Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008
"Fun In The Sun"
|Final date||22 November 2008|
|Venue||Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Centre, Limassol, Cyprus|
|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|
|Withdrawing countries|| Portugal
|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.|
|Nul points||All countries get 12 points from start|
|Winning song|| Georgia
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest|
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was the sixth Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which is the world's largest song contest for children. 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.
The theme of the event was "Fun in the Sun", despite the fact that there were thunderstorms in Lemesos the day of the contest. The stage, which was designed by George Papadopoulos, was nominated for the prestigious international "Live Design Excellence Awards". 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.
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.
Fifteen countries took part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine. 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. On the other hand, Israel and Bosnia & Herzegovina announced their intention to participate, but both decided to withdraw before the contest. 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. Poland had also considered participation but decided that it would not take part this year. 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.
|01||Romania||Romanian||Mădălina and Andrada||"Salvaţi planeta!"||Save the planet!||9||58|
|02||Armenia||Armenian||Monica||"Im Ergi Hnchyune" (Իմ Երգի Հնչյունե)||Melody of my Song||8||59|
|03||Belarus||Russian, Belarusian||Dasha, Alina and Karyna||"Sertse Belarusi" (Сердце Беларуси)||Heart of Belarus||6||86|
|04||Russia||Russian||Mihail Puntov||"Spit angel" (Спит ангел)||Sleeping angel||7||73|
|05||Greece||Greek||Niki Yiannouchu||"Kapoia nychta" (Καποια νύχτα)||Some night||14||19|
|08||Bulgaria||Bulgarian||Krastyana Krasteva||"Edna mechta" (Една мечта)||One dream||15||15|
|09||Serbia||Serbian||Maja Mazić||"Uvek kad u nebo pogledam"
(Увек кaд у небо погледaм)
|Whenever I look at the sky||12||37|
|10||Malta||English||Daniel Testa||"Junior Swing"||—||4||100|
|11||Netherlands||Dutch||Marissa||"1 dag"||One day||13||27|
|12||Ukraine||Ukrainian||Viktoria Petryk||"Matrosy" (Матроси)||Sailors||2||135|
|13||Lithuania||Lithuanian||Eglė Jurgaitytė||"Laiminga diena"||Happy day||3||103|
|14||Macedonia||Macedonian||Bobi Andonov||"Prati mi SMS" (Прати ми СМС)||Send me an SMS||5||93|
|15||Cyprus||Greek||Elena Mannouri and Charis Savva||"Gioupi gia!" (Γιούπι για)||Whoopee yia!||10||46|
- Australia broadcast the contest on 13 May 2009, as a lead up to the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.
- 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.
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- Belgium - André Vermeulen (VRT), Maureen Louys and Jean-Louis Lahaye (RTBF)
- Netherlands - Sipke Jan Bousema
- Ukraine - Timur Miroshnychenko
- Russia - Olga Shelest
Below is a summary of all 12 points received:
|N.||Recipient nation||Voting nation|
|8||Georgia||Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine|
|3||Ukraine||Georgia, Malta, Romania|
- All countries were given 12 points at the start of voting. This is so no country gets nul points.
Official CD and DVD
The official double CD was released on 10 October 2008. Disc one contains the studio versions of every song and Disc two contains the karaoke versions. It is priced at €19.95 and can be brought from the official Eurovision online store or alternatively by download on the official Junior Eurovision website. You can also download each song at €1.29 each.
In Belgium and Netherlands, Dutch national final compilation CDs have been released, as well as DVDs. In Belgium, the songs in the national final that reached the final stage have also been released separately. The winning song (Shut Up) reached #19 in the Flemish charts.
Like in 2007, an official DVD will not be released, due to poor sales.
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- At the start of the song, the backing vocals are in Belarusian.
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