November 13: two days of press conferences review
VALLETTA, MALTA – On the past two days, the participants of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 are giving a press conference after their second round of rehearsal. Thanks to TVM we have a look to what they said to the press.
Josie from Croatia has been telling the press she doesn’t only love singing; she also loves programming and all things technology. She couldn’t say which she preferred most because they were “both good in their own ways”. Programming was important while singing was a way to express herself. Josie said that she had started an event about computing for teenage girls in Croatia because it was a male dominated area and she wanted to “balance it out”.
Montenegro’s duo for this year’s Junior Eurovision — Maša Vujadinović (age 14) & Lejla Vulić7th (12) — have faced the press. Other then singing Lejla said she loves playing the guitar, hanging out with friends and writing poems, while Maša has just finished ballet school and plays the piano. The duo revealed they weren’t close before the Junior Eurovision contest but are now having a great time hanging out together.
Hugs anyone? Cute Lizzie from Georgia is one hell of a hugger. At her press-conference she took a break from hugging but still looked cute. However, journalists discovered they needed to be on their guard because Lizzie has a green belt in karate. Lizzie loves everything that shines which explains her outfit for her big performance on Saturday. She was asked if she had the opportunity to sing with one international singer who would that be ? “If Whitney Housten was alive I would sing with her,” came the reply. Lizzie revealed that she once took part in a musical which was targeted at kids to “eat lots of carrots”.
Sophia from Cyprus has been speaking to the press after her dress rehearsal. Sophia and the songwriter initially thanked PBS and the Malta for the amazing hospitality as they felt extremely welcome. Sophia was questioned about her video. She explained that the idea behind it was to invite her fans to create a flash mob, a party atmosphere and a sense of fun. She was asked why she does not have any dancers on stage. She replied that the lyrics of the song convey a meaningful story of one’s own personal journey which one experiences as an individual. The songwriter also added that that Sophia has a strong personality on stage and that they did not want it to be another dance number. Sophia said that her main influences are Beyonce and Christina Aguiliera, however she also expanded her musical interests by listening to rock bands such as ACDC and Aerosmith. She was asked about her outfit for the night; she said it will be white with blue Converse shoes so as to give it a more teenage influence.
Vincenzo Cantiello is the only male competitor in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest and is proud to represent Italy for the first time at this spectacular event. He describes his song as a classic, hence his choice of silk blue blazer and loose tie. Vincenzo has experience as a performer in the italian show “Ti lascio una canzona”. He told the press that Junior Eurovision feels the same as they are both live shows. Italy’s young star says that “Ti Lascio Una Canzona” helped him a good deal with the technical stuff such as facing cameras and stage presence.
Betty from Armenia has been talking to the media and she brought the whole room alive with her cheeky smile and bubbly personality. She explained that she mimed at her rehearsal because she’s saving her voice to give the perfect performance on Saturday. Betty said that she called her friends people of the sun and hence the title of the song. She has two shows on the same TV channel called “Betty Show” and “Home Alone”. She said they were not similar but “they are interesting for children”.
Fresh from her afternoon rehearsal, Malta’s Federica Falzon has been holding a press conference. She told reporters she is having a lot of fun with the other contestants and had formed some bonds of friendship. Despite being on home ground, Federica has been staying in the same hotel as the other contestants. She said this had been good because it had given her an opportunity to be part of the whole adventure. Federica was asked about the arrival of the President during one of her rehearsals and the hug she was given. She said that President Coleiro Preca had wished her well and told her that the whole country wanted her to succeed. The President had also said she would like to hear more singing from her.
Ula Lozar from Slovenia has been telling the press her song is about empathy and that this was a positive message. Ula may only be 12 years old but she loves knitting; when asked about it her face glowed and she eagerly replied “YES! I like knitting”. Slovenia’s young singer has been keeping busy — she’s also done some songs for cartoon films. Ula revealed she has a lucky rock that she keeps in her front pocket. “It calms me down,” she said.
Emilija Djonin has been telling the media how much she is enjoying her stay in Malta. She said it had been a positive experience and she had made many new friends. Emilija was asked how she managed to keep so calm during rehearsals while technical activity was happening all around her. She replied that she kept focused and was mindful of her responsibility representing her country. Her advice to other singers was to work hard for your dream and in the end you will succeed.
The press have been getting to learn more about “The Peppermints” from San Marino. The group revealed that the name was chosen only in September, after fifty to sixty other names had been considered. The five girls said they hadn’t known each other until auditions but they had clicked right away.