Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013
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JESC 2013 logo.png
Final30 November 2013[1]
VenuePalace "Ukraine", Kiev
Presenter(s)Timur Miroshnychenko,
Zlata Ognevich[2][3]
Directed bySven Stojanovic
Executive supervisorVladislav Yakovlev
Executive producerVictoria Romanova[4]
Host broadcasterNational Television Company of Ukraine (NTU)
Interval act
Number of entries12
Debuting countries San Marino
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Voting systemEach country awards 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Winning song Malta
"The Start"[7]

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 was the 11th edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Kiev, Ukraine on 30 November 2013.[1][8] The venue for the contest was announced on 10 April 2013, as the Palace "Ukraine".[9] Ukrainian broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) was the host broadcaster for the event.[8] It was the second time the contest was held in Kiev, the first being the 2009 contest. It was also the second time in the history of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest that the event took place in last year's winning country, as well as the first time that the event was held in the same city twice. A total of twelve countries participated, with Macedonia and Malta making a return,[10][11] and Albania,[12] Belgium[13] and Israel choosing to withdraw.[14] San Marino made their debut in the contest.[15] Cyprus was originally the thirteenth country to take part but pulled out the last minute.[16]

On the evening of the contest Ruslana withdrew from appearing in the contest because of the violence shown by the Ukrainian authorities against those who were peacefully protesting in the country's capital.[17] Gaia Cauchi representing Malta won the contest with the song "The Start". This was Malta's first Junior Eurovision victory as well as their first victory in any Eurovision Contest.[7] It also marked the first time in the history of the contest that a winning entry was sung entirely in English. This was also the first contest to introduce a new awards system: The winning country along with the second and third place countries each received a trophy. Sofia Tarasova, representing the host nation Ukraine, took second place and Ilya Volkov singing for Belarus took the third-place trophy.


Palace "Ukraine", in Kiev. Venue for the 2013 Junior Eurovision.

On 17 April 2013, the Ukrainian national broadcaster NTU and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that the venue for the 2013 contest would take place in the Palace "Ukraine", in Kiev.[9] The venue which is also known as the National Palace of Arts "Ukraine", which is a state company administered by the State Directory of Affairs, is one of the main venues for official events along with Palace of Sports in Kiev, Ukraine, which hosted the 2009 contest.[18]

It was opened in 1970 as the biggest centre of culture and arts. The building was designed by a group of architects P. Zhylytskyi, I. Vayner, under the directorship of the project's author the distinguished architect of Ukrainian SSR Yevhenia Marychenko.[19] All of the architects were awarded Shevchenko National Prize (1971) for its design and construction. The building is trapezoidal, twenty eight meters tall and consists of over 300 rooms.


Victoria Romanova (executive producer), Vladislav Yakovlev (EBU Executive Supervisor)

The executive supervisor of the Junior Eurovision steering group, Vladislav Yakovlev, announced on 17 July 2013 that there would be some changes being introduced to the contest from 2013 onwards. The contest would no longer focus on just the winning entry, but would also award prizes to the top three entries in acknowledgement of the talents of the young performers.[20]

It was also announced that the winner of Junior Eurovision 2013 would be at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, however the role that they would play had not been revealed at that time.[21]

On 7 October 2013, it was announced that the executive supervisor managed to maintain the participation of thirteen countries for the contest in Kiev, Ukraine.[22] The name of the thirteenth country was expected to be announced by the European Broadcasting Union on 29 October 2013.[22] It was later confirmed on 1 November 2013 that Cyprus were going to be the thirteenth country but withdrew at the last minute.[16] The running order draw took place on 25 November 2013 during the contest's opening party.[23][24]

Graphic design[edit]

Designer Elias Ledakis, who was responsible for the stage design of the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece, was announced on 7 October 2013 as also being the designer for the 2013 Junior Eurovision stage.[22]

Radio Broadcast[edit]

The official Junior Eurovision Twitter account revealed on 9 October that the contest was planned to be broadcast online and by national broadcasters, however the details were still being worked on.[25] On 21 November 2013, it was revealed that 98.8 Castle FM in Scotland would be the only radio station broadcasting the ceremony in the United Kingdom.[26] Radio Ukraine International would also be broadcasting the contest live.

Participating countries[edit]

Awards were given to the top three countries, after all the votes were cast; these were Malta, Ukraine and Belarus.[20]

Draw[23] Country[27] Artist[27] Song[27] Language Place[7] Points[7]
01  Sweden Eliias "Det är dit vi ska" Swedish 9 46
02  Azerbaijan Rustam Karimov "Me and My Guitar" Azerbaijani, English 7 66
03  Armenia Monica Avanesyan "Choco Factory" Armenian, English 6 69
04  San Marino Michele Perniola "O-o-O Sole intorno a me" Italian 10 42
05  Macedonia Barbara Popović "Ohrid i muzika" (Охрид и музика) Macedonian 12 19
06  Ukraine Sofia Tarasova "We Are One" Ukrainian, English 2 121
07  Belarus Ilya Volkov "Poy so mnoy" (Пой со мной) Russian 3 108
08  Moldova Rafael Bobeica "Cum să fim" Romanian, English 11 41
09  Georgia The Smile Shop "Give Me Your Smile" Georgian, English 5 91
10  Netherlands Mylène and Rosanne "Double Me" Dutch, English 8 59
11  Malta Gaia Cauchi "The Start" English 1 130
12  Russia Dayana Kirillova "Dream On" Russian 4 106


Winners: Ukraine, Malta, Belarus
3 trophies: "puzzle-men"
Total score
Kids Jury
San Marino
Sweden 46 1 4 3 5 1 2 5 6 1 4 2
Azerbaijan 66 4 7 2 2 10 3 10 3 6 7
Armenia 69 3 4 4 4 5 2 4 12 6 8 5
San Marino 42 5 2 2 4 1 3 2 3 2 2 4
Macedonia 19 1 1 2 1 1 1
Ukraine 121 8 10 10 8 12 8 12 7 7 7 12 8
Belarus 108 10 5 6 6 6 7 8 10 8 8 10 12
Moldova 41 3 3 1 3 3 3 4 4 4 1
Georgia 91 7 8 7 10 10 6 7 8 5 5 6
Netherlands 59 2 6 5 5 1 5 4 6 1 2 7 3
Malta 130 12 8 7 10 7 12 12 10 12 6 12 10
Russia 106 6 12 12 12 8 6 7 8 5 5 10 3
All countries automatically receive 12 points

12 points[edit]

N. Contestant Voting nation
5 Malta Kids' jury, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Ukraine
3 Russia Armenia, Azerbaijan, Sweden
Ukraine Belarus, Malta, San Marino
1 Armenia Georgia
Belarus Russia
  • All countries were given 12 points at the start of voting. This was so no country got nul points.

Other countries[edit]

  •  Albania – On 27 September 2013 the head of the Albanian delegation, Kleart Duraj informed ESCkaz.com that Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) had withdrawn after making the début in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 due to not finding a suitable act to represent the nation.[12]
  •  Belgium – Flemish broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) owner of children's channel Ketnet, announced it would not participate in the 2013 contest, and instead focusing on creating a new talent show for young performers in Belgium. They however, hosted a national final, which was won by 14-year-old Pieter Vreys.[13]
  •  Bulgaria – Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT) announced that they would not return to the contest in 2013. However, they were currently planning to return in the future.[28]
  •  Cyprus – Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) were in discussions with the EBU as to being the thirteenth country in Junior Eurovision, however after a board meeting an invitation to take part was declined.
  •  Israel – On 21 October 2013 it was announced by EscPlus that Israel would not be taking part in the 2013 contest.[14]
  •  Latvia – An announcement was made by Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) that they would not return to the 2013 contest.[28]
  •  Norway – Norwegian broadcaster NRK confirmed on Junior Eurovision Twitter account that they won't return in the contest.
  •  Portugal – Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) announced that they would not return to contest in 2013, due to the realisation of the Little Singers Gala in Figueira da Foz.[29]
  •  Spain – Yago Fandiño, director of children's programs of TVE stated on 7 September 2013 that TVE and the EBU were negotiating its return. Fandiño explained that since the EBU has redesigned the format of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, TVE would check if the initiatives make into a format more suitable for the younger audience. If so, the country would have probably returned to the competition.

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

David Vardanyan (Armenia), Mariya Bakhireva (Russia), Denis Midone (Moldova), Maxine Pace (Malta)

The order in which each country announced their votes was in the order of performance. The running order draw took place on 25 November 2013 during the contest's opening party.[23][24] The spokespersons from all of the participating countries are shown below alongside their respective country.[27][30]

  1. Flag of None.svg Kids Jury – Anastasiya Petryk (winner and Ukrainian representative at 2012 contest)
  2.  Sweden – Lova Sönnerbo (Swedish representative at JESC 2012)
  3.  Azerbaijan – Lyaman Mirzalieva
  4.  Armenia – David Vardanyan
  5.  San Marino – Giovanni
  6.  Macedonia – Sofija Spasenoska
  7.  Ukraine – Liza Arfush
  8.  Belarus – Sasha Tkach
  9.  Moldova – Denis Midone (Moldovan representative at JESC 2012)
  10.  Georgia – Elene Megrelishvili
  11.  Netherlands – Alessandro Wempe
  12.  Malta – Maxine Pace
  13.  Russia – Mariya Bakhireva


Most countries sent commentators to Kiev or commentated from their own country, to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, provide voting information.[27][30] For the first time, JuniorEurovision.tv featured commentary online during the broadcast with commentary from the website's editor Luke Fisher and radio broadcaster Ewan Spence.

Participating countries[edit]

Non-participating countries[edit]


Official album[edit]

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013: Kyiv
JESC 2013 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released22 November 2013
  • 34:35 (CD 1)
  • 34:35 (CD 2)
Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012: Amsterdam
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013: Kyiv
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014: Malta

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013: Kyiv a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, was released by Universal Music Group on 22 November 2013. The album features all the songs from the 2013 contest, along with karaoke versions.[36]

CD 1
1."Choco Factory"Monica Avanesyan (Armenia)2:46
2."Me and My Guitar"Rustam Karimov (Azerbaijan)2:58
3."Poy so mnoy"Ilya Volkov (Belarus)2:56
4."Give Me Your Smile"The Smile Shop (Georgia)2:47
5."Cum să fim"Rafael Bobeica (Moldova)3:01
6."Ohrid i muzika"Barbara Popović (Macedonia)3:07
7."The Start"Gaia Cauchi (Malta)2:51
8."Double Me"Mylène and Rosanne (Netherlands)2:47
9."Dream On"Dayana Kirillova (Russia)2:42
10."Det är dit vi ska"Eliias (Sweden)3:03
11."O-o-O Sole intorno a me"Michele Perniola (San Marino)2:51
12."We Are One"Sofia Tarasova (Ukraine)2:58
Total length:34:35
CD 2
1."Choco Factory" (Karaoke version)Monica Avanesyan (Armenia)2:46
2."Me and My Guitar" (Karaoke version)Rustam Karimov (Azerbaijan)2:58
3."Poy so mnoy" (Karaoke version)Ilya Volkov (Belarus)2:56
4."Give Me Your Smile" (Karaoke version)The Smile Shop (Georgia)2:47
5."Cum să fim" (Karaoke version)Rafael Bobeica (Moldova)3:01
6."Ohrid i muzika" (Karaoke version)Barbara Popović (Macedonia)3:07
7."The Start" (Karaoke version)Gaia Cauchi (Malta)2:51
8."Double Me" (Karaoke version)Mylène and Rosanne (Netherlands)2:47
9."Dream On" (Karaoke version)Dayana Kirillova (Russia)2:42
10."Det är dit vi ska" (Karaoke version)Eliias (Sweden)3:03
11."O-o-O Sole intorno a me" (Karaoke version)Michele Perniola (San Marino)2:51
12."We Are One" (Karaoke version)Sofia Tarasova (Ukraine)2:58
Total length:34:35

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