Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003
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|Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003|
|Final||15 November 2003|
|Venue||Forum Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Director||Arne J. Rasmussen|
|Executive supervisor||Svante Stockselius|
|Executive producer||Preben Vridstoft|
|Host broadcaster||Danmarks Radio (DR)|
|Opening act||Fu:el and Dance Faction|
|Interval act||Sugababes performing "Hole in the Head",
Busted performing "Crashed the Wedding"
|Number of entries||16|
|Voting system||Each country awards 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.|
|Winning song|| Croatia
"Ti si moja prva ljubav"
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003 was the first Eurovision Song Contest for young singers aged eight to fifteen. It was held on 15 November 2003, in Copenhagen, Denmark. With Camilla Ottesen and Remee as the presenters, the contest was won by the then eleven-year-old Dino Jelušić, who represented Croatia with his song "Ti si moja prva ljubav" (You are my first love) while second and third place went to Spain and the United Kingdom respectively. The next time that a country would win on its first attempt was Italy in 2014.
It was the first Eurovision contest to be broadcast in the 16:9 widescreen format. It was also the first Eurovision Song Contest where a DVD of the contest would be released. It was decided that the country that won the contest would not necessarily host the next contest, in order to reduce the pressure on the contestants.
Origins and history
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. The idea was extended to a Scandinavian song festival in 2002, MGP Nordic, with Denmark, Norway and Sweden as participants. 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", 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.
Forum Copenhagen (Danish: Forum København) is a large multi-purpose, rentable indoor arena located in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark. It hosts a large variety of concerts, markets, exhibitions and other events. The venue can hold up to 10,000 people depending on the event. The Forum operates as a convention center, concert hall and indoor arena.
It was opened in February 1926 to host a car exhibition and was last renovated in 1996–97. Over two storeys there is a combined exhibition floor area of 5,000 m² and a separate restaurant for up to 250 seated guests. The Metro station Forum is adjacent to the building. Forum Copenhagen was designed by Oscar Gundlach-Pedersen, and the lighting was from Poul Henningsen's brand new PH-lamp. In 1929 it held an architecture exhibition, which was one of the first presentations of functionalism in Denmark, namely the Housing and Building Exhibition in Forum. It was at this exhibition that Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen exhibited their subscription to the cylindrical "House of the Future".
16 countries competed in the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In an original press release for the contest, then entitled the "Eurovision Song Contest for Children", a draw was held to select 15 countries to take part in the inaugural contest, with Slovakian broadcaster Slovenská televízia (STV) and German broadcaster ARD being drawn to compete along with 13 other countries. These countries would eventually be replaced by entries from Poland, Cyprus and Belarus, in their first ever Eurovision event. The Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio (YLE) also expressed a debut in the first contest, but went on to just broadcast it instead.
The draw for the running order of the contest was held on 6 October, with Greece drawn to open the contest and the Netherlands drawn to close.
|01||Greece||Nicolas Ganopoulos||"Fili gia panta" (Φίλοι για πάντα)||Greek||8||53|
|02||Croatia||Dino Jelušić||"Ti si moja prva ljubav"||Croatian||1||134|
|03||Cyprus||Theodora Rafti||"Mia efhi" (Μια ευχή)||Greek||14||16|
|04||Belarus||Volha Satsiuk||"Tantsuy" (Танцуй)||Belarusian||4||103|
|05||Latvia||Dzintars Čīča||"Tu esi vasarā"||Latvian||9||37|
|06||Macedonia||Marija & Viktorija||"Ti ne me poznavaš" (Ти не ме познаваш)||Macedonian||12||19|
|07||Poland||Kasia Żurawik||"Coś mnie nosi"||Polish||16||3|
|08||Norway||2U||"Sinnsykt gal forelsket"||Norwegian||13||18|
|09||Spain||Sergio||"Desde el cielo"||Spanish||2||125|
|10||Romania||Bubu||"Tobele sunt viaţa mea"||Romanian||10||35|
|12||United Kingdom||Tom Morley||"My Song for the World"||English||3||118|
|13||Denmark||Anne Gadegaard||"Arabiens drøm"||Danish||5||93|
|14||Sweden||The Honeypies||"Stoppa mig"||Swedish||15||12|
|15||Malta||Sarah Harrison||"Like a Star"||English||7||56|
|16||Netherlands||Roel Felius||"Mijn ogen zeggen alles"||Dutch||11||23|
The half time entertainment was provided by two acts from the UK. Busted performed "Crashed the Wedding" but Charlie Simpson was absent due to illness. However, the following day he was present for a radio interview in the UK where it was implied by both himself, and the other band members, that this was in fact a lie. The real reason for his absence was that he hated Eurovision. The Sugababes performed "Hole in the Head". The opening number was performed by Fu:el and Dance Faction.
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another:
|3||Croatia||Macedonia, Norway, Romania|
|United Kingdom||Belarus, Denmark, Malta|
|Spain||Latvia, United Kingdom|
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- Belgium – Ilse Van Hoecke and Bart Peeters (VRT TV1), Corinne Boulangier (RTBF La Deux)
- Denmark – Nicolai Molbech (DR1)
- Greece – Masa Fasoula and Nikos Frantseskakis (ERT)
- Macedonia – Milanka Rašik (MTV 1)
- Netherlands – Angela Groothuizen (Nederland 1)
- Norway – Stian Barsnes Simonsen (NRK1)
- Poland – Jarosław Kulczycki (TVP2)
- Spain – Fernando Argenta (TVE1)
- Sweden – Victoria Dyring (SVT1)
- United Kingdom – Mark Durden-Smith and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (ITV)
- Australia – No commentator (SBS)
- Estonia – Unknown (ETV)
- Finland – Henna Vänninen and Olavi Uusivirta (YLE TV2)
- Germany – Unknown (KI.KA)
- Serbia and Montenegro – Unknown (RTS/RTCG)
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2003|
|Compilation album by Junior Eurovision Song Contest|
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2003, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on November 2003. The album features all the songs from the 2003 contest. On the track list Cyprus was misspelt as Cypres.
|1.||"Junior Eurovision Theme"||3:37|
|2.||"Fili gia panta"||Nicolas Ganopoulos (Greece)||2:36|
|3.||"Ti si moja prva ljubav"||Dino Jelušić (Croatia)||2:45|
|4.||"Mia efhi"||Theodora Rafti (Cyprus)||2:45|
|5.||"Tantsuy"||Volha Satsiuk (Belarus)||2:46|
|6.||"Tu esi vasarā"||Dzintars Čīča (Latvia)||2:33|
|7.||"Ti ne me poznavaš"||Marija & Viktorija (Macedonia)||2:44|
|8.||"Coś mnie nosi"||Kasia Żurawik (Poland)||2:42|
|9.||"Sinnsykt gal forelsket"||2U (Norway)||2:40|
|10.||"Desde el cielo"||Sergio (Spain)||2:39|
|11.||"Tobele sunt viaţa mea"||Bubu (Romania)||2:42|
|12.||"De vriendschapsband"||X!NK (Belgium)||2:45|
|13.||"My Song for the World"||Tom Morley (United Kingdom)||2:39|
|14.||"Arabiens drøm"||Anne Gadegaard (Denmark)||2:47|
|15.||"Stoppa mig"||The Honeypies (Sweden)||2:32|
|16.||"Like a Star"||Sarah Harrison (Malta)||2:47|
|17.||"Mijn ogen zeggen alles"||Roel Felius (Netherlands)||2:45|
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