Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008
Fun In The Sun
JESC 2008.svg
Final 22 November 2008
Venue Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Centre, Limassol, Cyprus
Presenter(s) Alex Michael
Sophia Paraskeva
Director Klitos Klitou
Executive supervisor Svante Stockselius
Executive producer Munro Forbes
Host broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC)
Opening act Dance act featuring Yiorgos Ioannides and Mariam Venizelou.
Interval act Dima Bilan, Evridiki & Dimitris Korgialas, all JESC 2008 participants singing "Hand in Hand"
Number of entries 15
Debuting countries None
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries
Voting system Citizens of each participating country vote by telephone and SMS message, which counts for 50%. Each country's 10 favourites are awarded 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points based on the number of votes. Results 1–5 are automatically displayed on-screen, then each country announces 6–8, 10 and 12 points. A jury in each country also has a 50% say in the outcome.[1]
Nul points All countries get 12 points from start
Winning song  Georgia

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was the sixth Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which is the world's largest song contest for children.[2] It was held at the "Spyros Kyprianou" Athletic Centre in Lemesos, Cyprus and hosted by Alex Michael and Sophia Paraskeva. It was won by the Georgian trio Bzikebi, with the song "Bzz..". This is the first song to win any Eurovision Song Contest in an imaginary language. Ukraine took 2nd place and Lithuania finished 3rd.[3] Bzikebi also became the first group act to win Junior Eurovision.

The theme of the event was "Fun in the Sun",[4] despite the fact that there were thunderstorms in Lemesos the day of the contest. The stage, which was designed by George Papadopoulos,[5] was nominated for the prestigious international "Live Design Excellence Awards".[6] The design is an abstract composition and consists of a round stage representing the island of Cyprus, real water along the front of the stage, two jetties, the waves breaking and moving away from the island and five sailing boats with oars.

For the contest, various changes to the rules were made. One was that adults could assist children to write the songs submitted to their national broadcaster; previously only children could write the songs, with no assistance from adults. Another change was only six people could be on stage during a performance, instead of eight. The most significant change, however, was only half of the vote was decided by the tele-voters. Before the 2008 contest tele-voters completely decided the whole result. The other half of the result was decided by a jury of adults and children.[7][8]


Locations of the bidding countries. The eliminated countries are marked in red. The chosen host country is marked in blue.
Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center, in Limassol. Venue of the 2008 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

The Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center[9] (Greek: Αθλητικό Κέντρο "Σπύρος Κυπριανού"), also known as Palais des sports, is the biggest and the most imposing multi dynamic indoor athletic arena in Cyprus. It is named after the late president of Cyprus Spyros Kyprianou. This project was conducted by the Cyprus Sports Organisation and was constructed north of the city of Limassol near Kato Polemidia and by the side of Limassol - Troodos road. Construction of the project began in late 2002 and was completed at the end of 2005 at a total cost of approximately CY£8.5 million.


On 27 May 2007 the Eurovision Steering Group decided to award CyBC of Cyprus to host the 2008 contest, over TV4 of Sweden and NTU of Ukraine. On 10 September 2008 the hosts were announced as Alex Michael and Sophia Paraskeva; both presenters with Cypriot backgrounds. On 13 October 2008 the draw of the running order took place live on CyBC1. This involved drawing the first and last countries and performers, and then drawing countries into various 'pots' to decide when they would perform. The full running order was announced on 14 October 2008. The stage was constructed between 30 October 2008 and 14 November 2008.


As in all previous Eurovision Song Contests each country gave their top 10 countries songs points from 1 point for their 10th favourite song up until 8 points for their 3rd favourite song. Then 10 and 12 points were given for the second favorite and favorite respectively. But, the difference between this contest and other past contests is this is the first Eurovision Song Contest that implements a jury vote that counts for half of each countries vote.[10]

Participating countries[edit]

Fifteen countries took part in the 2008 Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine.[11] Portugal, which had taken part twice since 2006 announced that it was no longer interested in the contest and withdrew along with Sweden, a founding country in 2003, which left because of other broadcasting plans during the time of the event.[12][13]

On the other hand, Israel and Bosnia & Herzegovina announced their intention to participate, but decided both to withdraw before the contest. Welsh language broadcaster S4C considered the possibility of participation, but in the end it was decided they would not to participate in the competition, because their debut was rejected because Wales isn't a sovereign state. Only the BBC has the exclusive right to represent the United Kingdom.[14]

Azerbaijan announced its intention to take part also, but withdrew from the contest in early October. According to İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti, the network was unable to select and prepare children for such a high scale event without proper help from other governmental structures and bodies. The broadcaster also confirmed payment of a fine to the EBU due to its late withdrawal.[15] Poland had also considered participation but decided that it would not take part this year.[16] The 2008 contest was the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest to have no debuting countries.


Each country decided their votes through a 50% jury and 50% tele-voting system which decided their top ten songs. Ukraine calculated their vote using a jury. Ukrainian broadcaster NTU opted not to broadcast the contest live, but to air it deferred on Sunday, November 23 as Saturday, November 22 is Holodomor Remembrance Day in the country.[17]

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01  Romania Mădălina and Andrada "Salvaţi planeta!" Romanian 9 58
02  Armenia Monica "Im Ergi Hnchyune" (Իմ Երգի Հնչյունե) Armenian 8 59
03  Belarus Dasha, Alina & Karyna "Serdtse Belarusi" (Сердце Беларуси) Russian, Belarusian[18] 6 86
04  Russia Mihail Puntov "Spit angel" (Спит ангел) Russian 7 73
05  Greece Niki Yiannouchu "Kapoia nychta" (Καποια νύχτα) Greek 14 19
06  Georgia Bzikebi "Bzz.." Imaginary 1 154
07  Belgium Oliver "Shut Up" Dutch 11 45
08  Bulgaria Krastyana Krasteva "Edna mechta" (Една мечта) Bulgarian 15 15
09  Serbia Maja Mazić "Uvek kad u nebo pogledam" (Увек кaд у небо погледaм) Serbian 12 37
10  Malta Daniel Testa "Junior Swing" English 4 100
11  Netherlands Marissa "1 dag" Dutch 13 27
12  Ukraine Viktoria Petryk "Matrosy" (Матроси) Ukrainian 2 135
13  Lithuania Eglė Jurgaitytė "Laiminga diena" Lithuanian 3 103
14  Macedonia Bobi Andonov "Prati mi SMS" (Прати ми СМС) Macedonian 5 93
15  Cyprus Elena Mannouri and Charis Savva "Gioupi gia!" (Γιούπι για!) Greek 10 46

International broadcasts[edit]

Australia broadcast the contest on 13 May 2009, as a lead up to the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.[19]
Azerbaijan was originally going to participate but withdrew on 15 October 2008. The contest was broadcast on Ictmai TV.
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 
Bosnia and Herzegovina were also set to participate but later withdrew. They broadcast the contest on BHRT.
A live broadcast of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was available worldwide via satellite through European streams such as TVRi, ERT World, ARMTV, RTS Sat and MKTV Sat. The official Eurovision Song Contest website also provided a live stream without commentary via the peer to peer medium Octoshape.


Score sheet[edit]

Bzikebi, Georgia's participants
Total Score Romania Armenia Belarus Russia Greece Georgia Belgium Bulgaria Serbia Malta Netherlands Ukraine Lithuania Macedonia Cyprus
Contestants Romania 58 4 2 2 2 2 2 1 5 3 2 4 1 8 8
Armenia 59 3 5 6 6 8 6 7 3 3
Belarus 86 5 5 10 4 10 6 7 7 4 5 3 5 3
Russia 73 10 12 3 5 2 2 6 1 7 8 1 4
Greece 19 7
Georgia 154 6 12 8 12 10 12 12 10 8 12 12 12 4 12
Belgium 45 2 2 1 1 4 3 2 10 2 4 2
Bulgaria 15 3
Serbia 37 1 1 3 6 1 1 12
Malta 100 7 7 4 5 7 7 7 8 1 6 10 7 6 6
Netherlands 27 3 5 1 5 1
Ukraine 135 12 8 10 8 8 12 3 10 6 12 7 10 7 10
Lithuania 103 8 6 7 1 10 8 3 12 10 8 6 10 2
Macedonia 93 10 6 7 4 5 3 4 5 8 5 5 8 6 5
Cyprus 46 4 3 12 1 4 4 4 2
The table is ordered by appearance
All countries automatically receive 12 points
Georgia and Macedonia awarded their points last due to technical problems

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points received:

N. Contestant Voting nation
8 Georgia Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine
3 Ukraine Georgia, Malta, Romania
1 Lithuania Serbia
Russia Belarus
Cyprus Greece
Serbia Macedonia
  • All countries were given 12 points at the start of voting. This was so no country got nul points.
  • When Cyprus got 12 points from Greece the audience was absolutely crazy about it, even though Cyprus were nowhere near winning the contest and Greece and Cyprus regularly gives each other 12 points.

Official album[edit]

Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Lemesos 2008
JESC 2008 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Released 10 October 2008
Genre Pop
  • 41:39 (CD 1)
  • 41:39 (CD 2)
Label Universal
Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology
JESC: Rotterdam 2007
JESC: Lemesos 2008
JESC: Kyiv 2009

Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Lemesos 2008, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on 10 October 2008. The album features all the songs from the 2008 contest, along with karaoke versions.[20]

CD 1
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Salvaţi planeta!" Mădălina & Andrada(Romania) 2:43
2. "Im Ergi Hnchyune" Monica (Armenia) 2:50
3. "Serdtse Belarusi" Dasha, Alina & Karyna (Belarus) 2:51
4. "Spit angel" Mihail Puntov (Russia) 2:55
5. "Kapoia nychta" Niki Yiannouchu (Greece) 2:45
6. "Bzz.." Bzikebi (Georgia) 2:49
7. "Shut Up" Oliver (Belgium) 2:48
8. "Edna mechta" Krastyana Krasteva (Bulgaria) 2:43
9. "Uvek kad u nebo pogledam" Maja Mazić (Serbia) 2:37
10. "Junior Swing" Daniel Testa (Malta) 2:50
11. "1 dag" Marissa (Netherlands) 2:47
12. "Matrosy" Viktoria Petryk (Ukraine) 2:47
13. "Laiminga diena" Eglė Jurgaitytė (Lithuania) 2:44
14. "Prati mi SMS" Bobi Andonov (Macedonia) 2:43
15. "Gioupi gia!" Elena Mannouri & Charis Savva (Cyprus) 2:47
Total length: 41:39
CD 2
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Salvaţi planeta!" (Karaoke version) Mădălina & Andrada(Romania) 2:43
2. "Im Ergi Hnchyune" (Karaoke version) Monica (Armenia) 2:50
3. "Serdtse Belarusi" (Karaoke version) Dasha, Alina & Karyna (Belarus) 2:51
4. "Spit angel" (Karaoke version) Mihail Puntov (Russia) 2:55
5. "Kapoia nychta" (Karaoke version) Niki Yiannouchu (Greece) 2:45
6. "Bzz.." (Karaoke version) Bzikebi (Georgia) 2:49
7. "Shut Up" (Karaoke version) Oliver (Belgium) 2:48
8. "Edna mechta" (Karaoke version) Krastyana Krasteva (Bulgaria) 2:43
9. "Uvek kad u nebo pogledam" (Karaoke version) Maja Mazić (Serbia) 2:37
10. "Junior Swing" (Karaoke version) Daniel Testa (Malta) 2:50
11. "1 dag" (Karaoke version) Marissa (Netherlands) 2:47
12. "Matrosy" (Karaoke version) Viktoria Petryk (Ukraine) 2:47
13. "Laiminga diena" (Karaoke version) Eglė Jurgaitytė (Lithuania) 2:44
14. "Prati mi SMS" (Karaoke version) Bobi Andonov (Macedonia) 2:43
15. "Gioupi gia!" (Karaoke version) Elena Mannouri & Charis Savva (Cyprus) 2:47
Total length: 41:39

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008". Junioreurovision.tv. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  2. ^ Quoted from the hosts
  3. ^ "CONGRATULATIONS GEORGIA!". junioreurovision.tv. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Get to know the venue, Spiros Kiprianou, Palais Des Sports". Oikotimes.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  5. ^ BDigital Web Solutions. "Scenery and sets design and construction". Skinotechniki.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008". Livedesignonline.com. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Changes to Junior Eurovision confirmed". oikotimes.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  8. ^ "Junior: Minor format changes introduced". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  9. ^ Palais des Sports,
  10. ^ "Junior: Minor format changes introduced | Junior Eurovision Song Contest | Junior Eurovision Song Contest - Kyiv 2013". Junioreurovision.tv. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  11. ^ "Participants of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008". JuniorEurovision.tv. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  12. ^ "RTP withdraw from Junior Eurovision 2008". Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Details on Swedish withdrawal". ESCKaz.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  14. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 info page". ESCKaz.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  15. ^ "Детское Евровидение 2008 Кипр Новости Junior Eurovision 2008 Cyprus News". Esckaz.com. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  16. ^ "Details on Poland non participation". oikotimes.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  17. ^ "Ukraine not broadcasting contest live". ESCKaz.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  18. ^ At the start of the song, the backing vocals are in Belarusian.
  19. ^ "SBS Schedule 13 May 2009". SBS.co,m.au. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  20. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008". itunes.apple.com. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 

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