Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003 was the inaugural edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest for young singers aged eight to fifteen. It was held on 15 November 2003, in Copenhagen, Denmark. With Camilla Ottesen and Remee as the presenters, the contest was won by the then eleven-year-old Dino Jelusić, who represented Croatia with his song "Ti si moja prva ljubav" (You are my first love) while second and third place went to Spain and the United Kingdom respectively. The next time that a country would win on its first attempt was Italy in 2014.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003
JESC 2003 logo.svg
Final15 November 2003
VenueForum Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Directed byArne J. Rasmussen
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerPreben Vridstoft
Host broadcasterDanmarks Radio (DR)
Opening actFu:el and Dance Faction
Interval actSugababes performing "Hole in the Head",
Busted performing "Crashed the Wedding"
Websitejunioreurovision.tv/event/copenhagen-2003 Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries16
Debuting countries
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         Participating countries
Voting systemEach country awards 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul points in finalNone
Winning song Croatia
"Ti si moja prva ljubav"
Junior Eurovision Song Contest → 2004

It was the first Eurovision contest to be broadcast in the 16:9 widescreen and high definition, but was also offered to broadcasters in the traditional 4:3 aspect ratio. It was also the first Eurovision Song Contest where a DVD of the contest would be released. It was decided that the country that won the contest would not necessarily host the next contest, to reduce the pressure on the contestants. It was announced before the contest took place that the next edition would be held in the United Kingdom (although in the end this did not happen).

Origins and historyEdit

The origins of the contest date back to 2000 when Danmarks Radio held a song contest for Danish children that year and the following year.[1][2] The idea was extended to a Scandinavian song competition in 2002, known as MGP Nordic, with Denmark, Norway and Sweden as participants.[3][4] The EBU picked up the idea for a song contest featuring children and opened the competition to all EBU member broadcasters making it a pan-European event. The working title of the programme was "Eurovision Song Contest for Children",[5] branded with the name of the EBU's long-running and already popular song competition, the Eurovision Song Contest.


Denmark was asked to host the first programme after their experience with their own contests and the MGP Nordic.[6] Copenhagen was confirmed as the host city in November 2002.[7] In January 2003, it was announced that the Danish broadcaster would host the inaugural contest at the 8,000 capacity Forum venue in the Danish capital.[8]


Forum in Copenhagen was the venue for the inaugural contest.

Forum Copenhagen (Danish: Forum København) is a large multi-purpose, rentable indoor arena located in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark. It hosts a large variety of concerts, markets, exhibitions and other events. The venue can hold up to 10,000 people depending on the event. The Forum operates as a convention center, concert hall and indoor arena.

It was opened in February 1926 to host a car exhibition and was last renovated in 1996–97. Over two storeys there is a combined exhibition floor area of 5,000 m2 and a separate restaurant for up to 250 seated guests. The Metro station Forum is adjacent to the building. Forum Copenhagen was designed by Oscar Gundlach-Pedersen, and the lighting was from Poul Henningsen's brand new PH-lamp. In 1929 it held an architecture exhibition, which was one of the first presentations of functionalism in Denmark, namely the Housing and Building Exhibition in Forum. It was at this exhibition that Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen exhibited their subscription to the cylindrical "House of the Future".



In February 2003, there was speculation regarding the potential host of the first ever Eurovision Song Contest for Children. Initially, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organizer of the show, announced the possible allocation of this role to Irish vocalist and Eurovision Song Contest 1997 co-host Ronan Keating although no contract had yet been signed.[9] On 10 October 2003, however, it was officially announced that the contest would be hosted by the Danish duo consisting of Camilla Ottesen and rapper Remee.[10]

Running orderEdit

The draw for the running order of the contest was held on 6 October at Radiohuset, with Greece drawn to open the contest and the Netherlands drawn to close.[11]


All countries used televoting to decide on their top ten. In normal Eurovision fashion, each country's favourite song was given 12 points, their second favourite 10, and their third to tenth favourites were given 8–1 points.

Opening and interval actsEdit

The opening number was performed by Fu:el and Dance Faction, although this was not included in televised broadcast. The halftime entertainment was provided by two acts from the UK.[12] Busted performed "Crashed the Wedding" but Charlie Simpson was absent due to illness. However, the following day he was present for a radio interview in the UK where it was implied by both himself and the other band members, that this was, in fact, a lie. The real reason for his absence was that he hated Eurovision.[citation needed] The Sugababes performed "Hole in the Head".


The postcards featured all of the participants (and their backing dancers/singers) exploring different parts of Copenhagen. The postcard's audio would be an instrumental version of the opening theme. The following list shows the various places they visited:

  1.   Greece – The Tivoli Gardens
  2.   Croatia – Forum Copenhagen
  3.   Cyprus – Royal Danish Theatre
  4.   Belarus – Danish Aquarium
  5.   Latvia – Strøget
  6.   Macedonia – Copenhagen Lakes
  7.   Poland – A hotel in Copenhagen
  8.   Norway – Hairdressers in Copenhagen
  9.   Spain – Parken
  10.   Romania – Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum [dk]
  11.   Belgium – Copenhagen Skatepark
  12.   United Kingdom – Copenhagen Zoo
  13.   Denmark – A hotdog stand in Copenhagen
  14.   Sweden – The Round Tower
  15.   Malta – A riding school in Copenhagen
  16.   Netherlands – An internet café in Copenhagen

Participating countriesEdit

16 countries competed in the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.[13] In an original press release for the contest, then entitled the "Eurovision Song Contest for Children", a draw was held to select 15 countries to take part in the inaugural contest, with Slovakian broadcaster Slovenská televízia (STV) and German broadcaster ARD being drawn to compete along with 13 other countries.[5]

These countries would eventually be replaced by entries from Poland, Cyprus (added as 16th country before Germany and Slovakia withdrew) and Belarus, in their first ever Eurovision event. The Finnish broadcaster Yle also expressed a debut in the first contest, but went on to just broadcast it instead.[14]

Participants and resultsEdit

R/O Country Artist Song Language Points Place[15]
1   Greece Nicolas Ganopoulos "Fili gia panta" (Φίλοι για πάντα) Greek 53 8
2   Croatia Dino Jelusić "Ti si moja prva ljubav" Croatian 134 1
3   Cyprus Theodora Rafti "Mia efhi" (Μια ευχή) Greek 16 14
4   Belarus Volha Satsiuk [be] "Tancuj" (Танцуй) Belarusian 103 4
5   Latvia Dzintars Čīča "Tu esi vasarā" Latvian 37 9
6   Macedonia Marija and Viktorija "Ti ne me poznavaš" (Ти не ме познаваш) Macedonian 19 12
7   Poland Katarzyna Żurawik [sv] "Coś mnie nosi" Polish 3 16
8   Norway 2U "Sinnsykt gal forelsket" Norwegian 18 13
9   Spain Sergio "Desde el cielo" Spanish 125 2
10   Romania Bubu "Tobele sunt viața mea" Romanian 35 10
11   Belgium X!NK "De vriendschapsband" Dutch 83 6
12   United Kingdom Tom Morley "My Song for the World" English 118 3
13   Denmark Anne Gadegaard "Arabiens drøm" Danish 93 5
14   Sweden The Honeypies [sv] "Stoppa mig" Swedish 12 15
15   Malta Sarah Harrison "Like a Star" English 56 7
16   Netherlands Roel Felius "Mijn ogen zeggen alles" Dutch 23 11

Detailed voting resultsEdit

Detailed voting results[16]
Total score
United Kingdom
Greece 53 7 12 1 5 1 1 7 5 2 7 1 3 1
Croatia 134 10 8 10 8 12 10 12 2 12 8 8 8 8 8 10
Cyprus 16 12 1 3
Belarus 103 5 12 6 10 10 12 10 1 7 5 5 4 7 6 3
Latvia 37 5 8 4 3 3 1 3 1 3 6
Macedonia 19 10 2 1 2 4
Poland 3 3
Norway 18 1 3 2 5 3 4
Spain 125 8 8 10 6 12 8 8 6 8 10 12 6 6 10 7
Romania 35 4 5 2 5 2 6 6 5
Belgium 83 3 6 2 7 4 6 6 4 8 3 6 7 5 4 12
United Kingdom 118 7 4 7 12 7 3 7 5 10 10 4 12 10 12 8
Denmark 93 6 2 4 5 6 7 5 8 12 6 7 4 12 7 2
Sweden 12 1 2 3 5 1
Malta 56 2 3 3 4 1 4 7 4 1 10 10 2 5
Netherlands 23 1 4 2 12 2 2

12 pointsEdit

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3   Croatia   Macedonia,   Norway,   Romania
  United Kingdom   Belarus,   Denmark,   Malta
2   Belarus   Croatia,   Poland
  Denmark   Spain,   Sweden
  Spain   Latvia,   United Kingdom
1   Belgium   Netherlands
  Cyprus   Greece
  Greece   Cyprus
  Netherlands   Belgium


  1.   Greece – Chloe Sofia Boleti
  2.   Croatia – TBC
  3.   Cyprus – TBC
  4.   Belarus – TBC
  5.   Latvia – David Daurins
  6.   Macedonia – TBC
  7.   Poland – TBC
  8.   Norway – TBC
  9.   Spain – Jimmy Castro
  10.   Romania – TBC
  11.   Belgium – Judith Bussé
  12.   United Kingdom – Sasha Stevens
  13.   Denmark – TBC
  14.   Sweden – Siri Lindgren
  15.   Malta – TBC
  16.   Netherlands – Aisa

Other countriesEdit

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the EBU. It is currently unknown whether the EBU issue invitations of participation to all 56 active members like they do for the Eurovision Song Contest.

  •   Finland – Finnish broadcaster Yle expressed an interest in participating in the contest. However, it was unsuccessful and they went on to broadcast it instead.[17]
  •   Germany – The EBU announced that they would hold a draw to determine which countries would participate in the contest. German broadcaster KiKa was one of the countries drawn.[5] However, they announced their withdrawal from the contest and went on to broadcast it instead.[17] Germany wouldn't debut at Junior Eurovision until 2020.[18]
  •   Ireland – After Germany and Slovakia withdrew,[19][better source needed] the EBU sent an invitation to Irish broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) who then submitted preliminary applications, but in the end declined to participate or broadcast the contest.[20] Ireland did, however, debut with TG4 as the broadcaster in 2015.
  •   Israel – The EBU also sent an invitation to the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), but they declined to participate and also did not broadcast it.[19][better source needed] Ireland and Israel would later be replaced by Poland and Belarus, who received the final spot.[19][better source needed]
  •   Slovakia – Slovakian broadcaster Slovenská televízia (STV), along with KiKa, was drawn to participate in the contest,[5] however declined to participate and did not broadcast the show either.


The rights to broadcast the contest were also acquired by broadcasters in Iceland (RÚV),[21] Finland (Yle), Serbia and Montenegro (RTS/RTCG), Estonia (ETV), Germany (KI.KA), Australia (SBS) and Kosovo (RTK). Some of the participating broadcasters also transmitted the programme live on radio.[17]

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref.
  Belarus Belarus 1 Denis Kurian
  Belgium VRT TV1 Dutch: Ilse Van Hoecke and Bart Peeters
RTBF La Deux French: Corinne Boulangier
  Croatia HRT TBC
  Cyprus CyBC TBC
  Denmark DR1 Nicolai Molbech
  Greece ERT1 Masa Fasoula and Nikos Frantseskakis [22]
  Latvia LTV1 Kārlis Streips [23]
  Malta TVM TBC
  Macedonia MTV 1 Milanka Rašik
  Netherlands Nederland 1 Angela Groothuizen
  Norway NRK1 Stian Barsnes Simonsen
  Poland TVP2 Jarosław Kulczycki
  Romania TVR1 Ioana Isopecu and Alexandru Nagy
  Spain TVE1 Fernando Argenta
  Sweden SVT1 Victoria Dyring
  United Kingdom ITV Mark Durden-Smith and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson [24]
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref.
  Australia SBS TV (delayed) No commentary [25]
  Estonia ETV Unknown [17]
  Finland YLE TV2 Henna Vänninen and Olavi Uusivirta [14]
  Germany KI.KA (delayed) Unknown [25]
  Serbia & Montenegro RTCG, RTS, RTK Unknown [17]

Official albumEdit

Covert art of the official album

Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2003, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group in November 2003. The album features all the songs from the 2003 contest. On the track list Cyprus was misspelt as Cypres.[26]

See alsoEdit


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  20. ^ Granger, Anthony (12 December 2013). "Ireland: RTE Denies Interest In Junior Eurovision". Retrieved 18 January 2020.
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