November 14: who should win JESC 2014?
EDITORIAL (VALLETTA, MALTA) – During the rehearsals and off the set we had the chance to meet with the participants and see them on stage performing. They are 16 and as always we have an opinion about the songs and who should win. We ended up in three favourite but still this is our own opinion, although – as I mentioned in previous post – it’s the first time that all of them are quite good to win. Remember you can have your own opinion towards oikotimes and its readers via www.oikotimes.com/vote or even better cast your vote during the final night on November 15th!
WHY I LOVE MALTA
Federica Falzon is a phenomenon, she can sing operatic songs at that age and she can be pop and modern at the same time, creating the best combination for Junior Eurovision. Should though Malta win again the contest? Well why not! The country made clear they can host a big international event and their first ever Eurovision Family show. Federica on the other hand can sing anything you ask! She can even win by singing the phonebook! Watch out!
WHY I LOVE CYPRUS
Finally a surprise from Cyprus. For the first time Cyprus sends to Junior Eurovision a professional project, a full package of authors, singer and team behind the scenes. They created an interactive video clip, the use modern and not ethnic sounds in the tune, they prove they can make their own “Euphoria” and they have a baby version of Evridiki! Yes, Sophia Patsalides looks like the 1992, 1994 Cyprus representative and with her amazing voice and performance she can give Cyprus the first ever JESC (not mention Eurovision trophy in general) in the history of the contest. After all she has a great teacher: Alex Panayi, the man who dozens of artists across Europe and in Eurovision world, trust for their vocal lessons!
WHY I LOVE UKRAINE
That was out of the blue. I thought it would not be appealing enough but when they started rehearsing in Malta, they impressed me and actually everyone. Besides the great vocals, this entry creates a true fairytale on stage. The music sounds mystic and travels you through time. The presentation with the blooming flowers is simply amazing. Having talked to the Ukrainian participants I see sparkle in their eyes, not just for participating but they are proud to be the future of Ukraine, a country suffering by a civil war at the moment and those three girls represent not just Ukraine but the future of Ukraine.
THE DARK HORSES
I do seriously think that miracles can happen in a contest like Junior Eurovision. There are plenty of countries that can actually surprise us on Saturday night. Belarus would be ideal winner with a great fairytale from slavic history presented on stage, Bulgaria has an awesome kid and performance with a dramatic song that kids and grown ups can love. It’s also Russia which has good order of appearance and her presentation is amazing although I object to this entry as the stage presentation is reminding me of Gaia Cauchi and the song reminds me so much of Poland 1994, but this can easily win tomorrow night. These were just my thoughts and of course the final word is up to the juries and the public. I hardly doubt I cane decide the winner!