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The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 was the third edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest for young singers aged 8 to 15. On 26 November 2005, the contest was broadcast live from the Ethias Arena in Hasselt, Belgium, in a joint effort by the national broadcasters Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) and Radio télévision belge de la communauté française (RTBF), in co-operation with the European Broadcasting Union. Marcel Vanthilt and Maureen Louys hosted the event.
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005|
|Let's Get Loud|
|Final||26 November 2005|
|Venue||Ethias Arena, Hasselt, Belgium|
|Directed by||Yves Podevyn|
|Executive supervisor||Svante Stockselius|
|Executive producer||Ludo Porrez|
|Opening act||Flag parade introducing the 16 participating countries|
|Interval act||Juggler Vladik Myagkostupov from Cirque du Soleil,|
María Isabel performing "Antes muerta que sencilla" and "Pues va a ser que no"
|Number of entries||16|
|Debuting countries|| Russia|
Serbia and Montenegro
|Non-returning countries|| Cyprus|
|Voting system||Each country awards 1–8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winning song|| Belarus|
The show was not only broadcast live in the competing countries, it was also available on satellite worldwide and the Australian television channel SBS who acquired the rights to broadcast the show one month later. The theme of the show was Let's Get Loud, standing for the new generation on the stage. The show was watched by 8,500 people in the arena, including the Belgian Prince Laurent and 20–25 million people around Europe.
Bidding phase and host selectionEdit
Following the hosting problems for the 2004 edition, the location of the subsequent contests were appointed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), following a bidding process with broadcasters from the participating countries. Belgium was therefore the first country to successfully bid for the rights to host the contest in 2005.
In November 2003, there were reports that the competition was to take place in the Netherlands. In the same month, Jeroen Depraetere, coordinator of the show on behalf of the EBU, announced that five countries had expressed their willingness to organise the competition. Belgium won the right to hold the contest in March 2004 over five other countries including Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) of Croatia and AVRO of the Netherlands.
In November 2004, it was announced that the Flemish city of Hasselt would host the contest at the Ethias Arena. The date of the contest had been confirmed shortly after the 2004 contest in Lillehammer.
The Ethias Arena is the largest multi-purpose arena in Hasselt, Belgium which is used for music concerts, sports (tennis, indoor cycling, jumping, etc.) and other large events. The arena opened in September 2004 and holds up to 21,600 people depending on the event.
The venue is a part of the Grenslandhallen and has a surface of 13,600 square meters (44,619 square feet). In 2015, it hosted the 2015 European Championship in darts, a Professional Darts Corporation event. The venue would later be renamed to Trixxo Arena.
On 13 October 2005, it was revealed during a presentation that Maureen Louys of RTBF and Marcel Vanthilt of VRT would be the hosts of the contest.
The selection of the running order was conducted in two phases. In the first, which took place at the City Hall of Hasselt, there were three draws: one to select the countries that would perform first and last in the contest; a second to decide on the position of the host country; and a third to divided the 14 remaining countries into two groups of five (for the positions 2–6 and 7–11) and one of three (for the positions 13—15).
The second phase of the selection of the running order was conducted by the JESC Steering Group. The group decided on the final positions of the countries within the three groups, taking into account, for example, that no three ballads or no three songs from one European region should be performed consecutively in the Contest. This system was already applied last year for the festival in Lillehammer.
Voting was the same as the traditional voting system, with each country voting for their 10 favorite songs, with scores of 1–8, 10 and 12. It was the first time points 1 through 5 had automatically appeared on the scoreboard, with spokesmen reporting only points 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12. The presenters started off by giving all contestants 12 points.
Opening and interval actsEdit
The show opened with fireworks and bungee jumpers. Vladik Myagkostupov from Cirque du Soleil gave a four-minute performance during the interval. During the counting of votes, the 2004 winner, María Isabel from Spain, sang a medley of her winning entry "Antes muerta que sencilla" and new single "Pues Va A Ser Que No" from her second album Número 2. She also presented the prize to the winner of the competition.
Initially, 17 countries planned to participate, but on 13 October, Cypriot broadcaster CyBC announced that it was withdrawing for internal reasons - allegations of plagiarism regarding the selected song had been made. However, Cypriot viewers were able to watch the show and vote.
|01||Greece||Alexandros and Kalli||"Tora einai i seira mas" (Tώρα είναι η σειρά μας)||Greek||6||88|
|02||Denmark||Nicolai||"Shake Shake Shake"||Danish, English||4||121|
|03||Croatia||Lorena Jelusić||"Rock Baby"||Croatian||12||36|
|05||United Kingdom||Joni Fuller||"How Does It Feel?"||English||14||28|
|07||Russia||Vladislav Krutskikh||"Doroga k solntsu" (Дорога к солнцу)||Russian||9||66|
|08||Macedonia||Denis Dimoski||"Rodendeski baknež" (Родендески бакнеж)||Macedonian||8||68|
|10||Serbia and Montenegro||Filip Vučić||"Ljubav pa fudbal" (Љубав па фудбал)||Serbo-Croatian||13||29|
|11||Latvia||Kids4Rock||"Es esmu maza jauka meitene"||Latvian||11||50|
|13||Malta||Thea and Friends||"Make It Right!"||English||16||18|
|14||Norway||Malin||"Sommer og skolefri"[a]||Norwegian||3||123|
|15||Spain||Antonio José||"Te traigo flores"||Spanish||2||146|
|16||Belarus||Ksenia Sitnik||"My vmeste" (Мы вместе)||Russian||1||149|
Despite withdrawing at a late stage, Cyprus was still permitted to vote in the contest.
|Serbia and Montenegro||29||1||6||10|
Below is a summary of all 12 points received. All countries were given 12 points at the start of voting to ensure that no country finished with nul points.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|4||Spain||Greece, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, United Kingdom|
|3||Belarus||Malta, Latvia, Russia|
- Cyprus – Stella Maria Koukkidi
- Greece – Yorgos Kotsougiannis
- Denmark – Caroline Forsberg Thybo
- Croatia – Nika Turković
- Romania – Beatrice Soare
- United Kingdom – Vicky Gordon
- Sweden – Halahen Zajden
- Russia – Roman Kerimov
- Macedonia – Vase Dokovski
- Netherlands – Giovanni Kemper
- Serbia and Montenegro – Jovana Vukčević
- Latvia – Kristiana Stirane
- Belgium – Max Colombie
- Malta – Stephanie Bason
- Norway – Karoline Wendelborg
- Spain – Gonzalo Gutierrez Blanco
- Belarus – Anton Lediaev
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. The following active EBU members did not take part:
- Cyprus – Cyprus was originally going to participate in the 2005 contest, represented by Rena Kiriakidi's "Tsirko". However, it was later claimed to be plagiarised, and Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), the national broadcaster, was forced to withdraw. However, they did not lose their broadcast and voting rights and still broadcast the show live.
- France – France, one of two debutants at the previous contest, and broadcaster France 3 turned down the offer to participate due to the following reasons:
- Programming difficulties and restructuring within the channel
- Very low viewing figures the previous year
- No motivation to compete, with French Head of Delegation Bruno Berberes stating that "Too much Eurovision kills Eurovision"
- Georgia – Georgia was one of the countries on the preliminary participation list for the 2005 contest. However, at the time, Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB) was not a full member of the EBU and would become a member on the 6th of July, but as this was one week after the participation confirmation deadline, meaning Georgia had to withdraw and to wait out their participation until 2007.
- Ireland – Just like the 2004 contest, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) was said to be debuting at the 2005 contest. However, no official statement was released by the broadcaster and they ended up not participating.
- Lithuania – Lithuania, like Georgia, was one of the countries on the preliminary list for 2005. But, Lithuania withdrew for unspecified reasons. They would debut in 2007.
- Monaco – Monaco and Monegasque broadcaster TMC expressed an interest in participating. However, plans never came to fruition due to scheduling problems and harsh citizenship laws and thus they never participated.
- Poland – Despite signing a 3-year contract with the EBU, Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP) announced they would withdraw due to lack of interest and poor results. They would eventually return in 2016.
- Portugal – Even though Portugal did not participate, public broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) broadcast the contest delayed and confirmed they would debut in 2006.
- Switzerland – Switzerland, one of two debutants in 2004, and the Swiss-Italian broadcaster RTSI turned down the offer to participate for the following reasons:
- Financial difficulties
- Lack of interest and financial support from the other multilingual broadcasters of Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR)
- Ukraine – Ukraine, like Lithuania, was on the preliminary list of participation for 2005. But, they pulled out before the night and had to wait until the next year to debut.
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|Belarus||Belarus 1, Belarus 24||Denis Kurian|
|Belgium||Eén||Dutch: Ilse Van Hoecke and André Vermeulen|
|La Une||French: Jean-Louis Lahaye|
|Greece||ERT1, ERT Sat||Unknown|
|Latvia||LTV1||Kārlis Streips and Valters Frīdenbergs|
|Macedonia||MTV 1||Milanka Rašik|
|Netherlands||Nederland 1||Tooske Ragas|
|Romania||TVR1, TVRi||Ioana Isopecu and Alexandru Nagy|
|Russia||Russia TV, RTR-Planeta||Yuriy Nikolayev|
|Serbia and Montenegro||RTS1, RTS Sat||Serbian: Duška Vučinić-Lučić|
|Spain||TVE1, TVE Internacional||Beatriz Pécker and Lucho|||
|United Kingdom||ITV2 (live), ITV1 (delayed)||Michael Underwood|||
|Israel||IBA (7 December 2007)||No commentary|||
|Portugal||RTP1 (10 December)||Eládio Clímaco|||
When the British spokesperson based in the ITV2 studios in London, Vicky Gordon was about to give the UK televoting results, the scoreboard malfunctioned by showing all the scores compressed together, before the entire screen went black, only showing the EBU, VRT and RTBF logos, which meant that the computers had lost connection with the British broadcaster, although the spokesperson could still be heard. However, the results were announced as usual shortly afterwards.
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest - 05|
|Compilation album by|
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
Junior Eurovision Song Contest - 05, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on November 2005. The album features all the songs from the 2005 contest.
Notes and referencesEdit
- The Norwegian song was written in a dialect of Norwegian, and originally had the title stated above (Sommer å Skolefri), however, when the Norwegian broadcaster submitted the song to the European Broadcasting Union, they gave the song title in the standard Norwegian form, Sommer og Skolefri, which is how it was displayed on screen.
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