstruction and Rotterdam port was virtually complete. To mark the occasion, the Rotterdam Ahoy! exhibition was held in a purpose-built hall on the site where the medical faculty of the Erasmus University now stands. The exhibition hall was called the Ahoy-Hal. The apostrophe is a remnant of the original exclamation mark. The hall was used for a series of national and international events, such as the exhibition of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. During the North Sea flood of 1953 the hall also proved its worth as a reception centre for victims. Rotterdam Ahoy, in its current form, was built in 1970. The complex’s striking design won various national and international awards for its special steel structures. The first event to be held there was the Femina family exhibition. Since then, Ahoy has been expanded on a number of occasions, and was renovated and refurbished in 1998 to create today’s multifunctional venue.


Over the past few years, most Eurovision contests have involved some controversy due to allegations of song plagiarism. This year is no exception, the Russian entry received claims from an adult composer that she is the original songwriter of the song. Further claims were made that the song was performed before the national selection as far as a year ago in August 2006 which is allegedly a violation of the rules as defined by the EBU. At the time of writing no resolution to this matter has been made.[5]

Official CD and DVD[edit]

An official double CD of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 was intended to go on sale on 23 December 2007. The EBU announced that there would be no official DVD of the contest due to a lack of interest.[6] The Belgian single was released on 5 October 2007, while the Dutch entry went on sale on 26 October 2007. There are no plans for commercial single releases of JESC entries in other countries, but a few promo copies for Rotterdam might be printed.[5]


Patricia Goldsmith, Communications Adviser of the Eurovision TV department, stated that "19 countries will take part" in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007,[7] though Spanish broadcaster Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) later announced its withdrawal from the contest.[8] Croatian broadcaster HRT also withdrew due to expense and difficulties in broadcasting the contest live.[9] Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia and Lithuania were the newcomers this year. Bosnia and Herzegovina was going to be one of the four débutants but Georgia took this place when Radiotelevizija Bosne i Hercegovine (BHRT) decided to withdraw from participation.[10][11] The minimum age of contestants was raised from 8 to 10 years this year.


Draw[11] Country[11] Artist[11] Song[11] Language Place[11] Points[11]
01  Georgia Mariam Romelashvili "Odelia Ranuni" (ოდელია რანუნი) Georgian 4 116
02  Belgium Trust "Anders" Dutch 15 19
03  Armenia Arevik "Erazanq" (Երազանք) Armenian 2 136
04  Cyprus Yiorgos Ioannides "I mousiki dinei ftera" (Η μουσική δίνει φτερά) Greek 14 29
05  Portugal Jorge Leiria "Só quero é cantar" Portuguese 16 15
06  Russia Alexandra Golovchenko "Otlichnitsa" (Отличница) Russian 6 105
07  Romania 4Kids "Sha-la-la" Romanian 10 54
08  Bulgaria Bon-Bon "Bonbolandiya" (Бонболандия) Bulgarian 7 86
09  Serbia Nevena Božović "Piši mi" (Пиши ми) Serbian 3 120
10  Netherlands Lisa, Amy & Shelley "Adem in, adem uit" Dutch 11 39
11  Macedonia Rosica Kulakova and Dimitar Stojmenovski "Ding Ding Dong" (Динг Динг Донг) Macedonian 5 111
12  Ukraine Ilona Halytska "Urok hlamuru" (Урок гламуру) Ukrainian 9 56
13  Sweden Frida Sandén "Nu eller aldrig" Swedish 8 83
14  Malta Cute "Music" English 12 37
15  Greece Made in Greece "Kapou berdeftika" (Καποu μπερδεύτηκα) Greek 17 14
16  Lithuania Lina Joy "Kai miestas snaudžia" Lithuanian 13 33
17  Belarus Alexey Zhigalkovich "S druz'yami" (С друзьями) Russian 1 137

Score sheet[edit]

Total score
Georgia 116 4 12 10 4 8 4 5 6 5 8 5 10 8 10 5
Belgium 19 7
Armenia 136 12 12 12 12 12 8 5 12 12 10 10 7
Cyprus 29 5 12
Portugal 15 2 1
Russia 105 1 2 10 5 6 3 6 10 3 10 7 2 8 4 4 12
Romania 54 8 8 1 7 4 3 1 5 2 1 2
Bulgaria 86 6 7 6 7 1 3 8 7 5 7 3 3 4 5 2
Serbia 120 7 6 4 6 7 7 5 4 8 12 6 12 6 6 6 6
Netherlands 39 3 10 1 4 1 6 2
Macedonia 111 5 3 7 3 10 5 10 12 12 5 7 7 5 8
Ukraine 56 10 3 3 6 1 1 1 1 1 7 10
Sweden 83 2 8 5 4 6 2 6 10 6 4 3 3 8 4
Malta 37 2 2 3 2 1 4 1 4 3 3
Greece 14 2
Lithuania 33 8 1 2 3 2 2 2 1
Belarus 137 4 5 8 12 10 7 10 8 4 8 10 8 12 7 12
The table is ordered by appearance. All countries automatically receive 12 points.

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points received:

N. Contestant Voting nation
7 Armenia Belgium, Cyprus, Georgia, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Ukraine
3 Belarus Lithuania, Malta, Portugal
2 Serbia Macedonia, Sweden
Macedonia Bulgaria, Serbia
1 Cyprus Greece
Georgia Armenia
Russia Belarus
  • All countries were given 12 points at the start of voting. This was so no country got nul points.

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

Viewers from each participating country voted by telephone and SMS. Each country's awards points to their top-10 favourites based on these public voting results. The following spokespersons announced the point 1 to 8, 10, and the maximum 12 points.[12]


Participating countries[edit]

Most countries sent commentators to Rotterdam or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, provide voting information.[5] A live webcast was also streamed via the Junior Eurovision official website.[13]

Non-participating countries[edit]

Official album[edit]

Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Rotterdam 2007
JESC 2007 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 2007
  • 46:59 (CD 1)
  • 46:59 (CD 2)
Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology
JESC: Bucharest 2006
Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Rotterdam 2007
JESC: Lemesos 2008

Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Rotterdam 2007, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on November 2007. The album features all the songs from the 2007 contest, along with karaoke versions.

CD 1
1."Odelia Ranuni"Mariam Romelashvili (Georgia)2:46
2."Anders"Trust (Belgium)2:47
3."Erazanq"Arevik (Armenia)2:44
4."I mousiki dinei ftera"Yiorgos Ioannides (Cyprus)2:42
5."Só quero é cantar"Jorge Leiria (Portugal)2:46
6."Otlichnitsa"Alexandra Golovchenko (Russia)2:46
7."Sha-la-la"4Kids (Romania)2:43
8."Bonbolandiya"Bon-Bon (Bulgaria)2:46
9."Piši mi"Nevena Božović (Serbia)2:46
10."Adem in, adem uit"Lisa, Amy & Shelley (Netherlands)2:53
11."Ding Ding Dong"Rosica Kulakova & Dimitar Stojmenovski (Macedonia)2:59
12."Urok hlamuru"Ilona Galytska (Ukraine)2:45
13."Nu eller aldrig"Frida Sandén (Sweden)2:41
14."Music"Cute (Malta)2:45
15."Kapou berdeftika"Made in Greece (Greece)2:44
16."Kai miestas snaudžia"Lina Joy (Lithuania)2:40
17."S druz'yami"Alexey Zhigalkovich (Belarus)2:46
Total length:46:59
CD 2
1."Odelia Ranuni" (Karaoke version)Mariam Romelashvili (Georgia)2:46
2."Anders" (Karaoke version)Trust (Belgium)2:47
3."Erazanq" (Karaoke version)Arevik (Armenia)2:44
4."I mousiki dinei ftera" (Karaoke version)Yiorgos Ioannides (Cyprus)2:42
5."Só quero é cantar" (Karaoke version)Jorge Leiria (Portugal)2:46
6."Otlichnitsa" (Karaoke version)Alexandra Golovchenko (Russia)2:46
7."Sha-la-la" (Karaoke version)4Kids (Romania)2:43
8."Bonbolandiya" (Karaoke version)Bon-Bon (Bulgaria)2:46
9."Piši mi" (Karaoke version)Nevena Božović (Serbia)2:46
10."Adem in, adem uit" (Karaoke version)Lisa, Amy & Shelley (Netherlands)2:53
11."Ding Ding Dong" (Karaoke version)Rosica Kulakova & Dimitar Stojmenovski (Macedonia)2:59
12."Urok hlamuru" (Karaoke version)Ilona Galytska (Ukraine)2:45
13."Nu eller aldrig" (Karaoke version)Frida Sandén (Sweden)2:41
14."Music" (Karaoke version)Cute (Malta)2:45
15."Kapou berdeftika" (Karaoke version)Made in Greece (Greece)2:44
16."Kai miestas snaudžia" (Karaoke version)Lina Joy (Lithuania)2:40
17."S druz'yami" (Karaoke version)Alexey Zhigalkovich (Belarus)2:46
Total length:46:59

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Although Australia is not itself eligible to enter, it broadcast the event on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). As is the case each year, it did not however broadcast it live due to the difference in Australian time zones. It was screened at the later date of 24 December 2007 at 16.30 (local time), and repeated a few weeks after. Since this period is non-rated for television stations, how many people watched the broadcast is unknown.
  2. ^ The contest was broadcast in Israel where it was watched by 400,000 viewers.[5]


  1. ^ "Georgia replaces Bosnia-Herzegovina". European Broadcasting Union. 21 June 2007. Archived from the original on December 10, 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2013.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  2. ^ a b West-Soley, Richard (17 September 2006). "Dutch JESC decision 'took ten minutes'". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b Victor (24 November 2012). "Remember the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest?". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b Van Bedts, Raf (5 December 2007). "'Junior ESC costs more than 2 million euro'". oikotimes.com. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2013.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  5. ^ a b c d "Junior Eurovision 2007 The Netherlands News Детское Евровидение 2007 Нидерланды Новости" (in English and Russian). ESCKaz.com. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  6. ^ "No DVD from JESC 2007". oikotimes.com. 17 January 2008. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2013.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  7. ^ "EBU updates press on activities". European Broadcasting Union. 11 May 2007. Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2013.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  8. ^ Hondal, Victor (2007-08-08). "Spain withdraws from JESC 2007". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  9. ^ Klier, Marcus (2007-01-20). "HRT Withdraw from JESC 2007". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  10. ^ "Junior 2007: 18 countries to take part". European Broadcasting Union. 21 May 2007. Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2015.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007". Junior Eurovision Song Contest History. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007". Full cast and credits. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Past events". junioreurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.

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