The Eurovision Song Contest’s little sibling will enter its second decade of showcasing the best young singers and songwriters from Europe, in Kiev, in November.
“We have a steering group that is revamping the contest to take it into the next stage of its life,” said Eurovision Executive Supervisor, Vladislav Yakovlev. “Some new format elements will be included in this year’s event, including second and third prizes for outstanding participants as a way to acknowledge the enormous range of talent that our young performers possess.”
Ten-year-old Ukrainian songster Anastasiya Petryk, who won the 10th competition last year with ‘Nebo,’ (‘Sky’), will return to perform at this year’s event in Kiev, at the National Palace of Arts “Ukraina”. Following Anastasiya’s victory, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych declared 2013 the Year of Children’s Creativity.
As the host country, Ukraine, and its national broadcaster NTU have seized the opportunity to run with this theme for the contest.
“This is perfect for Junior Eurovision 2013. Creativity is one of the four key values of the event, which allows children the freedom to show off their skills and talents to fans, not only in Europe but in the rest of the world,” said NTU Director General Oleksandr Panteleimonov.
Vladislav Yakovlev agrees. “We want the children to enjoy a positive and fun environment that gives them time in the spotlight and a way to joyfully express themselves,” he said.
The two-hour contest is suitable for all audiences and will be broadcast live on 30 November 2013. Contestants will perform live in front of millions of viewers watching on television or via streaming, with the winner selected by juries and viewers from participating countries.
Entries and interest from broadcasters all over Europe remains high. Several have already completed the selection process while others are currently seeking a performer aged between 10 and 15 who will take on the honour of representing their country.
The contest is open exclusively to broadcasters that are Members of the EBU. The closing date for submission of entries is Friday 16 August.
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The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious talent events for children aged between 10 and 15 years old. Founded in 2003 and first hosted by Denmark, the annual competition promotes outstanding young singers in the field of popular music by encouraging them to represent their country and compete for the ultimate first prize.
Thirty countries have either hosted or participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest including Norway, Belgium, Romania, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Belarus, Armenia, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Albania and Serbia, with the broadcast being shown in countries as far afield as Australia.
Since its inception, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has allied itself with the universally-recognized Eurovision Song Contest as a training ground for nurturing and rewarding emerging talent. Embracing the four values of Connection, Diversity, Creativity and Respect, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest also sets the standard for entertainment television.