November 14: Jury Dress Rehearsal live report
VALLETTA, MALTA – Good evening Europe. The evening dress rehearsal concluded and now we get to serious stuff. Tonight the jury rehearsal at 19:00 CET will be a totally complete live show as the one we will all watch on TV. Though the stream will be available only to national broadcasters which assembled their national juries (membered by kids) and will cast their votes. This means that tonight’s performances should be perfect and this is why we report only this rehearsal.
22:15 CET – Mock Voting: and the mock voting begins with EBU’s Vlad Yakovlev awarded 12 points to all of the participants. The mock voting ends with a tie between Cyprus, Slovenia and Italy, resulting to Italy getting the award by Gaia Cauchi. Though we all know tomorrow who’s the winner already after her stunning performance: Malta will do it again! That’s it folks goodnight from Malta (a press conference will be held later on for the power failure so stay tuned on oikotimes.com)
22:00 CET – The show continues: Veronica Rotin is the next interval act. She is 10 years old and very talented and she sings for the audience. One big moment in tomorrow’s live event will be this: Gaia Cauchi, the girl who brought the first ever Eurovision trophy to Malta, is performing on stage. The arena is simply with her! Indescribable! After Gaia we see a video with footages from JESC participants visiting schools in Malta.
21:55 CET – Did you know that various participants of Junior Eurovision 2013 are in Malta tonight? Tomorrow they will give the votes of their country: Elias from Sweden, the Dutch twins Mylene & Rosanne, Michele Perniola from San Marino.
21:45 CET – The rest of the show: When the 16th county ended the hostess went on stage asking the audience who will win the 2014 JESC edition and the crowd was giving various answers. Then we moved to first recap of the songs as that will be the time the lines will be opened and right now the juries are finalising their votes. When the recap ends the 16 participants are back on stage to perform all #together the theme song “Together” on stage. While the time for the tele voting goes back we are reminded of the international voting which will open at that time tomorrow the award of which will be given after the show tomorrow during the press conference for the JESC 2014 winner. Then we have a ballet interval act.
21:41 CET – Did you know the nuns (Ekklesia) are attending the dress rehearsal? They will compete next Saturday in this arena for the ticket to Vienna
21:37 CET – The Netherlands: The Dutch Julia is closing the competition part of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Absolutely dance on stage and energetic kids accompany Julia in her very well structured performance. It so reminds me of “Euphoria” otherwise I would have vote for it. If you ignore (and maybe we should) the resemblance with Sweden 2012 in senior Eurovision, Julia gives a spectacular end sentiment to this year’s show. We started with the Belarusian fairytale and we ended up with a modern catchy song.
21:33 CET – Malta: Time for the host country and the arena goes crazy; and it’s that moment when you realise that despite of having potential winners, Federica comes on stage and without any pressure performs and operatic song that leaves you speechless. I will not comment the dress, the backdrop or the vocals because all three are amazing especially on the monitor but I will just say: Malta you have your second trophy in a row! Did you know today Federica got a good luck message and a “bravo” from Cezar? (Romania 2013).
21:31 CET – Serbia: Emilija brings Serbia back to Junior Eurovision. White outfit for her too and she begins her song sitting to the piano. During the song she stands up and uses the catwalk. Vocal performance is very good and she in the right running order for the jury to notice her very good.
21:24 CET – Russia: Alisa was cute tonight in her white long dress and the camera work is very good for Russia but the vocal performance was not convincing at all. It was not as good as in the rehearsals (not in the bad way) but she had few moments she missed the notes. Good order of appearance though.
21:16 CET – Armenia: With dancers appearing on stage from inside the platform the Armenian entry stuns me. Before coming to Malta I didn’t pay attention to it (don’t know why) but something told me there will be an excitement here when I saw the official video clip. The latin tune is brainwashing everyone in the arena and Betty is simply amazing, the acrobatics work perfect on camera and running order will surely help them in the voting!
21:11 CET – Italy: Vincenzo is the only male participant this year in Junior Eurovision and his song although old fashioned is a pure anthem. His powerful ballad needs a great vocal performance and Vincenzo delivers with excellent vocals. I always favour Italian victories in a Eurovision event and if a miracle happens I will be pleased to see him as a winner. He is flawless till the end!
21:08 CET – Montenegro: It’s not a bad song but it’s the least good from all 16 acts this year (for me). Black jackets, red and white skirts, shiny shows but average vocal performance. It’s not going to be a good result for Montenegro unfortunately and I am actually surprised because the country has great talents and great musical tradition. Anyway I am wishing the girls the best!
21:00 CET – Slovenia: Ula is taking the stage after the break and in a white dress she looks cuter than ever. Pyros are used in this song as well and although this song is also not my favourite, I am amazed of the vocal performance.
20:57 CET – Time for a break after Moira is coming on stage followed by a dance act
20:56 CET – Ukraine: What a lovely trio from Ukraine. Dressed in blue they present us a Ukrainian fairytale and the blooming flowers on stage are so sweet on camera. The vocal performance is awesome and somehow Ukraine will surprise us tomorrow. The girls are simply in the best performance tonight.
20:55 CET – Sweden: The Swedish Julia is performing along with four female dancers and it’s energetic, it makes you dance but the vocal performance is not good unfortunately. This could have been a top three is the vocals were great. Though she is descent enough to make Sweden proud for been in JESC
20:46 CET – Georgia: One of the most colourful performances is that of the Georgian entry. Lizi Pop is surely energetic, she interacts with the audience and makes them sing along. Somehow this song although not my favourite at all will be appealing to the tele voters tomorrow (yes, the few that watch and vote in JESC). Good vocal performance and lots of energy and passion.
20:40 CET – Cyprus: Sophia makes her solo presentation of her song entry. She is presented with thunders and rain in the backdrop until the sun brings the “most beautiful day”. Well tuned Sophia storms the stage all by herself and get one of the biggest applauses as everyone dances with the song. The juries must appreciate this as it’s the best ever JESC entry from Cyprus!
20:34 CET – Croatia: Although I can see Josie and her friends enjoying their performance on stage I have two objections; first the tune is monotonous and I am really bored and second the vocal performance is not convincing.
20:29 CET – San Marino: With white tops and colourful skirts each member of The Peppermints are performing on stage. It is OK when it comes to the vocals and the girls walk through the stage and the catwalk but it’s definitely not appealing enough to get any high scores (at least tonight). It’s not a bad song it’s just not appealing enough. Somehow the girls seem to be older than they really are and this never works in JESC.
20:20 CET – Bulgaria: after an hour the show resumes with Bulgarian participants on stage. In the meantime PBS announced a press conference on the power failure (which is due to a tripped generator) will take place immediately after the show. Krisia alongside to Ibrahim and Hasan is not nervous doing it again and she amazes the audience. The castle backdrop with the dramatic tune of the Bulgarian entry get a very big applause in the arena (and somehow the juries will compensate her I guess).
19:20 CET – Live report is stopped due to a major black out at the arena of Marsa Shipyard. For an hour now, the lights are off and the show has stopped. Although a TVM host is entertaining the crowd, the problem seems to be major. We had major black out for 30 minutes (in power) and 1 hours (in WiFi) at the official hotel yesterday. We will resume the live review shortly!
19:15 CET – Bulgaria: Technical problems for Bulgarian performance. Krisia, Ibrahim and Hasan stopped their performance due to a black out. The first problem in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the audience give a warm applaud to give courage to the participants. The lights are completely off in the arena.
19:10 CET – Belarus: Traditional instrument for a typical Belarusian fairytale with traditional outfits, Nadezhda and her friends open the competition is a spectacular way traveling us through time. the vocal performance is awesome and surely the juries will appreciate this entry although it’s number one in the order of appearance.
19:00 CET – The show begins with two boys sitting on a couch and make an aeroplane out of paper resembling the logo of the contest. The logo then become alive and travels throughout places of Malta and the theme song “Together” is aired accompanied by drummers. We continue with the parade of the participants as each artist is presented to the audience and Moira Delia enters the stage. “Hello Europe… Il-lejla t-tajba Malta” is what starts the show, the biggest Eurovision event for kids in the world hosted in such a tiny island. Moira thanks Gaia Cauchi for bringing the trophy and the hosting to Malta! With features of extreme sports in various places of Malta, the postcards begin and we have the first performance.