November 23: Sbogom Bulgaria, Bongu Malta
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
EDITORIAL – The 13th edition of Junior Eurovision Song Contest is over and the results is what we all expected and wanted. We were honestly between Malta and Armenia and Malta won. The show is over, the experience is over and the best memories kept. Bulgarians did an amazing effort and a great job hosting the event.
Bulgaria is a wonderful city to explore although the country has still long way to become a prestigious European state but the people in city and the employees of BNT were very hospitable and helpful. People smile in the streets. BNT people also made sure that even the smallest problem was solved immediately and their services to the media was outstanding. Yes, we all (I think) agree that the city of Sofia wasn’t in he JESC mood like Malta last year but we experienced a great show, with a great production, awesome stage and very good songs this year.
Besides the problem with the WiFi which was collapsing all the time, especially during the beginning of the final and the lack of press catering, the organisation, the arena, the press area were great. Been brand new Arena Armeec should make all Bulgarians proud. BNT proved they can host also a senior Eurovision in an excellent way. What I really loved is the camera work on TV. The show didn’t remind me the Eurovision style camera work but for the first time I thought I was watching the MTV EMAs, something which I personally wanted.
The work for oikotimes on the spot started as of the first day but not on the spot due to budget limits. We only attended the event for the last three days. I had a great partner from France, Olivier Rocher but I also had great support from the team staying at home. Special thanks for Morten, Luka, Marco for assisting me when I couldn’t be on the news desk to report the breaking news when needed.
WATCH ALL OUR JESC 2015 VIDEOS
Although we noticed a significant drop in the website ratings, we are not worried as it seems that this is was the trend in most websites. Although JESC 2015 had a record of participating countries since 2017 (17 nations, inducing the debuts of Ireland and Australia) people still don’t follow the event. Hope EBU will make one day an official announcement for the official TV ratings. Junior Europrediction participation was also dropped in unique votes and maybe this is why we and the readers couldn’t predict the winner. But Australia was indeed considered a hot favourite up to Friday jury rehearsal. Everything changed during the Final’s live show. We all understood that Bella didn’t sing well (not to mention the song was a copy) and we saw that Malta and Armenia go for the trophy. Malta was third in our Europrediction (not bad in my opinion) and Armenia second.
OLIVIER’S FIRST JESC EXPERIENCE
That was my very time in Bulgaria, my very first Junior Eurovision « in situ » and I must say that this year’s slogan « #discover » really suits the situation well.
First of all, Sofia is a real « big » capital city, not to be forgotten on Europe maps. It is quite nice and particularly vibrant, like most capitals from so-called Eastern Europe. Lovely mixture of West and East, of classical buildings and communist architecture…. When you spend a week end in Sofia, all you wanna say is “I’ll be back to see more”.
Now, Junior Eurovision, that’s a real discovery. I was among those who had no consideration for this “cheap copycat”. Well believe me, it’s not anymore. And even though JESC cannot be compared to nowadays Eurovision Song Contests, the show was far better than most shows in the early 2000… I’d seen things coming after Malta’s edition last year. Junior Eurovision was becoming “Teen Eurovision”, with a real show, a great stage, great acts and improving performances. And, moreover, attending a contest that a whole nation is so glad to organize, wow, that’s incredible. Bulgarians were incredible inside and outside the Arena Armeec!
So, I’ve stopped snubbing the event and I’m glad I have. I’m already looking forward to Malta 2016. Thank you very much Bulgaria! Благодарим ви!
So that’s it all. The Junior Eurovision venture is over. We hope Malta confirms soon hosting of the 2016 edition, but in the meantime the #jesc2015 coverage is officially over with this annual after-event editorial. Congratulations to the team and thank you all for reading / visiting oikotimes and our social media. Oh and for those who knows, whatever happened in Sofia, stays in Sofia!